So, when I got out of my awful blogging slump last March, I thought it would be a great idea to log onto NetGalley and binge-request tons of arcs (Why, past-Octavia, why?!). I now realize that that was a very stupid mistake.

Now I have a crap ton of arcs that all have to be read and reviewed fairly soon… It will be a challenge to tackle all of these books within the next few months in addition to my normal monthly TBRs, but ya girl’s not about to let her NetGalley feedback ratio plummet. Plus, I requested all of these books for a reason! They’re all upcoming releases that I’m really looking forward to reading. Thank you to all of the wonderful publishers who have spoiled me with arcs these past few months!

Without further ado, here are all of the arcs I’m planning to read in the near future!

Star Wars: Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Synopsis: When fourteen-year-old Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to the rule from the royal palace. To keep her safe and secure, she’ll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys. Each girl is selected for her particular talents, but it will be up to Padmé to unite them as a group. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test–of themselves, and of each other.

My Thoughts: I love anything Star Wars, especially when it comes to my girl Padmé! I’ve heard great things about E.K. Johnston’s other Star Wars novels, so I’m super excited to read this one. I’ll probably pick it up pretty soon, as this is the earliest release out of all of the arcs on this list.

What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Synopsis: Lex was taken–trafficked–and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again. After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn’t trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that’s what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things. But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love. Kate McLaughlin’s What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself.

My Thoughts: I’m so excited to announce that Wednesday Books invited me to participate in the blog tour for this book! I’m really looking forward to reading it and sharing my thoughts with you all in my upcoming blog tour review.

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

Rebel Spy by [Veronica Rossi]

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Synopsis: Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman body floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather–and she takes it. Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she’s eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty–but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true “355” and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.

My Thoughts: I absolutely love historical fiction, so of course I had to request an arc of Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi! It sounds like such an interesting story, and I have such high hopes for it!

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

Opium and Absinthe: A Novel by [Lydia Kang]

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Release Date: July 1, 2020

Synopsis: New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it? A ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and more laudanum…and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her well supplied. Tillie can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s real—or whether she can trust those closest to her.

My Thoughts: I’m so happy that vampires have been making a comeback in NA/YA fiction lately! This book sounds so creepy and mysterious, and I’m always down for that kind of read! Also, I’m totally in love with the cover!

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

The Princess Will Save You by [Sarah Henning]

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Synopsis: When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warriornot a sacrifice. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

My Thoughts: GUYS: I’m actually reading this book right now and (so far) it’s everything I dreamed of and more! In this gender-swapped Princess Bride retelling, Buttercup gets a total revamp! Amarande, our protagonist, is so badass! I’m low-key tempted to preorder a finished copy right now because I’m enjoying it so much! Also, Sarah Henning reposted my Instagram story featuring this arc… Rest assured that I have been fangirling all day!

Mayhem by Estelle Laure

Mayhem: A Novel by [Estelle Laure]

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Synopsis: It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

My Thoughts: Huge thanks to Wednesday Books for inviting me to participate in yet another blog tour! I’m so excited to read Mayhem, as the synopsis sounds so intriguing. I absolutely love dark, gritty reads, so I’m sure this book is right up my alley!

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay

Cut Off by [Adrianne Finlay]

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: August 11, 2020

Synopsis: Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality. Sci-fi, mystery, and romance converge in this high-stakes, fast-paced read that will leave you guessing to the very last moment.

My Thoughts: I don’t know why, but the synopsis for this book gives me Hunger Games and Warcross vibes… And those are both books that I loved, so I’m sure to enjoy this one as well!

Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard

Ignite the Sun (Blink) by [Hanna Howard ]

Publisher: Blink

Release Date: August 18, 2020

Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow. Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater than her fear of the dark, and so she heads to the royal city—the very center of the darkness—for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court. But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball will send her on a quest that could bring back the Light—or doom the kingdom to shadow forever. Accompanied by a ragtag group of rebels, she sets her course for the North, toward the last vestiges of the sun.

My Thoughts: This books sounds like such a lush, beautiful fantasy. I love the idea behind the world, and I’m really looking forward to diving into it. And just look at that stunning cover! If I enjoy this one, I might have to snag a finished copy!

Greythorne by Crystal Smith

Greythorne (The Bloodleaf Trilogy Book 2) by [Crystal Smith]

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Synopsis: Princess Aurelia’s life is upended when the kingdom she thought she saved falls to ruin, a loved one is tragically killed in a shipwreck, and her home country turns against her. With no place left to call her own, Aurelia returns to Greythorne Manor—her best friend’s family mansion—only to find that Greythorne has sinister secrets of its own. With enemies closing in on all sides, Aurelia is caught in a mad fight to protect the only people she has left—her family. In her darkest moments, when all seems grim, will Aurelia find a spark of hope from a love she thought long lost?

My Thoughts: When I got the email that my request for this arc had been approved, I was literally jumping up and down with joy! I LOVED Bloodleaf, so it’s such an honor to be able to read and review its sequel, Greythorne, before its release date. I’m definitely going to have to reread Bloodleaf first, though, because even though I loved it, my memory of the book is pretty foggy!

Bright Shining World by Josh Swiller

Bright Shining World by [Josh Swiller]

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: November 24, 2020

Synopsis: Wallace Cole is perpetually moving against his will. His father has some deeply important job with an energy company that he refuses to explain to Wallace who is, shall we say, suspicious. Not that his father ever listens to him. Just as Wallace is getting settled into a comfortable life in Kentucky, his father lets him know they need to immediately depart for a new job in a small town in Upstate New York which has recently been struck by an outbreak of inexplicable hysterics–an outbreak which is centered at the high school Wallace will attend. In the new town, go from disturbing to worse: trees appear to be talking to people; a school bully, the principal, and the town police force take an instant dislike to Wallace; and the student body president is either falling for him or slipping into the enveloping darkness. Bright Shining World is a novel of resistance, of young people finding hope and courage and community in a collapsing world.

My Thoughts: Bright Shining World sounds like such a dark, funny thriller! This book doesn’t come out till November, but it’s still a highly anticipated 2020 release of mine! I’m so excited to read it!

It looks like I have a lot of reading ahead of me!

Not that I’m complaining!

Are any of the books on this list on your TBR? What are some of your most anticipated releases? Are there any arcs that you’re hoping to get your hands on?

Let me know in the comments!

See you soon,

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  1. Lucie @ Wishes and Pages says:

    Oooh, that’s an interesting selection you have there, good luck to read them all! 🙌
    I’m so excited about Queen’s Peril, I’ve read all of E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars books and I’m with you, I’m always there for Padmé. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it!
    I hadn’t heard about every book on your list, but Opium and Absinthe and Ignite the Sun really intrigue me.
    Right now, I’m most excited for The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, third book in the Daevabad trilogy, which is coming out next month, as well as Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. 😊

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      I’m really looking forward to reading Queen’s Peril, as I’m a huge Padmé fan! I’m glad to hear you liked E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars books, because now I’m sure I’ll love this one! I definitely agree that Opium and Absinthe and Ignite the Sun sound like intriguing reads. City of Brass is actually on my TBR for this month, so maybe The Empire of Gold will become an anticipated release of mine as well!


  2. wren @ wingsandfables says:

    I’ve been eyeing The Princess Will Save You for when it’s released so I’m really happy you’re enjoying it so far. Good luck getting through all of these! I hope they’re all amazing. ❤

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  3. Nat says:

    Wow, this is a long list of books that sound amazing! I’ve already been looking forward to Queen’s Peril and The Princess Will Save You, but now I’ll have to look out for Mayhem and Ignite the Sun as well.

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  4. Jamie @BubblyBooks says:

    Wow this is quite the haul girl! I also have an arc of The Princess will save you and hope to read it soon lol! and Greythorne looks fab, awesome post 🙂

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  5. dreamingofcats says:

    wow, you have a TON of reading to get through, haha, but such a great list of ARCs! Cut Off looks particularly exciting, I’m adding that to my TBR. also interested by Opium and Absinthe, I’ve never been really into the vampire craze, but this seems like a new take on it, so that’s cool.

    I just got approved for Bookish and the Beast, so I’m really excited to get into that soon! and I’m desperate for The Art of Saving the World for its trippy multiverse premise and asexual lesbian protag, yaaaas ❤

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      I’m so excited to read Cut Off, the synopsis sounds so interesting. I hope you love Bookish and the Beast! I loved Geekerella, and I need to read that author’s other books! The Art of Saving the World sounds amazing!


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