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Down The TBR Hole #39 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Welcome to the 39th 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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Art of Kissing From Head to Toe – How to Kiss by Nikki Leigh

I have added this on my TBR back in 2013, so I think that explains everything…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

How He Lied to Her Husband by George Bernard Shaw

There is not even a synopsis on Goodreads, but let’s be honest – do you even need one?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Bare Necessities by John David Harding

I am not sure about this one, but I know I have it on my Kindle. Do I keep it – probably not…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Intermediate Spanish Short Stories: 10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Spanish & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Intermediate Spanish Stories Book 1) by Lingo Mastery

If you want to read a bit of Spanish – pick this one up. I added it at the time I was learning Spanish, but never got to it – I think the stories will be plain, so I will remove it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Hearts Under Fire by Antonie Scotto di Carlo

Again – I don’t think I will even enjoy this one…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Death Series: Volume One (Death, #1-3) by Tamara Rose Blodgett

This might be an interesting read – so I will keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Magno Girl and the Beast of Brooklyn by Joe Canzano

I got this book because I read Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody by Joe Canzano, and I did enjoy that one. Magno Girl was free at the time on Kindle, and I thought – why not.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., #1) by Angela Roquet

I love the synopsis and I think it seems promising.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Branding Her – Bundle 1 (E01 to E06) by Alex B. Porter

A lesbian romance that doesn’t seem to deliver anything else but steamy erotica? I might pass.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Blank Space: A story in concrete poetry for striving readers by Beth Bacon

I believe that this book is deep – I think I might enjoy it – maybe. I will keep it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI removed 6 books this time. It seems that I am getting better at recycling. 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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Queen of Air and Darkness 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 – Click to see my review
  3. Queen of Air and Darkness – Scroll Down

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★★★★

We made it to the finish line. After three weeks of me into the shadowhunter world, I am now back in reality, wishing I could never leave from that amazing world. Queen of Air and Darkness was the lovely desert after such a tasty appetiser and main course. A perfect way to leave a restaurant.

The finale of The Dark Artifices was everything I was hoping for. Full of adventure, emotions and wisdom from a lot of characters. Development like I have never seen before… I found myself attached to so many characters, genuinely feeling for them and being with them in all their adventures.

Don’t get me wrong, I do get attached to characters quite easily, but it’s usually two at best in one book. This book had me loving so many characters in different ways, with different strengths and such strong emotion.

Queen of Air and Darkness finishes off where it starts, and without spoilers it’s quite hard to say what goes on in this book. A forbidden love, unexplainable sadness and the best romance I have read in quite some time. Danger and faerie battles all over again. Love and betrayal, love and loyalty…

During the first couple pages, I was a complete wreck. I cried so hard and felt so sad. And after that, I had my favourites in this book and they didn’t disappoint. I loved every moment of this book and I can’t recommend this series enough.

Read this series, get into the world of power, magic, angels, beauty and danger. Get into a world of adventure, love, betrayal and excellent character development. The series was so satisfying, even though the ending didn’t seem like a proper ending and I am sure there are many new books coming.

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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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