Down The TBR Hole #12

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?

This has been the best kind of weekend. It was so nice and chilled out, after a slightly hectic week at work. I sat and watched the rugby on Saturday and today I’m sorting out the bomb site that is my room! I’ve just finished The Deathless Girls and I did not expect it to draw me in so much, but I am here for the characters, the setting… and you guessed it, getting the chance to delve into another culture. I’ve already pre-ordered the Waterstones copy with sprayed edges… even if I haven’t finished the book yet. What have you all be up to this weekend?

To take her rightful place in the Talon organization, young dragon Ember Hill must prove she can hide her true nature and blend in with humans. Her delight at the prospect of a summer of “normal” teen experiences is short-lived, however, once she discovers that she’s also expected to train for her destined career in Talon. But a chance meeting with a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. 

As Ember struggles to accept her future, St. George soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian is tasked with hunting her down. But when faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to uncover the truth about dragons.

I adored The Shadow of the Fox, and this series does sound intriguing. Plus, you know… Dragons. I’ve also heard some raving reviews, and all the series is out, so there will be not waiting for books! My decision: Keep

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what – and who – it is they’re fighting for.

I don’t actually remember adding this one to my TBR, but the premise does sound interesting. Have any of you read this? What are your thoughts? I think for now my decision will be: Keep

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

Air Awakens is one of my all time favourite series, and I have been really enjoying the authors follow on series Vortex Visions. I’m not sure why I have never picked up her other works, maybe because I’m not sure they will be as good? This one definitely sounds intriguing though, and again there are dragons. My decision: Keep

What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.

Something a little different for me, but I have been meaning to read this book for years! I think the initial thing that put me off was the price of the book, but surely I can find a second hand copy now! I am a lover of the criminal psyche, and I find books like this really interesting. It’s definitely one I would have to be in a certain mind space to read, so for now my decision is: Keep

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king’s three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

I think I actually made it to around 40% through this, and then I got accepted for a highly anticipated ARC and I just never got round to picking it up again. I would definitely have to start from the beginning, but I remember enjoying it, even if it was a bit slow. My decision: Keep

Ok! So not my most successful Down the TBR, but I have re-found some books that I’m really excited to get through. Have you read any of these, let me know your thoughts?

3 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole #12”

  1. Talon is one of my favourite series! I hope you will enjoy it once you read it 🙂
    Also Alchemists of loom is really good!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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