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Down The TBR Hole #38 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Welcome to the 38th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

This weekend I have interesting selection to go through with you…

How Down the TBR Hole works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

I have read the first part, and I definitely need to get to the second one as well. 

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Gallowstree Lane (Collins & Griffiths #3) by Kate London

I received this book through ReadingFirst and I am eager to read it. It’s a third book in a series, but the stories are not quite connected. It works in a similar way like Dan Brown’s books, where it’s one character that develops, but the plots are different. 

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Dane (The MacKenzie Family, #1) by Liliana Hart

Oh, steamy… Not sure why I have it on my list, when I don’t own it. Usually, if it’s a short erotica type of book, it must be a Kindle Freebie haha. I will let this one go.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Frozen Delight by Saffron Sands

A free amazon read, I actually remember the cover. Not planning to really read it soon, but it’s only 14 pages, so let me know if you want to know what I think 🙂

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Tranquility (Otherkin, #2) by Anya Bast

I have no clue why I have this book, when I haven’t read the first book in the first place.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Stolen (The Madame X School of Sex, #0.5) by Jinx Jamison

Okay, I must’ve been in some horny book, because I kept adding eroticas in a row for a bit 🙂 I don’t own this one, so it can easily go bye-bye.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Warrior: Level 1 by Aer-ki Jyr

What is this? Where did it came from?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Lovesessed by Pamela Diane King

A short read of middle-grade romance. Not something I would usually go after, but I will keep this one, as I already have an ebook.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Disobey by Johnny B. Truant

I am not usually a fan of these freebies that preach, but I feel like it deserves an honest review, so people can know whether this might be something they will benefit from.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Fall In Love With Yourself In 60 Minutes Or Less. (The Forbidden Secrets Of Becoming Young, Beautiful And Happy Using The Law Of Attraction. Volume 1) by Shana Jahsinta Walters

Same as the previous book, I think I have to do this for all my viewers and all readers searching for confidence out there.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI removed 4 books this time. When it comes to genres I love, I have a weakness. I currently have 370 books on my TBR list. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Let me know in the comments.

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The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

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★★★★

In the 1940’s, with the world at war, Eleanor Trigg leads a mysterious ring of secret female agents in London. Twelve of these women are sent to Paris to aid the resistance.

They never return home!

Shortly after the war ends, passing through New York’s Grand Central Station, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase beneath a bench. The case is filled with a dozen photographs, each of a different woman.

Setting out to find the women in the pictures, Grace is drawn into the mystery of the lost girls of Paris, their fierce friendship, unthinkable bravery – and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal.

Eleanor is a woman that men fear and women hate. Wherever she goes, fear follows. However, in a world of men who lead and men who are in war, she starts a programme in London where she recruits women, prepares them and deploys them to help in the war. The women have to aid the man, transmit radio messages and blend in with the french people. Eleanor makes sure they are prepared for every possible scenario, and she would’ve joined them, if they let her. As much as she seems cruel, she loves her girls like her daughters, and when things go horribly wrong, she blames herself.

Marie never imagined she would be recruited by Eleanor. Leaving her daughter behind and going into the unknown, she is deployed in Paris for a very dangerous mission. But can friendships so easily made survive the dark days of war? And what happens when Marie is one of those twelve women that disappear without a trace, never to be seen again…

And then Grace finds the suitcase full of photos of women and she can’t help but wonder what happened to them. The paths of these three women will indirectly cross over, leaving us, readers, with an amazing story to follow.

The writing is incredible and it transports you right in the 1940’s. Feelings and emotions are overflowing. I am not completely sure how I felt with the ending, as it ended too predictable for my taste, with a lot of unrealistic scenes and no character development, really.

But even despite all that, it warmed my heart and made me rethink my life decisions. The Lost Girls of Paris is a book about women who are brave and loyal. Women who are not afraid to stand up and fight. Women who have everything to lose and nothing to regret. A tale of pure emotion.

Thank you to the team at HarperCollinsHQ, for sending me a paperback ARC copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – Blog Tour

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I was lucky enough to be approached by LoveReading to review and join the blog tour for The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Starting today, and posting every Wednesday, you will get to see what I thought about this series.

Series: The Dark Artifices

  1. Lady Midnight – Click to see my review
  2. Lord Of Shadows – Scroll down
  3. Queen of Air and Darkness – 03rd July

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★★★★

Welcome back to the sequel of The Dark Artifices series. After reading the first book and getting to know all the new characters, the second book contained by far more detail and more adventures throughout.

The book starts where it left all, after the team defeats Malcolm, but now new dangers arise, as sea demons start summoning, and the Faeries, as usual, are planning some mischief.

Emma, as you might have guessed, is still my favourite. But, this time, we got to see more about the ”little children”, Kit, Ty and Livvy. As I kept reading and finding out more about them, I realised them I loved them more and more every single page.

I loved how Cassandra Clare managed to put differences aside, and teach us how it’s okay to be different and you will be accepted by the real friends in your life. While Ty is autistic and unique in his own way, he is accepted and loved by his family and friends, and his uniqueness makes him lovable character to all readers as well.

We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything. 

The best part of the book for me was everything that had to do with Faerie land. All the writing about how beautiful, but at the same time dangerous it is just made me want it more and more. So beautiful, and yet so cruel. A world where you get enchanted and then hurt, a world where time is irrelevant and beauty is forever.

Mark and Christina’s dance was one of the moments I will cherish forever in this book, and I don’t fall easily for romantic scenes.

Lord of Shadows was amazing, with so many adventures and different plots and character developments throughout. We have a lot of characters, and they all develop in their own way, and we get all their backgrounds and feelings, and actions that make them grow in a certain way, and each of these moments was precious to me in a different way, but all the same. We have Emma seeing her father (or an illusion of it) and having to kill him. Then there is her forbidden love to Julian. We have Kit, the lost Herondale and how he slowly fits into the academy. And most importantly, we have Magnus appearing in the book with Alec, and singing Spanish lullabies to his son.

So many amazing moments, too many bookmarks, and only one feeling of love towards everything Shadowhunter-y. I can’t wait to dive into the next book. Looking forward to it!

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Down The TBR Hole #37 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Welcome to the 37th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

This weekend I have the hardest decision to make ever…

How Down the TBR Hole works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Wildcard (Warcross, #2) by Marie Lu

I read Warcross and I loved it. Fun note, my boyfriend also read it, and he hated it. I can see a lot of mixed feelings around this one. But I did love it, and I will continue reading it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) by Christopher Paolini

An evergreen, a tale I am surprised I haven’t read yet. I have to do this soon, don’t I?

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

The Princess and the Fangirl(Once Upon a Con, #2) by Ashley Poston

Have you guys read Geekerella? I loved it. And this is the second part. I am definitely keeping it, and if you enjoy princess diaries type of books, with a bit of geekiness into it, go for it!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

The Defense (Eddie Flynn #1) by Steve Cavanagh

I am not sure about this one. On one side, I want to read it, because I love books about murders, and I love books about trials, where people find clues, and share a story, and then twist a plot. But I don’t own it, and I can’t see myself buying it… Not sure on this one. What do you think – should I keep it?

Verdict: MAYBE ☑ ✖

Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III (A Targaryen History, #1) by George R. R. Martin

With the hype of Game of Thrones, we all want to read more. And George, we all want to read the last Game of Thrones book – so please finish it? Pretty please? I am keeping this one, of course. I am lucky enough to also own it in a hardback version as well!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I don’t know what the hype is about, but there’s one way to find out… I have to read it…

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

Yes, a hundred times yes. Everything about this book intrigues me.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1) by Dorothy L. Sayers

I think I will pass on this one – not sure why, I just lost interest, I believe…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Again, a book that has been getting a lot of hype. One way to find out, again…

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman

I own Scythe, and I am so excited to read it, I just haven’t had the time. I need to add ”TBR Hole books” prompt to my monthly TBR, don’t you think?

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed only 1 book this time. When it comes to genres I love, I have a weakness. I currently have 374 books on my TBR list. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Let me know in the comments.

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Eternal Soul by Karimah Colden

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★★★

Eternal Soul by Karimah Colden was a mysterious and adventurous read for me. The author contacted me and the book seemed to have an interesting plot, so I said – yes, I would love to read it.

Reign is a very private person and keeps everything close to her heart. She is a descendant of powerful hoodoo magick and her family has some dark secrets.

One day, her father appears in her life, which happens very rarely. She can feel trouble and danger, and before she knows it, her world is full of magick and discovering herself again. The one thing that she always denied – her powers – will now be something she will have to embrace and live with.

I really liked Reign and how she was portrayed. There was great character development, which was something I really admired. I loved how she slowly was finding herself throughout the book and did what felt was the best decision for her at each time. I am not sure about the romance and the relationships she formed with both men. It all happened too fast, too unrealistic and too predictable. The book also had a lot of repetitiveness as well, especially in the many scenes when it came to fashion choices and Reign was standing in from of her closet. It felt like deja-vu every time I read about it.

But I still enjoyed Eternal Soul a lot.

Despite the deja-vu’s, despite the grammar errors. It is a cute short-ish read and I loved finding out what happens next. I also have the second book of the series as well, and will definitely be reading it soon.

If you like something young-adult, with a bit of magic and self-discovery, and something new and different, go for it, and you might be surprised! Definitely worth giving it a chance!

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