The wonderful and awesome Octavia from Read Sleep Repeat is hosting a brilliant event in August – ARC August! What does that mean? That means that throughout August, us participants will focus on reading all the ARCs we’ve got stored up — whether they be in print or ebook, from Netgalley or Edelweiss, upcoming or past.
ARC August — Week ONE
In my goal post, I listed 16 books I wanted to try to read. Knowing that I’d probably read a bunch of books not on the list, I didn’t make any formal goals. However, here’s what I got through:
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott — Edelweiss
Life. Death. And…Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
*Note* My review is now available on Goodreads, but will not be on the blog until January.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington — Edelweiss
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret
Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.
Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.
But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.
Steel Lily by Megan Curd — For Blog Tour*
AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.
She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.
Or so she thinks.
That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.
But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.
…Which means digging deeper.
When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.
*Note* Look for my review and tour stop on August 15th!
Corr Syl by Garry Rogers — For Blog Tour
The adventure takes place on an Earth on which intelligence evolved long before humans appeared. When conflict flares between humans and the ancient multi-species Tsaeb civilization, the Tsaeb send a young warrior named Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response.
To this point in his life, Corr Syl’s only responsibility has been to obey his parents and his warrior trainer. But now he is becoming interested in the beautiful but aloof Rhya Bright, and he is getting assignments form his local district council. When he begins to investigate the human conflict, he learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and he realizes that many lives are in danger. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, recommends a plan that will end the immediate dangers, but that might start a war.
The district council sends Rhya Bright with Corr. Corr and Rhya work together on the plan and become very close. When the Tsaeb apply the plan, they trigger a simmering hatred that unleashes a massive global strike against the Tsaeb.
I’m hoping to get through the Hourglass series (my treat this week!) so I can hit the books hard and finish up more ARC’s next week. Here’s my goals:
How’d YOUR first week go?