Category: arc august

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | ARC Review

Posted August 29, 2016 by Samantha in arc august, booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | ARC ReviewFurthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on August 30th 2016
Genres: MG Fantasy
Pages: 416

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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ARC August TBR | 2016

Posted July 31, 2016 by Samantha in arc august, booktube, tbr / 0 Comments

ARC August is a reading challenge hosted by Shelly and Octavia of Read.Sleep.Repeat, and the only goal is to read ARCs in August. I participated last year and it was very motivating for me. I ended up reading 6 ARCs last year, and I hope to double that this year (although I’ve been averaging about 5 books a month the last few months….so…..)

Check out my overly ambitious TBR:

I also want to add that since I made this TBR, I’ve also added Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff to the list. I know I know…. Overly ambitious.

Let me know if you’re participating in ARC August!

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Update #2 | ARC August

Posted August 23, 2015 by Samantha in arc august / 0 Comments

This is my second update, as I skipped last week’s update. That week I was working on two books, one as a buddy read, as well as being incredibly busy with my parents visiting for the week. So I didn’t end up finishing any ARCs that week. But I tried to make up for all of that this week.

Book 3: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I absolutely adored Rae’s Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, and this did not disappoint either. As a first book in the series, this was incredibly strong, and set up a lot for the future of the series. All of the characters are complex and real. There are a lot of different themes explored such as friendship, family, feminism, and gender roles. Rae’s first series was full of strong, and diverse characters, and this one is setting up to be as well. I will be doing a full video review on my channel closer to release date.

Book 4: Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

This was a very highly anticipated LGBTQ+ read of mine that was described as being a bi-sexual love triangle. I highly enjoyed the first half of the book. I enjoyed the characters, and it was full of diversity, both in terms of sexualities and race. The writing style is also unique, as it is told in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, depending on which character you are reading from. But ultimately, I did end up having some problems with this one. Mental health is a strong theme in this book and I do not feel it was handled appropriately in many cases. I also do not think this was marketed properly, as no characters use the term bisexual in the story. Additionally, there are also some issues of consent as well as drug use that are not addressed and that I found problematic. I have a full review with my thoughts coming closer to release.

Book 5: Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

This was another LGBTQ+ read and I ended up picking this one up directly after Fans of the Impossible Life, as this was also supposed to be a bisexual love triangle. Again, I was disappointed. I do not understand the point of this book. It had no plot or conflict resolution. The characters do not develop, and the main character, who is an asshole, is the same at the end as he was in the beginning. He has virtually no consequences for his actions. Additionally, for a book that is supposed to be about bisexuality, the character never once says he is bisexual. There are also some issues with consent in this one as well. I found the main character to be both bi-phobic and misogynistic. The depiction of bisexuality in this book is particularly problematic, as the main character frequently says “I want both” when referring to his girlfriend as well as his gay best friend that he is hooking up with. The bisexual community has been fighting to get people to see that not all bisexuals are in fact non-monogamous. Polyamorous and bisexual are two different classifications. But the author was playing them off as one in the same. There are so many more things to discuss and problems I had with this story, but I will leave it at that for now. A full review will be out closer to release date.


I am currently reading Six of Crows (finally!). After Six of Crows, I am torn about what to pick up next. I’m torn between What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (which I’m praying does not disappoint!) or A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston.


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Update #1 | ARC August

Posted August 9, 2015 by Samantha in arc august / 4 Comments

ARC August started off slow for me. It was also the week of Booktubeathon, which I failed at miserably. This week was too busy for me to get much of anything done. I made up for it though by finishing two books in one day on Saturday.

Book 1: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

This was one of my high priority reads, and I’m so glad to have crossed this off the list. This is going to be a very popular series. This is great for fans of multiple POVs. I enjoyed all of the characters and found their different arcs interesting. There is a lot of setup in this book, but not in a boring way, at least for me. I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

Book #2: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E Smith

I was really surprised by how much I really enjoyed this one. I read it in one sitting. I was genuinely wondering how everything would turn out with this couple and I found it engaging all the way through.


For this week, I have already started The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa. I’m also hoping to get to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. But I have another busy week so we will see how it goes!

Good luck to everyone else participating!


I’m Participating! | ARC August

Posted July 17, 2015 by Samantha in arc august, tbr / 5 Comments

I recently stumbled upon Read.Sleep.Repeat.’s ARC August intro post, and I knew I wanted to participate. You can get the full details from their post here.

ARC August is all about catching up on the backlog of ARCs, whether physical or eARCs.


The rules are very simple.

  • It may be a physical ARC or and eARC but it MUST be an ARC
  • Yes it can be an ARC that has released as long as it’s an ARC
  • HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Feeling like you are being “forced” to read is the best way turn a fun event into a yucky obligation.
  • Update post! You can update once a week, every other week or once for the whole darn event. This update can be in the form of a blog or tumblr post, vlog, link to your “ARC August 2015″ shelf or even an instagram pic!

The whole point is to make this as easy as possible for everyone involved. There is also a chance for participants to win a highly anticipated ARC from Read.Sleep. Repeat.!

My tbr:

I’m going to be using ARC August to get through the large stack of ARCs I received from BEA as well as a few I’ve received since. This came at the perfect time, as I’ve been holding off on reading so many of these, even though their releases are right around the corner. I don’t know why I do that, but this forces me to stop. Here are the ARCs I will be selecting from throughout the month! High priority reads are marked with a HEART!

August releases:

aug arcs

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – 8/25

September releases:

Sept Arcs

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith – 9/1
Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian – 9/1
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa – 9/8
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson – 9/22
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 9/29

October releases:

Oct ARCs

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – 10/6
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 10/20
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – 10/20
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley – 10/27

 I’ll be doing update posts either here or on Instagram, most likely on Saturdays. My wrap up at the end of the month will be in video form on my channel, as always.

I’m really looking forward to this! Let me know in the comments if you are participating as well.

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