If you’re a book blogger, you’re probably familiar with NetGalley. If you’re not, I’ll quickly explain what it is: it’s basically an online library for ARCs, or Advanced Reader Copies, of books soon to be released. The general rule is that if you request a book and you’re accepted, you get to read and keep it in return for an honest review.
Book bloggers tend to have a love/hate relationship with NetGalley. It’s amazing because anyone who is anyone can sign up for free; there’s no strings attached, they don’t ask for high numbers of followers; literally anyone who likes to talk about books can register. “So where’s the bad in that?!” I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you.
I’ve read one book by Sarah Crossan before (One, a fascinating story about conjoined twins written in free verse), but never anything by Brian Conaghan. I really loved One and it had such an impact on me, so I had high expectations for We Come Apart. Both authors will be attending YALC this year, so I’m really happy I managed to get a copy of We Come Apart from NetGalley to read before I go!
Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.
Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
Have you ever read a book that leaves you feeling completely confused, not even sure what’s going on, but you can’t stop reading? That was this book for me. I tried my best to formulate my thoughts into some kind of review…
Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything.
Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about?
Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier.
Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations?
The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.
Reading is one of the best hobbies you can have. Not only does it expand your mind, spark your imagination and make you feel SO many emotions all at once, but it’s also so portable! You can read anywhere – in bed, on the bus, in the middle of a field. (But not now though, in the middle of January.)
The only issue with reading as a hobby? It can get so expensive!
But fear not! Here are 6 ways you can read if you can’t afford to buy brand new books. From classics to the newest releases, read them all with these simple tips!
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.
But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?
As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:
‘You will be dead by Christmas.’