Down The TBR Hole #10

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?

I’ve had to move this post up a couple of days this week because I have a blog tour post scheduled for Sunday! This week so far has been super hectic, and I’m looking forward to a weekend where I have absolutely nothing planned. What are all your plans for the weekend?

In one of the most acclaimed and original novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England.

Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

I think I added this book off one of those lists of books to read before you die! It sounds… OK! I have heard some good reviews for this one, but I don’t think It’s one I’m dying to read. So my decision is: Go

The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the “roaring” 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic.

I’ve seen the film and really enjoyed it, and I have had this on my TBR for ages. I definitely intend to read it, mainly because it was recommended by a friend who said I would love it. My decision is: Keep

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

I was so eager to read this when I was announced, I managed to find someone to trade me an ARC on twitter and they just…never sent the book. This is luckily the only bad experience I’ve had, but I think after I didn’t receive the book I forgot about it. I definitely still want to read this one, so my decision is: Keep

A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

I really don’t remember adding this one to my TBR? The premise sounds interesting, and the reviews look good. So my decision is: Keep

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.

There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they’re still there. Buried deep and bloody.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever.

Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her.

I’m kind of over the whole pirate/mermaid thing, but this one does sound intriguing. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it, so I’m asking you guys… have you read this? What did you think of it?

So not too bad! I managed to knock one book off my list, and there is another one I’m unsure of. Have you guys read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts.


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  1. I loved both “Rosemarked” and “To Kill a Kingdom”, although for different reasons. The first one is a lovely YA reading, that introduces many interesting ethic topics. The latter has a great setting and I personally enjoyed the plot a lot. I’m so glad you decide to keep them ♥

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