Latest NetGalley Reads

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.

A Window Opens: A Novel by Elisabeth Egan A mom of three works part-time at a magazine until her husband decides to make changes in his career and she goes to work full-time to bring in money for the family. She thinks she found her dream job, but she misses out on her kids' lives, has to deal with her ailing father, and her husband's job isn't taking off the way they'd like it to, so she's stretched too thin. It's not a new story by any means and it's not really funny like the blurb mentions, but it's well written and there is a lot to relate to. 

The Piano Man Project by Kat French Honey needs a man, so her friends hook her up with different guys, preferably piano players because they seem sensitive and can hopefully give her the big O she's never had. Hal, a moody recluse, moves in next door and their chemistry is undeniable, but he's all wrong for her. People are raving about this book, and it kept my attention, but it was just ok for me. It's an extremely light, easy romantic comedy with a side story that didn't interest me. I just couldn't wrap my head around the couple. Sure, Hal was a bad boy and that's hot, but Honey was a doormat. 

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak Arlie's face was scarred as a child after her step-dad's meth lab exploded in their home. She and her mom were constantly on the run from him until her mom overdosed and died in their motel room. At just 16-years old, her uncle moves to town to care for her, she enrolls in school, has a crush, and has to hide from the step-dad that's looking for her. The beginning of the book was promising and I thought the story was original, but there was a lot going on and it was hard to root for Arlie because she made stupid choices. 

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann The blogger is back with stories about the holidays. I think this book was better than her last because I related in so many ways. I love Christmas and have fun getting in the spirit of things, but have a hard time with a lot that comes with it. She hit the nail on the head for me on things like boastful holiday letters, gross cookie exchanges, and all the work that comes with Elf on the Shelf. It's not laugh out loud funny, but I loved it for the perfect amount of snark. 


Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh that sucks about the piano man project. i really liked it. Honey really was a bit of a doormat sometimes, though I thought she got better.. but overall, yeah definitely a doormat. plus, i don't care if it's funny or whatever, Honeysuckle is probably the worst character name I have ever encountered. The side story was way too developed for me. I didn't mind the overall thing getting shut down, but the whole brother and blah blah about the sisters, boring. sounds like you didn't have the best luck with most of your netgalley books (besides the last one), i really haven't had the best luck lately so i decided to take a bit of a break!

Karen Peterson said...

That first one sounds pretty good.

And I pretty much want to read all the People I Want to Punch in the Throat books.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I have a few of these on my to-read list already. I don't, however, have PIWTPITT because I just cannot stand her anymore. Her blog was awesome a few years ago and now it's just boring and obnoxious. I can't see how her book would be any different.

I definitely don't use NetGalley like I should but I've realized I never finish books before their publication date to review them like you're supposed to. I'm going to get kicked out of the NetGalley club.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

they sound nice