I have an overwhelming amount of 2019 advanced readers copies and I really wanted to make a post about them all. I’ve got a huge list of all the ARCs I own, and I find it really interesting to witness how much I as a reviewer have grown over the years.
I own one 2015 ARC.
Five 2016 ARCs.
Eight 2017 ARCs.
THIRTY FIVE 2018 ARCs.
Twenty seven 2019 ARCs, and it’s ONLY MARCH.
Dreams really do come true.
Though I would be happy to discuss how I get them all (review copies, trades, book boxes, gifts) – this isn’t a post for that. Though I can make one if people are interested.
This is a post of all the 2019 ARCs I own, though I’m not organised enough for them to be in any particular order. If I’ve read it already, I’ll leave a rating next to the title and if I’ve not read it then hopefully I will soon! c;
ARC 1: The Girl King by Mimi Yu // Rating: 5 stars
I was blessed with this one at YALC, where I had to do a ‘lucky dip’ to win one. On the last lucky dip of the day (after attending all of them), I finally got lucky. I’m not sure who cried more, me when I won the ARC or me when I’d finished the book. Either way, I’ve spoken about this one quite a lot, and was even part of the blog tour and got to interview Mimi for it. If I hadn’t received this ARC, I’m not sure I’d be where I am now. It was a foot in the door where I was able to express my enthusiasm and show publishers I was a blogger to watch out for.
ARC 2: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller // Rating: 5 stars
This was one of my favourite reads of last year (I’m really tempted to say THE favourite read, but you all know how indecisive I am and saying something like that terrifies me bECAUSE I LOVED SO MANY BOOKS HOW COULD I CHOOSE MY FAVOURITE??), but it was my first taste of Tricia’s writing and I couldn’t have been more happy with what I read. I got an ARC of this from an amazing trade with Jess and Donna on #arcsfortrade, and I’ve been in awe since.
ARC 3: Enchantee by Gita Trelease
This book isn’t one that I’d usually pick up on my own, but the hype for it and the gorgeous shiny cover has me completely hooked. I’m only 100 pages in, but I promise the insides are just as drool worthy. As a French, magical realism – it’s the opposite of the genres I usually cling to with grabby hands, but Gita’s writing is guiding me through page by page and I’m happily addicted and desperate for more.
ARC 4: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
For the access to my most anticipated release of 2019, I have to thank my friend Aurora, whomst I will be forever grateful for and who has a heart of gold. She sent me this ARC all the way from America in a trade, and I owe her for making me a very happy reader. She didn’t have to bless me at all, didn’t have to agree to trade internationally: but she did. And she gave me the best Christmas present ever, before Christmas had even come. Receiving the package honestly made me cry and the trade has given me a friend for life.
ARC 5: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
I received this the way most people received it: in a Fairyloot box. My Christmas present from my parents was a 3 month subscription, and I have them to thank for this, and all the other bookish goodies I’ve received. It’s like they know I’m obsessed with books… or something.
ARC 6, 7 & 8: Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Rating: 3.5 stars), To Best The Boys by Mary Weber and The Andidote by Shelly Sackier
All three of these were sent in one package, making that day THE BEST BOOK POST DAY EVER. Harper360YA blessed me with all 3 ARCs I requested, and it’s safe to say I don’t deserve their kindness, but appreciate it all the same.
ARC 9: Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan
Another trade (because I’m addicted), but this time with my friend Naima at Violette Reads. She had the first two out of print UK hardcovers of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I had the last – so I wanted to make sure it got into the hands of someone who would love it. She offered me this 2019 ARC and I was instantly intrigued by the dramatic cover and how much it sounded like Strange The Dreamer, so I gave her a big “YES PLEASE” and now I have this beautiful book in my hands.
ARC 10: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
This one may or may not be a 2019 release, depending on where you are from. It released last year in the US, but has only recently been optioned by a U.K. publisher. Titan Books sent me this in exchange for a review, and their official release date is March 26th 2019. Which makes it a 2019, for me.
ARC 11: Master of Sorrows by Justin Call // Rating: 4.5 stars
If you’ve been a follower for a while, you’ll have seen my blog tour post go live – but all in all, I loved this book. I was sent it for review by Gollancz, traded my copy and then managed to get ahold of another copy. It was all worth it.
ARCs 12 & 13: Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan // Rating: 5 stars and A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Another trade! (I obviously have a trade addiction). I was dehauling the UK proof copy of Map of Days by Ransom Riggs, and I noticed Emily was trading Wicked Saints – we both agreed to trade and bada bing, bada boom I was going to be receiving one of my most anticipated releases! Then I saw she’d put ACSDAL up for trade too, and I knew I had to have it. We organised a trade for that, and very soon I had these beauties arriving:
ARCs 14, 15, 16 & 17: The Fever King by Victoria Lee // Rating: 5 stars, We Rule The Night by Claire Bartlett, Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury and The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle Van Arsdale
In one of the hugest trades ever, I received all four of these from Cortney. I still can’t believe how lucky I was and how sweet she was to let all of these go AND trade internationally, but I’m ecstatic that I’ve got my hands on all of these. The Fever King is my book club’s book of the month, and I’m so glad to be able to have a finished copy that I can lend out and the ARC I can keep all to myself. They even look a little different, and I’m so glad to have 2 editions of this wonderful, wonderful book. The other three are all just books from my anticipated releases list, and though I haven’t got round to them yet – I will. Soon.
ARC 18: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala // Rating: 4 stars
GUESS HOW I GOT THIS ONE? Yup, another trade! This one was within the UK and 100% worth it.
ARC 19: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell // Rating: 5 stars
Pssst, this was another trade. This was a book I’ve been needing my whole entire life. Les Miserables but set in space?? I was gooey eyed before I’d even read it, and I was slightly concerned my high expectations wouldn’t be met – but they were, and they were absolutely blown out of the window. As a book with over 600 pages, I was expecting it to read slowly and haltingly and to really struggle to get through it. The complete opposite was true! I read this in the ‘space’ (get it?) of 2 days and it was refreshing, fast paced and everything I needed. AND THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL.
ARC 20: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
This one actually wasn’t from a trade!! Jamie from @JamieDoesPR blessed my postbox with a proof copy of this high fantasy book that I’m very excited to read. It has a dragon on the front, and that’s all I know about it – and all I need to do. I mean… DRAGONS!
ARC 21 & 22: Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds and Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Surprise! Another trade! This is turning into a total book haul and I’m living for it. Kristalynn, an admin of one of the ARC trade groups I’m in sent me these two in exchange for a U.K. proof of The Beast’s Heart I had. She was totally sweet in sending me TWO ARCs in exchange for the one I was sending, and it feels amazing to already have access to these two! I’m expecting another copy of Crown of Feathers to arrive from the publisher in exchange for a review, but having the US ARC gives me a few more days to get reading. Plus, this is my second most anticipated book of the year (after Four Dead Queens, which I technically read in 2018 so Crown of Feathers could take that number 1 spot) and I totally want to have alllll the editions I can. I’ve seen the Owlcrate exclusive editions and I’m just waiting for one to go on sale somewhere. Gimme gimme.
I also got the US ARC of Opposite of Always, which is also one I originally requested from the UK publisher. I never got a copy, or even a response so I presume they never saw my request. But no hard feelings, becAUSE I HAVE A COPY NOW AND IT’S GORGEOUS AND I LOVE IT?
ARC 23 & 24: Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler and Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
I mentioned Aurora above, my friend who sent me Four Dead Queens – and though I could have put these two with that ARC, they only just arrived the day I am writing this – and I figured I could include how much I am thankful to her TWICE because she deserves it. This blog post could just be about her. She wanted to get ahold of the UK Kingdom of Ash, so I sent her a copy and in return she decided she wanted to send me her spare copy of Bloodleaf which I’ve been dying to read along with the ARC copy of a book I already can’t stop staring at, which is Ship of a Smoke and Steel. My preorder arrived last month and though I haven’t picked it up yet, I know I’m going to love it. And I need multiple copies of it. And now, thanks to Aurora: I have multiple copies!
ARC 25 & 26: Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad & The Beholder by Anna Bright
If my following statement comes as a surprise to you by this stage in the post, have you even read any of this above? I got these two from yet another trade (I know, I’ve been so lucky lately how did I find these people who are willing to share such amazing 2019s with me?? Even I don’t know!). When I’m writing this post, I technically haven’t received either of these but I know they are on their way. A well known trader on the #arcsfortrade tag was interested in my UK proof of Iron Gold, which I was dehauling – and she sent me a list of books she had for trade, and I mentioned I was interested in both Candle and Beholder. We tried to find another book that I owned that would make it a fair trade, but she wasn’t interested in anything else I had – so Yara did the sweetest thing a human has done EVER and said she’d send me The Beholder for free alongside our other trade. She’s restored my faith in humanity and I can’t thank her enough.
ARC 27: We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Fazial
Yes, I’ve got everyone’s MOST ANTICIPATED release on its way to me. I haven’t actually held it yet, but when I do there will be lots of happy sobbing and probably lots of emotional selfies. Look forward to it. This was another trade, and I have been blessed. BLESSED.
As you can see, I’ve got my hands full. 2019 will truly be a year to remember.