State of the ARC, August 2019


State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books in which we round up our ARCs and attempt to wrangle them into something approaching order. Sometimes it’s like herding cats.

Just when I thought I was going to have a NetGalley feedback ratio approaching 90% within the next few weeks, I received two new approvals. So it will take me just a little longer to hit that particular ratio.

Oh well. A feedback ratio of more than 80% is what they’re after, and it’s what I’ve achieved so far. Woohoo!

Recently Reviewed ARCS:

This is a finely-written and tightly plotted series opener set in southwestern England. Detective Matthew Venn discovers that he can’t leave his past behind when he investigates the murder of a man with a bird tattoo on his neck. Expected publication date: September 3, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press.

In this sumptuous debut, Harrow turns the portal fantasy askew with her story of January Scaller, a young woman who has spent her life wandering the hallways of her guardian, Mr. Locke’s sprawling mansion. She feels as though she will turn into another one of Locke’s strange artifacts until one day she discovers a strange book that smells of the ocean and tells a story of fabulous worlds, grand adventure, and undying love. Expected publication date: September 10, 2019, from Redhook Books.

Upcoming Reviews:

Action and adventure are at the forefront in Jin Yong’s classic wuxia novel, set in Thirteenth-Century China and Mongolia. After his father is murdered and his mother exiled to Mongolia, Guo Jing is raised in the nomadic court of Temujin, who would become known as Genghis Khan. Guided by his shifus, a band of heroes known as the Seven Freaks of the South, pure-hearted Guo Jing trains to ultimately face an opponent who is his equal- and his opposite. While this was a mega-bestseller in China, this is the first time A Hero Born has been translated into English. Expected publication date: September 17, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press.


Future ARCs:

In 1905, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are called upon the investigate the death of a British spy found floating in the Thames with top-secret documents. Soon, Holmes and Watson find themselves traveling across Europe via the Orient Express in the company of a mysterious young woman. Their goal? To stop a secret society in their bid to enact a plan of world domination. Expected publication date: October 15, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press.

A multi-week camping trip in the wilderness of northern Canada seems like the trip of a lifetime for Alex and his friends, but on the twenty-ninth day, Alex is attacked by a Grizzly bear. Now, far from help, Alex’s friends must call upon every survival skill they have in order to keep Alex alive while they rush to reach aide in the nearest town, hundreds of miles away. Expected publication date: November 12, 2019, from Blackstone Publishing.

Snow seems like a simple thing, but Giles Whittell travels across continents to investigate the scientific qualities and the cultural associations we have surrounding snow. Expected publication date: November 19, 2019, from Atria Books

All her life, Katherine Keith longed to go to the wild places of the world. Finally, she set out on a journey across the United States and fell in love with the rugged wilderness of the Alaskan backcountry. There, she made a life and a home with her husband, experienced tragedy, and dealt with the difficulties of raising a child in a remote place. In time, she takes up sled dog racing and finds that it opens up a new world. Expected Publication Date: February 4, 2020, from Blackstone Publishing

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