Netgalley Catch-up #1

January 31, 2019 Lindsay's reviews, Netgalley catch-up 0

For those of you who don’t know, Netgalley is a source of review books for bloggers and librarians. The problem that I have is that my eyes are always bigger than my… library? No, that’s not the right saying. Anyway, I always have the intention of reading all these amazing books, but I never seem to have the time. Or maybe I just get distracted by shiny things. *shrug* So, this year, I’ve set myself a quest to try and get through some of these books that I’ve requested over the years. It’s time to play catch-up!

Feel free to check out my Netgalley TBR –>HERE<– and let me know in the comments which one I should read next!

Open Minds 
Mindjack #1
by Susan Kaye Quinn
publication date: October 24, 2011

Goodreads ~ Amazon

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

First off, I should point out that this one is permanently FREE ON AMAZON! There is literally no risk of disappointment, so go download and check it out… unless you’re not as far behind as I am and you’ve already read it. Which is a definite possibility.

Okay, so I’m a huge Susan Kaye Quinn fan, so it’s almost laughable that I haven’t read this series yet. It was probably even the first book of hers that I was aware of, but for some reason, it got relegated to the “I’ll get to it later” pile. And as I read the book, I was very aware that this was her first self-published book (she is seriously a self-publishing guru at this point), and could see the progression of her writing over the years.

The premise of the story itself is terrifying, living in a world where everyone can read minds. I can’t even fathom a world where everyone knows your every thought and feeling, and the introvert in me is shrieking. But it’s where Quinn took the plot that had me hooked. Her plots are always so intricate that there’s no guessing what’ll happen next, and I crave that unpredictability. I can already tell that the overall series arc is going to be phenomenal. Quinn plays the long game. The book starts off a little slow, as the world and character building took first priority, but the second half of the book was packed!

The characters are also pretty great, each unique in their own right. Kira is likable, while still far from perfect. I have mixed thoughts about Simon, as I feel we didn’t get a huge look into his motivations, and I definitely didn’t get enough of Raf. There isn’t one clear “villain” – a few characters are certainly vying for the position – but I think the most intriguing is the mysterious Agent Kestrel. You can feel him pulling the strings, and are only given a tiny glimpse into what drives him. So much foreshadowing for the next book!!

There’s no bad language to speak of, it’s very light on the romance (a few kisses here and there), and the violence, while present, isn’t graphic. There were a dozen typos, but nothing significant. Perfect for tweens and teens. Overall, it’s probably one of the best e-book deals you’ll find on Amazon. I would certainly pay more than free! Highly recommend!

Sourpuss
by Merricat Mulwray
publication date: January 20, 2019

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Sourpuss is a blistering satire of the depraved and entitled culture that pervades college campuses.

Mallory Wahl loathes the campus party scene . . .

She’s sprinting through her senior year obsessed with winning a spot on the US Olympic track team. But she runs straight into a hurdle in the form of fraternity president Graham Patterson, an intern assigned to help her recover from an injury – one she blames on him.

Once Graham’s therapies begin to work, Mallory pretends to fall in love but traps herself in her own scheme and tailspins deep into his debauched world. When a scandal erupts which threatens to shatter her Olympic dreams once and for all, Mallory must finally face the dark truth she’s been running from since freshman year.

In the style of a ’90s dark comedy flick, Merricat Mulwray’s debut brings an insightful and humorous perspective to the reckless behavior college students perpetually get away with. Mallory, herself a flawed heroine, is backed by a self-serving cast of athletes, party girls, townies, and fraternity brothers so hilariously dark that the book will leave you wondering if anyone ever gets what they deserve.

I’m afraid this one was a DNF. I was in the mood for something dark, but instead of dark in the most classic sense, I found it was actually causing me some anxiety. The main character, Mallory, came across as strong, sure. Who doesn’t love a strong female?! But she was also abrasive and bitter. Sexism was not just prevalent, but in your face, and while I’m sure Graham would have learned his lesson in the end, and Mallory’s sharp edges would have been worn down, the journey to get there was setting my teeth on edge.

There will be a definite audience for this one, but I’m afraid I’m not it. Someone else read it for me and tell me how it ends!

 

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Lindsay

One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3

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