May and June ARCs TBR

This is an accountability post for myself. Because if I don’t post this, I won’t read any of these and… yiKES. I made a commitment to read these books by signing up for Netgalley so I’ll be damned if I don’t follow through. I’m not promising to finish all of these, because I never feel guilty DNF’ing a book I’m not feeling. (LOL, I already DNF’ed my first Netgalley book because I realized very quickly it was at best gonna be a 2-star book, and why would I do that to myself?)

My main goal in May is to finish all my Asian Readathon books, but I do have a bunch of Netgalley ARCs with publishing dates coming up in June and one in May, so I need to get started on those.

The Hierophant’s Daughter (The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy, #1) by M.F. Sullivan

Genre: LGBTQIA, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Publisher: Painted Blind Publishing

Expected Publication: May 19, 2019

Length: 286 Pages

I don’t know how I feel about this being advertised as “NOT FOR YOUNG ADULTS” in all caps on Netgalley. It feels a little derisive and elitist, and I’m not a fan of that shit at all. I’m 23, I’m a goddamn young adult. I’m pretty sure that said advertisement is meant to be aimed at those who read only Young Adult? But like, why would you advertise a book by telling a specific group of people it’s not for them? I guess if you’re trying to attract the adult fiction readers who are like “Well, I’m too much of a pretentious douche to admit that YA has any merit at all,” then it’s a good tactic? I don’t know. That doesn’t seem to be the case on its Goodreads description, though, so I digress.

The fact that it’s an LGBT+ story, a cyberpunk setting, and it seems like there’s going to be a lot of political intrigue and action drew me in enough to request it. I’m not sure going into it what my expectations really are? After being burned by another SFF story from Netgalley (yikes) I’m honestly not going into it expecting to be impressed, but maybe that’ll work to the book’s advantage.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery

Publisher: Tor Books

Expected Publication: June 4, 2019

Length: 336 Pages

Y’ALL. I am so damn excited that I got approved for this.

I have a really good feeling about this book. I was initially drawn to it because the cover itself gave me a lot of Gravity Falls vibes, and since I loved GFalls (like a lot of people too old to be watching Disney Channel cartoons did) I thought… Why not? The description too, a mystery? People with supernatural powers? This shit is gonna be a great summer read, I can feel it, and I am so damn excited to get my hands on this book. Like, I have hyped this book up in my head for myself so much already it better live up. I trust Tor’s choices in what they publish, so I’m sure it will.

We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach

Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publisher: Random House

Expected Publication: July 2, 2019

Length: 368 pages

A book about disillusioned 20-somethings moving to a farm? I have a feeling I’m going to love or hate this one with nowhere in between. I’m excited to see how this book presents modern anxieties about the state of the world and society. The cast of characters also seems very intriguing at first glance of the synopsis, but I am a little worried they may not be further developed than those single lines so I’m interested to see how well they translate into the story. I do love a good character-driven, nearly plotless story every now and again so I’m looking forward to reading this.

The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus by Alanna McFall

Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Atthis Arts

Expected Publication: June 4, 2019

Length: 286 pages

This is a book about a girl who is a ghost who’s determined to make it to her brother’s wedding anyway, along with her two ghost friends. I LOVE sibling relationships in fiction. I love well-developed female friendships in fiction. At first glance, this seems like a fun book I could easily read in a single weekend, sitting on the back porch, so that’s exactly what I intend to do.

The Bobcat by Katherine Forbes Riley

Genre: New Adult, Literary Fiction

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Expected Publication: June 5, 2019

Length: 192 pages

Trigger Warnings: This book deals with the aftermath of a sexual assault.

This seems like another mostly plotless book that’s very character-driven. And, like with the other one of those on this list, I’m pretty sure however I feel about this book it’s going to be strong feelings. Whether those end up being good strong feelings or bad strong feelings is what I’ll figure out along the way I guess. This sounds like it’ll be a more romance-focused book, and I haven’t read a very romance focused book about a heterosexual couple in a long ass time, so we’ll see how that goes.

Let me know in the comments what you think of these, if you plan on reading them or also have galleys of them you’ve read and what you thought!

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