Emma Analyses the Netgalley Shelf!

Woah! Hi! I'm so so so sorry that this post is late but I am typing this into my phone right now, and I feel like crap! I'm at home sick, and not feeling great tbh. The posts may be a bit delayed for the next wee-while, but I will make sure to get them out to you guys! Thank you for waiting! I am also so sorry if I haven't commented recently, I am going to try catch up on some of that at the end of this week at the latest! Bear with me people, sickness is only a mortal hindrance!


If you have heard of eARC’s on the blogosphere, then you have most likely heard of Netgalley or Edelweiss +. For those who don’t know, both sites are forums where publishers / authors will post their book, and a reviewer requests the book after reading the synopsis, and the publisher / author makes the decision on whether or not to grant the request and send them the book (digitally) in exchange for a review. At the moment, AFCTL has nine (9) titles, all of the YA genre. Ranging from contemporary to fantasy, publishing this month to November, and covers of all designs. I’ll be taking you through our shelf to tell you my opinion on three things: the cover, the synopsis, and why I requested it.

Current Titles (6)

 Coral by Sara Ella
 Info: Thomas Nelson Fiction, Fantasy / Retelling / YA,
 Pub. Date: 12 November, 2019

Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved—yet tragic—tale, “The Little Mermaid,” Coral explores mental health from multiple perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.

There is more than one way to drown.

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?

The Cover: Can I just say how much I love this cover? The colors are exactly what I see when I go snorkeling, and I love how it is darker on the outside! The two sitting figures both look like they are daydreaming or thinking of something, and I also love the border of how there are ocean related things around it. It’s just a beautiful cover! Very ocean like and very mermaid-y!

Why I Requested It: I went through a MASSIVE mermaid phase when I was younger, and that’s where my love for Fantasy novels started to stem from. I guess this means I never really got over my mermaid phase, huh? Put that with the fact that I love to read about representation throughout YA of a lot of the stuff we as young adults deal with around mental health, I was immediately hook, line and sinkered!

 Screen Queens by Lori Goldenstein
 Info: Penguin Group - Razorbill, Contemporary / YA,
 Pub. Date: 11 June, 2019

This summer Silicon Valley is a girls' club.

Three thousand applicants. An acceptance rate of two percent. A dream internship for the winning team. ValleyStart is the most prestigious high school tech incubator competition in the country. Lucy Katz, Maddie Li, and Delia Meyer have secured their spots. And they've come to win.

Meet the Screen Queens.

Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.

East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she's only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.

Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it's time for the big leagues--ValleyStart--but super shy Delia isn't sure if she can hack it (pun intended).

When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn't enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get...complicated.

Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, Screen Queens is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type.

The Cover: This reminds me so much of Mean Girls AKA the best ever film depicting high school and I was instantly drawn in by the bright colors. The cartoon girls on the front immediately make me want to cower, glare back and apologise in the exact same second?? This book just immediately looks like it is awesome, knows it, and couldn’t care less what you think. This is an absolute mood the feel I wish I could send out, but alas here I am behind my laptop screen.

Why I Requested It: I am actually part of the blog tour for this book (hosted by the amazing Fantastic Flying Book Club) and I will be posting my post for the blog tour on the 21st of June. I requested it because when I read the description, I found that my analysis of the cover wasn’t actually that accurate, but I love contemporary novels that have a competition, and the fact of all these external people will be acting on our MC’s has gotten me hooked immediately.

 The Avant-Guards Vol.1 by Carly Usdin, Noah Hayes
 Info: Boom Studios - Boom Box, Contemporary / Graphic Novel / LGBT+ / YA
 Pub. Date: 03 September, 2019

When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she belongs...in the school’s (terrible) basketball team.

As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be.

From Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer, Goldie Vance) comes an ensemble comedy series that understands that it’s the person you are off the court that matters most.

The Cover: Fun in a van? Just a group of cool friends? Yes please!

Why I Requested It: I actually ‘wished’ for this on Netgalley, and I’m really glad that my wish got granted! The synopsis pretty much tells me what the cover hints at, which is that this graphic novel follows a group of friends, and self discovery thanks to those friends! I can’t wait to read this one!

 Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn, Allsion Raskin
 Info: St Martin’s Press, - Wednesday Books, Contemporary / YA
 Pub. Date: 16 July, 2019

Ava and Gen are best friends. Ava knows what she wants and has plans to achieve her goals. Gen...not so much. But no matter how annoying, dramatic, or utterly bananas a 2 a.m. rant might get -- Ava has always been there for Gen and Gen for Ava. But then they graduated high school.

Now, they're in the same time zone (although over a thousand miles apart), and in the real world, and it's the worst, but they still have each other's support. For relationships. Questionable roommates. Internships. And whether or not it's a good idea to take in a feral cat. Through their hilarious, sometimes emotional, conversations, Ava and Gen help each other navigate. But as the two of them start to change, will their friendship survive the distance?

In Please Send Help, the hilarious new novel from the New York Times bestselling authors of I Hate Everyone But You, Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn perfectly capture the voice of young adults looking to find their place in the world, proving no matter how desperate things seem, your best friend is always there to reboot your life and send help.

The Cover: This cover grabs you from the start with the striking yellow, and then the blue, and then the pink! I was instantly drawn in to see what this book was! What really got me interested though was the synopsis.

Why I Requested It: I read “I Hate Everyone But You” a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it! It was so good to see such a relatable friendship between two friends, and I couldn’t wait to see how Ava and Gen’s friendship continued after “I Hate Everyone But You”. I was so excited when I got accepted to read this novel!

 Shadow Frost by Coco Ma
 Info: Blackstone Press, Fantasy / YA
 Pub. Date: 01 October, 2019

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.

Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.

Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down. Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain.

With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless trained soldiers have failed. To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the princess herself instead. Asterin and her friends begin to wonder how much of their lives has been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course, if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

The Cover: I mean, what is there not to love? It looks so cool, and the arrow surrounded by the ice that slowly burns across the cover is such an amazing and artistic decision that I never would have expected or thought of. To me, it means that something that starts off blunt and simple has become raging and out of control? Please don’t base my thoughts as truth, I failed my static image assessment in English class.

Why I Requested It: Well, if I’m honest, I kind of based a book off a cover and requested it really quickly? I know, I know, it’s not a good habit! But I did it only once and once I read the synopsis albeit, after I sent the request I was really interested in the story! It sounds so cool, and almost like it has A Curse So Dark and Lonely vibes? I really enjoyed ACSDAL so I am super excited for Shadow Frost!

 Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger
 Info: St Martin’s Press - Wednesday Books, Contemporary / Mental Health / YA
 Pub. Date: 24 September, 2019

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go.

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It's causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.

Candace Ganger's Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

The Cover: Much like Screen Queens, I am instantly drawn to this cover because of the bright red, and the large white writing. The planes made me think that there could be a lot of travel, and that the whole face isn’t shown because they want to hide something?

Why I Requested It: After reading the synopsis, my interest was peaked. The fact that this is a story dealing with some mental health issues, and loss, and how this isn’t a love story has me hooked already. I am all for a book that doesn’t deal with romance and heartbreak around our MC’s.

Older Than 3 Months (2)

 Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay
 Info: Red Rogue Press, Fantasy / Retelling / YA
 Pub. Date: 01 August, 2019

Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.

The Cover: To be honest, this over is rather underwhelming. I found this cover to be really bland and I’m not getting very good impressions at first.

Why I Requested It: After reading the synopsis, I was really excited to read this novel. My dad took me to see Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland when I was little and I loved it! I got an awesome open out, interactive and really sophisticated version of "Alyss through the Looking Glass" from my gradmother. I have always been obsessed with the story of Alice and Wonderland, and am looking forward to reading this version, too!

 Book 1, Potency: Glow by Aubrey Hadley
 Info: Red Rogue Press, Sci-Fi / YA
 Pub. Date: 16 July, 2019

The Maasai Mara Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter.

The same night of the outbreak, Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, stumbles across a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood. As her suburb goes on lockdown, Harper finds herself isolated from her friends and family, and soon begins to suspect that the events — though thousands of miles apart — may have something in common.

Harper must find her bravery and embark on a plot-twisting adventure that will have her looking for answers in unexpected places ... and worlds.

The Cover: This cover looks so cool! I am a huge sucker for awesome overlay photography, and I can instantly tell from this cover that this is a Sci-Fi book. I can't wait to see how I go :)

Why I Requested It: This, at first, sounded like a Sleeping Beauty Curse sort of thing, and I think that's why I requested it, but it was so long ago I honestly can't remember my reasoning. I'm still excited to read this title, though!

Woah! You reached the end of the post (Go you!) Are there any titles or eARCS that you're excited to read soon? Let me know down below! Will reply when I can next look at my laptop screen :(


  1. I have Shadow Frost on my eArc list too. Right now I have 8 titles outstanding on Netgalley, one on Edelweiss, 1 unread physical ARC in my possession, and 3 physical ARCs being sent to me. That might be overwhelming, but as soon as I get approved for one, I figure out when I need to review it and put it on my calendar, so it amounts to about 1 a week.

    1. Woah! That's a lot!! It's a good thing you know how to pace your reading to match up when to review a book!

  2. I really hope you feel better soon ❤ Some of these sound really interesting so I'll have to look them up. And I love the cover of Shadow Frost!!!

    1. Thank you! I've been trying to kick this thing in the butt, but I think it's kicking me instead! I know I am so so so excited for so many of these titles, and yes oml the Shadow Frost cover is amazing!!!!!

    2. Aww that sucks, I hate it when illnesses hit you like that. I really hope you're better soon ❤❤ I really hope you enjoy all of them then :D I'm adding some to my TBR :D I keep seeing amazing covers this year!!


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