ARC August Week 2 Wrap Up

Did I flounder like the second book in a trilogy? Or did I actually make good progress? Continue below to find out!

Here’s a little reminder of my goals for ARC August:

  • Read 20 books ( I can totally do it)
  • Review them all ( yes ALL of them)
  • Get my Netgalley Feedback ratio to 80%
  • Cross-post my reviews to GR, Amazon, and B&N
  • Feature the reviews on my blog (Maybe a weekly series?)

I’ve decided to feature mini-reviews of the books I’ve read here along with the update on my goals. Here’s the breakdown so far

Books Read:

cover140091-medium.pngGiant Days was a huge disappointment. The comics are among one of my favorites and this was missing all the magic that the artists portray in the comics. Most of this was rehashing what was in the first two volumes of the series and I found the voice to be off, hence me not finishing it. I wasn’t a fan of reading so much of their inner dialogue because I’m so used to seeing it. I love how the trio’s body language gives away what they’re thinking on the page without me having to read about it. If you’re interested in this story, I highly recommend the comics over this novel. *Thank you to NetGalley for this review copy.*

cover143382-mediumThe Leading Edge of Now is one of the best books I’ve read all year. This is a harrowing look at sexual assault/rape and how it affects not only the victim/survivors life but of all of those around them. It’s truthful, painful, but overall hopeful. I can’t even begin to sing all the praises for this book. The cover is gorgeous and so is the prose. There’s a trigger warning for sexual assault, however, as a survivor myself, I found comfort in Grace’s journey. It reminded me I’m not alone, but also allowed me to look at this from the lens of fiction. I think everyone needs to read this book. Full review to come August 20th. *Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy*

cover134848-mediumI loved the unique twist on Sleepy Hallow and the beautiful cover, but unfortunately, that’s it. The Lantern’s Ember was boring and dreadful. The characters were very one dimensional to me. The love story was very shallow and surface level. I wanted more of the setting and the unique structure of the monsters and less of well, everything else. The whole plot of the novel is very cliche, which would not have been a problem if the characters were stronger and more unique. The background and setting of the story would’ve elevated the cliche plot to something exciting, but unfortunately, the characters weren’t there for me. At all. *Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy*


35442720Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) was everything teenagers need when it comes to
sex ed, though specifically queer teens. Jack doesn’t just tackle specific problems to the LGBTQ+, but also sex in general. He’s promoting being comfortable in and with your body, whether you want sex all the time or don’t want it at all. I was so excited to see BDSM and asexuality talked about and named on the page. It’s not all about sex and there’s an underlying mystery going on. Who is trying to control what Jack does and says? How he behaves? There’s a high school full of suspects and an advice column getting more hits and questions than they could’ve imagined they’d ever get.  * Thank you to Mary for this review copy*

Goals Update:

  • Read 6 of 20 books
  • Reviewed 6 of 20 books
  • Netgalley feedback ratio 68 of 80%
  • Featured reviews on my blog
  • 1,370 pages read (Not including the pages from my DNFs)
  • 8 bingo squares checked off



What was your favorite read of the challenge so far? Do we have any books in common?

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