Saturday, February 26, 2011

Netgalley Haul!

Okay so I know I've been completely AWOL these last few weeks and I'm sorry for that. The reason behind that was that due to some problems the university I'm currently studying at is facing, which had caused me (and probably the rest of the student body) to be really behind in my studies. Still, I'm finally somewhat caught up with everything, so I will try and keep this updated too.

The good news is that I got the okay to review a couple of books from Netgalley, so I'm excited to read these and share my thoughts on them.

First up (this will probably be the order I review them in as well):

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...

Okay so I have to say that Harlequin Teen has really surprised me with the last couple of books they've published (Iron Queen...need I say more!) and solely on that, I'm excited to read this one. Add to the fact that Persephone's myth (on which this seems to be a twist of) is one of my favorite Greek myths, and I am estatic!!

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

This one has been on my to-read list for a couple of of months, and I more than squealed with glee (yeah, I know, jeje) when I saw this one hit Netgalley. Since romance is my drug of choice and this one just oozes of it, I'm really excited to review this one.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Honestly, to me this seems kind of creepy and I'm not a big ghost/romance involving a ghost fan. Still, something about this called to me and I'm really hoping to be pleasantly surprised!

All in all, my reading list just got a whole lot more interesting. Still, I find it fair to warn you that I do not plan on reading any of these books, until netgalley re-instates their Kindle button, which will hopefully be early on in March. The good thing is I still have some reviews pending (such as Timeless by Alexandra Monir and The Vespertine by Saundra Michelle) before getting in to these, so hopefully the problem will be resolved by then. Still, if the premier dates of these novels get close I will find some other way to read them (via my computer...which I hate) and review them on time.

I hope you like my mini book haul and feel free to comment here or message me if there is any young adult book you'd like me to review.

Happy Reading guys!

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