E-Galley Glimpse #3

I have decided to start a new feature to focus on the e-galleys I choose to check out.  I really am not a fan of e-readers, as I prefer a cozy printed book.  However, it is a really good way to get a sneak peak into books that are not yet released to decide if they are something I would like to look into further.  It is also incredibly tedious to read an entire book on an iTouch screen!

So, this feature is intended to spotlight the galleys I peruse.  I will read 25 pages or so and judge from there whether I will choose to:  Buy, borrow, add to the wishlist, forget about, or delete and never look back.

So, let’s take a peak:

15814529The Asylum by John Harwood

Expected publication:  May 21, 2013

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genre:  Historical Fiction/ Mystery/ Thriller

Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:  

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England.  She has no memory of the past few weeks.  The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure.  When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”

Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary.  Who is the woman in her uncle’s house?  And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks?  Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

My quick take:  I am having trouble prying myself from this one.  It is deliciously dark and twisted, and is one heck of a mystery.  It reads like it should be an old Hitchcock movie, and draws the reader into its madness with ease.  I just have to know what is really going on with the young woman confined to the asylum, with only her memory to remind her who she is- maybe.

The Verdict:  Purchase right away, or check it out from the library, then buy the paperback (as adult hardcovers can be a bit pricey.)

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If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin15835031

Publication date:  April 1, 2013

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Genre:  YA Contemporary Fiction

Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:

If he had been with me, he wouldn’t have died.

Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other’s sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting.  But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years.  But she’s always wondered what if…

The night she’s about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.

My quick take:  This was another YA Contemporary that was just too melodramatic and the characters too self-absorbed for my liking.  Indeed, I am not a fan of the genre as a general rule, as I tend to feel the same in a lot of instances.  I did think this one had a potential to be a bit more, though.  In the end, it was just too slow, cliche,  and not enough of a story to keep my interest.  On a side note, the cover just keeps making me think she is going to slit her wrists at any moment- and I’m not sure how I feel about that for a YA title.

The Verdict:  Forget about

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