Hey guys! As you may know (if you’ve been reading my latest monthly TBRs), I have quite a few “backlist” ARCs that have been overdue for FAR too long. Thanks to the joy that is Netgalley (and Edelweiss). Therefore, I will preface this by saying that all of these books were kindly provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Anyhoo, let’s get into some reviews!
The Graces by Laure Eve- This is one of the absolute VERY first books that I ever requested on Netgalley. I requested it so long ago that I didn’t even have the copy! Ack! Anyway. The beginning was kind of boring. I was reading it for the sake of reading it. And because the cover was pretty. But as the book progressed, it became more and more clear that River (the main character) is ABSOLUTELY INSANE. Her past begins to come into play, and the story gets DARK. Which is exactly where I like it. I read it on a stormy day. It was shockingly fabulous. And I am SO excited for the sequel. ★★★★
Lucky Me by Saba Kapur- This book was definitely cute. I enjoyed it, yada yada yada. The premise was neat. I think I was even somewhat invested in the story. But honestly, it was quite unmemorable. It was a cutesy Hollywood “typical” YA contemporary romance, and it was fun for that, but I can hardly even recall what happened. Oops? It was cute. Let’s just leave it at that. ★★★
Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie- I don’t know why, but I really didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. And as I recall, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a bit unexpected, although I totally knew what the thing with Sasha was going to be. Honestly, I was just super pleased with it. Not everything in life turns out perfect, and not everyone in life will be kind or reasonable, even your idols. It’s hard to realize that sometimes, but it happens to everyone. Clancy had a very unique and interesting writing style, which definitely added to the atmosphere. I might reread this at some point to see if my feelings have changed at all. ★★★★
Spurt by Chris Miles- I don’t even know what to SAY about this. It was just. So. Cringe-worthy. Aghhhhh! The main character is a young teenage boy. Who has not yet encountered puberty yet. But is very much hoping to. It was told very much like middle grade, but it had more “mature” (or should I say immature) jokes. It was so uncomfortable and cringe-y and annoying. Eugh. ★★★
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza- Honestly, this just felt like… Every other sci-fi I’ve read? It didn’t seem very special to me and I just couldn’t get into it. Rhiannon was a rather bland character, in my opinion. I was way more interested in Alyosha, but I still wasn’t super crazy about him. The plot was somewhat intriguing, but not enough that I was enthralled. I was curious about the ending, however. I may pick up the sequel to see if it picks up the pace; we shall see! ★★★.5
Wow, that was quick! I’ve had some of those on my “to-do” list for ages, so I’m super glad I’ve finally gotten them out there. Definitely let me know down in the comments if you’ve read/plan to read any of these books; I’d love to hear your opinions! And for all of my fellow book bloggers out there (or booktubers etc., I don’t discriminate!), do you have any old ARCs that you still need to get to? I have… TOO many. If so, which are they/how many? (Or is it too many to count?) Ah, the joys of Netgalley…. Sigh. Stay beautiful! 😉