BOOK HAUL: Library Holds and eARCs

Being able to put ebooks on hold at the library so they’re automatically checked out to you when they become available is really convenient, but it can be a bit difficult getting the timing right, as I’ve become very aware these past few weeks! I’ve been waiting for some library holds to come through for ages, and suddenly they’re all coming through at the same time! Read on to see my most recent library check-outs, and click on the book titles to go to each book’s Goodreads page!

The Brilliant Death (The Brilliant Death #1) by Amy Rose Capetta

I’m super excited to finally be reading this book about a mafia don’s daughter who secretly turns her family’s enemies into decorative objects. It sounds very intriguing, and it has non-binary / genderfluid representation.

The Girl With the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers #1) by Katherine Locke

Time-travelling Jewish girl sounds right up my alley, so fingers crossed this lives up to my expectations!

A Blade So Black (A Blade So Black #1) by L. L. McKinney

This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a bi black protagonist! Retellings can be very hit and miss for me, but this sounds like it could be a hit!

The Queen’s Rising (The Queen’s Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross

I’m not 100% sold on this by the summary alone, but I’ve heard good things about it and the sequel, so we shall see!

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

This sounds so interesting! A girl who has been training to become empress her entire life, harbouring the dangerous secret of a persecuted identity. I’m really looking forward to reading this.


I was also approved for three eARCs from NetGalley in February! They are:

Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

Pirate girls! Unlikely alliances! A world inspired by Ancient Rome! Say no more, I’m in.

Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy

This is a sci-fi retelling of the Arthurian legend, with Arthur being a girl. If the summary is anything to go by, it’s got all the ingredients I need in a book.

The Last Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple

This sounds like Temeraire meets the Russian Revolution, and since I love both dragons and Russian history, I can’t wait to read this!


Keep an eye out for my thoughts on all of these exciting acquisitions!

Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post or are any of them on your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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