I’ve long been a huge fan of the samplers available on NetGalley. In general, I think they’re utterly fantastic and they allow me the opportunity to get a glimpse at many reads early on. I’m particularly fond of Fierce Reads, as this publishing imprint has put out some of my all-time favorite books to date. I’m excited to see what they have in store for us next.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

I’m pretty much almost guaranteed to read anything that exists as a Peter Pan retelling. While I’ll freely admit that this retelling, in particular, isn’t in a genre I would usually pick up, I’m more than willing to give it a chance on account of its source material. I can’t promise I’ll love it, but so far the book is off to an interesting start and certainly worth enough of my attention.

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Honestly, this is not my kind of book. It’s also been compared to Wilder Girls, a book I genuinely did not enjoy reading. I just get this sense that I would regret wasting my time on this novel. It’s truly a shame.

The Half Orphan’s Handbook by Joan F. Smith

I don’t think I’ll be reading The Half Orphan’s Handbook, either, to tell you the truth. I get the point of the book, but I’ve always hated reading books primarily focused around grief. As worthwhile as these books can be, I’ve always found them incredibly dull and from what I’ve seen so far of this one, it’s kind of headed in a similar direction.

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

I’ve actually had this book on my TBR for a while and I’m thoroughly intrigued by its premise. I’m so glad to have gotten a chance to start reading it. This book has some seriously heavy topics. I’m honestly just very interested in seeing how the subject matter is handled and where the story goes, because damn.

Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink

I’m very torn on this one. There are two things that turn me away from it, that being that the historical aspect of it isn’t really for me and that I can’t stand reading books heavy with Christianity. If I’m going to read a religious book, it’s going to be to better understand the religion itself rather than to connect with religious characters, as I find connection really difficult in this case. That said, this book has some incredibly important themes to it that I think would be worth reading about.

The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Tiffany D. Jackson

I think this work is thoroughly fascinating. And I love the fact that it was written by his daughter. Admittedly, I don’t know nearly as much as I probably should about Malcolm X. This book pretty much proves to me that it might just be time to remedy that.

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

In the simplest of terms, this book is just not my genre. I avoid mysteries. I avoid thrillers. I avoid crime novels. Most of the time, I just don’t enjoy them.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

I’ve seen this book around, but never really actually checked it out until now. And, I’m pretty sure the reason for this is the fact that it’s a thriller. I just…important themes are certainly present in this one but I hate reading thrillers. I’m leaning toward not reading it.

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Ugh, as much as I adore learning about Mary Shelley as a person, I do not care for the premise of this novel. I’m not sure why there are so many thrillers in this sampler, but it’s getting tough to deal with. I just don’t like them. Suffice to say, The Mary Shelley Club is definitely a book I’ll be passing on.

What Beauty There IS by Cory Anderson

Yep. Another thriller. No thanks.

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Ah, bugger. I couldn’t actually read this one since I’ve not read the first novel in this series. That said, I do really want to. This is what comes of being so far behind on your TBR, I suppose.

City of Spells by Alexandra Cristo

Gah, though I loved To Kill a Kingdom I’m still trying desperately to get through Alexandra Cristo’s Into the Crooked Place. With how annoyingly boring that book has been for me thus far, I really don’t think I’ll be reading its sequel.

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Is it weird that I thought this book was out already? Granted, at the time I’m writing this, it’s been published. But for some reason I’d heard about it so much that I genuinely thought it came out over a year ago. This is a sequel, though, so I didn’t actually read the excerpt since I would still like to read the first book in the series. That means, no spoilers.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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