In the past weeks, I had the chance to read and review four excellent books provided by NetGalley.
You’ll find below the links of these reviews as posted on Goodreads (no worries, they are identical to those sent to NetGalley):
“The Extinction Trials” by A.G. Riddle | Dystopia at its best. “It’s been quite a long time that I haven’t read such a great book—well written, well developed, entertaining in the sense of making your heart beat faster and your breath get laboured while you’re turning the pages almost in a frenzy.”
“Corinth 2642 AD” by Bindiya Schaefer | “Gosh, what was this? I mean, what was it in terms of genre? A dystopian novel? A utopia? A (murder) mystery? A little bit of each, I’d say. One thing’s for sure, and that’s why I’m going to say it right away: it was a helluva ride, a damn good read, pardon my French, one of those unputdownable books one reads with bated breath, sweaty palms, and a wholesome yet prickling curiosity for what’ll come next.”
“The Last Emperor of Mexico” by Edward Shawcross | “This book tells the story of this unique path that led a second son of an illustrious lineage from the golden-spoon-in-mouth youth as an Austrian archduke living in the splendid palaces of his family to the subservient role as rather powerless Viceroy of Lombardy-Venetia (of his brother’s grace) to Emperor of Mexico who only ever ruled over and controlled bits and patches of that huge country. It inevitably (or so it seems) leads to this man’s tragic and gory death in Querétaro, Mexico, in 1867, where he was executed by a Republican firing squad at the age of only 34.”
“The Prism Affect” by J. Wint | “All right, when I requested this book, I was somewhat misled by the blurb and therefore expecting a dystopian novel with a light magical twist rather than a SciFi-cum-Fantasy novel with a mystery twist. That doesn’t mean I was disappointed (all this genres and subgenres are right up my alley), but I sure was surprised. So if you are looking forward to reading thrilling descriptions of disasters and humankind’s (almost) ultimate seconds, be warned—you won’t get more than what is written in the blurb. Yet you should pick up a copy of this book, anyway, because thrilling it sure is.”