NetGalley Devours: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Today, and throughout March, NetGalley Devours teen and YA books! Keep an eye out for our reviews this month, which will cover titles that include the paranormal, anti-bullying, and the struggles faced by two girls in love.

Today we’ll start with the paranormal! Have you read and reviewed The Nightmare Affair too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Tor Teen; Pub Date March 5, 2013
The Nightmare Affair

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.  Literally. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. 

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target. [From the Publisher]

Review:

Like many adults, I’m still enthralled with young adult books, and specifically paranormal YA. I can’t help but get swept up in the clash between mythology and regular teen angst. If you’re the same way, you’ll be just as excited to read The Nightmare Affair as I was. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: The Nightmare Affair”

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Cover Love

Here at NetGalley we see lots of cover images in the course of a day, so we thought we’d share some of our cover love! Here are a handful of our recent favorites. Did we miss a title you requested after falling in love with its cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

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Harlequin UK                     Andrews McMeel Publishing     University Press of Florida           Penguin Books         BookBaby (IBPA Member
Pub Date Oct 5 2012                   Pub Date Apr 2 2013               Pub Date Apr 23 2013         Pub Date Apr 30 2013      Pub Date Feb 13 2013

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Recipes for Success: Review Policies

Hello, bloggers and reviewers! I hope you caught last week’s debut Recipes For Success post about first steps to creating a book blog. This week Kate, Ex Libris blogress, returns to share her Recipe for Success for crafting a great Review Policy. Share her tips with your fellow reviewers on Twitter using #NGextras.

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on focusing your blog’s content.

Recipes for Success aims to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders!

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Review Policies Continue reading “Recipes for Success: Review Policies”

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NetGalley’s View from the UK

I’m Stuart Evers, NetGalley’s newest member of the Concierge Team, based in the UK. Welcome to the first of my ‘View From the UK’ blogs – your monthly roundup of what’s happening book-wise in Great Britain. I’ll be covering everything from the latest prizes and awards, festivals, events, hot titles, literary gossip and overlooked classics, to welcoming new publishers to NetGalley, tips on titles you might want to request and anything else that has caught my eye over the previous month.

I joined NetGalley just before Christmas to help ensure our British members get the very best experience on the site. I’m an author myself, and have been a bookseller and editor so I’m hoping to bring all that recommending experience to help you find the best titles – no matter what genre you read. If you have any suggestions, thoughts, or ideas for things you’d like to see on NetGalley in the UK, please get in contact via our Knowledge Base and I’ll get back to you!

The big news for January had to be the announcement of the Costa Book Awards. Hilary Mantel went into the evening as favourite … Continue reading “NetGalley’s View from the UK”

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Recipes for Success: First Steps to Creating a Book Blog
Guest post from Kate of Ex Libris

Here at NetGalley our goal is to provide a central resource for professional readers to discover new titles to recommend! Whether you’re a reviewer, blogger, bookseller, librarian, or educator, we know that you’re spreading the word about books. Some of our members are well-established and some of you are just starting out. For those of you who have just started or are thinking about starting a dedicated book-review blog, we introduce this new blog series: Recipes for Success. Here you’ll find tips and tricks from the insiders! We aim to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers.

Our first post is from Kate of Ex Libris, who’s here to kick things off by sharing four first steps in creating a book blog. Kate has been a NetGalley member since 2011 and has been approved for 182 titles as of today! Don’t forget to stay tuned for Kate’s next Recipe for Success, all about Review Policies.

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So, you want to start a book blog….. Continue reading “Recipes for Success: First Steps to Creating a Book Blog”

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NetGalley Devours: Big Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans

We have one more children’s book review for you this month! Keep an eye out for the Children’s Book Roundup in your inbox later today for even more great children’s titles available on NetGalley.

Have you read and reviewed Big Change for Stuart too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

Big Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
(Random House Children’s Publishers UK, pub date: May 2, 2013)
Big Change for Stuart

Recipe

Mix magic mayhem and mystery with fiendish puzzles and pulsating peril to make a truly compelling confection.

Description

Stuart Horten – ten, but looks younger – is now the owner of a magician’s workshop. Except that without his Great-Uncle’s Last Will and Testament, he can’t actually prove it. Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well: someone who has a lot of money.

The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract.

As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, danger looms, and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants. [From the publisher]

Review

I have to confess I don’t read much Children’s fiction – but this title really caught my eye. My favourite book as a child was Stuart Little and finding another little Stuart was too much to resist, especially as my first child is due in a month! Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: Big Change for Stuart”

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Cari's Book Blog

Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at NetGalley? Pop over to Cari’s Book Blog for a glimpse at what fills each day for the NetGalley Concierge Team!

Thanks, Cari, for inviting us to share our day with your readers as part of your new monthly series!

-The Concierge Team

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NetGalley Devours: World on a String by Larry Phifer, Illustrator: Danny Popovici

Last week, Lindsey devoured World on a String. Have you read and reviewed this title too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours
Check back soon for another children’s book review from Stuart, NetGalley’s newest Concierge!

World on a String by Larry Phifer, Illustrator: Danny Popovici
Storytime Works/Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Member; Pub Date: Jun 4 2013
World on a String

Description: Picture book that offers a uniquely uplifting perspective on loss. World on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together. Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, Charlie is very sad. He imagines that his friend is lost, tangled and all alone. However, by remembering the happy times they shared, Charlie is able to shift his perspective, deal with his loss and, ultimately, he imagines his balloon as a very important part of the starry sky. [From the publisher]

Review: I stumbled across World on a Stringand instantly did what we’re all told not to do—judged it by its cover, but in a good way. I was intrigued and wanted to see more, and since this IBPA member title is currently available to READ NOW in the NetGalley catalog, was able to download it right away. The illustrations hooked me by the second page, and …I found myself relishing in the little details and inherent movement of the artwork. Then I started to read the text—sweet rhymes that I knew would easily appeal to my two-year-old daughter. I did a complete read-through in just a few moments (this is a short picture book, after all) but ended up surprised at how quickly the story touched me. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: World on a String”

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READ NOW on NetGalley: BUZZ BOOKS 2013 Shares Pre-Publication Excerpts from Big Spring and Summer Releases

You have probably seen the coverage today about Publishers Lunch’s BUZZ BOOKS 2013, featuring substantial excerpts from 28 highly anticipated Spring/Summer titles. We’re delighted to be working with Michael Cader and his team on this project, by offering to trade professionals a version of the sampler which features links to request or download the full galley via NetGalley. The sampler is available to READ NOW by clicking here, or on the cover image below. Click the “Additional Trade Information” link at the end of the excerpts to see the NetGalley links.

Buzz Books 2013 What book are you most excited to read from the list? What have you read so far? Tell us on Twitter by tagging @NetGalley and #BuzzBook, or on our Facebook page.

Scroll down to view the complete list of excerpts and more information about BUZZ BOOKS 2013.

Note: This project was made all the more meaningful to NetGalley because Publishers Lunch works closely with Joshua Tallent of eBook Architects on the production of the ebook. Joshua heads up this premier ebook design and production firm, now part of Firebrand Technologies (who also owns NetGalley). Chances are, if you are reading a beautifully designed and executed ebook (as the BUZZ BOOK is), you are benefiting from the work of Joshua and his team.

ABOUT BUZZ BOOKS 2013: SPRING/SUMMER: Winter Institute and Beyond, in an eBook.

The new edition of BUZZ BOOKS—available on all major ebook platforms—presents substantial excerpts from 28 highly anticipated books set for release between March and July. For trade readers, it builds on the ABA’s Winter Institute 8, convening later this month in Kansas City, helping to amplify what has become the unofficial spring/summer launch event. For everyone who can’t make it to WI8, we feature excerpts from 11 authors appearing there.

BUZZ BOOKS 2013 combines excerpts from major new works of nonfiction—Michael Pollan’s COOKED; bestselling authors of Made to Stick and Switch Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s DECISIVE; and Lily Koppel’s THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (already in film development)—alongside potential breakouts from established novelists. There’s Kate Atkinson’s LIFE AFTER LIFE, Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, Meg Wolitzer’s THE INTERESTINGS, Ruth Ozeki’s A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING, Philipp Meyer’s THE SON, Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, Alexander Maksik’s A MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT, and Benjamin Percy’s RED MOON.

Continue reading “READ NOW on NetGalley: BUZZ BOOKS 2013”

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NetGalley Devours: An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw

Happy February! This month the NetGalley team will be looking at children’s and middle grade titles. Check back soon for even more reviews. Have you read and reviewed this title too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw 
(Tundra Books/Random House Canada, pub date: February 12, 2013)

An Infidel in Paradise

Description: Sixteen-year-old Emma is no stranger to moving. The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, her life has been a series of changing landscapes, cultures and friendships. But when her parents split up and she and her siblings are forced to move to Pakistan with her mother, her feelings of loss and culture shock are overwhelming. Add to that rising political tensions and her attraction to a local boy who has been promised to someone else, Emma’s life very quickly spirals out of control, putting herself and those she loves in mortal danger. [From the publisher]

Review: Ages 12 and up. I’ve always enjoyed books set in a place I’m unlikely to visit—-a pseudo-vacation, in a way. So I chose An Infidel in Paradise because it takes place in Pakistan, where Emma, the main character, has just moved. Emma’s mother is a busy and often disengaged diplomat, and her parents have recently separated, with her beloved father remaining in the Philippines at their family’s last post. Emma has lived all over the world, but she’s shattered by the changes in her family and the adjustments of living in a restrictive and sometimes hostile country.

The book’s not complicated, but it’s rich in details and brings to life the stark differences between the cultures (Emma is Canadian) in a way that will be appealing to teens because …it sneaks under the radar. You’ll learn what traditional Pakistanis wear, but because the girls go shopping; you’ll learn about arranged marriages, but through the eyes of the “hot” love interest. Laidlaw does a thorough job of introducing characters with different perspectives, from the wealthy Pakistani students who attend Emma’s school, to the poor children who collect trash outside the diplomatic compound and the servants who look after Emma’s family.

As a parent, this book reminded me of how unsettling and lonely the teen years can be, no matter where in the world you are. My heart ached for Emma for most of the book—-as she gets angry and says something she later regrets, as she pushes her friends away so she doesn’t have to risk losing them, as she misses her father but refuses to forgive him. She makes reckless but human decisions, but she loves and is loved genuinely, and the book comes full circle at the end as she regains her footing.

Middle-grade readers will like the casual language of the book, the teen-appropriate connection between Emma and Musa, and its quick pace. Adults will enjoy recommending it because of the cultural references and current events focus. A final note: the ending, though a bit dramatic for adults, is perfect for this genre.

I requested the book from the NetGalley catalog, and read on my iPad using the Bluefire Reader app.

If you would like to purchase An Infidel in Paradise you can do so at any of these locations:

Canada:
Print:
Amazon
Indigo

eBook:
Kobo
Amazon

United States:
Print:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

eBook:
Kobo
Amazon

– Review written by Susan Ruszala, NetGalley President

 

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