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TBR Tackle Thursday (#6)

It’s that time again! Stoked to see what I’ve got for the week. I actually thoroughly enjoy going through this, and I think part of that is being reminded of all the good books I still have to read. :p

Let’s see what I can get rid of this week!

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1. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Synopsis:

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Thoughts:

I honestly don’t remember having added this to my TBR, but I am definitely intrigued!

Verdict:

Keeping this one, for sure!

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2. Book of Shadows (Sweep #1) by Cate Tiernan

Synopsis:

Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

Thoughts:

Okay… so, the synopsis seems a bit lacking to me, but something about this book sounds super interesting.

Verdict:

Keeping it for now! If I can get a copy of this, I’ll definitely read it.

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3. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Synopsis:

“Mistakes have been made.”

Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.

Thoughts:

I love the author’s other story This is Where I Leave You, but I admit I’ve only seen the movie, I found out it was a book afterwards when my mom finally admitted she’d read it and wanted to see the movie.

Verdict:

Staying. I do want to read this and his other stuff too. The story line definitely sounds intriguing.

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4. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Synopsis:

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Thoughts:

Oooh intrigue. I don’t remember adding this one either but it sounds SO GOOD.

Verdict:

Keeping it. Yes. I want to read it so bad.

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5. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Synopsis:

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.

Thoughts:

The concept is definitely interesting.

Verdict:

Screw it. I’m keeping this one, I think I’d actually really enjoy it. This book sounds like it’d be right up my alley.

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6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis:

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Thoughts:

I actually remember adding this to my shelf a couple years  ago, and I ended up with a copy of this one about two days after I finished Scythe.

Verdict:

Keeping! I love his writing style and I’m definitely up for reading this one soon.

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7. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Synopsis:

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?

Thoughts:

Ehh… it sounds fairly interesting, but I don’t know if it’s one I’d enjoy.

Verdict:

Removing. It’s one of those I probably won’t end up reading to be honest.

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8. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Synopsis:

R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

Thoughts:

I’ve seen the movie and I definitely enjoyed it… I don’t know how much I want to read it though.

Verdict:

Removing. At least for now, I’ve got so many books to read and I don’t know if I’ll pick this up after watching the movie.

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9. Shine by Lauren Myracle

Synopsis:

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

Thoughts:

Meh. I’m not a big mystery person. I don’t know why I added this to begin with.

Verdict:

Removing.  I won’t pick this one up.

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10. Pivot Point by Kasie West

Synopsis:

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.

Thoughts:

Yup yup yup! This is definitely right up my alley and sounds absolutely amazing.

Verdict:

Staying. For sure.


***Keeping/ Removing: 6/4***

Whelp, progress is progress! I won’t complain about this!


Currently Reading:

Lola and the Boy Next Door (page 237)

Ender’s Game (page 100 ish? :p )

-Laurenxx

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