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Showers of ARCs

At the end of February, I finally got to 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley. To celebrate, I decided to request a few more books. Yes, that is exactly how you are supposed to celebrate. By reducing your ratio once again. Anyway, I have received a 7 ARCs which I am so excited to read. So here goes:

dilemmaAn Impossible Dilemma by Netta Newband

Local vets Victoria and Jonathan Lyons seem to have everything—a perfect marriage, a beautiful five-year-old daughter, Emily, and a successful business. Until they discover Emily has a rare and fatal illness.

Early trials show that a temporary fix would be to transplant a hormone from a living donor. However in the trials; the donors had died within twenty four hours. They have no choice but to accept their daughter is going to die.

When Jonathan is suddenly killed in a farming accident, Victoria turns to her sick father-in-law, Frank, for help. A series of events present Victoria and Frank with a situation that, although illegal, could help save Emily.


The EscapeThe Escape by C. L Taylor

“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.


Beneath Copper Falls.jpgBeneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff’s dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.

Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams “He’s going to kill me too” before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it’s too late. Allyson’s death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn’t believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?

Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson’s cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana’s ex-fiance locates her, she’s caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another.


Bad Girl GoneBad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she is in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There is just one problem: she is not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she Is not.She is a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder.


break-donwThe Breakdown by B. Paris

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby. The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…


Lost ChildrenThe Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin #1) by Helen Phifer

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney…

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum’s wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history, and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?


And then this happened…

A few weeks ago, my friend Annie (The Misstery), who is totally awesome, told me about a book on NetGalley that she thought I would like. I remember reading the book description and I am not even kidding right now, I almost cried. The book is set in KENYA! Do you know how rare it is to find ARCs set in my country? In addition, it is historical fiction. The time period is in the 50-60s during our struggle for independence. The secret society, MauMau is a group that I respect. I believe that they gave us the freedom that we have today. So, I almost wept because of how awesome the book seemed and also because I wasn’t sure that I would get it.

Then I looked at the publisher’s name and my heart totally sank. I have never been approved by them. I still requested the book knowing that the rejection would hurt. I didn’t want to wait for months for the book. Anyway, in the end I got approved. I can’t even explain it. Maybe the ARCs gods intervened or perhaps the publisher just decided to be good to me. Perhaps this is my repayment for that nice thing I once did for someone in 92; anyway, I am so happy. The book will be out in July but I know that I won’t be able to wait that long.



The Leopard at the DoorLeopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.

As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.


Have you read any of these ARCs? Are you tempted to add any of them to your TBR?

Have a wonderful weekend!

African Drum


36 comments on “Showers of ARCs

  1. mikaela
    March 10, 2017

    I also have an e-ARC of The Breakdown; I can’t wait to read it! The Escape looks interesting; I have yet to read a C.L. Taylor book before!

    • Diana
      March 10, 2017

      I am also excited about The Breakdown. I really liked Paris’ first book, Behind Closed Doors. Let us hope it will be a good read. The Escape is my first C. L Taylor too.

  2. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    March 10, 2017

    Diana, you’re so right, that’s a perfect way to celebrate your 80% rating:) (And Annie is fantastic to:) I’m impressed you got there, I keep digging myself further and further down the netgalley rabbit hole! I’ve got my eye on The Escape and Beneath Copper Falls sounds good…I haven’t read romantic suspense in forever! Also, I picked up Leopard at the Door at my library!! It sounded so good and different from what I typically read that I had to grab it…now, I’m not sure when I’ll actually read it but I hope to find time:) Have a super weekend!!

    • Diana
      March 10, 2017

      haha glad that we are agree on the celebration and Annie too:-) I am down to 78% now though my shelf has 23 books. I keep trying to keep the books to atleast under 15 but its hard.

      The two books sound good. Beneath Copper Falls had been categorized as Christian Fiction though it does sound more like romantic suspense as you have said.

      Leopard at the Door is already out? The copy I got from NetGalley mentions that publication will be in July, 2017. If its already in libraries though then perhaps that means that I don’t have to wait to read it. I hope that you will enjoy it when you get to it. Have a wonderful weekend too 🙂

  3. Kerry
    March 10, 2017

    Please let me know how you get through your Netgalley ARCs so fast…because the struggle is real.
    I have just requested the Leopard at the Door also… so keeping my fingers crossed too.

    • Diana
      March 13, 2017

      I usually try and read at least one book per week. Luckily, I don’t watch a lot of TV so most of my evenings are spent with books. Then get ARCs that are spread out in terms of publication dates. Right now I have 22 but they go all the way to August so there is no pressure.

      I hope that you will get Leopard at the Door. It really looks promising 🙂

  4. Jasmine
    March 10, 2017

    Risking the low ratios for books huh? I would too! 😊 Enjoy your new books!

    • Diana
      March 13, 2017

      Thank you Jasmine 🙂

  5. Little Bookness Lane
    March 10, 2017

    Sounds like a perfectly acceptable way to celebrate! So glad to hear you were approved for the book you wanted – it was obviously meant to be. Can’t wait to see what you think of The Escape! 🙂

  6. Congratulations Diana! And I’m thrilled you got approved for that book set in Kenya!🤗

  7. lbarasa
    March 10, 2017

    Great descriptions right there! Am more intrigued with the ‘Bad Girl Gone’ sounds like an unputdownable book. I’m here for the review. Have a good weekend

    • Diana
      March 14, 2017

      Thanks Linda. Bad Girl Gone is definitely different. I like the supernatural elements. I will let you know how it goes. Have a wonderful week ❤

  8. FictionFan
    March 10, 2017

    Leopard at the Door sounds wonderful! I hope it lives up to your expectations of it – there’s something special about reading about our own place, isn’t there?

  9. thebookcorps
    March 11, 2017

    Congrats on hitting 80% – such an achievement!! 😀

  10. Annie
    March 11, 2017

    Hahaha Maybe the ARCs gods intervened XD That’s how things are done… you get to 80% so you need to request some more!

    I have The Escape and I will wait for your Leopard review (because seriously, I can’t request any more…). And I’m so glad we both have The Breakdown! Should we buddy-read it? I was planning around its release!

    Have an awesome weekend D ❤

    • Diana
      March 14, 2017

      Those ARC gods do know the right time to show up lol. I hope that The Escape will be a great read for both of us. It has such good reviews.

      I have never had a buddy-read so I am definitely in. I see the publication date is June 20th? We can read it sometime before then. Lets settle on when as the day gets closer.

      Thank you and have a wonderful week ❤

      • Annie
        March 14, 2017

        Yessssss, perfect ❤ I will let you know because I think I'm on the blog tour haha

  11. Charlotte Graham
    March 11, 2017

    I am so glad you got approved for the book you really wanted!! That is awesome that the publisher finally approved you. Some of the others you listed sounded quite dark or scary. I will look forward to your reviews!

  12. Donna
    March 11, 2017

    Hahahaha, I see we have the same way of celebrating the 80% ratio xD
    Congrats on getting the book set in Kenya! I know there’s one publisher that never approves my requests and it broke my heart when the book I was anticipating was denied from me 😦 The Breakdown is on my list too, I’m tackling all my ARCs in April. Apparently, i like to set challenges for every month,haha!

  13. Laila@BigReadingLife
    March 12, 2017

    Sounds like me when I finish books – just keep adding more to the TBR! That’s great that you got approved for the book set in Kenya. it looks interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Diana
      March 13, 2017

      I can see that I am not the only who gets through TBR piles only to add more books 🙂 Thank you. I have such high expectations so I hope the book will be an enjoyable read.

  14. Ana
    March 12, 2017

    I have The Breakdown and The Lost Children, looking forward to them.
    Congratulations on getting to 80%! I have yet to earn that best. I am lucky if I can keep my feedback rate at 70%…

    • Diana
      March 13, 2017

      The Breakdown and The Lost Children look like promising reads. I hope that we will both enjoy them.

      All the best with your ratio. I am down to 78% now but I will try not to go below 75%. You’ll meet your goal soon too.

      • Ana
        March 13, 2017

        I hope so! We’ll see. I am trying hard to catch up but it is not easy when there are so many great books out there 🙂

  15. Yvo
    March 12, 2017

    Haha that’s exactly what I did when I reached 80% the first time earlier this year… Looks like you got some great ones though! I have The Breakdown pending as well. And I REALLY want to request The Lost Children but I have so many other ARCs pending that I probably shouldn’t haha. I hope you will enjoy these!

    • Diana
      March 13, 2017

      Lol I get what you mean. I am down to 78% but I still have 23 books on my shelf so I am reluctant to request more. I hope that The Breakdown will be an enjoyable read. Thank you 🙂

      • Yvo
        March 14, 2017

        78% is still great! And wow 23 books, I thought I had a lot. xD I hope you will enjoy The Breakdown!

  16. I’m so happy for you that you got approved for Leopard at the Door! It is very special to have a book set in your own country :-). You’ve got a great reading list!

    • Diana
      March 16, 2017

      Thank you. I was so excited to get a copy of Leopard at the Door. Its the first book that I have found through Netgalley set in Kenya. I hope it will be a good read 🙂

  17. Fictionophile
    March 16, 2017

    Lucky you. You’ve got some great titles here.

  18. JoanaDuarte
    March 25, 2017

    The Lost Children is nice… The cover makes it seem more dark than I found it tho. I haven’t read a detectives novel in ages so I guess that made me more excited. Not much of a mystery but interesting to see the life of a cop and how people where treated just because they where different… But I can’t really make much comparation since I don’t read much of those…
    Talking about Kenya… Have you ever read City of Saints & Thieves? It’s a thriller centered in Kenya and it seems pretty interesting. I haven’t read it yet but I have it in my TBR and it’s becoming a movie (I have no idea when)

  19. Adoptabookaus
    April 4, 2017

    I do the same think when I get my ratio up! I just go on a request spree, all the books you got look really good though so I hope you enjoy them 😀 The breakdown really catches my eye I love a good mystery thriller and the whole pram but no baby? That makes me want to read it 🙂

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