This year, in an effort to blog more, to become more involved with the blogging community, and to keep up with the latest publications, I thought I’d create a monthly post about the ARCs I’ve received. These ARCs will be read and reviewed a month prior to the publishing date. The Advance Excitement at a Glance posts will feature one or two (or more, depending on what happens this year) books to look forward to, and it will motivate me to keep my to-read list on track.
Last month I shared two YA books out for publication in July. August is filled with ARCs (and I have no idea how I’ll get to all of them!), but I’ll share two in particular that I’m deeply excited about.
Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
(August 26, Balzer + Bray)
Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.
The Secret Place by Tana French
(August 26 [possibly September 2], Viking Adult)
Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. The Secret Place, a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.
But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper.
Once again, I can’t even do my own summary. Tana French is another author whose books I’ll read simply because her name is plastered on the cover. She’s such an excellent writer, and this Dublin Murder Squad series is so psychologically mind-bending I can’t help but flail.
Which ARCs did you receive for August? What books are you looking forward to reading?