To Be Read: NetGalley Update – March 2021

Last month I did my first post on my NetGalley shelf and as it has been a while I thought I would post an update. 

I have been working really hard to get my feedback ratio over 80% and just before I got approved for another book today it was sitting at a pretty impressive 85%. I have now given feedback on 28 books and I currently have six sitting on my unread shelf. 

Most anticipated reads

Spin The Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

First up is Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. I know this has been out for quite some time but it only came out earlier this month in the UK and I’ve wanted to read this for a while. When I saw that I could get it free on NetGalley in exchange for a review I was over the moon to get approved for it. 

My review of this should be posted sometime next week. I don’t have an exact date yet as I am currently reading Six of Crows

Goodreads synopsis: “Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.” 

The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred

The second book that I am most excited about is The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred. When I saw the title of this I knew straight away that I needed to request it. It just sounds really fun and I am really looking forward to reading it. 

The review for this won’t be posted for quite a while as it doesn’t come out until May. This works out great for me as I am going back to work next month and I don’t know how much time I will have to read. 

Goodreads synopsis: “’I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I’d never imagined solving a murder would be one of them…’

Harri and her best friends worship Half-Light – an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world’s about to fall apart. But quickly she realises that she – and all the other Half-Light superfans out there – know and understand much more about these boys than any detective ever could.

Now she’s rallying a fangirl army to prove Frankie’s innocence – and to show the world that you should never underestimate a teenage girl with a passion…”

Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise (Illustrations)

I am also quite excited about Cheer Up. This will be the first-ever graphic novel I have reviewed and I’m really looking forward to doing it. 

The story of this sounds very interesting and I really like the art style so I cannot wait to get stuck in. Unfortunately, the review is a long while away as this isn’t published until August and I like to keep my reviews within 1-2 weeks of release. But it’s something to look forward to. 

If you review graphic novels do let me know how you structure your reviews and whether or not you include excerpts. 

Goodreads synopsis: “Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigours of squad training and amped-up social pressures (not to mention microaggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them.”

I am obviously also excited about the other three books on my shelf but the three mentioned are my most anticipated. 

If you also use NetGalley or a similar platform let me know what you currently have sitting on your shelves. Also, let me know if you’d be interested in seeing all of the books I have given feedback on so far!


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