2015 ARC August: Goals

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Happy August lovelies! And welcome to the third annual Arc August event!

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Thank you to everyone who has signed up and have diligently spread the word across the internet and an extra special thanks to those who have shown how excited they are! I wasn’t sure we would host this year but after seeing so many positive reactions I am so happy we are!

Since it’s been a few weeks since the sign up post went live I wanted to do a quick recap of the challenge.

ARC August is a month long event in which we, as book nerd who grab all the shiny without thinking, tackle all those ARC that have been piling up. These can be eARCs, physical ARCs, unsolicited, trade show ARCS (BEA/ALA/etc), ARCs that released months (cough -years) or ARCs that aren’t releasing until May of 2016! You read YOUR ARCs, at YOUR pace! The object is to get that pile down. If that means you only read one ARC for the month guess what? That’s one less book in that pile! If you obliterate your pile and there is nothing left by the 20th? Best excuse to go request more! I want this to be a LOW pressure, HIGH fun event. I want there to be no “I failed so hard” tweets or thoughts. I want you to have fun and bask in every single page you manage to finish.

I love you

But enough of the mushy let’s get into Shelly and I’s ARC August goals!


After The Red RainAfter The Red Rain
By Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco
Releasing August 4th, 2015

On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river–a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.

But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate’s son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.


Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything
By Nicola Yoon
Releasing September 1st, 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Don't Fail Me NowDon’t Fail Me Now
By Una LaMarche
Releasing September 1st, 2015

Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first–herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before….

Una LaMarche triumphs once again with this rare and compassionate look at how racial and social privilege affects one family in crisis in both subtle and astonishing ways.


Every Word Every Word
By Ellie Marney
Releasing September 8th, 2015

James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago…without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him…and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever?

Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.


Six of CrowsSix of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo
Releasing September 29th, 2015

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


DreamstriderDreamstrider
By Lindsay Smith
Releasing October 6th, 2015

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.


Tonight The Streets Are OursTonight The Streets Are Ours
By Leila Sales
Releasing September 15th, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

I only did 7 for now since I’m very busy and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read, but I’ll try to get to 10!

shelly


And now my list!

A History of Glitter and BloodA History of Blood and Glitter
By Hannah Moskowitz
Releasing August 4th, 2015

Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan’s clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn’t have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.

This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.


Public EnemiesPublic Enemies
By Ann Aguirre
Releasing August 4th, 2015

In Book 2 of the Immortal Game trilogy, Edie must learn the rules of the game . . . and then play better than anyone else.

Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.

Because of her boyfriend Kian’s sacrifice, she’s operating under the mysterious Harbinger’s aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she’s terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers–mercenary monsters committed to her destruction–she’s not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months…unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can’t bear to lose.


The Accident SeasonThe Accident Season
By Moira Fowley-Doyle
Releasing August 18th, 2015

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?


MechanicaMechanica
By Betsy Cornwell
Releasing August 25th, 2015

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.


ReawakenedReawakened
By Colleen Houck
Releasing August 25th, 2015

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.


Legacy of KingsLegacy of Kings
By Eleanor Herman
Releasing August 25th, 2015

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.


The Dead HouseThe Dead House
By Dawn Kurtagich
Releasing September 15th, 2015

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.


Six of CrowsSix of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo
Releasing September 29th, 2015

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


HunterHunter
By Mercedes Lackey
Releasing September 1st, 2015

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.


The Scorpion RulesThe Scorpion Rules
By Erin Bow
Releasing September 22nd, 2015

A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace – sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals – are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace, even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.

Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?


IlluminaeIlluminae
By Amie Kufamn & Jay Kristoff
Releasing October 20th, 2015

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


DreamstriderDreamstrider
Lindsay Smith
Releasing October 6th, 2015

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.


TruthwitchTruthwitch
By Susan Dennard
Releasing Janury 5th, 2016

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.

That’s right! I picked 13 books for ARC August and I am TERRIFIED yet horribly excited to see just how many I actually finish and love!

octavia


DONE!

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That was a lot more work than I thought! But LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTIES!!! Are any of these on your ARC August Goal list? Tell us in the comments and tweet us using the #ARCAugust hashtag! Oh, and don’t forget to link your goal post up below!

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  1. Reply

    This is my first time participating and I’m so excited! Hopefully I can read around 10 books this month (:
    Ana @ Ana Loves recently posted…ARC August: Day One + My Birthday!My Profile

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    I have Hunter too and The Dead House is one of my “bonus” books if I get through my earlier releases. Scorpion Rules would be next up and I’m crying because it’s sitting on my shelf taunting me!!
    Amanda @Brains, Books, and Brawn recently posted…August 2015My Profile

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      That’s just motivation to get through those other books!!

      Good luck dearie!
      Octavia recently posted…2015 ARC August: GoalsMy Profile

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    I have a lot of E-ARCs and also then there are the ARC’s that I got from BEA. SO I’m aiming for 15 books, but I think this will be fun and make me at least try to get my review pile done. Thanks for hosting this challenge.
    Grace Fonseca recently posted…Stacking The Shelves, Bought Borrowed & Bagged-I Really Need to Stay Away from NetGalleyMy Profile

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    I just got approved for more books this past week, so it’s going to be an intense month. I have 11 on my list (original goal was 4). But I only really need to read 9, since 2 are published already. I have Hunter, Mechanica, and Everything, Everything on my list as well. So excited to see how ARC August turns out for me!
    Nicole Lynn Hoefs recently posted…3rd Annual ARC August: GoalsMy Profile

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    Hunter is also on my list for this month. I started it this morning and it seems cool so far, but it has mainly been world building. I adored Everything, Everything and The Dead House. The Dead House was super creepy (at least to me it was!) Reawakened was good too, I loved all the Egyptian culture involved. Good luck on your goals ladies, all those books look awesome!
    Amber @ The Book Bratz recently posted…Take Back My Life Post (ARC August Starts!)My Profile

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    YOU BOTH HAVE SUCH AMAZING BOOKS ON YOUR LISTS!!!! Truthwitch! Illuminae!Six of Crows o.O

    This is my first time participating in ARC August, and I’ve got a mix of to-be-released books, and a few ARCs that’ve already been published (I fell back on my reviewing a bit last year :() Its only once I finish these that I’m going to allow myself to request more, so hopefully, that should be enough incentive to complete ARC August successfully! All the best, you guys! 😀
    Fahima / Hitch Theory recently posted…I’m Joining The ARC August Bandwagon!My Profile

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    This is the first I’m going to be a part of this event but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the kick in the butt I need to get these ARCs read.

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    I am signing up for the first time! I have a few queued up already… excited for this one!
    Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA recently posted…Mini Book Challenge: ARC AugustMy Profile

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    These goals are so fantastic, there are many books I want to read here including Truthwitch, Six of Crows and Illuminae! I’m looking forward to my first ARC August 😀
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    Before I make a post – I just want to see if it is too late to join. I found out about this from Dee’s Book Blog (thanks, Dee! You are awesome!) and since I have a pile of ARC’s, especially now that NetGalley just approved four more for me, I would like to do this. I don’t have a link yet, since I just posted, but if it isn’t too late, that will be up tomorrow. I do have a goal of getting 7 ARC’s read for August, and if I can count my post from tonight before “officially” joining, that knocks one off. This is a great idea and hopefully I can join in – even if I read and review sports books!

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    So many great books! My first read for ARC August was Every Word by Ellie Marney and I LOVED it. Can’t wait to see what you think of it, Shelly!
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    Well, I’m too late for the linky, but I did make a goal post, setting it at 14. That is basically all the ARCs I have yet to be read, and my goal is to finish it all in two weeks. XD Let’s see if I can do it.
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    I really want to read The Accident Season! I have Reawakened on my ARC shelf, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Good luck this month!

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    I missed the linky as well since I’m late signing up. I didn’t see anything that said when sign-ups were closed so I just assumed I could still join. Here’s my post. I’m looking forward to getting some more ARCs read.

    Awesome picks for your goals btw! I have several of these on my tbr and some of them are also books I’m planning on reading this month.

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    i love Arc August!! Here is my goal post link – http://pleasefeedthebookworm.com/arc-august-declaration/
    <3 Britt
    I am 5 books in!! Here is my update link too!
    http://pleasefeedthebookworm.com/stacking-the-shelves-arc-august-week-one-revisit/
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