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#ARCAugust is Upon Us!

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Once again I’ve decided I am participating in #ARCAugust, hosted by the amazing Octavia & Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat. This is my third year participating in the event and I always find it to be a fun, productive way to knock out a large chunk of the ARCs I’ve recieved that are either Fall/Winter releases, or earlier releases I may have missed and need to review still.

Like always, I am going to be posting weekly updates to highlight my progress for the event. Some of the reviews you may see pretty early, others will be likely closer to their release dates in the Fall. Here’s what I am planning to tackle!

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  • The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Hwang Sun-mi (September 6)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (October 4)
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton (October 11)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin (September 6)
  • Girls Like Me by Lola St.Vil (October 4)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 4)
  • Speed of Life by J.M Kelly (October 11)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (September 6)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (September 20)
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
    by Adam Gidwitz (September 27)
  • Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (November 1)
  • Afterward by Jennifer Mathiu (September 20)
  • Write This Down by Claudia Mills (September 27, ebook)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20)
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (September 6)

I realize that my list is crazy ambitious for the month, and I am eager to see what I actually manage to complete as well. If you are participating in #ARCAugust, I’d love to see your TBR.

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ARC Review – Cracked, by Eliza Crewe

17345314 Title:  Cracked
Author:  Eliza Crewe
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

Sam’s Review:

Huge thank you to Strange Chemistry and Netgalley for a copy of this book for review.

Cracked was a book I requested on a whim. A woman who eats souls? Who can resist such a premise! I have to admit, this book completely surprised me with its quirky narrative, and its sassy protagonist, Meda.

This book had almost a Lost Girl vibe, minus the porn, and yet Meda’s voice really carries the narrative with such ease. She’s sarcastic, no nonsense, bad ass, but she’s full of flaw, often unable to let her ego take a beating or two. She’s partnered with some fabulous secondary characters in Chi, Uri and Jo, all who have equally distinctive voices and personalities to add as well. I REALLY loved Chi, he was such an oaf at times.

The world building in this book sometimes felt a little thin at times, and while I do think it could have done a better job of easing the reader into the world’s politics, I found myself having a ball in what I was reading. Meda makes the reader feel so welcome, treating them almost as though they are a close friend. It’s interesting to see how contradictory her actions are to her inner monologue and yet you understand her conflicts and struggles with utter ease. Meda is so easy to root for, and she’s easily the selling point of the story.

While I wish the world building and the narrative was a bit tighter in places (I think the story could have benefited from some additional clarity between Meda’s family issues and her profession), at least it’s still a fun and fast read. The book has great, distinctive characters, and a protagonist who is so delightfully sassy that it makes it difficult to put the book down. If you’re looking for a quick, humourous read, Eliza Crewe definitely has you covered in her debut.