NETGALLEY REVIEW #1

Hello!

I have been taking my Netgalley account seriously and recently I have been getting a lot of my requests approved. I felt it would be great to run a series of posts wherein I review books, published, or ARCs that I receive from Netgalley. I was hoping this would help hold me accountable and increase my approval rate. Anyways without further ado, let’s get it…

The Sheikh Pregnant Lover by Leslie North

Review

Here we have Sheikh Kyril who is the new Sheikh after his father had a medical crisis and needed to take time off and spend the rest of his time resting. Kyril has had a fantastic few months with Hannah and she is now pregnant but he doesn’t know that until he runs after her at the train station to prevent her from leaving him.
Hannah has always taken care of her younger sister since she lost her parents and now that her sister is an adult she decided to take a world tour which is how she met Kyril. Now that she is pregnant she is unwilling to be tied down again by another responsibility in the form of a husband or a relationship.
But of course, she marries him and you can figure the rest out.
Let’s be honest, I know that these books are supposed to be very short, but the whole thing seemed to happen a bit too quickly, I mean, one minute she was afraid of being caged by Kyril and suddenly he realizes his mistake the next minute.

Rating

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars

The Sheikh’s Fake Marriage by Leslie North

Review

As you can expect from a book about a Sheikh, it follows the love story between a Sheikh and an ordinary girl. Kishon is the Sheikh of Hamari and tradition says that until he is married, the other males in his family cannot get married. Since I did not read the first book in the series, I cannot say much about the other characters.

Kishon has been visiting the States for some time and has been showing his interest in Chloe who is a bartender at the bar he frequents. He asks her to marry him so that his cousin can get married. She gets to travel the world has the Sheikha and paint (therefore achieving her dream) and he gets to remain the all-powerful Sheikh. But as you can expect feelings get exposed and ……they express their love for each other. It was a really fun short read.

Rating

I gave this book 2.8 out of 5 stars

Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez

Review

Okay so I got the Translated version from #Netgalley and I am so excited to tell you about this book. As a cognitive neuroscientist, this book addresses a lot of issues that people in the autism spectrum face every day of their lives and the discrimination they experience because of their difference.
Here we follow Marguerite who is super ‘awkward’ basically she is different and for the first half of the book, we explore how different she is, how awkward and invisible she feels around people, her lack of outstanding social humor, sensitivity to noise, her love for her routine and her isolation which explains her disorder.
The lack of understanding of her so-called friends, boyfriend, and family adds to her depression as she isn’t aware of what her disorder is. This book also addresses the lack of general awareness of autism spectrum disorders in France and the behavior even medical professionals have concerning it.

So when she finally gets a diagnosis she is elated (which is understandable, because knowing there is a problem, is when you can adjust your environment to cope with your disorder) because now she knows that there is a reason for her difference and she began to make changes. first by getting rid of her boyfriend who doesn’t understand her, then friends that made her seem small.

I believe that this a good book to understand although minutely what people with Asperger’s syndrome face every day of their lives and how we as a society can help them make the best of life even with their disorder. I also like the conversation she had with her friend who honestly was just so uninformed about autism spectrum disorders.

I like the graphics and the color contrasts, it made for an enjoyable reading experience. There are also links and information at the end of the story about autism and helplines to contact.

Expected publication date is August 18, 2020

Rating

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

Fangs by Sarah Andersen

Review

More like a 4.4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, very quick read.
I got this graphic novel from #Netgalley.
Elsie is a Vampire who has lived her whole life (over three hundred years) without love until she meets Jimmy who is a Werewolf and they fall accidentally into this relationship that allows them to be themselves without reservation. This a collection of short snippets into their relationship, a humor-filled package that had me laughing so hard at the little ripples of sweetness and acceptance they shared.
Their difference was the center of their relationship and I just loved it. I would be checking out more of Sarah’s works.

Rating

I gave this book 4.4 out of 5 stars

Cagaster Vol. 1 by Kachou Hashimoto

Review

Set in the year 2125, the world is plagued by Cagaster which is a monstrous infection that changes whoever is infected into a giant cannibalistic bug. Kidow who is a strong bug exterminator and his friend go on a journey as they usually do try to find ways to survive in a world that they have always known. They hope that they can return to the times before the plagues even with them not knowing anything about that time.
This manga (yes, you need to read from right to left) starts with Kidow acting as a bodyguard or an exterminator protecting a merchant who is collecting riches left by those who have been killed by the bugs.

This is when he meets Ilie and her father who were attacked by a bug and he saves her and takes her back home with him. Back home to slowly gets to know her and she is not all she seems. He decides to help her find her mother and that takes them on an adventure.
I am quite excited about the second volume because the final chapter left me on my head.
I have to say that I really did not enjoy the art style, it was black and white and I really could not enjoy the graphic details that the story itself held. It was washed out by the lack of color.

This manga is available on Netflix and I can’t wait to watch it.

Rating

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars

Thanks for reading. I hope you check them out.

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