Hi everyone! Today I wanted to make a list of all the ARCs that I have for a few reasons, firstly to hold myself accountable to them so that I can finish them, and also so that you can all tell me which ones you would want me to prioritize!
I’m going to separate my ARCs into two lists, ARCs for books that haven’t been released yet, and ARCs for books that have already been released. All of these are e-ARCs that I’ve received through NetGalley, which is my main way of receiving ARCs. I have also received a handful of finished copies from publishers, but I won’t be mentioning those here since they aren’t actually ARCs!
The Raven Lady by Sharon Lynn Fisher – Release Date: October 13th 2020
This book is actually out today, which means this is officially an ARC that I didn’t get to finish before it’s release date! I originally requested this because it’s an Irish historical fiction retelling using fae, but when I added it to my Goodreads after I was approved on Netgalley I found that it’s actually the second book in a series, but I’m hoping that it’s not necessary to read book one before this one.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow – Release Date: October 13th 2020
This is the other ARC I have that comes out today! This is my first book that I’ve read by Alix E Harrow, so I don’t really know what to expect! I’m 27% into this one so far, and I’m not sure how I feel so far, it’s very…..literary? If that makes sense? It’s about three witch sisters, and I really like the feminist message, I’m just hoping there’s more magic coming!
Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt – Release Date: October 27th 2020
I’m pretty sure there is no way that I can read a 700 page book in the next two weeks while keeping up with Blogtober, which really bums me out. The synopsis for this one is a little bit vague, but I know it’s got a TON of Norse Mythology and I love Norse myths!
The Open House by Sam Carrington – Release Date: December 10th 2020
This one caught my eye because I’ve never seen a thriller with this sort of premise before! Our main characters are trying to sell their house, but when they have an open house not everyone who shows up leaves. It sounds like this will be creepy and I’m so looking forward to it!
Lore (Chapter Sampler) by Alexandra Bracken – Release Date: January 5th 2021
This one is only a chapter sampler that I was approved for, but it still sounds like an interesting premise for a book. every seven years, nine Greek gods are forced to come to earth where they are hunted by descendants of ancient Greek families, and whoever kills a god takes their power and immortality, and must repeat the cycle. I’ve never read anything by Alexandra Bracken, so I’m cautiously optimistic about this one!
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire– Release Date: January 12th 2021
I’ve been lucky enough to have received an ARC for the last installment in this series as well, so I’m so glad to have this one especially because it seems like the kind of thing that would be right up my alley as a former horse crazy teen. This series of novellas explores different fantasy worlds, and this one is a world of centaurs, kelpies, and other magical horses!
Of Wicked Blood by Olivia Wildenstein – Release Date: February 2nd 2021
This is a fantasy that also has a kind of vague synopsis, but seems to be about a curse that a group of people are trying to defeat, and there’s probably some romance in it as well. Other than that, I don’t know too much about it but I’ve seen plenty of people show the cover on Instagram that I wanted to request it!
Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke – Release Date: February 16th 2021
This is one of the ARCs that I had that was pushed back because of COVID, so I’m actually already 36% through this one already, but when it got pushed back I decided to wait until closer to the release date to finish it. It’s definitely a fantasy with tons of political intrigue and centers around a rebellion in a land where magic has been outlawed, and what I had read was really interesting!
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – Release Date: March 9th 2021
I was so excited when I got the email that I was approved for this ARC! I loved the first two books in this romance series, so I’m excited that I’ll be able to read the third book early. If you haven’t read this series yet and you’re a fan of adorable romances with just a hint of smut, then this is for you! This one follows the third sister, Eve and I’m so excited to learn more about her!
These ones I’m just going to run through quickly, because a lot of them have been sitting on my TBR for quite a while and I’m hoping that I can start prioritizing these as I don’t have many ARCs for the rest of the year/next year. It’s never my intention to leave ARCs unread, but I definitely went through a period when I first got my kindle that I started requesting books like crazy! I think everyone has been there though. If you’re interested in learning more about each book, I’ve linked to the Goodreads page for the synopsis!
Akarnae by Lynette Noni
This is one that I found in the read now section of Netgalley because when I first started blogging three years ago I REALLY wanted to read this book, but I couldn’t find it anywhere as a physical copy, since I believe this is self published from Australia. Now I’m just questioning if maybe I’ve grown out of this type of YA fantasy?
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
I honestly have no reason for not having read this novella, other than I just haven’t continued on with the series yet! This one is definitely on my TBR to finish before the end of the year because it’s only 224 pages, so I should be able to do that!
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K Banker
This is an Indian fantasy based on the Indian classic, The Mahabharata which I’m not at all familiar with. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to read this because it’s a chunker of a book coming in at almost 700 pages, and some of the reviews have said it’s not very easy to follow so I don’t know what I’ll think. I originally requested this because I wanted to read more non-Eurocentric fantasies, and that still is definitely the case!
Velocity Weapon and Chaos Vector by Megan O’Keefe
I’m combining these because Orbit actually reached out to me about the second book, Chaos Vector, but because I hadn’t read the first one yet I also requested that one but unfortunately it was too close to the release date for me to finish both books! It’s a space opera, and I find that right now I’m really in the mood for some science fiction, so I should be able to read these soon!
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Project Runway meets Mulan?? I was so excited for this when I requested it and of COURSE it was before I got my kindle and I don’t like reading books on my phone, so the release date came and went and I never got a chance to read the book before it’s release date. This one is high on my list of books that I have of past ARCs that I want to finally finish!
Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
I’m not even kidding when I say that I was SO CLOSE to requesting the second book on Netgalley until I yelled at myself that I still haven’t read the first book that I ALSO requested on Netgalley! I think this one could be a good read for the fall, but lets hope that I can finish it soon!
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
My only excuse for not having read this one in time for it’s release date is that I had quite a few books that were releasing around the same time so I didn’t get the chance to finish this one. I loved Foundryside which was the first book in this series, I just haven’t had the time to read the second book yet!
Dark Skies by Danielle L Jensen
I really enjoyed the first book in this fantasy romance series, but if I’m being honest I don’t remember requesting the second book until I saw it on my Netgalley list! This is almost 500 pages, so it’s definitely a long book! I really liked the atmosphere and the Caribbean/Roman empire vibes the first book gave me.
The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell
This one is a debut fantasy, but I unfortunately wasn’t approved for this book until literally a few days before it’s release date and there was no way I was going to be able to finish a 600 page book in such a short amount of time.
The Hollow Gods by A.J Vrana
Okay, this one was 100% a case of I loved the cover and I was seeing it all over instagram, and someone there sold me on it and I wanted to read it so badly that when I found it on Netgalley I requested it right away. Now after reading the synopsis I’m not sure if I’ll like it as much as I thought because it’s a contemporary fantasy, but I’ll still give it a go!
Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
I’m 36% through this one as well and I honestly don’t even remember why I put this down at the time, but I’m thinking that maybe it was because of another ARC? It’s a post apocalyptic, urban fantasy, science fiction romance novel which is such a strange combination of genres that I want to see where it goes!
The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea
Yet another one that I didn’t realize was the second in a series, but I think maybe these can all be read separately since this one is a murder mystery about a boarding school that the two main characters need to solve.
A Chorus of Fire by Brian D Anderson
This is also the second book in a series, but this time I’ve actually read the first book! I found the first one to be okay, it’s more of a slice of life type of fantasy but I think that things may get more intense in the second book. (Or at least I hope so!)
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
In my defense, this is an almost 900 page science fiction so it’s definitely going to take some time to get through it. I’m maybe 20-30% through it so far and it’s been fairly slow, but I’ve been told it picks up considerably I just need to get through this slow part!
Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
I wanted so badly to read this one because it sounded so interesting, I just didn’t get a chance to finish it before it’s October 6th release date! I started reading this one and I’m very confused with it. It’s like a fantasy that’s fabulism (magical realism) but set in a fantasy world, and I don’t tend to like that very much.