Latest NetGalley Reads

I have been all about NetGalley lately! They keep approving my requests, so I gotta keep up with reading them! Are you using it yet? Sign up for an account here, search through titles, request books for your e-reader, submit feedback, and share reviews on your blog. So fun and easy and best of all, FREE!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven So. Good. Finch constantly contemplates suicide and Violet is depressed after the death of her sister. They meet on top of the school's bell tower where they're both thinking about jumping, then get paired up for a school project that has them exploring the state of Indiana. This book has been compared to The Fault In Our Stars and Eleanor and Park and I totally agree, because it made me feel so much, but it's not a copycat story. It's original and intense and important, covering love, grief, and mental health. It took me about fifty pages to really get into it because I didn't understand Finch, but I soon fell completely in love with him and their story. And just like with the previously mentioned books, I bawled my eyes out. It's heartbreaking, but so, so great. I highly recommend it! 

Saving Grace by Jane Green Grace seems to have the perfect life as the wife of a famous author, but she's not exactly happy. Then her life gets turned upside-down when she hires a new house assistant. The plot is predictable and sort of like an upstate New York version of Single White Female. The story didn't go anywhere for the first 100 pages and I didn't really like Grace, so it took me a while to get into it. I also don't feel like any of the other characters were very developed. It was an easy, mindless read though, which is exactly what I was in the mood for. 

Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna I absolutely loved Sarah's first book, she was my favorite round table comedian on Chelsea Lately, and I've followed her on Twitter for years. She's so down to earth and very funny without being too mean. Plus, she's accessible. She tweets me back all the time! This book contains honest and hilarious stories about being single, dating, her friends and family, vacations, and doing stand-up. Although I don't relate to much of it anymore, I feel like we're old friends while reading her books. I get her. The last chapter, about beginning of her relationship with Jon Ryan, totally melted my heart. They are they cutest couple! 

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion I didn't LOVE The Rosie Project, so wasn't super excited about this one, but I wanted to see where the story went. The setting and new characters were refreshing, but Rosie was a shell of a character, just a stereotypical hormonal pregnant woman. And Don was annoying, rather than endearing. There were so many unlikely situations, I constantly rolled my eyes. It was just too zany for me. 

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.


Katrin said...

I finished All The Bright Places today and loved it so much! I did not want the book to ever end. I absolutely fell in love with Finch!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I knew what was going to happen in Saving Grace not even a quarter of the way into it. Predictable and not enough else to sustain it to elevate it above lame.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I want to read All The Bright Places SO badly. My library doesn't have it, when I logged in to Netgalley, I couldn't find it (I might have done something wrong), and I'm thinking I'm just going to buy it. I want to read it that much.

The Rosie Effect is on my to-read list. Don annoyed me in The Rosie Project so I think I'm prepared for it in this one.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Yay for NetGalley!

That first one sounds good. I'm going to look for it!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I finished All The Bright Places last night. It was so good! I have Jane's book to read. I've read every single one of hers. I like some more than others, but she's my favorite when it comes to fluff.