I’ve been really happy with how these have turned out so far. Though I haven’t managed to get rid of too many books off my TBR, it has given me the kick I needed to start picking some books up that I’ve had on there for far too long. What book has been on your TBR for the longest? Let me know in the comments.
Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re 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 Emperors Edge – Lindsay Buroker
Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.
Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.
I’m pretty sure I picked this up on a kindle daily deal then proceeded to forger about it. I cant say that the synopsis is really enticing me, so my decision for this one is: GO
Secrets of the Tally – Halie Fewkes
Meet Allie: she’s just woken up in an empty forest with blood on her hands and everything she’s ever known wiped from her mind. In her survival-oriented world, people are hunted by vicious predators and it quickly becomes clear that they are specifically hunting her.
The problem now is that Allie’s instinct to survive is the only thing strong enough to bring her memories back. Flashes of her old self will only surface to save her from life threatening danger, so if she wants to avoid living as an echo of her former self, danger is what she must seek.
Allie’s friends and sister have no insight as to why she’s a target, and her only clue is a list of tally marks she finds tucked away, detailing how many lives she’s saved and how many deaths she’s caused. Judging by the amount of ink slashed across the page and the fact that nobody seems to know about it, Allie knows she used to have secrets that need to be recovered. Without knowing whom to trust, she finds herself drawn to a new stranger in the caves they call home, and even though he won’t talk about his own past, he’s ready to help Allie recover hers.
Hmmm. Im not 100% sure on this one…I’m tempted to keep it because I remember following the author because the series as a whole sounded interesting. So for now my decision for this one is: STAY
Strange Practice – Vivian Shaw
After inheriting a highly specialised – and highly peculiar – medical practice, Dr Helsing spends her days treating the undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been preparing for since childhood.
But when a sect of murderous monks starts attacking Londoners, undead and human alike, and terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use all her unusual skills to keep her supernatural clients – and the rest of London – safe.
I remember buying this and being really intrigued, and then (shocker) I never got round to reading it. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this book since, but for now my decision will be : STAY
A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.
In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.
I know I know! I really enjoyed the first book, so not sure why I never got round to finishing the series. I’ll probably have to re-read An Ember in the Ashes again because its been farrr to long since I finished it. This one is definitely a: STAY
Otherworld – Jason Segal & Kirsten Miller
Welcome to real life 2.0.
Are you ready to play?
There are no screens. There are no controls.
You don’t just see and hear it—you taste, smell, and touch it too.
In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break.
You can indulge your every desire.
Why would you ever want to leave?
Step into Otherworld.
Leave your body behind.
I’m pretty sure I’ve started this before and the DNF it. I bought it because I got Ready Player One vibes, but it just didn’t entice me enough. My decision for this one is: GO
Well that’s not too bad 2/5 go, and It’s also made me realise that I really need to pick some of these books up ASAP. What are your opinions on these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.