May 01, 2014

NetGalley Reviews, I

I'm a member of NetGalley. This means I can read and review books for free. Often times, the books aren't even on sale yet. There's nothing better than reading a great book before everyone else knows about it.

If you love to discover new books and review and recommend books online, NetGalley might be for you. You can check out their available titles and publishers, as well as their guidelines for getting approved. It's all pretty cut and dry. You ask for books to read on your compatible reading device, and in most cases, you get approved in a matter of days.

I signed up a while ago, but just got around to asking for books to read. Over the last couple of weeks, I requested eleven titles and was approved for ten. I didn't think I would be approved for so many so fast. I now have some major catching up to do.

Here's what I've read so far:

Throwaway Girl by Kristine Scarrow
It was refreshing to finally read a book that didn't involve a love triangle. Scarrow's first young adult novel tells the story of Andy, a girl who was removed from her abusive mother's care at an early age. She grew up in various foster homes until she landed at a halfway house. At the age of 18, she leaves the halfway house to begin life on her own. Instead of your typical love story, this book focuses on inner strength and independence. I tore through this easy read in a day. I enjoyed Throwaway Girl from beginning to end and highly recommend it.

Pre-order here.

Torn by K.A. Robinson
This is Robinson's debut novel, and it's the first in a series of three. The story follows three young adults, best friends, in their first year of college. Unlike Throwaway Girl, this one's got a love triangle. Chloe must choose between her nice best friend and the bad boy rocker. I loved the first half of the book, but the second half dragged for me. For the record, this one's got a few steamy sex scenes. It's no 50 Shades of Grey though. In the end, Chloe makes her choice, but is immediately faced with another dilemma. Torn wasn't my favorite, but good enough that I want to read the next one to find out what happens.

Available now here.

What I'll be reading next:

I was not compensated for this post or my reviews.

However, I did receive the books to read for free.


Seersucker Sass said...

I absolutely cannot wait to read Psychos by Babe Walker! My weekend plans fell through, so I think I may devote my time to reading that one cover to cover :)

XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

Karen M. Peterson said...

I just downloaded We are the Goldens. Can't wait to read that one.

Throwaway Girl sounds good!

Christina said...

Yay! I'm glad you got approved for so many. It's so rude when they don't! Haha. I have Throwaway Girl and Psychos to read!