Sometimes, no matter how dutifully you blog, or how hard you work, you just can’t get the things you want. There’s a variety of books that I desperately want but can’t seem to get my greedy little hands on. This is a pain. A very, very real pain that leaves me feeling empty every time I tuck my books in at night. Because my bookshelf feels bare without them. My heart feels empty. MY LIFE FEELS DEVOID.
So here are my top 5 ARCs that I most definitely need now. And this means if you have one of these ARCs, you should probably watch your back. Cause I’m coming for you!
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
This one was hard to get. And I so wanted it. First of all, Susan Dennard. Yes. Second of all, witches – always a big thing with me. Plus that cover is to DIE FOR. Truly gorgeous.
This one doesn’t drop until January 5th 2016 from Tor Teen. Plus, here’s the summary.
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Riders by Veronica Rossi
Riders is a new series by New York Times bestselling author and fantastical adventure friend of mine. The adventures we’ve been on together, the stories I could tell. This is her second solo series. AND I NEED IT SO MUCH.
This one’s dropping from Tor 16th February 2016. The summary fills me with chills.
For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?
Dat Summary. Dis book. I needs.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
This wasn’t originally a book I desperately wanted. But I kept coming back to it. Mostly thanks to that gorgeous cover. And also because, sometimes, I feel like giving Richelle Mead another shot. This is probably the ARC on this least that I’m least excited about but if you have a copy, I will still totally filch it from you.
Soundless drops November 10th 2015. And despite being on a Richelle Mead ban, this summary made me drool!
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Bracken is hot property in the YA market right now. ARCs for Passenger have been out at BEA and some lucky bloggers got their hands on them. Enough to sell on ebay. Let’s all take a minute to be violently furious about that.
This one drop January 5th 2016 from Disney Hyperion.
Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies–the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light — threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home… forever.
I wasn’t entirely sold on the summary at first, but the more I read it, the more intrigued I get. Now I just need to have it!
The Winner’s Kiss
I know what you’re saying, “But Kat! You haven’t finished The Winner’s Crime yet!” No well how can I?! REALLY? Not when I know it’s a heartbreaking and that it’s super mean to its readers! It’s a little early for ARCs of these to be out, if they even do ARCs of this one, since it’s the last book in a series. That’s a long time to wait for the book to release!
This book doesn’t drop until March 1st 2016, by Farrar Straus & Giroux!
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.
But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?
I tried to keep sequels off this list. But I just can’t help it with The Winner’s Kiss. This series is instrumental to my wellbeing.