Top 10 4- and 5-Star NetGalley Reads

It’s time to confess that I have a problem. I request entirely too many titles on NetGalley. Between taking classes, writing, and working, I really don’t have time to be reading for pleasure, but what can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment.

Thanks to the generosity of several publishers and authors, I’ve been exposed to some truly amazing reads lately. I post my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and my review site Read Yourself to Sleep, but I rarely share my thoughts on books here. Today, I’d like to change that! Here’s a list of the ten most recent 4- and 5-star reads I’ve experienced thanks to NetGalley!

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The Marshall Plan Dreamcast

As some of you might know, my second novel, The Marshall Plan, is scheduled to release next month! I’m so excited for everyone to read it. I know I’m a little biased, but I think you all will love the story and the characters even more than Partition.

In anticipation of the release, I’ll do what I think most authors secretly do–“cast” the movie version of The Marshall Plan. This is usually pretty difficult for me, since my characters usually have pretty unique appearances in my head, but it’s a fun exercise and I’ve been exposed to some pretty great actors this year. So, drumroll. . .

Molly Marshall

Mae Whitman

This was a hard call to make. Molly has a very distinct appearance in my mind–two, actually: the way she sees herself, and the way others see her. I considered Ginnifer Goodwin for a while, but she isn’t the right age. Plus, she’s entirely too sweet-looking to play someone as feisty and angst-ridden as my heroine.

Mae Whitman won my vote a month or so ago on a particularly emotional episode of Parenthood. Like Molly, Whitman’s character on the show, Amber, has issues with anger and parental neglect, and she does a fantastic job of portraying such a complex, volatile character. If I had to pick anyone, it would be her.

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Chris-Hemsworth

This one was pretty easy. Other than green eyes, Chris Hemsworth looks exactly as I picture Gavin in my mind. At 32, he’s a few years older than the character, but I think he can pull it off. His only competition was Chris Pratt, whose acting in Jurassic World captivated my attention.

Alexis Britt

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Aubrey Plaza is without a doubt my choice to play Alexis. No one can be more sarcastic and deadpan.

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Jon Huertas plays Javier Esposito, one of my favorite characters on the hit TV show Castle. He’s probably too talented to play such a minor character, but hey. I’m dreaming here.

Dex Myers

Miles Heizer

I’m borrowing a lot from Parenthood here, but Miles Heizer is one of the few young actors I know. He also does a great job of being clumsy, awkward, and bumbling on that show, so I know he could be a great Dex.

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Emma Roberts

I’m sticking with my earlier decision to cast Emma Roberts as Hattie. She’s still the best lady for the job.

Cameron Wolcott

Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks is still my pick for Cameron. He’s not very well-known and I’ve not actually seen him in anything, but he looks exactly like my vision of Cameron, and his dad’s Tom Hanks. Surely the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Tobias Reue

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Because Stanley Tucci. Seriously though, he’s one of the best actors I know–I’ve never seen him play the same role twice. He’d make a great Toby.

Stacy Reue

Jennifer Aniston

For Stacy, a woman in her forties who still looks fabulous, it’s hard to pick anyone besides Jennifer Aniston.

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Blake Lively

Blake Lively has that effervescent, sparkling summer quality I imagine Jenny having. I really can’t think of anyone else who could do the character justice.

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James Franco

James Franco looks like he could be a sculptor and give pretentious talks on British food. I’ll put aside my negative feelings for Harry Osborn for this.

Gayle Weatherspoon

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Whomever plays Gayle would have to have a soothing, lilting voice. For me, that means Sissy Spacek. I’ve been in love with her since I listened to her narration of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Sidney Campbell

Monica Potter

I’m changing my original choice for both of the Campbells. Monica Potter is a very talented actress, and through her character Kristina on Parenthood she’s shown herself capable of being believably angry and jealous.

Samson Campbell

Patrick Dempsey

I’m not sure if it’s because of his character in Valentine’s Day, but Patrick Dempsey looks like the kind of guy who would do all the horrible things Samson does. (Sorry, Patrick. I’m sure you’re a nice guy IRL.)

Andi Jensen

Abigail Breslin

Whomever plays Andi should be young, spunky, and enthusiastic, and I think Abigail Breslin would bring that kind of energy to the role. I’d probably want her to have darker hair, but other than that, she’s perfect.

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Blind Date with a Book Week 2 – TWCS – YA, Romance, and Dystopia!

 

 

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Breeder,  K.B. Hoyle, Dystopian

Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder inBreeder-Hi-Res-Cover the Unified World Order. But all that changes when an Enforcer named Pax infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program, a program he claims is hiding a dark secret. Mired in confusion and doubt, Seventeen takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood, and embarks on a quest to discover the truth before it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

 

The Six, K.B. Hoyle, YA

9781612130538Darcy Pennington feels like she is an insufferably average thirteen-year-old, but when a change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Camp, she unwittingly stumbles upon a magical gateway. Along with five other teenagers, she will travel to a world called Alitheia. The “arrival of the Six” was prophesied long ago, but will she have what it takes to save Alitheia?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End of All Things, Lissa Bryan, Dystopian

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After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau, trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food.  She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier intent on making his way to Florida before winter sets in. This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life and a home in each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Get Ainsley Bishop To Fall In Love With You, T.M. Franklin, Romance/YA9781612133164

Oliver Holmes likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, it’s only natural for him to approach the challenge with a logical and methodical plan.

He decides a perfect birthday gift is the key to success, but finding that gift proves to be a challenge. Oliver will need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

 

 

 

 

More, T.M. Franklin, YA

moreHaunted by terrifying nightmares and certain she’s being watched, college student Ava Michaels finds an unlikely ally in Physics tutor Caleb Foster. But Caleb isn’t quite what he seems. In fact, he’s not entirely human, and he’s not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bent on Ava’s capture, and possible extinction. As Ava fights to survive, she learns the world’s not what she thought.

It’s a little bit more.

 

 

 

 

Sebastian and the Afterlife, William J. Barry, YA

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Sebastian is an average 17 year-old boy, there is one catch … he has just died.  Sebastian awakes in a surreal world somewhere between mortal life and the afterlife.  The Grim Reaper and his loyal agents maintain the law of this mystical realm.  Sebastian soon finds himself at Sapentia, a high school for the departed.  He longs for his lost love, Sarah, who is still alive in the mortal world.  Some things are forbidden; some lines cannot be crossed.  What will Sebastian risk to be close to her again?

 

 

 

 

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Unscheduled Departure by T.M. Franklin – Available Today!

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Genre: Paranormal Suspense/Romance
Release Date: March 2nd, 2015
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Synopsis:
Rowan Elliott is devastated when her boyfriend, Finn, tells her he’s moving across the country to take over the family business, and thrilled when he changes his mind at the last minute and gets off the plane.

But then things get…weird. Finn’s acting strange, and Ro’s getting mysterious phone calls that have her questioning if her boyfriend’s really who she thinks he is. As Ro races to figure out what’s going on, she discovers it’s more complicated than she could have ever imagined.

And if she’s not careful, she could lose her Finn forever.

My Take:

I absolutely loved this short story! I do not usually read paranormal fiction, since I’m a bit of a wimp (read: HUGE SCAREDY-CAT), but I am so glad I made an exception for T.M. Franklin. Fans of the classic television show The Twilight Zone will appreciate this story, which is romantic with just the right amount of creepiness. T.M. captured my imagination with her impeccable prose, and when the story came to an end, I found myself wishing it was longer. Everyone should read this story – now!

Excerpt:

“You okay?”

I hummed something in response. “Where were you when you called?” I asked, half-dozing already.

“Hmm?”

I opened my eyes to look at him drowsily. “I got your voicemail, but I couldn’t really hear what you were saying.”

He scanned the road before turning the corner leading to my apartment building. “Voicemail?”

I sat up, the queasy feeling in my stomach easing back in. “You said you had bad service. Said you loved me and we’d make it through this.”

“Through what?”

“You tell me.” I was getting irritated. What the hell was going on?

“Ro, I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said, pulling to an abrupt stop in the parking lot of my apartment building. “I never left a voicemail. Not today.”

I fumbled in my bag for my phone. I was not imagining this. “You did. You called—” I thumbed through my calls and held it up victoriously so he could see. “—at 12:06 p.m. today. See?”

His eyes narrowed at the screen. “That says Private Number.

“Yeah. Yeah, I know. I was going to ask you about that.”

“Why do you think that was me?”

I rolled my eyes. “Because you left a voicemail!” My voice grew louder, a little screechy, but I couldn’t help it.

“Babe, I never left you a voicemail today!” Finn said, aggravation growing in his own tone. He pulled out his own phone and stabbed at it a few times. Finn’s familiar ringtone sounded on my phone, his picture popping up on the screen, along with his name.

“See?” he said. “At 12:06 I was driving. I didn’t call you. Whoever that Private Number was, it wasn’t me.” He tapped his phone and the ringtone stopped.

I stared at my phone and rubbed my forehead. My stomach roiled and an ache throbbed behind my eyes. “I don’t understand. I heard—”

“Let me listen to the voicemail.”

“It…got deleted.” I met Finn’s unreadable gaze and knew how it sounded. Weird. Crazy.  But I had heard him. It was Finn.

Wasn’t it?

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Meet the Author:
T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing Month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Readers Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although…T.M. is the first to agree that love is the best kind of magic.

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