#ArcAugust TBR

It's that time of year y'all. It's ARC AUGUST.

Arc August is run by my good friends over at Read. Sleep. Repeat as a month-long reading challenge and almost readathon to get your arcs read, whether they be old arcs, upcoming arcs, etc. If it is an advanced copy, it is eligible.

You can still sign up for ARC August, here.


So I finish off work early August and then I have a week to myself before I go on vacation. I'll hopefully be able to get some reading done while work is still going on and I'll definitely get some reading done during my vacation.

I'm never really good at sticking to my tbr so here's just a general outline of what I plan to read, I guess. Just a general guideline, since I've recently come to terms with the fact that I'm a mood reader.

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari 
  • Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
  • Cashmere by Temple West 
  • The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

Will I stick to this tbr list? Will I actually read during my vacation? Will I hit my personal goal of books read by the end of this summer?

Stay tuned to find out. (It's a mystery for me too.)

Happy Reading!
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The Backlog -- Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

The Backlog is where I review backlist books or books that have been out for a little while. 


Title: Julia Vanishes
Author: Catherine Egan 
Series: Witch's Child #1 
Publisher: Double Day Canada
Release Date: June 7th 2016 
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Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses.

It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom?
Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

Waiting on Wednesday -- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Empress of All Seasons
Author: Emiko Jean
Release Date: November 6th 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren't hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

How beautiful is this cover??? I'm so in love! Also, this is a fantasy that takes on Japanese folklore with the yokai and stuff. You should all know by now, how much of a sucker I am for great fantasy books and this one sounds so amazing. I absolutely can't wait to read it. I'm always, always down for a fantasy book about royalty.

Happy Reading!
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Sharp Objects: Dull Book, Sharp Television


Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

[Review] Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier


Title: Isle of Blood and Stone
Author: Makiia Lucier
Series: Tower of Winds #1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: April 10th 2018
Goodreads Page

Ulises asked, "How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."

Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. "It's bound to be a goose chase. You know that?"

"Or a treasure hunt," Ulises countered, "and you've always been good at those."

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar's oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way...until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias's father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king's beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried...and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

Waiting on Wednesday -- Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Little White Lies
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Freeform
Release Date: November 6th 2018 

"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes always writes such fantastic YA crime thrillers. They're always so interesting and fall into a niche genre that I enjoy like her Naturals series that followed a YA Criminal Minds-esque team and The Fixer series (so underrated) that follows a teenage fixer for political people. I'm so interested to see where this new book of hers takes us and the mysteries that we'll get to unravel in this new book of hers.

And hello! debutante balls? Fish out of water story? mystery???? HELL YES!!

Happy Reading!
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[Review] Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry


Title: Heretics Anonymous
Author: Katie Henry
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: August 7th 2018 

Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

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