ARC August – the Finale

Well folks, I did a decent job for the ARC August challenge. I made a fairly lofty goal [click here for my book list to attempt and book challenge details] considering I’ve started a dozen novels this year and end up shelving them to finish at a later date. I’ve gone through numerous reading slumps all year long, with the exception of keeping up with comic book reads, so it’s been a bit rough.

  

But finishing three books and close to a quarter of the way done with my fourth isn’t too shabby. Again I haven’t been finishing much of anything lately but I’m hoping to keep the momentum going for the month of September. My original list included:

This Savage Life – Victoria Schwab
The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner
P.S. I Like You – Kasie West
You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan
The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye
And I Darken* – Kiersten White
*indicating my attempt 😁

I had fun keeping up with the challenge, although the past two weeks my life has been turned upside down with our basement flooding so these weeks have been too busy to concentrate fully with reading time, but half a list is good enough for me! Sadly I haven’t kept up with more participants progression (sorry!) but hopefully everyone were burning holes in their ARC shelves reading everything!

Thank you for hosting Read.Sleep.Repeat! Don’t worry, I’ll be back next year for sure! There are always plenty of titles I’m behind on to use as my list haha👍

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Mini Review Recap (3)

Deciding to join ARC August was a good idea because the summertime has been slack-time for me and my reading habits so it’s nice to have a little incentive to push through my slump. That being said, I have some new books and comics I have mini reviews for!

Woohoo! Let’s get to it 📚


The Rose & the Dagger
Renee Ahdieh

This novel picked right back up after The Wrath & the Dawn which was great because I had recently read that so I didn’t feel like I had to stretch my mind and remember what had happened. The Rose & the Dagger had more of a magical element to it than the first in the duology. You get a good mix of characters but now that we’re spending most of the novel outside the palace’s walls, we get more interaction with Shazi’s family and friends. Khalid and Sharazad’s passion was my favorite and I did not stop getting irritated at Despina’s character. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy and feminine heroine to read, I’d recommend this duology to try out!


The Wicked + the Divine #20 & 21
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

(film not included which was super cute btw) Laura is alive and she’s rounding up the crew and discussing about Ananke’s shadiness. Starting to piece parts of the story together and shedding light on what could possibly happen if Ananke gets her way, the group could be in more trouble. The art continues to be gorgeous and I think this story arc is ending so we’ll see where things go from here.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Victoria Schwab

I really liked this book for it’s inventiveness and interesting main characters. Bad girl Kate Harker meets up with August Flynn in a world that have humans and monsters semi-surviving in the world. August gave me the vibes of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward Cullen in Twilight–the monster who lives with remorse of the creature he happens to be. I really love the interactions between Kate and August and the trials they go through to survive. There’s drama, action, gore, and a friendship that breaks barriers. It’s an interesting spin on monsters and their powers and after I finished the book I found out there’s a sequel called Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2).

Paper Girls #7 & 8
Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson, Cliff Chiang 

Things are really starting to move along with the series. The bridging of the 1980’s and present time is so cool! The girls from the past are starting to figure out some of their futures and realizing how different the world is 30+ years from when they were growing up. I can definitely see signs of Saga that trickle through, some of the other worldly creatures, but like WicDiv, the artwork is so great and the girls are a cool cast to follow. Cannot wait for more!


P.S. I Like You
Kasie West

GUYS! This book though! I have a tendency to read Kasie West’s books and literally fly through them–reading it in a day or so. P.S. I Like You is such a treat to read! It was an adorable and whimsical concept bringing back the original letter writing in a generation built upon digital conversation via texting and email. Kasie’s writing continues to shine––her last few titles haven’t hit home for me like this one but when I started reading P.S. I Love You, I could not put it down!

Even though it might be a bit of a stretch that Lily and her mystery pen pal at school don’t get caught by classmates and teacher, the story is super cute and Lily Abbott is charming. You get on her level with having the crazy family and feeling like she has a lot riding on her because she’s the middle of the Abbott family food chain. Best friend Isabel and her were a fun duo and then there’s Cade…. OH GOD I FELL FOR HIM INSTANTLY! It’s a cute story of self-discovery when it comes to friends and family as well as seeing people deep down and not who they appear to be.

SOOOO excited that the new Harry Potter script came out aka the eighth book recently! I haven’t started it yet and have sadly heard mixed reviews but I’m keeping an optimistic mind about where things are in the future world of wizards and witches!

Have you read any of these yet? Good/bad? – xoxo Linz aka the Kid

ARC August – update week 2

Success!

image via GIPHY

I have finished one book for this month’s ARC challenge! I’ll admit, there has been a struggle to get into a reading mindset these days. Real life has been busy, trying to nail down phone & in-person interviews for jobs I desperately need so trying to find time where I concentrate and read a story just seems like the last thing on my mind. But somehow I did it!

Really liked this title! What’s surprising is that This Savage Song is the first Victoria Schwab novel I’ve read. I own The Archived in paperback and am dying to read her Shades of Magic series! I was excited to learn there’s a sequel for TSS and can’t wait to see what happens next with August and Kate 😊

Since I’ve got one book under my belt for the #ARCAugust challenge, I’m going to keep myself on a roll and try for finishing a 1.5 books this week. Making a big goal but it’s possible.

 

Hope everyone is getting their arcs read!! Happy reading 😚

ARC August – update week 1

Oh so we’re really into the swing of things aren’t we? Well I’m off to a bit of a rough start. It’s only been 39 pages of one of my book picks BUT . . . I did take this amazing photo of arcs that I hope to read. So, that’s some, um …. progress?

I kid but seriously I’ve gotta buckle down and promise to read at least one book this week. I’ve also picked And I Darken as my book club pick so I know that book I’ll most definitely be able to finish.

Onward and upward for week 2!

Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015 – Top Ten Tuesday

January 6: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

So I’m not really using this topic as novels I’m-OH-SO-excited for to read in 2015! Let’s get this ball rolling….gimme all the books to read!

   
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I cannot express how hard I ride the Maas train…without that sounding especially creepy, haha! My body is ready for this new series of hers!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Release Date: no specific, 2015
At an author event she gave a little teaser that she was working on a new project and it sounds completely awesome! Definitely can’t wait to read!
😦 No cover yet 😦

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015
I actually haven’t read her past books even though I have a few. BUTTTT do not fault me for this gorgeous cover and description! This is something I can’t wait for!

  
Stand-Off (Winger #2)
by Andrew Smith
Release Date: September 2015
If  you haven’t read Winger, we can’t be friends, hahah…no but seriously this book is filled with everything: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get ready to fight, and you’ll get ready to love. Also your heart will be ripped out, just FYI. GIMME MORE RYAN DEAN WEST PLEASE

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Release Date: June 2, 2015
*cries all the tears* I literally finished this book and was like WHOA YOU CANNOT LEAVE ME HANGING HERE!! CMON! But even if I have to wait, Jenny Han is worth it. I’m just nervous about what happens next though—an excited nervous!
😦 No cover yet 😦

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 3, 2015
While I did get to read the ARC of this already….PUT THIS ON YOUR LIST!!! Ugh the story is palpable!! So much going on, intense and worth waiting for read! Marie Rutkoski rocks!

Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler
Release Date:  June 30, 2015
Really enjoyed the first book so it’ll be fun to go back into that universe and see where the characters are at now and how things have evolved. Definitely an enjoyable read!

 

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2015
I might already have this pre-ordered on Amazon. The cover just screams…well it screams a lot of things because, hey, what doesn’t scream with blood dripping off a crown, haha! Definitely looking forward to this!

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Again, I saw Tiffany at an author event and her description of this just sounded so awesome! Never mind I’m addicted to Once Upon a Time on ABC network so I’m all about fairytale anything these days! Will be cool to read!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I will literally read anything she writes! Always fun reads and I like how her characters can make subtle appearances in one another. Excited for it!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Lord, Open Road Summer was just fantastic I will take anything else Emery wants to throw our way! I’m in!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Again, this book has some SERIOUS buzz on social media and I feel like I almost got an ARC of it but I wasn’t super wild about the cover and now I’m so sad I missed out. But again, I could’ve have just made that up hahah! Most definitely hearing good things and am excitedddd!

  

What’s on your list!? Has anyone gotten any of these ARCs and love them? Any others I need to add to my list? GIMME ALL THE RECS!

Linz xx The Kid