State of the ARC: June 2020

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.


 

Not a whole lot going on for me over at NetGalley. I received two approvals in June and finished one review. Most of the books that were once on tap for June were delayed until August. I currently have nothing due in July, so it will be a bit before I have any new ARC reviews.

Recently Published:

  • The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1) by Kester Grant
    YA Fantasy
    Published June 2, 2020, by Knopf Books for Young Readers

In 1828 Paris, the city is split between merciless royalty and the ring of nine criminal guilds who run the underworld from the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) is a young cat burglar who steals from the rich by night and avoids her abusive father and protects her naive foster-sister, Cosette (Ettie) by day. But when Ettie catches the eye of the notorious leader of the Guild of Flesh, the Tiger, Nina vows to keep her sister safe. Her vow takes her to the glittering court of Versailles and may set off a war between the guilds.

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  • Mexican Gothic  by Silvia Moreno Garcia
    Fantasy/Gothic
    Published June 30, 2020, by Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine Del Rey

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin, Noemí goes to High Place, a mysterious mansion in the Mexican countryside. There, she meets her cousin’s husband, an alluring but dangerous stranger and his father, a patriarch who finds Noemí fascinating. The house itself seems to be affecting Noemí with dreams of blood and terror. Noemí’s only ally is the youngest son, a shy young man who seems to want to help Noemí, but may be holding secrets of his own. The deeper Noemí digs into the mysteries of High Place, the more seductive she finds it, but it may mean she’ll never leave.

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Upcoming Releases:

  • Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1) by Romina Garber
    YA Fantasy
    Expected publication date August 4, 2020, by Wednesday Books

Manuela Azul is an undocumented immigrant on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family. Her life is necessarily small until her surrogate grandmother is attacked and her mother is arrested by ICE. Lifelong lies are exposed, and Manuela discovers a deeper world where her real heritage leads back to an ancient cursed city. There, she finds that not only is her immigrant status is illegal- her very existence is, too.

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  • Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles
    YA Fantasy
    Expected publication August 25, 2020, by Wednesday books

In a city of ice and ruin, daring magicians face off in a competition to find the next leader of the Conquering Circus. But they soon find themselves under threat from an unknown enemy. As the acts becoming more daring and more magicians disappear, three of the magicians must reckon with their pasts before they disappear forever, too.

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  • The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg
    Fantasy/LGBTQIA
    Expected publication September 4, 2020, by Tachyon Publications

Among the Khana people in the city of Iyar, women venture out in caravans for trading, while men remain behind in the city’s center to work as scholars. One man struggles to settle into the masculine world after spending years in the women’s world as a trader, mother, and grandmother. As his past catches up to him, he must choose between his new life and Uiziya, an assassin on her own quest to find her aunt, discover the final secret of her order, and challenge the evil ruler of Iyar.

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  • The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi
    Fantasy
    Expected publication date September 22, 2020, by Wednesday Books

Severin and his friends have succeeded in thwarting the Fallen House, but the cost was higher than they could have imagined. Now they must pick up the pieces and push forward, for Severin has an agenda he is obsessed with and has set his sights on an artifact that grants its user god-like powers. The search takes them all to wintry Russia, where secrets come to light and force them to face themselves and discover new depths to themselves.

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In 1914, the world is gripped by the Great War. There’s a story from the Western Front that St. George and a band of angels have descended from Heaven to fight with the British troops. But how can this possibly be true? Writer H.G. Wells is dispatched to find out the truth of the matter and finds himself in the midst of an eerie wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those somewhere between. The unhappy souls trail Wells home to London, where he discovers a plot that could turn the tide of the war. Along with the love of his life, journalist and suffragette Rebecca West, Wells must do battle against diabolical forces to save his sanity– and the world.

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  • Machine (White Space #2) by Elizabeth Bear
    Science Fiction
    Expected publication date October 6, 2020 by Saga Press

Doctor Jens hasn’t had a decent cup of coffee in fifteen years, but she’s fine with that and with her job of jumping out of perfectly good space ships in order to develop new treatments for the alien species she encounters. But when she encounters two ships– one ancient, one new– locked together, with their crews suffering from some strange ailment, Dr. Jens can’t help but start digging into the mystery. She has no idea what sorts of horrifying truths she’ll find.

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  • Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
    Fantasy
    Expected publication date October 13, 2020 by Saga Press

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time of celebration. But a rare solar eclipse is predicted to happen, and the Sun Priest predicts that it heralds a time of unbalance in the world. Meanwhile, Xiala, a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters is captaining a ship bound for Tova. Her only passenger is a young blind man who seems harmless, but Xiala knows her stories. Those who seem harmless often turn out to be villains, and her ship is due to arrive in Tova on the Winter Solstice.

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As of today, I have 45 approvals and have reviewed 38 of them for a feedback ratio of 84%. I have two titles waiting for approval (or not), though I requested one of them on January 1. I’m really wondering if the publisher has seen it at all. The book is due out in a week, so if I get an approval, the review will be late.

I have no real intentions of seeking more approvals for the summer, and I have plenty for the fall, so I probably won’t be looking at new titles. Unless there’s some day where I’m really bored and I don’t want to scroll through social media.

8 thoughts on “State of the ARC: June 2020

  1. I’ve been sitting on an ARC of The Four Profound Weaves for a long while now (I got to participate in the cover reveal) and I have Black Sun awaiting a read as well.

  2. I only have one book waiting for me in NetGalley and I’m comfortable with that. XD Good on you for taking some down time in your NetGalley interaction. Will you be filling time typically dedicated to ARCs with something intentional?

    I’ve also noticed you have Wednesday Books as your most common publisher above. Are there certain publishers you keep an eye out for when requesting books?

  3. July will mostly be dedicated to books I own– there are some fantasy novels I want to try, and some biographies I want to get to. And some shorter works in translation that have been hanging out on my shelves for far too long.

    I didn’t notice that Wednesday Books was the most common! I usually just look around at specific genres, and there are a few publishers that almost always approve my requests– St. Martin’s and Wednesday being among them.

  4. That’s great! I haven’t heard anything about The Four Profound Weaves from anyone, so I’m super curious about it. I think Black Sun will be fantastic. I like everything else I’ve read by Roanhorse so far.

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