Where To Find Free Books {Vlog}

Y’all! Free books are AMAZING! It’s so much fun to get packages of books in the mail – especially when you don’t have to pay anything for them. I counted it up today and was rather surprised (and delighted) to discover that I’ve received 53 books in exchange for review already this year. And then after counting them I went and got the mail only to find yet another book package had arrived. #SoMuchCoolnessRightThereFolks

Do you get books free in exchange for review? If so, what review programs do you work with?

 

Bread of Angels – Book Review

Bread of Angels

By: Tessa Afshar

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Amazon

Goodreads 

Third Person • Fiction • 400 Pages

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About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances–along with her father’s precious dye–help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.


Why I Choose this Book:

Easy: It’s about Lydia in the Bible. I was named after the Lydia in the Bible and before this book I’d never seen a Biblical fiction book about her. I was thrilled at the chance to read this book – in fact I probably did a happy dance when I was approved as a reviewer.

What I Thought about this Book:

Who knows if it was the high expectations that I came into the book with, but for some reason the book didn’t completely blow me away. I did like it a fair amount, and thankfully I didn’t have any issues with it, but it’s not one of those books that I’ll be gushing about for years to come.

The plot was interesting – taking me in directions I wouldn’t have guessed and moving at a reasonable pace. The characters were well developed and easy to relate to. The world building was fairly detailed, even now a month after reading it I can see the courtyard and vats of purple dye in my mind.

Possibly one of the reasons I didn’t connect with the book as much as I was hoping was because it took place over a long period of time – over twenty years. They skipped most of those years and the transition was smooth, but it still tripped me up.

The faith content in the book was really spot-on, and there was a lot of it without coming across as preachy. I’m always amazed at how Tessa Afshar does that. And speaking of the author, I’ll have to say that I’ve come to really enjoy her writing. She does a fantastic job of making the world during the Bible times come alive with vibrant colors, smells, sounds, and textures. Plus, the way she weaves God’s truth into her stories? Wow. I’m am so thankful for her writing.

Conclusion:

Although this book left me wanting in the “gripping” department, I still enjoyed it and didn’t have any issues with the content. I would happily hand it to girls as young as fourteen or fifteen and know that they had a solid book to dive into.

Rating:

I’m giving Bread of Angels 3 out of 5 stars

*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book

Where to Find Free Books

Yesterday I was telling a friend on Goodreads about the different sites and publishing companies where I get books free in exchange for reviews. By the time my comment was nearly the size of a blog post, it occurred to me that y’all might find the information helpful, too. So, here’s a slightly expanded version of what I told my friend. 

Pretty much the only requirement you have to have in order to sign up for these programs is to have a blog that you update regularly. Some sites require a certain amount of followers, others ask about your page views per month, and others just want to know how consistently you blog. 

In 2016 I reviewed 44 books that were given me for free in exchange for review, and in 2017 so far I’ve reviewed close to 10, and have multiple more on their way. It’s a lot of fun and helpful for authors, bloggers, publishers, and readers alike.

So, without further ado, here are the review sites I work with….

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Litfuse

I really, really like this site! I signed up with it near the beginning of last year (if I recall correctly…) and I’ve requested more books from them than all the other sites combined. Litfuse send emails out with information about the book they have up for review, and if you’re interested in the book it literally takes like one minute to request the book (you have to fill in your blog info, etc…). Then they’ll email you if you’ve been chosen as one of the people to review it. If you’ve requested a physical copy of the book they make sure to mail it to you in plenty of time to read it by the deadline, cause this is one review program where you have to pick a day to review the book on, and then stick to that day. 

Moody Publishers  

With this review site you go straight to their website and request a book (or sometimes they allow you to request up to three at once). Before I started using Litfuse I used Moody Publishers a lot

One time I either lost a book that they had sent me, or else they didn’t send it (I still don’t know). But, when I asked them about it they graciously just sent another one – no questions asked. (I did explain that I might have lost it and offered to buy a replacement copy.) Anyway. They’re really nice to work with. 

Baker Publishing Group  

They (if I remember correctly) send out a non-fiction and fiction email each month with the books they have up for review. It’s generally just a few books to choose from, but very easy to request from if you’re interested. 

BookLook  

This was the first review site I joined – waaaayyyy back when. I haven’t used it in a while because I’ve been overloaded with books anyway, but they generally have a pretty good selection. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to go do some book “shopping”…. 

Tyndale Blog Network 

I think this is another one of those sites where they just send out an email every month with fiction and an email every month with non-fiction. (Sorry! I kinda get the different review places I work with confused….) 

Net Galley

I haven’t requested a book from here for a while because I have had questionable books from them in the past (meaning books I wasn’t comfortable with reading), so I figured it wasn’t really worth it when I had so many other review sites to work with. They do have a pretty big selection, though. 

Authors

After you’ve reviewed for a while it’s not uncommon for authors to ask you about personally reviewing their books. I rarely do that though, because I’d feel pretty bad if I disliked the book when it had personally been handed to me by an author. 

And… those are the review sites/publishers I work with. If y’all have any questions I’d be happy to try and answer them. 

What are some review sites that y’all have worked with? Which is your favorite?