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TBR Tackle Thursday (#9)


A couple things before I get this baby started. My best friend and parabatai and I just started a joint blog for us to post reviews and life stuff and as something for the two of us to do together- especially with her living in Sweden right now!

Here’s the link if you want to check it out:

Witches be Sippin’

Other than that, I’m back and ready to get the ball rolling!! If you haven’t already checked out the previous parts for this journey of getting rid of some books from my TBR, here are the previous ones: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8


1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about this. The whole mystery aspect is just ehhh for me and I don’t know how much I’m going to enjoy it with this one. That paired with the fact that it’s contemporary, which just isn’t my thing… eh…


Removing! I won’t go out of my way to pick this up, may as well save myself the space. :p


2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?


God, I love Schwab and her writing. Even her freaking synopsis sound amazing.


Keeping keeping keeping. I own this book and I’ve been DYING to read this book for so long. I am stoked.


3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.


You know, it’s funny. Back when this came out I remember LOVING the cover, but now I feel like so many gorgeous covers have come out that this one is okay, but not gorgeous. That’s besides the point though, this definitely sounds interesting and I love the way Holly Black writes, so I’m interested to check it out.


Keeping it!


4. On the Fence by Kasie West


For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high


I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one, and I’ve loved the Kasie West books that I’ve read in the past. This very well may be the perfect fluffy book for me when I’m in the mood for one.


Keeping it! I’m actually bordering on wanting to read this here son already!


5. Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles


After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston University, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.


Huh. I don’t remember adding this to the list but I feel like it might actually be a good book. Some parts will probably be cliche, but I think I can handle it if the mood strikes.


Keeping it!


6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


All children mythologize their birth…So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter’s collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist.

The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself — all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter’s story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission.

As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.

Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida’s storytelling but remains suspicious of the author’s sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.


What a fucking synopsis. So long! It sounds interesting but… eh.


Removing for now… I may add it back down the line, but this isn’t one I’ll be picking up here anytime soon.


7. Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen


A vivid and compelling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in an affair with Edgar Allan Poe—at the same time she becomes the unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.

It is 1845, and Frances Osgood is desperately trying to make a living as a writer in New York; not an easy task for a woman—especially one with two children and a philandering portrait painter as her husband. As Frances tries to sell her work, she finds that editors are only interested in writing similar to that of the new renegade literary sensation Edgar Allan Poe, whose poem, “The Raven” has struck a public nerve.

She meets the handsome and mysterious Poe at a literary party, and the two have an immediate connection. Poe wants Frances to meet with his wife since she claims to be an admirer of her poems, and Frances is curious to see the woman whom Edgar married.

As Frances spends more and more time with the intriguing couple, her intense attraction for Edgar brings her into dangerous territory. And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears. As Frances and Edgar’s passionate affair escalates, Frances must decide whether she can walk away before it’s too late…

Set amidst the fascinating world of New York’s literati, this smart and sexy novel offers a unique view into the life of one of history’s most unforgettable literary figures.


Ehhh… I’m good.


Removing. Not gonna read this one.


8. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Leslye Walton


Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.


Definitely has an interesting premise and I’ve heard a lot of really good things about it.


Keeping it! It’s one I’ve meant to get to for a while so I don’t know why I haven’t just picked it up yet.


9. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne


Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not-you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

When Dean raced out the door to catch the school bus, he didn’t realize it would be the last time he’d ever see his mom. After a freak hailstorm sends the bus crashing into a superstore, Dean and a group of students of all ages are left to fend for themselves.
They soon realize the hailstorm and the crash are the least of their worries. After seeing a series of environmental and chemical disasters ravage the outside world, they realize they’re trapped inside the store.

Unable to communicate with the ones they love, the group attempts to cobble together a new existence. As they struggle to survive, Dean and the others must decide which risk is greater: leaving… or staying.

Monument 14 is a post-apocalyptic YA novel that transcends age barriers. If you like heart-stopping suspense, realistic characters, and new takes on survival novels, then you’ll love the first book in Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 series.


I remember adding this one a while ago and I can still understand why.


Keeping it! This is one I’ll actually read and enjoy!


10. The Ward by Jordana Frakel


Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.

Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.


Sounds okay but ehhh, it also kinda sounds like one of those very forgettable books.


Removing it!

Total Kept/ Removed: ***6/4***

Not bad, not bad at all!

-Lauren xx


Greetings! Life Update

This will not be about books, I’m sorry!! But bear with me, that’ll be happening soon!

This last year has been a doozy. There’s been some good and some bad, but every time I think that everything will start settling, something else happens.

Back in October, I quit the job I’d been working at for nearly 9 years. It was an extremely tough choice- it was my first job, after all, and I LOVED it. But we had new management coming in (I was a manager, but people above us were changing) and it became a very toxic work environment. So I did what any bookworm would do, I started going for jobs at bookstores. I landed the Head Cashier position at Barnes and Noble and was over the moon. That was short lived. The management at my store was incompetent and I can’t tell you how many times one or more of my coworkers was in the break room crying because of management or a customer that management didn’t want to deal with so they sent them to one of my coworkers. I quit after less than a month.

So after all that went down, I was fairly down about not having a job, but I knew I was better off than being at B&N. So I kept looking and eventually got a job at a Starbucks kiosk inside a grocery store. Not the most glamorous, but it was something and hopefully a foot in the door to an actual Starbucks later on. This was back in December and I’ve been decently happy there but today I put my two weeks in. I’m happy to tell you that I got hired at a corporate Starbucks store and I am THRILLED!! I get to work with one of my best friends again (a fellow manager from the theatre) and I’m finally feeling a little better about my job.

There’s been a whole mess of stuff with my family. My boyfriend and I just had to move out of the place we were living with his best friend because his best friend’s father is the absolute worst and managed to steal the house from him (long battle that’s still ongoing) so we’re with my parents until we can move out of state. But for now we’re sharing a twin bed I my childhood bedroom and I feel so bad for my poor 6’3″ boyfriend. 😅

My sister is slowly disappearing from my life because she’s letting her Mother in Law manipulate her to slowly push my mom out of her life and my niece and nephew’s life and it’s heartbreaking.

But as John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

I am just taking things one day at a time, but I’m finally settled back home and will be on here more often again. Thank you, wonderful readers and followers, for being such an amazing audience.

-Lauren xx