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In The Land of e-ARCs!

Hello, it’s me.

No, but really, it is me. I just realised that it’s been quite a while since I did a post like this. I just checked the first one was back in August of 2018! I am finally kinda caught up on my NetGalley e-ARCs and most of them have been pretty awesome.

So since I have the privilege of getting the ARCs, I thought why not share which ones I am yet to read. There aren’t that many, luckily and the one I am currently reading is absolutely amazing so far so I have to admit to being blessed in this particular department. Part of the success with the ARCs is because I have learned to only request the ones I am absolutely sure I would read. There were a few in the beginning that I probably shouldn’t have requested. Oh, well. Lesson learned.

Without further ado, let’s just get into the amazing e-ARCs I have on my Kindle.

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Daisy Jones and The Six

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice. 

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I hope I love this one because it sounds pretty awesome and I have heard so much about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s last book that I knew when the opportunity presented itself, I had to grab with both hands. This book comes out in 07 March 2019 and I have a feeling you don’t want to miss this one by this author either.

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The Book of Dreams

by Nina George

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, comes a delightful, offbeat, charming and bittersweet tale about the distance one man will travel for the sake of love and friendship.

On his way to meet with his estranged son, hardened ex-war reporter, Henry Skinner, steps into the road and is run down by an oncoming car. In hospital, he floats, comatose, between dreams, reliving the fairytales of his childhood and the secrets he has spent a lifetime trying to escape.

His son, Sam, a thirteen-year old synesthete with an IQ of 144, waits at his father’s bedside. There he meets Eddie Tomlin, an old flame of his father’s, and twelve-year old Madelyn Zeidler, a coma patient like Henri. As these four fight their individual battles, they form a common bond and face the ravages of loss and first love side by side.

A revelatory and urgently human story, THE BOOK OF DREAMS is a tender meditation on memory, empathy, and mortality, asking with grace and gravitas what truly matters when the lives of those we love hang in the balance.

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So, I haven’t really read anything by this author but this book seemed interesting enough that I requested the e-ARC. I am hoping that I end up enjoying this one. I mean, there’s loss and heartache right in the summary but let’s see how I feel about it. This book comes out on 19th April 2019.

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Shadow of the Fox

by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

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Ever since I have seen this about, there’s been nothing but great things said about it and I can’t wait to read it. Getting this ARC was pure chance because apparently, it was available to read right away this week so I grabbed it before it was gone. I am hoping I enjoy it as much as the others seemed to have. This book is already out and you can buy it from wherever books are sold!

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The Half-God of Rainfall

by Enua Ellams

From the award-winning poet and playwright behind Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall is an epic story and a lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge.

There is something about the boy. When he is angry, clouds darken. When he cries, rivers burst their banks. And when he touches a basketball, deities want courtside seats. Half Nigerian mortal, half Grecian God: Demi is the Half-God of Rainfall.

His mother, Modupe, looks on with a mixture of pride and worry. From close encounters, she knows that Gods are just like men: the same fragile egos, the same subsequent fury, the same sense of entitlement to the bodies of mortals. The Gods will one day tire of sports fans, their fickle allegiances and their prayers to Demi.

And when that moment comes, it won’t matter how special he is. Only the women in Demi’s life, the mothers, the Goddesses, will stand between him and a lightning bolt. 

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I was immediately drawn to this one after reading the synopsis, after all, what about it doesn’t sound amazing? It’s about a half-god who’s in the modern world and it’s a poem! I can’t wait to read this one because I don’t generally go for poetry but this one really sounded pretty awesome. I hope I really enjoy this one, if I do maybe I will look for more poetry in my future reads. Variety is the spice of life and all that.

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And lastly we come to my current read!

Once Upon A River

by Diane Setterfield

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

Or can it be explained by science?

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. 

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When I first read the synopsis, I was interested and I meant to request it too but for some reason, I never got around to it. I was so sad when I realised that I might be too late to request it because I had been hearing such good things about this book and then I saw that it was still available to request on NetGalley and I pressed the button so freaking fast, you have no idea! So far, I can totally see why people are giving such positive reviews, there’s something about the writing or the setting that makes the whole read very cozy and magical. I really hope the rest of the book as wonderful as it has been so far.

And that’s it, that’s the e-ARCs I have pending at this moment. This number is far more manageable than the one I had last year and I am so very proud of myself for that. Have you heard of the books or read any of them? If so, did you enjoy them? Tell me all about it in the comments.

 

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