Down The TBR Hole #26

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 26th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

I hope you had an amazing week ahead and managed to read lots of books. It’s time for another Down The TBR Hole. You might already know how it works, but I have listed the rules below anyways. Ready? Let’s go!

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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Save Me by Mandasue Heller

An interesting mystery novel, I have to admit. However, I don’t own this book and I already have so many of these on my shelves. I will try to get to those, before I go for this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Darker State (Karin Müller #3) by David Young

Ah, you see. Another mystery, but I do own this one. I will keep it, as I actually need to get to this one soon.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

In the Blood (The Witchbreed, #1) by R. L. Martinez

This choice will be tricky, because I only own the second book of the series and DNF’ed it because the plot involved stories from the first book (this one). I think  should keep it, and try to get to it, so I can give the second book a second chance as well. How often do you give books second chances?

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways by Mabh Savage

This book came in my hands through a giveaway. I remember being immediately intrigued by it. I will definitely get to this one in the next few months, and if not, it will definitely be my Halloween read for sure!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

A Tycoon’s Secret (Sin City Tycoons #3) by Avery Laval

A fierce romance / erotica. I am not much of a fan of these, to be honest. But I did receive this one as a gift, and it’s only fair to read it. I am a bit worried that it is a third book in a series, since I haven’t read the series before, but I am sure it won’t really matter much.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

If you often read blogs about books, it’s very likely you have already heard about this book. A graphic memoir of a lady that lives in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. I own this book, and I still don’t know how it hasn’t been read yet.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions by Renée Paule

On the Other Hand is an interesting Children’s book, therefore I would love to get to it soon. I own this book, and also a few more by Renee Paule.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Black Bullet by L.D. Rose

Black Bullet is the second book from The Order of the Senary Series. I loved the first book, Releasing the Demons. It covers a vampire story, with an FBI agent in it, and the romance is so steamy. You just can’t miss this one. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Irène (Verhœven, #1) by Pierre Lemaitre

I have this book on my shelf because I loved the book Alex by this author. Reviews are good for Irene. What do I do… I have to let it go, for now. I don’t own it, you see. And I have many similar books I already own.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is one of those times when you are too late to read a book, and now when all the hype is gone, you are wondering whether it’s still worth reading. This one goes, at least for now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only removed 3 books this time around. It’s not as good as previous times, but we are moving slowly. Have a look at my complete TBR. 

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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Brightley and Glow by Sophie Carmen

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★★★★

I don’t often read Children’s Bedtime stories, as I think myself to be a grown up person (sometimes). But I couldn’t ignore Brightley & Glow by Sophie Carmen, as the cover was too gorgeous.

Even though I am past this whole bedtime story moment, I sometimes do read children’s books. Maybe because I get nostalgic. Or maybe, because sometimes, we forget to look and remember the little things. And Children’s books are all about little things in life. Moments and fragments that we often remember to forget as adults. Take a moment to look in the sun. A moment to smile to a person. Create a little space for yourself. Breathe. And be happy!

Brightley & Glow is quite short, but full of amazing art. I loved the way everything was represented, the dark background and the bright colours surrounding it. The story was also really cute. Brightley is a shooting star and his job soon will be to start bouncing and slowly fall out of the sky, so children can make their wishes. But his brother, Glow is a shining star. And his job is to stay close with the Moon and keep shining at night.

When it’s time for Brightley to leave, both him and his brother become very sad and try to solve this unfairness so they can stay together.

I found the story in Brightley & Glow quite moving and absolutely adorable. It brought  out many feelings inside me. How it feels when you see a loved one leave, and you know they have to go, and you have to accept the fact. But it also shows us how you can still love someone so fiercely and innocently that you are willing to give up everything for them.

If you have little ones, I highly recommend this Children’s Bedtime Story. It is short, but adorable, and the images are really cute as well!

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March 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Hello everyone! It’s finally time for my March Wrap Up. This month went so quickly for me. I managed to read and review 8 books. I have a few books that I did finish, but haven’t written a review for them yet, so they will go on top of the April list.

I have also continued with my Down The TBR Hole Tag and I am excited to see what progress I will make this year. Below are all four posts I did this month:

TBR Hole #21🌟TBR Hole #22🌟TBR Hole #23🌟 TBR Hole #24🌟TBR Hole #25

Books I read:

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Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield – ★★

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a story that had the perfect plot potential to be amazing, but it didn’t deliver at all. As a huge fan of storytelling, this was a big disappointment for me, the biggest one so far in 2019. 

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Blood Moon: Part 1 by S. Yurvati – ★★

A beautiful writing, but a confusing adventure, mixed with Out-Of-Earth creatures that don’t really appear until the end of the book, a very disturbing plot, however, a very promising ending as well. I can’t say I enjoyed this book, but it did leave me curious to read the next one. 

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The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath – ★★★★

A mystery that left me curious until the very end. A psychological paradise of a thriller that captures people at their very worst, right when they realise their lives are at stake. These people did nothing. But that doesn’t mean they’re innocent… 

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To Best The Boys by Mary Weber – ★★

The blurb sounds so good, and the cover is gorgeous. I hate to say this, but the book seems like an unfinished draft. It seemed so promising, and all I thought I would get out of this was non-existent.

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Beast Rider by Tony Johnston – ★

A fantasy that stays true to many young people, that dare cross a border, searching for a better life. A fantasy, but also a cruel reality of what truly happens to these young boys and girls, and all the journeys they have to go through, fighting for a better tomorrow.

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes – ★★

A wonderful and magical tale, with a history behind it of a mysterious family, especially their end – this book brought tears on my eyes and made me think about the power of forgiveness and love. A true masterpiece.

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The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship – ★★

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

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The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) – Kenneth B. Andersen – ★★★★

Possibly the best Young-Adult Fantasy I have read this year. Enter and discover Hell and see how it works, meet the Devil and learn why we need evil in order to be good! A fantastic story and great adventures await in Hell. Read this at your own risk! 

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How did your March go? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

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Down The TBR Hole #25

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We actually have sun today in the UK. How cool (rare) is that? This time, there are a few books I am actually sad to say bye-bye to, but if I don’t tidy up my TBR on a weekly basis, it will be a mess, and I will have to hide in a cave and read until the end of time.

Also, have you guys noticed that my TBR images are getting darker and darker slowly? I wonder why…

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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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

The synopsis of Sky in the Deep seems so good, but its hype scares me. I try to avoid hype as much as I can, and I will remove this one. Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it, and I might change my mind after 🙂

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Savor You (Fusion, #5) by Kristen Proby

A hot steamy romance – sure, why not? But a fifth book in a series – I can’t read you before I’ve read your ex-books – sorry!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I have always loved the mystery behind the whole Romanov family, especially Anastasia. And I have just read ”Romanov” by Nadine Brandes and really enjoyed it. This will always be a subject I am willing to read about, and I have to keep this book on my TBR. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Heist Society (Heist Society, #1) by Ally Carter

I like Ally Carter’s books. They always make me giggle, and they are always a nice, fast, relaxing read. I read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You and I loved it. I am not sure whether to continue that series, or read this book instead. Okay – time for decision making. This one goes. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

A Japanese pulp classic, Battle Royale is a story very similar to Hunger Games. Students are thrown on a deserted island and they have to kill eachother. Only one survives. I love this topic (okay, don’t get me wrong, I completely DISAGREE that it is okay to dump people and see them kill each other. However, the twisted part of me enjoys reading these type of stories.)

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? A Cinderella re-telling and a delicious, chocolate fudge eatable cover – I don’t think I will ever be able to resist this book. So why haven’t I read it yet???

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

You know that time when you want to read a book so badly before it comes out, and then a movie comes out as well, and there’s the hype, and you still haven’t read said book. And then two years later, you are suddenly not so sure you wanted to read this book anyways? Why do I have this feeling with this book? I will have to let it go for now. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet, #1) by Pepper Winters

Okay – let me tell you a little background story about this book. I requested it on Netgalley as an ARC. Then, I got approved. After that, I forgot to download it on time, and it went into archives. I still don’t have the book, but Netgalley still counts it as something I have to read. So what do I do? I wait to get it from the library, I guess… Even though, at this point, I might as well remove it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Queen’s Spy (The Tudor Mystery Trials #1) by Samantha Burnell

 I have received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway (WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE GIVEAWAYS IN UK ANYMORE???) I am excited to read this one, however I never really gotten my hands on it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Clash of Empires (Clash of Empires #1) by Ben Kane

Again, a Goodreads Giveaway Book. You probably already know my rule, where I try and read every book I physically receive because I appreciate the effort of everyone involved. I also love Roman History, and it has a Macedonian history as well, with Philip The Second and Alexander The Great, so I can’t miss this.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

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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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The Devil’s Apprentice – Kenneth B. Andersen

 

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★★★★★

Possibly the best Young-Adult Fantasy I have read this year. Enter and discover Hell and see how it works, meet the Devil and learn why we need evil in order to be good! A fantastic story and great adventures await in Hell. Read this at your own risk!

I was lucky enough to receive the first two books of The Great Devil War Series by the author himself. I haven’t heard about Kenneth B. Andersen before, but after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to have these books – I knew I had to read the whole series. Starting with the Devil’s Apprentice. 

Meet Phillip – he is a good boy. An angel. He helps his mum with the chores, he helps his friends with their homework, he loves and takes care of animals, and he never lies. But one day, he is sent to Hell by mistake, and he has to become the Devil’s Apprentice. The Devil is ill and before he dies he has to make sure to teach Phillip the worst tricks in Hell’s history, and teach him to be evil – but Phillip is simply terrible at being bad and keeps failing all his tests.

With very little time left to teach Phillip everything, Phillip begins to make friends and enemies in this place. And on top of it all – someone might want the Devil’s throne for themselves…

I loved this book so much! The best thing about it is the setting. We enter a world and we get to see Hell through Phillip’s eyes. Everyone has their own place and role, there is a system of how they designate people and where they go – we meet Death and see the process of how he chooses who dies, and how they place people in either Heaven or Hell, depending on the actions people take throughout their lives, and also, how the Devil throws the dice as well.

Phillip is a typical boy, who goes to school, tries to be a good boy wherever he can. I loved Phillip’s character and could easily relate to him. When he gets in an unusual place, he begins to wonder, and discover and explore, and the way the author writes the scenes just keep you engaged in the book and you can’t put it down before you know what happens next.

The world in Hell is full of adventures, different creatures, lots of scenes where we can’t help but wonder what does ‘’EVIL’’ actually mean, and is it really true that we do need a little bit of evil in order to see the good in ourselves and others? Many moral messages are discovered through Phillip’s adventures, and I loved seeing him grow throughout the book. He keeps learning things and he kept growing. Do you really need to be evil to succeed in Hell?  

I am so glad I have read this book, and I can’t wait to read the second book. If you enjoy Young-Adult fantasy, and enjoyed Dante’s Inferno, this book will probably be something you might enjoy. It will make you giggle, make you wonder, and will leave you restless, page after page.

Until next time! x

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