Sunday 12 September 2021

Down The TBR Hole #52

Current TBR shelf: 3686

Last week's TBR shelf: 3695

The rules   

  1. Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Line by Teri Hall

An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the United States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It's said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.

Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel's dad died in the last war. It's a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.

Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?
This sounds like a less interesting version of City of Ember. Pass. 

Verdict: Remove

The Legacy (The Declaration #3) by Gemma Malley

When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by underground activists, its contents come as a huge surprise - not drugs, but decomposing corpses. It appears Longevity isn't working and the drugs promising eternal youth are failing. A virus is sweeping the country, killing in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it.

Third book in a series that I don't want to continue...

Verdict: Remove

Blood Ties (Blood Ties #1) by Sophie McKenzie

When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to the lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister.

But when Rachel and Theo are attacked by men from RAGE - the Righteous Army against Genetic Engineering - at Rachel's school disco, they are rescued by strangers and taken to meet a mysterious figure. There, they both make some startling discoveries about their identities, which will affect their past, present, and future in dramatic and life-altering ways...

I used to really like Sophie McKenzie's books as a preteen but I just think I've outgrown them now. Also, the mention of a school disco just brings back so many memories 😂. 

Verdict: Remove

Dark Heart Forever (Dark Heart #1) by Lee Monroe

Jane Jonas is nearing her 16th birthday and troubled by unsettling recurring dreams where the same mysterious boy her age comes to her, telling Jane that they are each other's destiny. Her mother is becoming anxious about Jane's disruptive sleepwalking episodes, but for Jane her dream world and reality are about to collide.
There's just a million YA books with this same plot and I don't particularly care to read any of them.
Verdict: Remove

Waves by Sharon Dogar

When Hal's family makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave Charley, their comatose daughter, behind in a hospital ward while they spend the summer on the west coast of England, Hal finds it harder than ever to shake his sister's presence. What power is letting him share her memories? And will they reveal the deep, dark truth behind her tragic "accident"?
Another one where I've just lost interest in and the plot doesn't sound particularly engaging.

Verdict: Remove

The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockheart #1) by Philip Pullman

Sally Lockhart's father was an unconventional man who preferred to teach his daughter how to run a business and shoot straight from a pistol, rather than school her in the social graces expected of a young lady. When he dies suddenly and unexpectedly, on a voyage to the Far East, Sally receives a mysterious letter containing a strange warning - one that is to lead to yet another unexpected death. Soon Sally finds herself at the heart of a deep and dangerous mystery, and one which she is determined to solve at all costs.
I'm 80% sure I read this as a teenager (or at least most of it) and it's a series I'd like to go back and revisit and continue on with the rest of the books.

Verdict: Keep

Long Lankin (Long Lankin #1) by Lindsey Barraclough

Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss. . . .When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid, and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don't know is that their aunt's life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries -- before it's too late for little Mimi.
I just love atmospheric, gothic books and one set in an isolated English village sounds like my cup of tea. 
Verdict: Keep

August by Bernard Beckett   

Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken, and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.

As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be rescued, we discover the stories of their lives.

This sounds interesting (plus I love the clever cover) but the fact that it was published ten years ago and has only 370 ratings has me thinking I'd have to track this one down.

Verdict: Remove

Tyme's End by B.R. Collins  

Bibi feels out of place wherever she goes- everywhere, that is, except for Tyme's End, the deserted house she breaks into whenever she thinks nobody is nearby. There she meets Oliver, the owner, who has just returned after ten years away. Bibi's and Oliver's lives become inextricably linked as they both pulled towards Tyme's End. For Tyme's End is more than just a house. It is a house that can be by turns romantic, beguiling, sinister and malevolent. It is a house that once had an evil and manipulative owner. And anybody who enters Tyme's End must prepare themselves for terror...
I was very interested in this book from the cover and synopsis but the ratings and reviews are so average leaning towards negative that I think I might have to skip it.
Verdict: Remove

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford  

Abi is a servant in Greave Hall, a stately London home. She runs away, but is soon recaptured, to suffer once more under the tyrannical rule of Mrs Cotton, the housekeeper. The house, though, has a dark secret. Something ghostly inhabits the corridors, leading Abi to the very truth someone has tried so hard to bury.

This one sounds more like my thing, still set in a creepy old house but it's historical and hopefully will have that classic horror feel to it. 

Verdict: Keep


This Week:

Kept: 3
Removed: 7 

Kept: 161
Removed: 359

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