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Top Ten Tuesday: Kayla’s Top Ten ARCS

Okay, this isn’t technically a “Top Ten Tuesday” post as it doesn’t match up with any of the topics that I know of. However, I have managed to acquire several ARCS from Netgalley this year, and I want to make sure the books get the attention they deserve.

If you’re looking for some real Top Ten Tuesday posts, please check out That Artsy Reader Girl!

The Drowning Kind

  • Genre: Horror/suspense
  • Pages: 336
  • Publication date: April 6, 2021
  • Buy: The Drowning Kind

You can find my full review for this creepy tale here.

The Imposter

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Pages: 413
  • Publication date: March 9, 2021
  • Buy: The Imposter

You can find my full review here.

Ember of Night

  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Pages: 400
  • Publication date: May 4, 2021
  • Buy: Ember of Night

Just check out this Goodreads summary:

I am a weed.

Unloved by my abusive, alcoholic dad. Unwanted by my classmates. Unnoticed by everyone else.

But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.

Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.


A mesmerising retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Perfect for fans of CIRCEA SONG OF ACHILLES, and THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS.

Fire With Fire

  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Pages: 432
  • Publication date: June 8, 2021
  • Buy: Fire with Fire

Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.

The Plot

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Pages: 336
  • Publication date: May 11, 2021
  • Buy: The Plot

Hailed as breathtakingly suspenseful, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Such A Quiet Place

We had no warning that she’d come back.

Hollow’s Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.

Did I Say You Could Go?

A suspenseful, gripping novel about families and friendships torn apart at the seams by obsession, secrets, and betrayal with relentless twists and turns that hurtle forward to a shocking confrontation.

Lies My Memory Told Me

From thrilling debut voice Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them.

The Death of Jane Lawrence

Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town. Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man—one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him.

By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to. Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.

What books do you think you’ll be picking up?


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