It's that time again: NetGalley reviews! If you aren't on it yet, just sign up for an account here, search through titles, request books to read on your favorite e-reader, submit feedback, and share your review on your blog. Simple! Here are the books I've read lately.
Dear Daughter: A Novel by Elizabeth Little This book has received rave reviews, but I really couldn't get into it. It's about celebutante Jane Jenkins, who is released from prison (on a technicality) ten years into her sentence for murdering her mother when she was just 16-years old. Because she's on the run from the media who still believes she did it, she cuts and dyes her hair and sets out to find the true story, as she has no recollection of the crime. This takes her to a small town in South Dakota where she uncovers family secrets. I didn't find any of the characters very likable, including the protagonist, and the pace was very slow. I had a hard time staying interested.
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig Everyone knows Grace from her YouTube channel, right? Right. I love her. I used to watch her religiously, but then my kids took over my life. I still check in every once in a while and I still love what I see so I was excited to review her first book. It's all about being a grown up, which I already am, but I'm still learning! She has some adult survival tips that I absolutely identify with, like, "You can get it at Target." While a lot of the book is tongue-in-cheek and written exactly how she speaks, Grace covers real issues like interviewing for a job, surviving school and office life, managing anxiety, and making adult friends. She shares dating advice, home decor, party and travel tips, and even explains how to enjoy alone time. The book is filled with pictures of her adorable face, fun worksheets, and easy recipes. While it didn't really apply to me, I thought it was a cute book and would make a fun gift for a college student in your life.
Buzz Books 2014: Fall/Winter: Exclusive Excerpts From Over 30 Top New Titles This ebook is so much fun and FREE for everyone from any major bookseller! There are excerpts from over thirty highly-anticipated books coming out within the next six months. You'll find fiction and non-fiction titles from brand new and seasoned authors. I've added autobiographies by Alan Cumming, Billy Idol and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron, and The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle to my must-read list!
Buzz Books 2014: Young Adult: Exclusive Excerpts From Over 20 Top New Titles This ebook is so much fun and FREE for everyone from any major bookseller! There are excerpts from over thirty highly-anticipated young adult books coming out within the next six months. You'll find fiction and non-fiction titles from brand new and seasoned authors. I've added Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang.
I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.