State of the ARC #13



State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Hey friends! Today I have a State of the ARC meme post.

It’s been a while since I’ve last done an ARC update. I’m both nervous and kind of excited, I know that I started reading a couple of ARCs a couple of months ago, but since then I’ve honestly had no will to continue and finish them.

However, in July (2019) I accepted a few more ARCs so I know that I have to get through more of them again.

The ARCs I acquired in July 2019 were:


I got an email (via the author) telling me about Give Me a Dream and when I read the synopsis I was quite captured by the story already. I have hopes that the story will be so romantic and sweet that (metaphorically) my teeth will rot.

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46739820._SY475_Fortuna Sworn was/is? a “Read Now” book on NetGalley. Fortuna Sworn is a book that I am interested in reading because of how different the story feels to me already. I don’t often read books where the main character is the last of their known species–and that they’re hiding from everyone paranormal/supernatural in plain sight. Which in my opinion is the perfect place to hide–unless you’re known worldwide, haha.

I’m also curious about how the romance will form–and how Fortuna may come to regret it.

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36451444._SX318_When I read the synopsis for Lia, Human of Utah, I thought to myself that Lia’s story would be an alright one. I wouldn’t love it, but I wouldn’t hate it either. And then I finished reading what Lia’s story was about, which led me to download Lia, Human of Utah immediately because I love stories when people who are on the run decide enough is enough, and face the people/organization-whomever and fight.

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What I read in July was:

At the end of July, my Netgalley Feedback Ratio was still at 83%

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The ARCs I Acquired in August 2019 were:

43517326The Weight of a Soul caught me in the first few sentences of the premise. However it’s the latter half of that first sentence that really drew me into The Weight of a Soul. The fact that Lena’s story involves that of Vikings is…wild to me. I haven’t yet read enough (or any??) books that have Norse Vikings in them…so I’m quite excited to read The Weight of a Soul.

Something else that I’m looking forward to is what Lena digs up about her family, and the secrets they’ve all been keeping.

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43129821._SX318_I honestly found out about The Blacksmith Queen a few weeks?/months? ago and didn’t think anything of it. Yet it was only this month that I ended up actually reading what The Blacksmith Queen was about. And colour me surprised. I’m actually interested in reading the book, haha!

The synopsis for The Blacksmith Queen sounds like the main character, Keeley might be a secondary character…which I honestly do not like. At all. I’m really hoping that Keeley will be the main character, and I won’t end up bored like I have while reading a totally separate book where the main character was actually the supporting character.

I’m also super intrigued about the mountain warriors called the Amichai.

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39678996._SY475_What piqued my interest about Cursed was the fact that Netflix picked up this book and is now making an adaptation of it.

I’m loving that there’s a roll reversal in the story; that instead of the stereotypical King gaining the sword….there’s perhaps a Queen that acquires the sword. I am HERE for roll-reversal stories. Immediately upon reading the full premise for Cursed, I was like Sign me TF up!! I’m quite happy that I was approved for this title.

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44000679I haven’t even read the synopsis for Trinity of Bones–at least I don’t think I have. Yes, I am that forgetful. You don’t even know how much I am looking forward to reading Trinity of Bones though. I can’t even begin to express in words for how much and how long I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this sequel.

The first book, Twice Dead, is one hell of a read. If you haven’t read Twice Dead, I suggest that you do because holy crap! It’s so freaking good. I’m starting to remember how Twice Dead ended and holy SMOKES I need to get a head start on reading Trinity of Bones. I need to know what happens to a certain character.


What I read in August:

  • Cold Day in the Sun, by Sara Biren; It took me a while to be able to finish Cold Day in the Sun, but I ended up really enjoying Holland’s story. (my review)
  • The Blacksmith Queen, by G.A. Aiken; I ended up enjoying The Blacksmith Queen way more than I originally thought I would. (my review)

By the end of August, my Feedback Ration on NetGalley was at 82%.


Hello! I did not mean to forget about the ARC scene so drastically. I swear! Life and other things get in the way you know? BUT in other terms that also means that I didn’t request any arcs for like, 3 months. What a FEAT that was.

January ARC received was

Dreams of Fire caught my eye in a way that I didn’t think it would, but I’m glad I was given the opportunity to read [CHARACTER’S NAME] story this month.



  • Dreams of Fire by Christian Cura; I was definitely looking forward to reading Dreams of Fire. By the time I had finished the novel I realized how much Dreams of Fire had been a disappointment to me.


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Do you read any ARCs? What was the last arc you read versus the one you last requested? 

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

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