Netgalley, if you don’t use it, is a fantastic tool for readers and writers alike. It’s provided me the opportunity to both read my genre and wider, for free, in exchange for a review. You can review on Amazon/Goodreads or as a blogger.
Obviously, you can then (for a price) put your own books on there.
This week I’m reviewing It Started With Goodbye, by Christina June. A good little novel about a girl who got accused of a crime. It then details her summer of penance.
The thing about reading a particular genre is that at some point, you go blind. You’ve read all the stories, know all the plots, seen all the worlds. So, you grow tired; maybe you even try a new genre. But one thing’s for sure. Your love of that genre gets a smidgen weary. But this book. THIS book is one of those books that wipes the slate clean. It cleanses your palette like a sniff of coffee beans after too much perfume. It will give you back your love of YA dystopian fiction and boy will you love every second of it.
I love YA. But mostly, I read YA fantasy or dystopian fiction. That was silly. I won’t be restricting myself like that again. I’d forgotten there was an enormous field of books in the YA genre and I nearly missed out on this little gem of a book. That would have been a mistake.
This book is for anyone who’s felt like a weirdo, or who doesn’t understand strange people.
A.G. Howard’s Splintered series is quite well known and on my list of TBR. So I expected good things, and although my rating isn’t that high, I did really the book. For me, there were some specific things that could have been worked on that would have got her a higher star rating.
I love the concept of synesthesia, having studied it in my Psychology degree, and I’ve never read a book with energy sucking powers, so this was new to me. YA readers will love this book. Continue reading →