I have had a couple things arrive this month that I had to share with you guys! Many of you might have noticed that I don’t get stuff sent to me by publishers as physical ARCs. Not only have I been too nervous to try and email publishers, I’ve only used NetGalley and Edelweiss (when I’m actually lucky) to read ARCs. But recently, the opposite happened. So let’s jump in!

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

I received this ARC from the wonderful Jennifer from The Bookish Delights blog through the #arcsfortrade on Twitter. I was trying to get rid of my copy of Furyborn (not going to read it) and Jennifer was so nice to trade this upcoming fantasy novel with me! This debut novel by Laura Sebastian is set in a world where a girl named Theo’s parents were killed and she becomes the Ash Princess, a title of shame in her kingdom. Since she was very young when her parents were killed and ruthless people took over the throne, she couldn’t fight back until now. I’ve heard good things about this book and I can’t wait to read it. Plus it’s even more stunning in person šŸ™‚

So for this next one, here’s a quick story: there’s an upcoming historical fiction in my original 2018 releases post that I’ve been super excited for. But sadly, I haven’t heard of anyone on Booktube, Instagram or Twitter being excited for it either. So, taking a leap of faith, I messaged the author telling her how excited I was for her book and who I could talk to for getting a review copy. She was so excited and nice that she attached her publicist to her response, asking her publicist to send me a copy since I’m a reviewer. I couldn’t believe my leap of faith worked! So yesterday, the package showed up at my door and I flipped my lid. What’s this book you ask?

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom

This debut novel takes place in New Hampshire in 1807, where Harriet doesn’t know what she wants in life. When her brother goes off in search of fortune, she disguises herself as a boy and goes with him. That’s all I’ll say, since historical fiction is more fun to go into as blind as possible. But this author has been so nice in talking with me on social media and I can’t thank her enough for asking the publisher to send me a copy. You can guarantee to see a review very soon once I dive in šŸ™‚

There you have it guys! It felt really good to just take that leap and send out a message to find out about getting a review copy. While this is a lucky chance, it does make me feel braver to try actually emailing publishers for ARCs in the future. I would love any tips you guys can give me when it comes to emailing publishers to get ARCs (how to say things in the email, what stuff to include, etc.)

Have you read any of these? Are you excited for them? What book mail have you gotten recently?