ARC August Wrap-Up

ARC August is now at an end and I really enjoyed it since it helped me tackle my growing ARC pile. I’m definitely less stressed now than at the beginning of the month. I decided to do a wrap-up post so I could see how many books I managed to read and decide whether I’d do it again next year. 

[I classed ARCs as both proof copies and finished review copies.]

ARCs Read:

The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton

Publisher: Mantle

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

Kate Morton is an auto-buy author for me and this definitely didn’t disappoint. It was another atmospheric and evocative story exploring themes such as love, loss, and place.

Mirage – Somaiya Daud

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

This was a fantastic YA sci-fi that read like a fantasy. The vivid descriptions had me hooked and the exploration of colonisation and identity was fascinating. 

That’s Not What Happened – Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

Exploring the aftermath of a school shooting on six survivors, this was a thought-provoking read. Some of the characters were a little hard to connect with which is why it was a four-star read for me. 

These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch

Publisher: HarperCollins

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

This was my first Sara Raasch book and it completely exceeded my expectations. The worldbuilding was fantastic and I became absorbed in the setting, characters and plot that the author created. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that it was a little slow paced at times.

Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Penguin

Catwoman Soulstealer Sarah J Maas

This was such a fun read for me from beginning to end. I’m a bit of a superhero nerd so it was great to read about some of my favourite characters such as Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. 

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

Publisher: Macmillan

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I read Uprooted for the first time this year and was eager for more of Naomi Novik’s beautiful writing style. I actually preferred Spinning Silver as every character was well fleshed out and the evocative story kept me engaged from beginning to end.

The Mermaid – Christina Henry

Publisher: Titan

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

This was my first Christina Henry book and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The writing had a lyrical, fairytale-feel to it and the characters were beautifully portrayed. 

Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Headline

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

If you enjoyed the All Souls trilogy then I’m sure you’ll love this story focused on Marcus and Phoebe. The reader also catches up with Matthew and Diana, although my favourite chapters were those focused on unravelling Marcus’s past. 

Damsel – Elana K. Arnold

Publisher: HarperCollins

Damsel by Elana K Arnold

This was a savagely dark adult fairytale which I loved. There are definitely some trigger warnings to be aware of but the story is fantastic.

The Language of Secrets – Ausma Zehanat Khan

Publisher: No Exit Press

The Language of Secrets

If you want an intelligent crime series then you need to read the Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak series. It’s beautifully written and thought-provoking, exploring complex and delicate topical issues.

I managed to read ten ARCs during August so it was certainly a successful challenge for me. I will definitely take part next year again and urge anyone else considering to do the same.

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