Over-Booked [81] – A Book Haul Post

Welcome to Over-Booked, where I share my latest and greatest book acquisitions! I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Just a small book haul this week, but that’s OK. I am trying to restrain myself from requesting too many books this year. I did go a bit crazy on Edelweiss this past week when Harper Collins dropped a bunch of Spring releases! Here’s what I’ve received in the last couple of weeks:

Physical books for review:

I’m so looking forward to Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel. Frankenstein meets Jane Austen! Big thanks to Wunderkind PR and Saga Press for the review copy:-D

A surprise from Blackstone Publishing which actually looks pretty cool: Deliverance: Hell Divers #3 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. I have no idea if I’m able to jump into this series at book #3 (I may shoot the publicist an email and ask), but I sure hope so, because I’m intrigued!

Digital books for review:

Thanks to HarperTeen and Balzer + Bray for these lovelies! I recently highlighted the first two in my Twelve 2018 Sci Fi Books I Can’t Wait to Read, and I didn’t even hesitate a second before pushing the Download button.

First up is Contagion by Erin Bowman. Man this sounds SCARY! I hope it is. Scary science fiction is the best kind:-)

I couldn’t resist this gorgeous cover: These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch. A soldier, a pirate and a crown price get together and do stuff. But seriously, I love this cover!

Nine by Zach Hines. This story sounds crazy! In an alternate world, people have nine lives. I can’t wait to read this!

Big thanks to Tor for Semiosis by Sue Burke. It took me a while to get approved for this, and I had nearly given up hope! This is a February release and it’s on my plate next month.

I was asked to join the blog tour for By a Charm & a Curse by Jaime Questell, and although I don’t do a lot of blog tours, I’m very curious about this circus-centric story. Look for my tour stop in February. Thank you Entangled Teen!

Finally, a very sad story. I have been eyeing The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander, and when it popped up on NetGalley I immediately requested it. But I’ve never had this problem before: the formatting was so bad that I couldn’t comfortably read it. Every page had whole lines of words strung together without spaces between them. I thought it was just a glitch, but I kept scrolling through the book and this odd formatting was on just about every page. My poor eyes just didn’t want to try to untangle those long strings of words, so I sent feedback to the publisher (Tor.com) about the issue, apologizing that I wouldn’t be reviewing the book. Has that ever happened to anyone?

And that’s my book haul this week. Let me know if you plan on reading any of these books!

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Posted January 27, 2018 by Tammy in Over-Booked / 29 Comments


29 responses to “Over-Booked [81] – A Book Haul Post

    • Tammy

      I love epidemic stories as well, and they are doubly frightening because I suppose they could actually happen:-D

    • Tammy

      It’s so hard to say no to books, especially when the release date is months away and you just KNOW you won’t have any trouble reading them:-)

    • Tammy

      Cool, I can’t wait to get to the Harper titles, they do sound really good, and I think their GR ratings are pretty high, which is encouraging!

  1. I once had really bad formatting issues from a First to Read book and I was unable to get very far. I finally ended up buying a copy once it was released. I’m super excited to read Contagion so I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Pride and Prometheus sounds interesting too. Daniela from Nocturnal Devices LOVES the Hell Divers books so I’m sure she could let you know if you need to read the first 2 first. Great haul this week!
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    • Tammy

      I’ll have to touch base with Daniela, I’m very curious to read Hell Divers but not if it’s going to be confusing. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Contagion and Pride and Prometheus both sound exciting – I’ve also recently had an unhappy experience with a dreadfully formatted arc – WaR: Wizards and Robots… the text was fractured with line breaks alll over the place and in amongst it on EVERY line were numbers in amongst the wording. I really, really tried, but I simply couldn’t concentrate on the story – it was such a shame, because in amongst the textual mayhem, it looked as though there lurked a good story!

    • Tammy

      This is the first time I absolutely could not read an eARC, and I am terribly disappointed. I will most likely buy the book because I really want to read it. I’m wondering if the publisher will say anything about my feedback. So far no response!

    • Tammy

      I’ve seen lots of formatting problems with e-books, but they are few and far between. This issue was on every page, so I couldn’t even attempt it, unfortunately.

  3. I would definitely like to read Pride and Prometheus. Although part of me wonders it if can fill such huge boots.
    I’ve got a copy of Semiosis and hoping to start it this week.
    Happy reading.
    Lynn 😀

    • Tammy

      I’m hoping Pride and Prometheus is really different from the source material, I agree! Big shoes to fill:-)

  4. Great haul! I have had to reply to a publisher before that I couldnt read an e-ARC because of formatting issues. I think it happened twice and pretty sure both times were a different publisher (not Tor.com). I was sent physical copies in those cases, the publisher was really nice about it. But it is so frustrating when you pick something out, go sit down to read it and realize you can’t
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    • Tammy

      Tor.com hasn’t said anything to me about my note. I guess I didn’t expect them to, but still! It would have been nice to be offered another format or at least if someone had acknowledged that there are formatting issues.

    • Tammy

      Oh good, I can ask you if Hell Divers needs to be read in order! If so I’m going to need to catch up before I read this

  5. I need to get my hands on Contagion! It sounds AMAZING!
    I also can’t wait for Semiosis. Sadly, I didn’t get approved 🙁 So, I’m eagerly awaiting the library to get it!
    Happy reading!

    • Tammy

      Oh sorry Nadine! I just got turned down for something I was really excited about and I was bummed too:-/

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