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Down The TBR Hole #32 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 32nd edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

In this edition of the Down The TBR Hole, I keep most of the books.

How it 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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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

I love the sound of this book, but I don’t think I am that intrigued to read it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Now we’re talking. This book, guys… I want it!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Not so sure about Fallen – I have hundreds of these type of books on my shelves… How do you know something is a hidden gem, when they all sound like the same book?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This is a book that many of you kept recommending last year. But I am not sure I will enjoy it. I don’t know.. I think it should go. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Bethany’s Sin by Robert R. McCammon

Bethany’s Sin seems like something I would enjoy during Halloween. It gives me the vibes that Carrie by Stephen King, and I really enjoyed that one.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Quite a popular book, especially here in the UK. I have never been so sure about this one. What do you think – should I keep it?

Verdict: MAYBE ☑

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones

Have you seen Wintersong’s cover? That is the first reason I want this book. And then, did you read the blurb? Now you get me….

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A dystopian world and a book that a lot of my friend recommended. I should just read this already… 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Eye of the Oracle (Oracles of Fire, #1) by Bryan Davis

I will pass on this one. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore

I don’t know why or how I haven’t read this yet. Adding it on my ”priority” TBR list.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed 4 books this time around. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments because I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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BLOG TOUR – I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

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I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney is a book that stays with you after you read it. Dark, twisted and unpredictable until the very last chapter.

In the very beginning, we are met with the unknown. Aimee Sinclair is an actress and when she comes home, she realises her husband is missing. The police suspect she is hiding something. They are right, she does have a secret…

The book switches between two timelines; the first being Aimee today and the second being Aimee’s childhood. We get to enjoy these parallel stories and understand how Aimee’s childhood directly influences her decisions as a grown up.

‘’Sometimes it only takes one person to believe in you, to change your life forever. Sometimes it only takes one person not believing in you to destroy it. Humans are a highly sensitive species.’’

Alice’s writing is brilliant, and when reading the two timelines, you feel the child and you feel the adult. A skill not many writers can perfect.

Aimee’s whole life has been about being a different person. That is why she choose to become an actress. She can change into different people as she wants, and keep her true self hidden somewhere safe. But she didn’t learn this all by herself.

The book will leave things unpredictable until the very end. I had my theories and they kept changing all the time. The moment you feel you are close to the truth, something happens and you are back at the start. I loved it!

I wasn’t disappointed with the ending, but I did feel grossed out and disgusted by a certain someone. At times, some scenes felt like too much, but they were crucial to the story.

If you love dark and twisted psychological thrillers, you will most probably enjoy reading I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney.

Trigger warnings for abuse in all shapes and forms, animal cruelty and childhood trauma.

Thank you to the team at HQ, for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, and for sending me a paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

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When you are little, you watch a lot of movies. For us girls, life is filled with princesses and happy ever afters. With castles and knights in shining armours. And it’s always that the beautiful girls get their princes. Only beautiful girls get to be happy.

In this book, we get to really see the reality of what I have said above. It is all true. Only beautiful girls get the happy ever after. But beauty doesn’t always mean pretty.

In a world of prejudice and bullying, Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly shows people, especially girls, that it is okay to be different. It is okay to be brave and follow your dreams. It is okay to be wild and strong willed. The people that truly love you, will always be by your side.

Meet Isabelle – Cinderella’s ugly stepsister. The girl that cuts her toes to get into the glass slipper. For those who didn’t know, the original Cinderella story by the Grimm brothers indeed has a scene where both ugly stepsisters cut their heel and toes, just to fit in the slipper and marry the prince.

‘’The little toe was the hardest. Which didn’t come as a surprise. It’s often the small things that hurt the most – a cold glance, a cutting word, laughter that stops when you enter the room.’’

Isabelle has never really wanted to be evil, but jealousy and mum’s pressure have been doing their own thing. When she gets a second chance in life though, she goes for it. She must complete an impossible task to find her happy ever after. And while doing so, she will find her true self.

‘’Most people will fight when there is some hope for winning, no matter how slim. They are called brave. Only a few will keep fighting when all hope is gone. They are called warriors. Isabelle was a warrior once, though she has forgotten it.’’

Be prepared to feel all emotions, and cheer for Isabelle, when she is fighting against the world. Relive the magic of an amazing retelling and be ready for an unforgettable adventure. What Jennifer has done to bring the Grimm feeling into a powerful story is to be admired. I will admire and cherish this book forever.

I am not a fan of re-reading books, but this will definitely be one book I will always come back to.

‘’Algebra comes from Arabic. From al-jabr, which means ‘’the reunion of broken parts’’. Al-Khwarizmi believed that what’s broken can be made whole again if you just apply the right equation.’’

”If only there was an equation that could do the same for people.”

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

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Chat Love by Justine Faeth [BOOK REVIEW]

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I wanted to read this book immediately after reading the synopsis, and I was honoured when the author, Justine Faeth, approached me and sent me an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

The book synopsis is a very promising one. Lucia is having trouble finding a man. After a few disastrous dates, she chooses to follow her friend’s advice and tries Chat Love, an online dating service. As promising as the synopsis sounds, this book didn’t quite deliver. With Chat Love, I found the whole setting of the book unrealistic. There is a nice background story and a great idea, but it hasn’t been properly executed.

Lucia is an Italian lady. She is a city girl and a business woman. She is searching for love. See, Lucia is under pressure by her Italian family to get married. And I can completely understand that pressure, being born in a country where I have met people with similar beliefs. Lucia’s family thinks that a woman is made to be a mother, and not have a career. They think that if you are thirty and you haven’t got a boyfriend yet, you are useless and unworthy.

And I completely agree with Lucia when she tries to stand up to them and tell them how it’s important for her to find a man she will really love, not just marry in order to please her family. In some scenes though, it appears as if she hates her family, and has very bad attitude towards them. I understand completely where her frustration comes from. 

But then, on the other hand, we have a Lucia that is being a hypocrite.

And while this whole book seems like she is searching for her true love, when someone appears and cares about her, she is acting as if she’s not interested. Woman, WHAT DO YOU WANT? She wants true love, and she doesn’t want to be used as a one-night stand, which is completely acceptable. But going on a date with a man for the first time, and telling him you want to get serious is creepy. Even if that is your long-term goal, you DO NOT say it on the first date. It scares people away. It makes people think you are a creep.

Also, given the fact that the synopsis promises an online app, this left me disappointed. During this book, we don’t get to really see a single chat happen through this app. Apart from a few letters from Jake. Honestly, I expected a back and forth conversations with men before a date happens. In the book, we get to see Lucia dating a lot of men. I didn’t stop to count them, but there must’ve been around twenty dates. And all these men had something wrong with them. But she never screwed up.

I will be honest with you now, and you people need to be honest with yourselves. In your life, you will meet people, and some people will make you giggle. Others might make you gag. But sometimes, the reason for a bad date is you. I am only trying to be honest here. I have screwed up a few dates myself, and you must have done the same thing too. That’s life though. We have to move on and try not to blame others for our mistakes. I wish this been represented in this book.

I really wish I loved this book.

I have mixed feelings, because despite all, this book did make me think and bring up discussions with people around the various topics, from family beliefs, to being creepy on first dates, to finding out what you really like. In a summary, as much as I didn’t enjoy it, I also am grateful for this book, for bringing out a lot of things to think about.

If you love chick-lit and short romance funny novels, you might enjoy it. If you think any of this discussion points is intriguing, you might enjoy it. I would love to have a chat and see what you think of this book.

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Down The TBR Hole #31 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 31st edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

In this edition of the Down The TBR Hole, I keep most of the books.

How it 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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Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

A vampire series that sounds intriguing, but I don’t think I will honestly pick it up soon.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I have received Uprooted from my friend Alex and I am planning on reading it soon. The story sounds so magical, and knowing how much I love Russian fairytales, I know I will love this one.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

The Riddle-Master of Hed (Riddle-Master, #1) by Patricia A. McKillip

I honestly don’t remember how The Riddle-Master of Hed ended up on my TBR list. I don’t think I will ever pick this book up.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Conclave by Robert Harris

I haven’t read anything by Robert Harris before, but I think this book will be an interesting read, and will keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner

Probably you have already heard about The Maze Runner. I have been wanting to read this book throughout my whole childhood. I have to get to it soon!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan

I have just found out about this book, and it has really intrigued me. I wouldn’t pick it up by the look of the cover, but I will definitely keep it on my list. The synopsis is too good.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger

This one stays! I would die to have this book!

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

If you know me, you know my weakness is Nicholas Sparks, when it comes to romance. And this time, there is a new book around, and I haven’t read it yet. What am I waiting for?

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Alongside Uprooted, this book has been hyped a lot, and I am eager to see if it’s really worth reading it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

A story I definitely would want to read. But I don’t own the book now, and I have many books already waiting on my shelf. So I will have to unhaul this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI only removed 3 books this time around. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments because I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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