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Literally every single book on this list is one that I’ve requested and been approved for from NetGalley because my TBR is a mile and a half long AND around and I’ve clearly just been neglecting them far too much. So Spring is going to turn into a catch up on NetGalley season and hopefully I’ll even manage to finally get that 80% review badge!
10. Trail of Crumbs by Lisa J. Lawrence
This story is going to be rough, I can tell just from the synopsis. And I do feel that there’s importance to these sort of books which is why I read them. But I will say that I’m fairly certain that I will likely have a hard time reading this one. A girl’s journey through getting herself thoroughly drunk one night and then being told later that she’d had sex with someone, though she doesn’t remember it, is something that’s tough to deal with no matter what. And while I have not personally been in such a situation, I have been in other uncomfortable situations regarding sex. Ultimately, this is one of those things where the book is one you’re going to have to make up your own mind about reading since it really comes down to levels of comfort.
9. Narcosis Room by Louise Cypress
There’s something dark and fascinating about the story of Narcosis Room and I’m pretty sure that with just the information I have at the moment I could not quite do it justice. Suffice to say that the combination of resolving psychological issues whilst simultaneously getting a cosmetic makeover to look utterly gorgeous is an interesting premise that you just know is going to go incredibly wrong. And I can’t wait to see how it goes.
8. The War Blog by Glen Sobey
This one isn’t super high on my priority list, I’ll be honest, but I’m intrigued enough that I requested it and I still need to get through reading the novel so my hope is to have it read and reviewed by the end of Spring. Fingers crossed and all that. And while I’m laughing at myself a little bit right now with these unattainable goals, a part of me is still positive I can accomplish a fair amount of the books currently on this list. This story has a feminist side to it but also discusses the abandonment of children by their mother so I’m curious to see how that’s handled.
7. Wrath of Dragons by Scott King
The truth about this one is that I likely requested it largely due to the fantasy nature and the inclusion of dragons. What can I say? I just love them. And honestly, the way the characters are described in the synopsis is pretty grabbing; you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already. A rogue dragon, a runaway princess, and a magician’s apprentice who wants to be the hero? I’ve got heart eyes. And though the reviews are few at the current moment, they are pretty positive from what I’ve seen thus far. And that, at least, is promising.
6. Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart
Castle of Lies sounds like a fun fantasy story about a girl coming into her own and realizing the power that she truly does have within herself as it faces the struggles of a kingdom under siege and captured by an enemy. Honestly, I’m in love with any fantasy story that involves a kingdom (for the most part, anyway) so I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while. I’ll admit that nothing really stands out as far as this book being uniquely exceptional, but perhaps I’ll be surprised! Plus, it’s got a gorgeous cover.
5. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
It’s not high priority, but I have been meaning to read this book for a while. Yes, I’ve heard all the criticisms and the commentary surrounding what I understand to be the very blatant racism portrayed within the text, but the thing is that I’m curious and I requested it on NetGalley so when the time comes where I recognize what everyone had issues with, if it is truly as bad as you all say then I will at least have the comfort of the fact that I did not pay for this book. But the thing is…if the book is as reviewer Emily May suggests, I have to say that I can’t condemn it entirely. My reasoning for this lies largely in the fact that those in a situation similar to the main character are going to be far more likely to see the error of their ways if they can read it in a book like this. And frankly, I’d rather a book with problems like The Black Witch make a racist person less racist than condemn the book forever myself.
4. Straw into Gold by Hilary McKay
I like fairytales, I like when they’re reimagined and retold. So, really, it’s no wonder that this one is on my list. I imagine I’ll get to it sooner than it takes for this post to actually get posted. For me, it’s still February. But if I do not get to it, then it’s still pretty high priority on my TBR and definitely has a place on this list. I think they changed the title on Goodreads or it’s not on there yet because I couldn’t find it when I went to look today. I’ll figure it out when it’s time for me to write the review.
3. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
Ironically, I’ve already started reading this one now that it’s on this list but I’m far too lazy to take it off and find another one. I hadn’t meant to pick it up sooner, but just happened to by chance when I was going through my NetGalley list of which books to read next. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and frankly I think it’s a good conversation to be had considering all the made famous children that have found their way to blogs or Instagram. It’s kind of…incredibly sad, in my opinion, that this is the sort of fame and world we’re living in and with.
2. The Year the Swans Came by Barbara Spencer
It’s like a strange mix of Narnia and The Swan Princess with a touch of differences that leave you with an entirely new story. I’m really excited to see what The Year the Swans Came has in store for me and while I wish I’d read it sooner, I’m sure we can all relate to the unreasonably long list of books waiting their turn to be read. This one hasn’t been on my list for an immensely long time, but long enough that I feel guilty for having not read it. There are some true perils to having so many amazing sounding books available for request on NetGalley.
1. Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell
Honestly, I’m really excited to read this book and I’m kind of disappointed in myself for not having gotten to it already. This is a YA novel about the Sandman and it sounds utterly riveting. Something is wrong with everyone’s sleep and as many of Nora’s friends have begun dying during the night, despite the fact that she’s been certain that the Sandman may be a figment of her imagination, she turns to him for the truth. I’ll admit, I don’t really like the cover, but I’m eager to read the story.