⇢ Title: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He ⇢ Genres: Young Adult > YA Science Fiction Fantasy, Science Fiction > Dystopia, Thriller > Mystery Thriller ⇢ Book CWs: death (incl. of a parent – off page), gore (some), large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, suicide, terminal illness, violence (including choking), vomiting. ⇢ Release Date: May 4th 2021 ⇢ Rating:★★★★☆ 4.5/5
We're nothing as timeless as stars in orbit. More like two grains of sand before the tide rushes in. Here, then not. Human.
This book was, in a word: remarkable. Hands down, a favorite read of the year.
(That is, if you can call something that reached into your chest and ripped your heart out straight from its cavity a favorite. Fret not, the answer is: of course you can!)
⇢ Title: The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter ⇢ Genres: Adult, Fantasy > Dark Fantasy, Mystery > Thriller ⇢ Book CWs: body horror (graphic), death (of a loved one + others), drugs, gore (graphic), murder (graphic + of pregnant women + of a child), mutilation (graphic), thoughts of suicide, violence (graphic). ⇢ Release Date: April 13th 2021 ⇢ Rating:★★★★☆ 4/5
Worst of all, I am afraid. Even with the bracers on, their red garnets and yellow topaz blazing with stolen emotion, I am afraid.
When was the last time I experienced a world as enthralling as the one the Helm of Midnight is set in? Not since Psycho Pass.
I started reading ARCs last year and even built up a little bit of an approval rating before an unfortunate incident resulted in my Netgalley account being accidentally deleted. Nevermind, just this once I thought I might as well take on the challenge of starting from scratch.
To help me build my approval rating back up, I thought I’d start posting Arc Hauls on this blog for accountability + an extra boost to their publicity. Big thanks to the publishers who have approved my requests for these eARCs via Edelweiss+ or Netgalley.
Without further ado, here are some of the eARCs I’m either currently reading or will be reading that are set to be released this year!
⇢ Title: The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din ⇢ Genres: Young Adult > Young Adult Fantasy, Retellings, Romance ⇢ Book CWs: abuse (emotional & physical), drug use (forced), human trafficking, prostitution, self-harm, sexual assault (including of child, mentioned), sodomisation (mentioned), suicide, violence (explicit). ⇢ Release Date: March 15th 2021 ⇢ Rating:★★★☆☆3.5/5
I am typing this review at a moment of my life where I couldn’t have been more frazzled as a human being. But I thought it was suitable, because this book kind of fried my limbic system. But let’s start with the small things, shall we?
I was plagued by the gnarliest of reading slumps this month, so unlike in January (where I read fourteen books) I was only able to read 5 (and one of them is a picture book)! I’ve separated them by genre below.
P.S.: To see the trigger/content warnings for each book, please add me on Goodreads + click their titles. I’ve listed them all in my mini reviews there!
Oh boy, is it a big year for books or what! There are sooooo many I am looking forward to reading this year that I couldn’t fit all of them in an article (or I could’ve but it would’ve taken me weeks to post this list. And who wants to wait that long? Not I!). So I thought to do it in parts. Below, I have listed down 12 of my most anticipated releases coming out from March to July this year.