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TBR Tackle Thursday (#3)

Honestly, this has already become an anticipated event for me each week and I’m super excited for that! For those of you who are just coming along for the journey, you can checkout parts 1 and 2 right here: Part 1 and Part 2

I’m one of those people that feels better when they get rid of “clutter”. Whether that be legitimate things I’ve accumulated in my room or car that I can toss out or sell off, or if it’s pictures or documents sitting on my computer for ages that I no longer need. I just love that feeling of getting rid of useless shit stuff.

So, maybe that’s why I enjoy this so much. Like with everything else in life, book taste changes a bit over time and some of the stuff I never got to years ago isn’t something I’d actually pick up now, so it’s time to weed those out.

And so we go. Part 3.

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1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Thoughts:

Okay, confession time. I’ve never read a CoHO book before, but I see them all over Goodreads and Bookstagram. I feel like I owe it to myself and to miss Hoover to at least read the first one that caught my attention years ago.

Verdict:

Staying. I honestly can’t say how much I’ll love it, contemporary and romance usually aren’t my things, but I will give it a shot.

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2. Die for Me by Amy Plum

Synopsis:

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Thoughts:

It does sound really interesting and I enjoy the thought behind the revenants.

Synopsis:

*sigh* Keeping. Because I feel like I’d probably really enjoy this when I do pick it up. Plus that cover is GORGEOUS.

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3. Beautiful Disaster by Jame McGuire

Synopsis:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Thoughts:

This one definitely caught my interest and I feel liked I’d enjoy it!

Verdict:

Keeping. My BBF (bookish best friend) Ashley actually mailed me a copy of this book, so I really need to get to it soon, I know she adores it.

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4. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Synopsis:

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Thoughts:

It does sound intriguing. A few years back I would have loved to do exactly what she did and leave my life behind, greeting whatever life throws at me with open arms. I’d be interested to see how it plays out for her.

Verdict:

Staying. I think I would probably enjoy this one, may as well branch out a little.

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5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Synopsis:

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

Thoughts:

I mean… it sounds interesting, but I think I’m done with tropey high school romance/ supernatural books. I’ve had enough for the time being.

Verdict:

Removing. There’s not a very big chance I’d pick this one up to be honest.

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7. Switched by Amanda Hocking

Synopsis:

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Thoughts:

This gives me nothing but a super generic story. Kinda disappointing to be honest.

Verdict:

Removing, this book didn’t give me anything that made me want to keep holding onto it to go ahead and give it a chance.

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8. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Synopsis:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

Thoughts:

Meh. Over the “bad boy” high school thing. I was never much into them to begin with and I’ve never understood the appeal of liking bad boys.

Verdict:

Removing. No need for this to stay on my shelf.

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9. Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane

Synopsis:

In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there. Now in her 30s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognises her when she arrives. Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again. But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school. But alas, as a cronie to the bullies, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior. As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…

Thoughts:

What a long-winded paragraph. Honestly doesn’t sound like it’s something I would enjoy.

Verdict:

Removed. I know myself and that I will never actually read this.

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10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Synopsis:

Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . .

Thoughts:

I mean, I know the story line already and it sounds amazing.

Verdict:

Keeping it. I can’t justify getting rid of this one, plus I have a copy sitting on my shelf, so I honestly may as well!


***Total Kept/ Removed: 5/5***

Made some good progress this week, so that’s good! 😀


Currently Reading:

Pendragon #10 (page 20)

Roar (Page 20)

Aletheia (page 125)

-Lauren xx

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TBR Tackle Thursday (#2)

I’m back, ready to tackle part 2 of my TBR! which I totally did not add to since last week

For those of you who missed part one, find it here: Part 1

I’ve found that I actually have already started to think about what I’m adding to my TBR and I’m much more selective about what’s going onto it from here out. So here we are, a week in and I’m already making some progress!

And so we go… the next 10 books!

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1. Breathe by Sarah Crossman

Synopsis:

The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan’s gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

Thoughts:

Yessss, I love these sorts of books.

Verdict:

Keeping! Can’t seem to part with this one and I’m going to listen to my gut on that one.

 

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2. Control by Lydia Kang

Synopsis:

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

Set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

Thoughts:

Sigh. This one sounds so freaking interesting.

Verdict:

Keeping. Absolutely keeping, I’m sitting here reading the synopsis over and over and finding it more intriguing. Even if it sucks (which the reviews don’t seem to support), I think I may enjoy it.

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3. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Synopsis:

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

Thoughts:

Time travel. Yes.

Verdict:

Staying. There’s no way I can go through synopsis without getting super excited over the time travel aspect. I love time travel and any interpretations of it.

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4. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Thoughts:

I love Jennifer. She’s amazing and her books are always so beyond amazing. Her characters are quirky and snarky and they’re always so funny and so entertaining.

Verdict:

Staying. I may not own these but I do know just about every library has a copy of this series and I definitely want to read it.

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5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Synopsis:

Ender’s Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the “buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.

Thoughts:

I never saw the movie and have yet to get a hold of the book to read it. It’s still a book that interests me for sure.

Verdict:

Keeping. I’m actually really looking forward to reading this. It’s got such an interesting premise and obviously deserves the praise it’s received.

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6. Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

Synopsis:

Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for – a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges – a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters.

Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost. Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

Thoughts:

Yup. I always love the description of Ellen Hopkin’s books.

Verdict:

Staying. Even if I have to find a cheap copy on Book Depository (my local library’s copy has been missing for years), I’ll definitely check it out here soon.

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7. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Synopsis:

How do you defy DESTINY?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is – no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood… and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together – and trying to tear them apart.

Thoughts:

Eh. Not so sure this seems like a good fit for me right now.

Verdict:

Leaving. I have no real interest in picking this up, it’s one that would sit there on my TBR shelf for forever.

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8. Sanctum by Sarah Fine

Synopsis:

“My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple.”

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.

Thoughts:

This is beyond intriguing. I don’t know if I ever read this before or saw someone add it and decided to add it as well, or what.

Verdict:

Keeping it, for sure. I cannot wait to read this book actually. I don’t know why, but it sounds so freaking interesting.

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9. Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

Synopsis:

After-life just got a lot more complicated.

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to New England to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years.

But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies… To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

 

Thoughts:

Umm… I don’t know. I don’t know, the fact that it has the words “teen mean girl” in the synopsis gives me pause.

Verdict:

Leaving. I don’t think that I’ll ever actually read it.

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10. Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Synopsis:

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

Thoughts:

I always was a sucker for these natural disaster type things.

Verdict:

Screw it, I’m keeping this. I think I’d actually LOVE to read this book some time soon.


***Total kept/ removed: 8/2***

Definitely not quite what I was hoping for, but I’m glad that I at least managed to break even with the books I had added to my TBR.


Currently Reading:

Pendragon #10 (just started)

Roar (page 29)

Aletheia (page 55)

-Lauren xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pendragon: Raven Rise by D.J. MacHale

5/5

Well. When I started this particular Pendragon installment, I definitely wasn’t expecting to have an entire ending chapter that rivaled the amount I cried during Clockwork Princess’s epilogue, but here we are. (it wasn’t quite as much as CP2 but that’s just because that epilogue was the best ending ever)

Wow, this was such a crazy ride from beginning to end. My boyfriend only told me one thing when it came to this book and that was that it didn’t really take place in one single territory and now I completely understand why he told me that. It wasn’t like the others where we were introduced to a new world and a new challenge, this one progressed the storyline so much and really finalized a lot.

The second half of the book just kind of left me shocked and the book as a whole gave me an eerie feeling of witnessing the world during Hitler’s rise to power. The tattoos, the flags, the sense of “superior” human beings. It honestly kinda left me shuddering on more than one occasion while reading certain parts.

Bobby finally gets reunited with his best friends- Mark and Courtney- only to be ripped away again almost as quickly. He and Alder make a daring journey in an attempt to stop so much bad from happening, only to be screwed at every turn. There were a couple times where I honestly found myself getting lured into believing one way, starting to get comfortable, when something would come up out of nowhere and leave me feeling like a complete idiot for being lured into that false sense of security.

I could feel Bobby’s frustration, his anger, his sadness, all of it throughout this book. His emotions kept rising and rising and I could feel his blind hatred when it came to him being on that helicopter in that last bit. His whole existence is a question, he’s terrified of what’s at stake beyond just him being real or not, he’s angry at all the friend’s he’s lost and his unfair disadvantage when it comes to this whole war. This is where you really start to see Bobby being screwed over yet again when he comes back to the fight and it’s so hard to see him lose as much as he has with very little complaining. He’s such an amazingly strong and strong-willed person, it hurts to see the way he’s hurt time and time again.

That last bit, the last chapter, I cannot even begin to explain how utterly huge and devastating that chapter was for me. You don’t realize how much you start loving these characters, rooting for them and their mission, hoping that you don’t have to watch them die. They’re all some of the most amazing characters and they’re all so unique compared to each other, he does such a good job making sure they’re all their own people and I love that.

This was an amazing penultimate book and I cannot wait to read the last one to see how everything ends up wrapping up in the end. I already have it sitting next to me and I could not be more excited.


 

Currently Reading:

Roar by Cora Carmack (page 10)

Pendragon: The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale (Just started)

Lauren xx

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I Am Now a Book Thief!

now that I have your attention

I’m not an actual thief. I was chosen to be a part of an incredible team of reviewers by the amazing M.C. Frank for her new website:The Book Robin Hoods

I am honestly a little bit in disbelief having just started this blog only a little over a month ago, butI’m thrilled the work that went into my Bookstagram: Bookschief_Managed has truly paid off in such a big way.

This site is going to be such an incredible recourse for not just me and my fellow bloggers, but for the authors as well! It gives other authors a chance to stop by and use the links to request reviewers and stuff (though it’s preferable that as an author you sign up to join the site).

If any of you guys check out the website, as an author or a reviewer, you’ll have the chance to apply to become a part of this amazing site! Can’t wait to see what comes from this opportunity!

-Laurenxx

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TBR Tackle Thursday (#1)

How many of you guys are like me, adding books that sound interesting to either a written list, a Goodreads shelf, or any other form of a “To Be Read” list? If you are like me and are staring at a list that’s 400+ long and you have no idea how you got there, then maybe this will help you out.

I’m sitting down and really *thinking* about why the hell I have some of these books on my list when I know realistically I could never get to them all.

SO. I’m starting from the bottom and working my way up my Goodreads “To Read” shelf to see what I actually want to read will read and what I kinda maybe want to read will never read (realistically).

I’m trying to be more honest with myself and my shelf (ha!) this year and really getting down to read the books I own and decide what I’m going to really be reading from here out.

Going to start with the bottom 10 from that dreaded shelf and see what happens.

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1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Synopsis:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

Thoughts:

It does actually sound like something that I would enjoy, and it’s a book I physically own. My friend actually had my copy for years and I just got it back.

Verdict:

Staying. I’m going to keep this one around and hopefully get to it this year.

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2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Synopsis:

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Thoughts:

I mean… eh. Maybe I’m a little tired of the ‘good girl meets bad boy’ trope in these high school- aged books. It has potential, that cover is gorgeous, but eh.

Verdict:

Removed. I had to. I can’t justify keeping it.

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3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Synopsis:

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Thoughts:

I can actually see why this interested me when I added it 5 years ago. (yes, it’s that bad) This book sounds interesting and I know my library has a copy.

Verdict:

Staying. There’s something about this one that’s making me want to keep it. Going with my gut on this one. plus the author shares the same name as me

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4. Virals by Kathy Reichs

Synopsis:

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

Thoughts:

I know exactly why I had added this previously and it all comes down to one word… Bones. I was a sucker for that show (still love it) and that’s exactly why I came across this and added it. That being said… this isn’t really up my alley.

Verdict:

Removed. I won’t ever actually pick this up intentionally. I know that.

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5. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Synopsis:

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

“The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”

Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

“Life, the Universe and Everything”

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky- so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”

Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak.

“Mostly Harmless”

Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself? 

Thoughts:

I’d read the first book and seen the movie and I loved the humor and the story line. bought the big copy from Barnes and Noble ages ago… It’s still beautiful.

Verdict:

Keeping. I’ve been wanting to read this more and more so I may read one story at a time and a different book in between, but I’m definitely up for this.

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6. Endurance by Ann Aguirre

Synopsis:

When rebellion destroys the underground world in which Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Along the way, they must evade the Freaks, beings who feed on human flesh. Leaving behind the roles of Builder and Breeder which they were assigned at birth, they wander the underground tunnels, looking for safety yet afraid to go “topside” where legend has it that the light and water will burn their skin from their bones.

Their journey takes them upward to an unimagined world of tinned food, comfortable furniture, and books. Away from their regimented society for the first time, and still facing imminent danger, Thimble and Stone acknowledge the forbidden attraction which both have denied for years.

Thoughts:

Loved this series when I read it, and I still do. BUT I got very sick very quick of these YA authors doing novellas for everything.

Verdict:

Removed. I won’t ever go seek this out. I’m fine with the information I have.

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7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Synopsis:

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Thoughts:

I know exactly why I added this, and I’m sticking to it. I actually caved and bought this last month because it was on sale and I got it for $7.

Verdict:

Keeping it! I’ve got it ready to go, it’s one I’ve been gunning for for a while now.

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8. The Program by Suzanne Young

Synopsis:

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Thoughts:

I get why I added it, it’s got an interesting premise. But it feels a little young for me.

Verdict:

Removed. It’s one that if it ended up in my lap, I would possibly give it a read, but it’s not a realistic choice for me.

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9. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Synopsis:

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.

Thoughts:

My first one was, “goodness, even the description is long”. I tried reading this a while back. Tolkien is hard enough for me to read on a good day, this was too much. Not that I don’t enjoy the story line, but I just don’t know how much this book is for me.

Verdict:

Removed. I know, I know. Blasphemy.

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10. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Synopsis:

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

 


**Total kept/ removed: 5/5**

Well. This was more successful than I thought it would be, actually! Got rid of half the ones I looked at for today, so that’s progress! Only 605 to go


Currently Reading:

Pendragon #9 (page 23)
Roar (just started)

-Laurenxx

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

5/5

“… If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find a way to be heroic, even without any supernatural powers… it’s easy to say you want to be a hero, but the truth is most people are lazy and complacent…”

Where to even start with this one? Marissa Meyer yet again made me fall even more in love with her writing and her storytelling abilities. She’s an absolute GODDESS when it comes to coming up with these amazing ways to tell stories.

I’ve always been a sucker for superhero stories, getting to see all the awesome super powers out there and the origin stories of those characters. Then you add Meyer in the mix and her usual storytelling and we’ve got a likeable set of *gasp* villains. It’s so interesting to hear things from the “villain’s” side and seeing how they view the world and the “good guys”.

Nova’s story began with heartbreak and it was really cool to see where she was at all that time later, how the world developed around her, and how far she’s come. I loved Queen Bee and her hives, I loved Phobia and his ability to detect fears, Cyanide and his poisons/ his father-figure role, and everyone else on the Anarchists’ side. The more you hear about why they feel the way they do about the Renegades and the current way of life for prodigies, and everything else, it’s hard to disagree with where they’re at.

The Renegades side was really interesting to see because of how broad a range of characters we get to meet. Adrian (AKA Sketch, AAKA The Sentinel) was one of my favorite main characters, I loved his superpower and everything it entailed for him and I loved how truly good he was. He’s the perfect embodiment of the “good side”. I loved the idea of his parents being part of the Council and being a gay couple who adopted him after his mother died. MAX. I cannot get enough of his character and his abilities, and the doors that opened for the Renegades.

From beginning to end, this book steadily progressed and I just absolutely cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next one. I loved every moment between Adrian and Nova, and I loved getting to see the insides of the Renegade headquarters alongside Nova. It was so cool to be introduced to everything as she was and learn all the information as she did. This book did such a good job introducing you to the world, the characters, and everything else and I have absolutely NOTHING bad to say about this book. I’m so stoked already for the next book.


Currently Reading:

Pendragon: Raven Rise (page 1)

Roar (page 1)

-Laurenxx

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Pendragon- Book Eight: The Pilgrims of Rayne by D.J. MacHale

5/5

Goodness gracious, I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. What I got was much, much better than I ever could have hoped for.

From start to finish, this book was a complete and total mind-fuck and there was a new twist every other chapter it seemed. It’s starting to get crazy, everything is coming to fruition slowly and more and more questions are arising and I am so excited to read the last two books of this series.

As soon as Bobby decided to part ways at the beginning, I knew it was going to be a crazy ride on both sides and I was absolutely right. It’s like starting at the two sides of the Matterhorn ride and wondering which bobsled will reach the bottom first.

SO MUCH happened in this book, and it was hard to keep track of everything that happened from start to finish in this book. There was so much character development for Bobby, for Courtney, we finally got to know Dodger and I absolutely love him, and even for Mark. It’s been awesome to see how everyone is growing up and how everything is changing as the series goes.

Bobby made some tough choices in this book, especially towards the end, and I am quite excited to see how everything turns out over the course of the last two books. I am so stoked for this series.


 

Currently Reading:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer  (page 120)

 

-Lauren xx