I had such a great time participating in the NetGalley readthon last week! I managed to accomplish all of my goals and read some amazing books!
If you didn’t already know, the NetGalley Readathon was hosted by Hâf @ The Library Looter and Anniek @ Anniek’s Library last week. The goal of this weeklong readathon was to read Netgalley titles exclusively for a week. You could join the challenge to conquer your entire TBR, knock off just a few books, or download some titles from the “Read Now” section to build up your account!
I had tons of fun participating, and condensing my NetGalley TBR to just a few titles was so cathartic. I read so many arcs last week, and I’m excited to share them with you all!
Read Your Oldest Title: The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (Review)
Synopsis: In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.
My Thoughts: This was a solid read. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The political system of the story was really interesting, it was probably my favorite part of the book! The characters were somewhat dry, but I’m hoping that they’ll be further developed in the sequel!
Read A Hyped Book: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (Review)
Synopsis: Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. Edan, the boy she loves, is gone–perhaps forever–and no sooner does she set foot in the Autumn Palace than she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace. When the emperor’s rivals learn of her deception, there is hell to pay, but the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red; losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, and in the meantime she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.
My Thoughts: Unravel the Dusk was beyond fantastic! I had high expectations after reading Spin the Dawn, and this book did not disappoint. The characters were developed so beautifully, and the plot was so well thought out. A five star read, no doubt!
Read Your Newest Title: Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (Review to Come)
Synopsis: The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans. As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace. Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.
My Thoughts: Sorry, but this book was a huge let-down. It was such a basic, unoriginal YA fantasy novel, as there was nothing to make it stand out amongst other books within the genre. Shielded was not my cup of tea to say the least.
Read a Book With a Pretty Cover: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Review to Come)
Synopsis: It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . . This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.
My Thoughts: Brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never-the-same, totally unique, completely-not-ever-been-done-before… that about sums up my thoughts on this book! Cinderella is Dead is a wonderful Cinderella retelling that packs a powerful punch of feminism. I absolutely loved it, and I can’t recommend it enough!
Those are all of the arcs I read last week! Huge thanks goes to NetGalley for providing me with so many wonderful reads.
Here are the links to all of these upcoming releases if you’d like to check them out and/or pre-order them:
- The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
- Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
- Shielded by KayLynn Flanders
- Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
And that’s a wrap!
What have you been reading lately? Are there any arcs you’ve received that you’re looking forward to reading? What are some of your most anticipated upcoming releases? Be sure to let me know in the comments! ❤
Have a wonderful rest of your day!