ARC Review – The Hunger of the Gods

I am VERY excited to be reviewing The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne. I enjoyed the first book in this series (check out my review here), and I’ve been seeing rave reviews for the sequel all over Twitter and other blogs. So, I was itching to get to this one myself.

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Audiobook & ARC Mini Reviews – The Library of the Dead & Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

Today I’m reviewing the first two books of the Edinburgh Nights series by T.L. Huchu. I saw the audiobook of Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments on NetGalley and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to request it since I’ve been wanting to read The Library of the Dead since last year. It gave me the perfect excuse to put aside the rest of my TBR and jump straight to it. While I own a copy of The Library of the Dead, I decided to get the audiobook from the library so that the medium would be consistent between the two books. What did I think? Read on to find out!

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ARC Mini Review – The Wolf Den

Hello, everyone! I hope you are all having a great Sunday so far. Today I’m excited to review The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper. I’ve seen a lot of praise for this book ever since it was released in the UK last year. It will finally be published in the US on Tuesday, and I was lucky enough to snag an eARC. I love Greek and Roman myths and legends and the ancient world in general. So, I was really looking forward to reading this one.

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Audiobook ARC Review – Queen’s Hope

I have been waiting on this book for what seems like forever! It was originally scheduled to be released last year, but the publication date got pushed back. I requested the audiobook through NetGalley a couple months ago and had honestly given up on it. Then Disney came through for me, and I almost yelped with excitement upon getting my approval email. 🙂 I dropped everything, downloaded the audiobook, and listened to the entire thing in one afternoon. Did it live up to my very high expectations? Read below to find out!

Padmé is adjusting to being a wartime senator during the Clone Wars. Her secret husband, Anakin Skywalker, is off fighting the war, and excels at being a wartime Jedi. In contrast, when Padmé gets the opportunity to see the casualties on the war-torn front lines, she is horrified. The stakes have never been higher for the galaxy, or for the newly-married couple.

Meanwhile, with Padmé on a secret mission, her handmaiden Sabé steps into the role of Senator Amidala, something no handmaiden has done for an extended period of time. While in the Senate, Sabé is equally horrified by the machinations that happen there. She comes face to face with a gut-wrenching decision as she realizes that she cannot fight a war this way, not even for Padmé.

And Chancellor Palpatine hovers over it all, manipulating the players to his own ends…

***Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Publishing for providing a copy of the audiobook. My review contains my honest thoughts about my reading experience.***

I love PadmĂ©. She is one of my favorite characters from Star Wars. So, to say I was excited about this finale to her book trilogy would be a massive understatement. This author has done a fabulous job in the past of capturing the essence of PadmĂ© with her words, and this book was no exception to that. I’ve always wondered about why PadmĂ© chose to be with Anakin given his cringeworthy attempts at romance in Attack of the Clones, and this story satisfied that curiosity. It provided a window into PadmĂ©’s mind before, during, and right after her wedding to Anakin, and I found the explanation for her decisions/feelings regarding their relationship to work well and make sense. I loved the snippets of Anakin and PadmĂ© being happy in love and at peace in each other’s presence, and they felt bittersweet knowing how their relationship would ultimately end in tragedy. The stories of the handmaidens also continued in this book, and I enjoyed seeing their growth as they stepped out of the shadow of Amidala. The relationship between PadmĂ© and SabĂ© was just as central to this story as the relationship between PadmĂ© and Anakin, and it highlighted just how much the two women have changed over the course of this trilogy of books as their found family has splintered to some degree as they have all grown up. The plot of the book felt inconsequential compared to the characterizations and relationships, but I did still enjoy it. It had a Clone Wars feel to it that kept my interest. I was floored whenever I realized it was PadmĂ© herself, or at least the voice actress who played her in the Clone Wars, narrating the audiobook. I didn’t know that prior to starting it, and it added another layer of awesomeness to the experience. Music and background noises were also inserted throughout the narration, and it really made the story come to life in a way that felt genuinely like Star Wars. I honestly cannot recommend this audiobook enough to all fans of PadmĂ©, The Clone Wars, and the prequel era of Star Wars. It was a short listen and will likely be one I revisit again many times in the future. Therefore, I rate it 5 out of 5 super biased stars. lol.

Mid-Month NetGalley Check-In – March 2022

I’ve been trying to do better. I really have. I swear I haven’t been requesting as many books, but I’ve been (luckily) getting approved for most of what I request. So, despite my best efforts, my feedback ratio hasn’t changed much. I’ve been approved for a ton of great new books, including some of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’m pretty excited about it even if it means reading them on a faster schedule to get the reviews done before publication. I read and reviewed five books, and I’ve been approved for eight new books in the last month. I’ve also read two more books whose reviews haven’t been published yet. You can see where I was last month in my most recent check-in post. My feedback ratio thankfully managed to climb one percent to 61%. It went up as far as 63% at one point, but after a few new approvals it dropped back down again. I’ve completed 37 ARC reviews out of the total 53 for which I have been approved. I now have 23 books available to review on my shelf, which is once again the most I’ve ever had at one time.

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