Sometimes folks are curious where I get so many free books to review. Some of my sources are private memberships, like the ACFW writers’ e-loop and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Both of those, as well as Christian Science Fiction Fantasy Blog Tour only offer selected inspirational titles.
Recently a new friend invited me to NetGalley, which is a digital review site with nearly forty publishers onboard. Some large, small small, some fiction, some not, some specifically Christian, many not.The beauty here is that you can download the galleys of the books and read them on your computer, Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle, or other devices. Caveat: not all publishers offer all their galleys in multiple formats. The one book I decided to start with isn’t available for iPhone; ie: the Kindle app for iPhone cannot be used.
The book I’m reading now is Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton, which doesn’t release until November 2010. Meanwhile, the publisher, Clarion, is trying to build some momentum and expectation for this YA fantasy novel. Here’s the blurb:
Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures–goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.
Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.
So far I’ve only read the first couple of chapters, but I think I’m going to love it. You’ll see a review up sometime! Meanwhile, NetGalley is a site you may enjoy poking around. You might want to sign up to review books for them. You can also follow them on Twitter as @NetGalley.