Netgalley Catch-up #4

April 30, 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!

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North
published on April 8th 2014

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Some stories cannot be told in just one lifetime. Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
Until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. “I nearly missed you, Doctor August,” she says. “I need to send a message.”
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.


I’m not exactly #winning this challenge, but I’m not losing it either, so there’s that. Yet again, only one book to add to the challenge this month. I would say I’m slacking, but this is all forward progress. One foot in front of the other. And just like last month, this is another book that I managed to pick up in hard copy, which is perfect because I’ll definitely be reading this one again after enough time has passed that I’ve forgotten the finer points. Mere pages in and I was already telling my family and friends that this was an author to watch out for. I’ve been eyeing up all of her other books, because they ALL SOUND AMAZING.

I’ve polished off over 50 books so far this year, and this one may take the crown as the best book so far. Probably not the best book if you’re looking for a light beach read, because it had my brain spinning. Plenty of philosophical inner thought, which means it’s great for book clubs. I need everyone else to read it so I can have someone to talk to about it! Please! It started off a little slow in the beginning, taking time to set the scene, build the world, address all the obvious questions that might arise, but I wasn’t bored for one second. It was one of those rare books that could’ve been double the length and I’d still be happy.

While I do tend to read a lot of YA books, this one was definitely adult, or at least mature. Obviously, there’s bound to be a fair bit of death, considering the main character dies at least 14 times (did you happen to see the title of the book?). But more than that, the book contains a fair bit of violence, murder, suicide, torture, drug and alcohol use… the list goes on. I know, that sounds more than even some adults can handle, but I never felt like the book crossed a line. Every action had its place, nothing senseless for the shock value.

I have a soft spot in my library for books about time travel, when they’re done properly. Regardless of any paradoxes left niggling, Harry August was just right. It really was a great story. Well-written and an ingenious twist to time travel/reincarnation.

This is one I’ll be forcing on all friends and family. They can thank me later.

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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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