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The Arrivals

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,481 ratings  ·  457 reviews
The Arrivals is the second novel for adults by internationally bestselling author Melissa Marr.

Chloe walks into a bar and blows five years of sobriety. When she wakes, she finds herself in an unfamiliar world, The Wasteland. She discovers people from all times and places have also arrived there: Kitty and Jack, a brother and sister from the Wild West; Edgar, a prohibition
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by William Morrow
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Laura Martinelli
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This book was a bit quirky and slightly odd at times, but for me it was like a breath of fresh air. It's different from the stuff I usually pick up, and ultimately it may have been a little too bizarre for my tastes, but I certainly don't regret reading it. When it comes to originality and interesting ideas, this book gets massive points.

My love for speculative fiction, especially when other genres are infused with a par
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Possible DNF. Very brief review to come.

I cannot recall a damn thing that is memorable about this book. I can't even begin to tell you what the plot is because it is so forgettable and dull.

It is a spaghetti western that's the equivalent of riding in a bus full of tourists to Las Vegas and looking at the scenery outside the window (hint: there's nothing there but desert shrubs).
Mandy Moody
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fanstasy
This was not very good.
My first instinct is to say that it felt unfinished but when I think about it for a moment longer I realize that it felt un-started and undeveloped, too. It was annoying.
The Arrivals is one of these books that drops you into a world without any explanation, and you go from there. This is a device that authors use with varying degrees of success. Sometimes it's exciting to feel a little lost, and then exhilarating when you begin to make discoveries about this world and how
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this at RT this year. That made me happy since I had been wanting to read it anyway. I'm so glad I did!

First of all, let me say that I'm not a big wild west fan. I never have been; dusty towns and cowboy shoot-outs have never interested me. But throw in some supernatural time-travely stuff and a band of misfits, and I am in!

The Arrivals tells the story of the Arrivals - people from our world that for one reason or another get transported to this place call
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wish I could give a full review, however I didn't even finish the book. I was only about 50 pages away from the end...and yet I have absolutely no interest in finishing it. I have no investment in the characters, I have no investment in the plot. I'm not one for western settings, but surprisingly I did enjoy this one in particular. However, I found the plot to be slow moving, the characters mostly unlikeable, although not 2-dimensional.

Perhaps for me it is Miss Marr's writing that I can't cop
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gifted, did-not-like
this book did not meet my expectations
Wyatt Packard
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, favorites
The Arrivals takes place in the Wasteland, an alien desert environment with towns and characters strongly reminiscent of a classic western. The Arrivals themselves are people from our world that end up in the Wasteland. Each Arrival is from a different time, ranging from the Old West to the present day, making the novel filled with a very unique cast of characters. Kitty and Jack lead the group of Arrivals, taking odd jobs from the regions governor to earn some cash. One of The Arrival's strange ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-releases
*Genre* Western, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
*Rating* 3-3.5

*First Thoughts*

The synopsis of this book is kind of misleading in that it makes it sound as though Chloe is the main character and thus the story teller of The Arrivals. Which, in fact, is not true at all. I would say that Jack and his sister Katherine (Kitty) are the main protagonists, with the secondary characters being Edgar, Francis, Melody, Hector, and then Chloe who just happens to be the last Arrival added to the motley crew that h
Nov 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was excited about this book. The premise sounded super interesting and I thought it'd be fun to get into a Western swing of things. But the book just felt entirely too flat to me. Usually I'll finish a book pretty quickly, but i had to force myself to keep reading this one. I didn't care about any of the characters, and the plot itself seemed distant most of the book. Basically the bad guy is bad and we must kill him. Character relationships were lacking throughout, and both romances felt cont ...more
Margaret Bamford
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A different book than I usually read but one which I found entertaining.
Amy Norris
This book has a great world and pretty interesting characters, but where the hell was the story? The premise is GREAT - a recovering alcoholic wakes up in a Wild West style world (that has dragons and vampires and other monsters) and meets a band of other ‘arrivals’ including a carni, a mobster from the prohibition period, a hippie, and an unhinged 50’s housewife. This could have been great but unfortunately it was SO short. This is a very short stand alone book. It either needed to be much much ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, 110in2013, 2013
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The Arrivals is a fantasy western. Let's just take a moment and look at those words, shall we? A Fantasy... Western. Can you think of many other fantasy westerns? There's The Dark Tower and...
Ok, so there are some steampunk westerns out there. Railsea and Iron Council have fantastical elements in a Western-ish setting. Dead Reckoning has steampunk and zombies.
But I'm talking gun slingers, saloons, and magic. There isn't much of it out there, bu
Creepypasta  & Squirrels
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, this is my first Melissa Marr book, which, knowing my penchant for the young adult genre, is as surprising to me as to anyone that it'd be one of her two adult books I'd be reading first. Especially when those who know me and my reading habits would have assumed I'd already devoured her "Wicked Lovely" YA urban fantasy series for teens and young adults long ago, right? Well, even though I am aware of those books, and have them on my horribly long to-be-read list, I just haven't gotten around ...more
Alyssa De jesus
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of negative reviews about this book. They said it's a complete waste of time...I disagree. Melissa Marr always takes me to a completely different world everytime and this book is no different. Okay, it's a little dry but I was still so interested about the character development and the relationships among them. But what's up with Hector though? Where has he gone to? Or what happened to him? I couldn't believe he got away with what he did! He shoudn't really. And two thumbs up on ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Good: The premise was awesome. What a perfectly unique idea. People, ripped from their own time periods, brought together in this unfamiliar land having no idea how or why. The execution of the characters themselves was spectacular. You'd think that the supernatural angles would be overkill on top of a solid science fiction base, but you'd be wrong in this case. They meshed well and caused a majority of the novel to go in directions you could never see coming.

The Bad: Westerns aren't my thin
robbie cowman
Apr 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I've been reading this book for more than 2 months, and I honestly wish I DNF'ed it at page 50. It was so short and I was more than halfway through so I couldn't justify it, but this was a real struggle. It had more cons than pros but the cover's nice. Never again. ...more
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I was entertained, but this wasn't a very exciting read. Mostly, people just went along with whatever happened, and then end wasn't very dramatic. Just a calm, strange read. ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Just OK for what it is. The writing is OK, the pacing is OK, the characters are OK.

Tiffany Marin
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chloe walks into a bar, blowing 5 years of sobriety and the next thing she knows she finds herself waking up in a completely unfamiliar world. Where she fell asleep in the year 2013, she finds herself in something that can be only compared to the old west of American history. Here she meets a group of people from all times and places who have arrived at different times. There's Kitty and Jack Reed, a brother & sister from the actual wild west; Edgar, a prohibition bootlegger; Francis, a one-time ...more
Elizabeth Mellen
This was very weird., which isn't bad so much as not what I expected (or maybe wanted right now). I went in thinking it was going to be just portal fantasy, but the Wasteland that the Arrivals found themselves was a lot for me. I'd compare this to Down Among the Sticks and Bones + Wild West, but it just didn't work for me. ...more
Jennifer Shusko
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book is amazing!!!! I seriously could not get enough!!!! For the first time in a long time I lost sleep, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the story and the characters even when I tried to force myself to. I don’t want to spoil anything but this book is well written, and a truly addicting story. I enjoyed every page and can’t wait to read more by this author. So much love!!!!!!!
Abby Lewis
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Would love a second book to this!
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
This was pretty boring. It dropped you in at the deep end, it was slow, and the whole thing just dragged, and dragged. Bored.
Amber Smith
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so different than anything I have read by Melissa Marr. I really enjoyed it. I liked Jack and Chloe. I also loved the side characters. It was a weird awesome world. I would recommend it.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC while at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I was most happy to receive and ARC of Melissa Marr's next adult release, The Arrivals, while at RT. Although the story seemed odd, I was willing to try it out. And it was definitely a bit odd. Even after finishing I am still left wondering the why of everything. I feel stupid for having missed why these people were brought to the Wasteland. It's not that the storytelling wasn't goo
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really did not care for this book. I felt that the characters were stereotypical and two dimensional. Not impressed at all. However, if you enjoy westerns with a psychedelic twist this might just be for you.
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr has an interesting, quirky, and entertaining premise that almost sounds like a bad joke gone horrible awry:

Delivery: A twenty-something woman walks into a bar blowing five years of sobriety after catching her fiancé screwing her boss in her own bed...
Punch Line: Said woman wakes up in a distant and desolate and desert dystopian world called The Wastelands that is as harsh and merciless to its inhabitants and new arrivals as the name suggests.

And let’s not forget
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This has to be one of the most original stories I have read in years. If you are not drawn in by the cover, or by the fact that this is by Melissa Marr (I loved Graveminder), then I don't know how to sell it to you. Is is SciFi? I say yes. Is it fantasy? Also yes. Is it a Western? Meh, not really. I tore into this in a blaze and right away I made the guess that they were all characters in a video game. That made the most sense to me. Whether I was right or not, I'll never tell.
Here's what I wil
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
For such an intriguing premised, the execution fell flat. I'll give it 3 generous stars just for the concept.

The story: A group of people, the Arrivals, each from a different point in history, now live on a barren world, fighting against one great evil and helping the rest of the wastelanders survive.

As far as characters, we have Jack and Kitty, brother and sister from the old West, Edgar from Chicago's mob, and Chloe, from today.

All gives us a Farscape-esque universe of strange aliens, evil to
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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA T

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