Updated Books I Got From Netgalley – 2023 Q1 #2 Edition

I was going to wait longer but none of the books I read recently drew me to writing a review about them but what I did notice was that extra number of Netgalley ARCS I received so here is a revised Netgalley ARC shelf.

All information comes from Netgalley and the respective publishers. Might be subject to change. I am letting you know about these books purely because I am excited to see them, there is no affiliation with publishers or Netgalley itself.

You can read my post from Jan 2023 here >>>

  • Title: The Cleaving
  • Author: Juliet E. McKenna
  • Publisher: Angry Robot
  • Publishing Date: 11.04.23
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Standalone

Plot: The legendary epics of King Arthur and Camelot don’t tell the whole story. Chroniclers say Arthur’s mother Ygraine married the man that killed her husband. They say that Arthur’s half-sister Morgana turned to dark magic to defy him and Merlin. They say that the enchantress Nimue challenged Merlin and used her magic to outwit him. And that Arthur’s marriage to Guinevere ended in adultery, rebellion and bloodshed. So why did these women chose such dangerous paths? As warfare and rivalries constantly challenge the king, Arthur and Merlin believe these women are destined to serve Camelot by doing as they are told. But men forget that women talk. Ygraine, Nimue, Morgana and Guinevere become friends and allies while the decisions that shape their lives are taken out of their hands. This is their untold story. Now these women have a voice.

  • Title: Onyeka and the Rise of the Rebels
  • Author: Tọlá Okogwu
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s
  • Publishing Date: 02.03.23
  • Age Rating: Middle Grade
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Series: Onyeka #2

Plot for Book 1: Onyeka has a lot of hair­—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. At least she has Cheyenne, her best friend, who couldn’t care less what other people think. Still, Onyeka has always felt insecure about her vibrant curls…until the day Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair takes on a life of its own, inexplicably pulling Cheyenne from the water. At home, Onyeka’s mother tells her the shocking truth: Onyeka’s psychokinetic powers make her a Solari, one of a secret group of people with superpowers unique to Nigeria. Her mother quickly whisks her off to the Academy of the Sun, a school in Nigeria where Solari are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends at the academy soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies…

  • Title: Charming
  • Author: Jade Linwood
  • Publisher: Rebellion
  • Publishing Date: 18.07.23
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Standalone

Plot: Prince Jean-Marc Charming Arundel, known to friends and enemies alike as “Prince Charming,” is handsome, well-mannered, brave, a peerless swordsman, a cunning tactician – and a liar, a con man and a fraud. For years he has been travelling from one kingdom to the next, rescuing endangered princesses and maidens, securing their troths and his place in their fathers’ palaces, then looting their treasuries and having it away before dawn. Until a chance meeting of three of his victims – raven-haired Marie Blanche de Neige, the sorceress Doctor Emilia Rapunzel and the long-slumbering Bella Lucia dei’ Sogni – suggests a course of revenge…

  • Title: Ink, Blood, Sister, Scribe
  • Author: Emma Törzs
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publishing Date: 06.07.23
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Standalone

Plot: For generations, the Kalotay family has guarded a collection of ancient and rare books. Books that let a person walk through walls or manipulate the elements–books of magic that half-sisters Joanna and Esther have been raised to revere and protect. All magic comes with a price, though, and for years the sisters have been separated. Esther has fled to a remote base in Antarctica to escape the fate that killed her own mother, and Joanna’s isolated herself in their family home in Vermont, devoting her life to the study of these cherished volumes. But after their father dies suddenly while reading a book Joanna has never seen before, the sisters must reunite to preserve their family legacy. In the process, they’ll uncover a world of magic far bigger and more dangerous than they ever imagined, and all the secrets their parents kept hidden; secrets that span centuries, continents, and even other libraries . . .

  • Title: Fierce
  • Author: Geoffrey Monde & Mathieu Burniat
  • Publisher: Europe Comics
  • Publishing Date: 22.02.23
  • Age Rating: YA
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Standalone

Plot: The legendary King Arthur is now an old drunkard who spends his days slouched on his throne. He owes his former glory to the magic sword the wizard Merlin forged for him in order to slay the hordes of demons who came to invade the kingdom of Pendragon. The enchanted weapon now suffers from a bad case of boredom, while Arthur’s daughter, the Princess Ysabelle, is wondering how to flee the marriage her father has arranged with the vile Baron of Cumber. Both Ysabelle and the sword are determined to change their fate, and to do so they must become allies on a long journey. But the wide world can prove much harsher than life at the palace, and the sword’s intentions may not be as noble as they seem… 

  • Title: Here
  • Author: Phoenicia Rogerson
  • Publisher: HQ
  • Publishing Date: 31.08.23
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: Standalone

Plot: This should be the story of Hercules: his twelve labours, his endless adventures…everyone’s favourite hero, right? Well, it’s not.This is the story of everyone else:

  • Alcmene: Herc’s mother (She has knives everywhere)
  • Hylas: Herc’s first friend (They were more than friends)
  • Megara: Herc’s wife (She’ll tell you about their marriage)
  • Eurystheus: Oversaw Herc’s labours (Definitely did not hide in a jar)

His friends, his enemies, his wives, his children, his lovers, his rivals, his gods, his victims. It’s time to hear their stories.

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