Down the TBR Hole #17


Welcome again to Down the TBR Hole! This meme came from Lost in a Story. All book descriptions taken from Goodreads.

Current TBR total: 151

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?

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman – London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

I can see why this interested me when I first saw it but at this point I’ve read so many books that could share nearly this same description that it doesn’t catch my interest any longer.


Roses of May (The Collector #2) by Dot Hutchison – Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a chilling guarantee that somewhere in the country, another young woman will turn up dead in a church with her throat slit and her body surrounded by flowers.

Priya Sravasti’s sister fell victim to the killer years ago. Now she and her mother move every few months, hoping for a new beginning. But when she ends up in the madman’s crosshairs, the hunt takes on new urgency. Only with Priya’s help can the killer be found—but will her desperate hope for closure compel her to put her very life on the line?

I read the first book of this series, The Butterfly Garden, last year and absolutely loved it. The review for this second book have been very mixed but I loved the first one enough I think it can stick around for a while.


The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer – December 1348. With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries – living each one of their remaining days ninety-nine years after the last.
John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on around them. The year 1546 brings no more comfort, and 1645 challenges them still further. It is not just that technology is changing: things they have taken for granted all their lives prove to be short-lived.
As they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the reader travels with them, seeing the world through their eyes as it shifts through disease, progress, enlightenment and war. But their time is running out – can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up?

This book sounds absolutely amazing. I love the time hopping concept and trying to outrun the Black Death? I want to pick this book up right now!


Hell’s Gates by Mary Masters  – Hell’s Gates combines the chilling tone of H. P. Lovecraft’s writing with the dread-inducing pace of a Stephen King novel, resulting in a supernatural horror story that will keep you riveted from start to finish.
Author Mary Masters sets the tone with a prologue that recounts the bizarre events of the past twenty-five years involving Jason Torrent; a powerful, glowing golden mask; and the deaths of the sinister Thorn Mastema and his daughter, Sameal.
Now, Sheriff Chris Samuels has come to this small town because it appears to be the perfect place to raise his children and finish out his career in peace.
But appearances can be deceiving.
One by one, strange happenings occur, conjured up by the same evil that had emanated from the looming Mastema mansion on that fateful night long ago. A cloaked figure in the cemetery; holy water that freezes solid; undue interest in the birth of a certain child…it will all lead Chris and his colleagues into an epic battle against demonic forces at the gates of hell—and beyond!

This book sounds good, and I love a good horror from time to time. But…this sounds like it is mostly set in modern day and that really isn’t up my alley so much.


Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller – There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Just last week I got a new hard copy of this book on a great sale so this one is a peace of cake.


Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco – Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

This is another book I just bought last week during the YA hardback sale at Barnes and Noble. I had a gift certificate and just couldn’t help myself.


New TBR total: 149


This has to be the least successful TBR purge I have ever done. Wow. Pathetic. Oh well, there were several books on the list this week that I am still excited about reading so better to keep a good book than get rid of it. How is your TBR pile looking?

9 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #17

    1. The Butterfly Garden was such a strong story that really has stuck with me that I’m not surprised that the second book is weaker. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually but, and maybe I’m crazy here, I don’t want it to tarnish Butterfly Garden. Now I’m being overly picky, haha.

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      1. Hahah, I think that’s ok! If it makes you feel better, it’s mostly different characters. It’s still a sequel, but the MC wasn’t in the first book at all.


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