ARCs I need to read #3

You can see the first of my ARC posts here and the second here; I have since read all of those books, but ever since getting caught up I seem to have acquired a lot more.  So, here we go again.

39346604My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih
Publisher: Mandel Vilar Press
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: I’m not as tired of WWII historical fiction as most people seem to be, and the summary sounded interesting to me.  I haven’t read a whole lot of YA historical fiction so… why not.  Plus it’s only about 200 pages so I figure it’ll be a quick read.
Goodreads summary: “Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitler’s army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in “free of Jews.” Until the German occupation, Hanna spent her time exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick, and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shtetele—and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. When Hanna’s father disappears, suddenly it’s up to Hanna to find him—and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive.”

37905907The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication date: October 9, 2018
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: I didn’t end up loving Camilla Way’s last novel Watching Edie, but there was a lot that I did enjoy about it, enough that I really want to give the author a second chance, and I like the sound of this one.
Goodreads summary: “When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.”

EDIT: ★★★★☆ | review

37570619The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication date: November 6, 2018
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: In my quest to read more Korean fiction this one came to my attention, and it’s blurbed by Min Jin Lee aka the queen.
Goodreads summary: “In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges they know will face them, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.

But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn’t remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?”

35277865The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Publication date: November 23, 2018
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: Ahh this is one of my most anticipated reads of the year – a historical mystery set in 15th century England told in reverse?!  Yes yes yes.
Goodreads summary: “15th century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder? The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can’t?

Moving back in time towards the moment of Thomas Newman’s death, the story is related by Reve – an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and a man with secrets of his own to keep. Through his eyes, and his indelible voice, Harvey creates a medieval world entirely tangible in its immediacy.”

36628390Come With Me by Helen Schulman
Publisher: Harper
Publication date: November 27, 2018
Received from: Publisher via mail
Why I requested it: I didn’t!  This is my first unsolicited ARC which I found very exciting so I may read it for that reason alone, despite the fact that reviews have not been glowing so far.  We shall see.
Goodreads summary: “Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommate’s nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time. His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their “multiverses”—all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously—to see how the decisions they’ve made have shaped their lives.

Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig. And even as she questions Donny’s theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road(s) not taken. Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people? Where would she be now?”

40122005Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: January 8, 2019
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: Sarah Moss is one of those writers I’ve been meaning to read for years – I’m particularly interested in The Tidal Zone, but then this one popped up on Netgalley and I couldn’t resist.  And it’s quite short so probably not a bad place to start.
Goodreads summary: “In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.

For two weeks, the length of her father’s vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie’s father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs–particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind.

The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?

A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.”

EDIT: ★★★★★ | review

39863502The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: I loved Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut The Two-Family House which I won in a Goodreads giveaway a million years ago, so when I saw her name I knew I wanted to request this.
Goodreads summary: “Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.”

40046064The Cassandra by Sharman Shields
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: Cassandra retelling?  Yes.  (This list is quite WWII heavy, isn’t it…)
Goodreads summary: “Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman. Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South Central Washington, exists to test and manufacture a mysterious product that will aid the war effort. Only the top generals and scientists know that this product is processed plutonium, for use in the first atomic bombs.

Mildred is delighted, at first, to be part of something larger than herself after a lifetime spent as an outsider. But her new life takes a dark turn when she starts to have prophetic dreams about what will become of humankind if the project is successful. As the men she works for come closer to achieving their goals, her visions intensify to a nightmarish pitch, and she eventually risks everything to question those in power, putting her own physical and mental health in jeopardy. Inspired by the classic Greek myth, this 20th century reimagining of Cassandra’s story is based on a real WWII compound that the author researched meticulously. A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, The Cassandra uses both legend and history to look deep into man’s capacity for destruction, and the resolve and compassion it takes to challenge the powerful.”

EDIT: ★☆☆☆☆ | review

40121930Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: February 12, 2019 (originally 1979)
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: I need to read more female Japanese authors and this sounds brilliant.
Goodreads summary: “It is spring. A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment. Territory of Light follows her over the course of a year, as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her new home is filled with light streaming through the windows, so bright she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. As the months come and go and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become.

At once tender and lacerating, luminous and unsettling, Yuko Tsushima’s Territory of Light is a novel of abandonment, desire, and transformation. It was originally published in twelve parts in the Japanese literary monthly Gunzo, between 1978 and 1979, each chapter marking the months in real time. It won the inaugural Noma Literary Prize.”

EDIT: ★★★☆☆ | review

40554142Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine
Publication date: March 5, 2019
Received from: Netgalley
Why I requested it: Because The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was perfection.
Goodreads summary: “In 1979, Daisy Jones and The Six split up. Together, they had redefined the 70’s music scene, creating an iconic sound that rocked the world. Apart, they baffled a world that had hung on their every verse.

This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of the band’s rise to fame and their abrupt and infamous split. The following oral history is a compilation of interviews, emails, transcripts, and lyrics, all pertaining to the personal and professional lives of the members of the band The Six and singer Daisy Jones.

While I have aimed for a comprehensive and exhaustive approach, I must acknowledge that full and complete accounts from all parties involved has proved impossible. Some people were easier to track down than others, some were more willing to talk than others, and some, unfortunately, have passed on.

All of which is to say that while this is the first and only authorised account from all represented perspectives, it should be noted that, in matters both big and small, reasonable people disagree.

The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle.”

EDIT: ★★★★☆ | review

That’s it!  Have you guys read any of these or are you looking forward to reading them?  And which ARCs do you have right now?  Comment and let me know!

29 thoughts on “ARCs I need to read #3

    • The Western Wind is definitely my most anticipated on this list! And I can’t believe Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book isn’t out until March, I know I’m cave and read that one super early!!

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  1. This is such a great list! I want to read them all! I am reading My Name is Hanna right now! Daisy Jones &six was a wish for me that I really hope gets granted.

    Happy reading!

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    • Ooh how are you liking My Name is Hanna? I’ll probably go in chronological order so that’s next up for me! So excited about Daisy Jones, I hope your wish gets granted too!!


    • The only one of hers I’ve read is Watching Edie and I did enjoy it, but ended up giving it 3 stars. I’m hoping this one will wow me a bit more, it sounds great! Happy reading to you too 🙂

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  2. Ghost Wall is magnificent. It’s very short, and it distills a lot of what Moss has been writing about from the start, which makes me wonder whether it might be technically easier to start with Signs For Lost Children or Bodies Of Light, but even so I think it is genuinely a masterpiece. So efficient and yet so powerful.

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    • I’m so glad to hear it! Honestly it’s so short that if I feel like I don’t quite ‘get it’ I suppose I can always revisit it after reading Moss’s other works. Either way, excited to start reading her at long last.


  3. These sound so good! I just added a bunch of them to my TBR to keep on my radar… including a WWII historical fiction (The Cassandra), which surprised me, but it looks so intriguing! I’m definitely looking forward to these reviews. 🙂

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  4. That cover of Territory of Light looks so simple but so pretty! And I’m super interested with the premise of The Western Wind – I hope it’s still available in NetGalley! (Although I also have waaaayyy too many ARCs I haven’t read too!)

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    • I love that cover too! So simple and elegant! Ugh I know, I really need to put myself on a Netgalley ban, this is getting ridiculous. But, I hope The Western Wind is still available for you, it sounds insanely brilliant!

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