Hi guys! We’ve decided to do something a little different for this month on NetGalley. We’re going to be celebrating our favourite books that we’ve read from across the imprints and to give you guys a chance to join us in our gushing! We feel so strongly about these books (everyone should read them!) that we just had to give you guys a chance to get to reading them too.
The first book was chosen by Amanda. Here’s a little about the book and why she decided to showcase it:
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.
Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.
And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.
Just as soon as he stops running away.
Amanda: ‘I wanted to put this book forward because I think it was woefully underread when released. It is wickedly funny with a side of epic fantasy, and a central duo that bring to mind classic buddy movies and capers. I love the style of writing and think it would appeal very much to those people who read Steven Erikson and wish they could have more of such characters as Tehol Beddict and Bugg. Lee writes with great heart and a sense of fun that embues this whole novel.’
The second book was chosen by myself. Here’s a little about the book and why I chose it:
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”
But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.
Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.
Leah: ‘This was the very first book that I read by Angry Robot and it solidified my love of the company. I was a little weary because I had only bad experiences of Science-Fiction prior to reading this but it blew me away! I chose this to put back up on Net Galley because I definitely think that this book needs to be read by others that haven’t had the chance/ heard of it before. This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute I was so happy, but then the next minute I felt like my heart had just broken into bits. I did not expect to feel so much emotion for a robot. It is fast-paced, exciting; a real page turner. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a mesmerizing, original retake on a romance novel and delves into so many real-life issues; it’s such a real book and I recommend it so much.’
The third book was chosen by Caroline. Here’s a little about the book and why she chose it:
17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.
She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for—but, they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.
Caroline: ‘When I see a book set in Ireland and written by an American, I’m not going to lie, I panic. I instantly fear a world of begosh and begorra, leprechauns, people greeting each other with “top o’ the mornin”, fiery red heads, and dancing at the crossroads – oh no wait, that one’s true to life, but as for the rest? No, thank you. So it was with trepidation I approached Julianna Scott’s The Holders, but I was soon thankful I had!
There are no gaping Irish stereotypes, and at times I often felt homesick with Julianna’s wonderful descriptions of the countryside, but to her credit I stopped warily reading and found myself utterly immersed in, and enjoying, the story. Becca is a strong, independent, fierce character and I thoroughly enjoyed her growing relationship with Alex. Friendships, relationships, and the teenage spirit, are all fantastically explored in a book that I highly recommend. I can’t wait to see what happens in The Seers!’
The fourth book was chosen by Lee. Here’s a little about the book and why he chose it:
Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.
The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.
There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.
But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
Lee: ‘I’m a big fan of urban fantasy. I also love the pomp and glamour of Downton Abbey. Between Two Thorns (the first book in the Split Worlds trilogy) hits both those notes for me, and more! Beautifully-written, with a great storyline and some brilliantly-realised characters, Emma Newman’s debut urban fantasy series has been delighting readers the world over!’
The final book was chosen by Suzannah. Here’s a little about the book and why she chose it:
Cool crime in a hot climate…
Private eye and former war reporter, Maier is sent to Cambodia to track down the missing heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.
His search leads him into the darkest corners of the country’s history, through the Killing Fields of the communist revolution, to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal who reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungle.
But the terrifying tale of mass murder that Maier uncovers is far from over. And soon Maier realises that, if he is to prevent more innocent lives from being destroyed, he will have to write the last horrific chapter himself.
The Cambodian Book of the Dead – it’s where Apocalypse Now meets The Beach…
Suzannah: ‘I think this book is great because it so vividly portrays the location and has some brilliantly written action scenes. I also think the cover is excellent!’