Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 10

Rabbit Hole Sept

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She’s since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!

How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven’t read yet, so I’m going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I’ll move on to my Amazon list next!

THE BOOKS:

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Becca by the BookBecca By the Book by Laura Jensen Walker
Date Added: January 16, 2010

Adventurous, off-beat Becca Daniels will try almost anything – purple hair, skydiving, even her book club’s crazy challenge.

To prove she’s not commitment-phobic, Becca agrees to twenty-five dates with whoever asks her out next.

When churchy Ben-definitely not Becca’s type-calls, the hilarious and eye-opening dates could lead to Becca’s greatest adventure yet.

An interesting premise with a good enough excerpt to leave me wanting more! Going to keep this one on my list.

VERDICT: Keep

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Love You Hate You Miss YouLove You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Date Added: January 18, 2010

Get this, I’m supposed to be starting a journal about “my journey.” Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I’m set adrift on this crazy sea called “life” . . . I don’t think so.

It’s been seventy-five days. Amy’s sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.

And she’s really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia’s gone now, and she doesn’t want to talk about it. They wouldn’t get it, anyway. They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to know it’s your fault.

Amy’s shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.

But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was – and the present deserves a chance too.

I’m a sucker for books using diary entries and letters to further the plot, so going to keep this one on my list!

VERDICT: Keep 

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Pretty When She DiesPretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
Date Added: January 27, 2010

Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry…

… in a new, horrific, unimaginable way…

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what’s worse is that he’s a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation… or her death?

While I like vampires, the writing in this sample didn’t interest me enough to want to see what happened next. Letting this one go.

VERDICT: Let It Go

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Queen VictoriaQueen Victoria: Demon Hunter by AE Moorat
Date Added: February 1, 2010

There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt Demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.

London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of blood-stained weaponry. Because if Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there’s the small matter of the demons to take care of first… But rather than dreaming of demon hunting, it is Prince Albert who occupies her thoughts. Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere?

With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, and foul demons, this masterly new portrait will give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman, a legendary monarch, and quite possibly the best Demon Hunter the world has ever seen…

A. E. Moorat weaves a seamlessly lurid tapestry of royal biography, gothic horror and fist-gnawing comedy as he lifts the veil on what really took place on the dark and cobbled streets of 19th-century England.

I’ve read a few mash-ups like this before and while they sound fun, they’re really not my cup of tea. Letting this one go.

VERDICT: Let It Go

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HawksmaidHawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky
Date Added: February 4, 2010

Before she was Maid Marian, she was Matty….

Matty has been raised to dance well, embroider exquisitely, and marry nobly. But when Matty’s mother is murdered before her very eyes and her father, a nobleman, is reduced to poverty, Matty’s life changes.

As the daughter of Nottingham’s most famous falconer, she finds a new destiny in the hawks her father keeps. She begins to understand their thoughts and even speak their language. The beautiful merlin Marigold becomes Matty’s closest winged companion and her fiercest ally.

It is a treacherous time in England. The sheriff of Nottingham is rising to power, and a true king has been kidnapped. Determined to fight, Matty’s friend Fynn becomes Robin Hood. As Maid Marian, Matty joins Fynn and his Merry Men, famously robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

You thought that you knew the legend, but this is the untold story. Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky soars to magnificent new heights here, giving us a bold tale of bravery and romance.

Love it when Maid Marian is a strong woman who can take care of herself and not a helpless female, waiting for Robin Hood to save her!

 

VERDICT: Keep

This week’s stats: Keep 3, Let Go 2
Total stats: Keep 23, Let Go 27

Previous posts:

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 1
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 2
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 4
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 5
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 6
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 7
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 8
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 9

 

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