Friday Fives #4 – 5 Review copies we hope to read soon

Posted March 19, 2021 by elzaread in Friday Fives / 20 Comments

Greetings! My Mommy is officially on holidays and the last time we had time to do a Friday Fives, was the first Friday of the term. It was a hectic term and my Mommy sure needs a bit of a break!  Of course she is going to spend just about the whole holidays reading and sorting out her books. Especially the review copies. We do try to keep review copies at a bare minimum, but some books can be so tempting that you just can’t resist requesting them. And then there’s the author’s and publishers who always ask ever so nicely for a fair and honest review and you really imagine them looking at you like this:

I’ve also perfected that look and I know that my Mommy really can’t say no to those begging eyes. So keep on sending those review copies, between you and me, we’ll get her to review it. Just to keep us a bit organized as well, today’s Friday Fives will be

 Five review copies we hope to read within the next couple of weeks. 

As always, we link up with  Connect Five hosted by the BookDateConnect Five is really very easy, just pick 5 books that are connected in some or other way. Theme, cover, genre, author – you name it.

1. Camelot Games by Oliver F. Chase – When Mommy started blogging again, she actually decided not to access her Netgalley account again. That only lasted as long as a gecko can last on a wall with a cat nearby. To her shock, she realized that she actually still have a book on her Netgalley shelf from 2018. Shocking. We hope to read it soon and get it off her shelf.

2. L’Origine: The secret life of the world’s most erotic masterpiece by Lilianne Milgrom – We’ve received this one from France Book Tours and my Mommy is very excited for this one. Definitely something different!

In 1866, maverick French artist Gustave Courbet painted one of the most iconic images in the history of art: a sexually explicit portrait of a woman’s exposed genitals. Audaciously titled L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), the scandalous painting was kept hidden for a century and a half. Today, it hangs in the world-renowned Orsay Museum in Paris, viewed by millions of visitors a year.
As the first artist authorized by the Orsay Museum to re-create Courbet’s The Origin of the World, author Lilianne Milgrom was thrust into the painting’s intimate orbit, spending six weeks replicating every fold, crevice, and pubic hair. The experience inspired her to share her story and the painting’s riveting clandestine history with readers beyond the confines of the art world.
L’Origine is an entertaining and superbly researched work of historical fiction that traces the true story of the painting’s unlikely tale of survival, replete with French revolutionaries, Turkish pashas, and nefarious Nazi captains. But L’Origine is more than a riveting romp through history-it also sheds light on society’s complex relationship with the female body.


3. The Journey (Death Island #1) by Kelsey Ketch – We’ve received this one from Lola’s Blog Tour. We’ve read a couple of books from the lovely Lola now and we’ve never been disappointed. Sure we won’t be with this one either! This one sounds like the perfect holiday read. 
With her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes, Meriden Cummings could only dream of fleeing her oppressive life. Then she unearthed a piece of tanned skin, and her blood revealed an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs, launching her on the journey of a lifetime. However, she finds herself bound to the map, and there is a cost to her newfound freedom. One that will torment her mind as well as her soul.
After being shanghaied by pirates, Gregory Wilson escapes to a small English village where he runs into an obnoxious auburn-haired beauty. When he learns she is about to set sail on dangerous waters, he signs up to join her crew, hoping to defend her from the pirates seeking her great-grandfather’s treasure. But, will he be able to protect her from the ghost that haunts her or the curse running through her veins.
4. Waterborne by J. Luke Bennecke – My Mommy loves to get messages from her contact form on her blog. We’ve received a message from Kristen at Mindbuck Media Book Publicity asking if we would be interested in reading Waterborne. Hmmmm…. I think it might freak me out a bit. But I think my Mommy will enjoy it. 
When Californians start getting sick with flu-like symptoms, traumatized engineer Jake Bendel is once again forced to work with the FBI to discover the cause. With his new desalination plants behind schedule and searing pressure from the California Governor, Jake uncovers a secret network of vengeful terrorists planning catastrophic genetic modifications.
But before the engineer can find a way to cure the masses, he himself is injected with the virus, forcing him to dig deep to track down the leader of the terrorist group. Using strength from recent losses in order to save the lives of millions, Jake overcomes drone strikes and bunker bombs to discover the mastermind behind the plot, but not until the very end does he realize he’s been chasing someone who can’t possibly be caught.
5. A History of Murder by Brook Peterson – We didn’t receive this one for review, but the author is a lovely lady on Instagram and we would love to read and review her book for her. I’m already counting on reviewing this one myself. Any book with a cat, is my domain. 

When Chloe Martin makes the long overdue trip to Jericho Falls, Nevada, to check on her grandma, she doesn’t plan to stay long. In fact, she has every intention of hightailing it right back to Idaho and leaving the historic mining town she loves to hate, for good.  But then, a man turns up dead in the flower bed and memories about lost loves and lost lives begin to surface. To complicate matters, Chloe finds herself in a love triangle almost as tricky as the mystery she has to solve. Will Chloe be able to solve the murder and get them all out of trouble? Just as important–will she finally find peace in Jericho Falls?



Friday Face-Off



We’ve missed doing Friday Face-Off with LynnThe rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.    This week’s theme:

Ruin or derelict, old and worn, could be the book itself, a building, a place

Mommy decided to just go with the theme in a literal manner today and look for the oldest, most derelict, old and worn book we could find on the shelf. 

This book was my Mommy’s Grandfather’s copy of Gulliver’s Travels. In 11 years time, this copy will be 100 years old. Wow!
What is the oldest and most derelict book you have on your  shelf? How do you keep track with your review copies and have you every forgotten about one like my Mommy did?
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
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20 responses to “Friday Fives #4 – 5 Review copies we hope to read soon

  1. I love the copy of Gullivar's Travels! I have my grandmother's copy of At the Back of the North Wind and it's one of my favorite possessions. Love the gecko with a cat nearby though if there was a gecko anywhere near my cat he'd probably be scared of it!

    • Oh my gosh, no!! But then again, I think the gecko thing differ from cat to cat. All geckos where quite safe in our house for the first 3 years of living here. Not Stinkie or any of the other ones paid them any attention. Enter Elza. Gecko skeletons everywhere…

  2. Ooh enjoy holiday! And this " That only lasted as long as a gecko can last on a wall with a cat nearby" cracked me up!

    History of Murder sounds pretty good!

    What a copy of Gulliver's- very nice!!

    • Hi Greg! Holidays still feel a bit unreal, but it will kick in soon enough! I am spending more time on the blog, so that helps already! I've played around a bit today and it actually just frustrates me!

      History of Murder is next on my TBR list when I'm done with The Journey.

  3. I too, can never resist NetGalley, especially as I have auto approval from a couple of publishers, which means I can grab any of the titles they list. I do need to be a bit more savvy about getting them scheduled in to read though, as my review stats. are not very good and I don't want to get banned from the site!!

    You have some great reading lined up for your time off work, I particularly like the sound of the Brook Peterson book. Another new to me author and it looks like the start of an interesting series.

    Have a relaxing time 🙂

    Yvonne xx

    • HI Yvonne! As you can see from the comments I always leave for you on your Netgalley choices, I admire you for always getting the best Netgalley reads! You are a real champ with picking them, but I think auto approved publishers sure will help too!

      The Brook Peterson one is next in line after I'm done with The Journey. Quite enjoying that one.

  4. Looks like some interesting selections coming up. Love that Gulliver's Travels though, we have quite a few older books here too, most of which are packed up.

    • Hi Brian! I've just received another box filled with the most gorgeous classics. Can wait to unpack them all! Yes, I am excited for my review copies.

  5. Netgalley has piqued my interest but I haven't had much time to do longer in depth reviews, focusing instead on play reviews. I'll note the books you mentioned.

    • Hi Trin! I only visit there once in a blue moon and that' rather literally! I also just don't have enough time to get to everything…!

    • Hi AJ! I have to re-stick fallen out pages from the library books on a daily basis. But it's good that the kids enjoy all the books so much! I also have a few old copies here and when all the renovations will finally be done, I will showcase a few of them.

      Thanks for hopping by to say hi!

  6. I just love your derelict book <3 Ah, Netgalley, vade retro satanas ! I try not to access my account these days and so far, I sticked to that resolution. L'origine du monde is a scandalously famous painting, enjoy your read 🙂

    • Oh I know about L'Origine's scandelous reputation. Can't wait to read the book!!! I only access my Netgalley account now and then. I rather accept review books from publishers or authors directly. I don't have enough time to browse through all the stacks and then we get blocked very easily here in SA.

      Thanks for stopping by my friend!

  7. Wow that copy of Gulliver's Travels – your grandad's too. How fantastic and thanks for sharing that.
    Lynn 😀

    • Yes! When I sort out my bookshelves when all the renovations are done, I will showcase some more of the older books on my shelf. Very fond of them.

  8. Friday Fives is a fun grouping, and love the cats' logo too. And I'm very envious of that copy of Gulliver's Travels; it is history in the making in more ways than one. Wow.
    Happy weekend to you yoo. ~Lex

    • Hi Lex! I love doing al those fun graphics for the post headers. I like things to be a bit organized…! I am very fond of my grandfather's copy of Gulliver's Travels!