Down the TBR Hole # 11

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Welcome to another Down the TBR Hole! The last couple times I’ve done this I managed to purge 3/5 books each time. Hopefully I am able to continue the trend as I would very much like to get my TBR pile down to a more manageable number.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab – There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Honestly, I have tried to read this book once and only got a few pages in before abandoning it. I love Schwab but I think I just wasn’t in the groove for this type of book at the time. It is going to stick around.

Verdict: KEEP

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab – THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Look. It’s Schwab. I really don’t have to think about this much.

Verdict: KEEP

In the Blood (The Witchbreed Series #1) by R.L. Martinez – The Warrior The war may have ended, but a new battle begins for disgraced prisoner-of-war, Ottilde Dominax. Dreams of her witchbreed twin are visions of death and betrayal. Driven by their grim warning, she escapes her captors and races across nations to save her sister.

But she may arrive too late…

The Witch Lady Oriabel Dominax has kept her healing magic secret while she cares for her family’s struggling estate. But the arrival of a new lord hiding secrets of his own, the discovery of a dark and addictive magic and threats from a cruel blackmailer push her closer to disaster.

Through it all, the Witch’s Tree calls…

Does this book sound like it has a lot of potential? Absolutely. Will I ever read it? Probably not. It sounds like an epic fantasy which really isn’t up my alley. I’ve read maybe one epic fantasy in the last two years. Sounds like the right book for the right people, but that person just isn’t me.

Verdict: tenor

What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr #1) by C.S. Harris – It’s 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III’s England. Then a beautiful young woman is found raped and savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol discovered at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now a fugitive running for his life, Sebastian calls upon his skill as an agent during the war to catch the killer and prove his own innocence. In the process, he accumulates a band of unlikely allies, including the enigmatic beauty Kat Boleyn, who broke Sebastian’s heart years ago. In Sebastian’s world of intrigue and espionage, nothing is as it seems, yet the truth may hold the key to the future of the British monarchy, as well as to Sebastian’s own salvation…

This one is a tough call. The description really pulls me in and makes me want to read it. However, I have picked up a Harris book in the past and really disliked his writing style. Ugh, lets face it, I am a sucker for an historical mystery with a hint of romance. This one is going to stick around a bit longer, I think.

Verdict: KEEP

The Library of Light and Shadow (Daughters of La Lune #3) by M.J. Rose  – 

Okay, the description on Goodreads for this book is far too long so I’m not going to post it here. You can click the link on the book title if you’d like to know more about it. 

I picked up my first M.J. Rose book maybe three years ago and I fell in love with the worlds she weaves together. Typically if I am reading a book that jumps between past and present I get completely annoyed and stop reading. It is just one of those things that breaks the flow up too much to hold my interest. However, I have read several of Rose’s books which take place during both the past and present and have not once been disappointed. Her style for storytelling and overall plot lines always pull me in and don’t let me go.

Verdict: KEEP

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That was not a successful TBR purge this week. 1/4? Yikes! Despite not culling my pile much I still enjoy going back through my TBR and reminding myself of books I’d like to read that perhaps I had forgotten about. Have you read any of these? What are your opinions on my keeps and deletes?

 

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