Down the TBR Hole #2

08/20/2022     Charli     Meme

So I found Down the TBR Hole on Pages & Plots, but I’ve also seen it on Kerri McBookNerd, and Read to Ramble. It was originally created by Lost in a Story (blog unavailable).

Basically you go to Goodreads, look at your “Want to Read” shelf, order it in ascending order of when the books were added, then take the first 5 (or more) books, read the synopsis and then decide whether or not to keep the book in your TBR.

The Books

This week I have 162 books on my Want to Read shelf because I had to go and add books. Go figure. I’d gotten it down to 158, added 5 books to make 163, then ended up moving a book to Currently Reading to make 162. Now for the books on this week’s list.

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Down the TBR Hole #2Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita
Also by this author: Go the Distance (Disney: a Twisted Tale #11)
Series: A Twisted Tale #6
Published by Disney Electronic Content on 04/02/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General
Pages: 344

Mirror, Mirror: A Twisted Tale poses the question, what if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince? Following her beloved mother's death, the kingdom falls into the hands of Snow White's stepmother, commonly referred to as "the Evil Queen" by those she rules. Snow keeps her head down at the castle, hoping to make the best of her situation. But when new information about her parents resurfaces and a plot to kill her goes haywire, everything changes for Snow. With the help of a group of wary dwarfs, a kind prince she thought she'd never see again, and a mysterious stranger from her past, Snow embarks on a quest to stop the Evil Queen and take back her kingdom. But can she stop an enemy who knows her every move and will stop at nothing to retain her power... including going after the ones Snow loves?

I collect the Disney A Twisted Tale series of books and although I haven’t read this one, since it’s part of the collection, I’ll be keeping it on the TBR. Once I do get it, I’ll be reading it, especially since Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was my first ever Disney movie.

Down the TBR Hole #2The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Also by this author: The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King
Series: Folk of the Air #3
on 11/19/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Bullying
Pages: 320

A powerful curse forces the exiled Queen of Faerie to choose between ambition and humanity in this highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy from a #1 New York Times bestselling author.

He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan's betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her twin sister, Taryn, whose life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict's bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity . . .

Again, I’ve collected this series and I loved The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, so I know I’m going to love this one. I just for some reason never actually read it after it showed up in the mail. This one stays.

Down the TBR Hole #2Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #2
Published by Flatiron Books on 08/18/2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / General, Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 496

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever...

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.

Down the TBR Hole #2Finale by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #3
Published by Flatiron Books on 05/07/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Family / Siblings, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General, Young Adult Fiction / Performing Arts / General, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / General
Pages: 496

Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in Stephanie Garber’s #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end...

So last week we had Caraval, and I said I was going to keep it because I own the whole trilogy. Well, this week we have both Legendary and Finale on the list. Obviously, since I kept Caraval, I’m going to be keeping these two. I am determined to read them.

Down the TBR Hole #2We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Series: Sands of Arawiya #1
on 05/14/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
Pages: 384

An Ignyte Award Winner 2020
A TIME Magazine Top 100 Fantasy Book of All Time
A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2019
A PopSugar Best YA Book of 2019

A TeenVogue Book Club Pick for 2019
A Barnes & Noble Teen Book Club Pick for 2019

"Lyrical and spellbinding" —Marieke Njikamp, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal's We Hunt the Flame—first in the Sands of Arawiya duology—is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Ok, our final book for this week is one that while I own it, I am going to let it go – at least for now. Unfortunately I’ve tried on multiple occasions to read this and I just can’t get into it. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it just doesn’t seem to be the book for me.

So there you have it – another week of keeping four and removing one book. Maybe next week, I’ll manage to remove more books from my TBR and keep from adding to it!

One response to “Down the TBR Hole #2

  1. Sounds like a fun challenge. I have Holly Black’s series in paperback, a splurge for some winter reading. From your list of books, I think we enjoy the same ones, or at least, are intrigued by them. 🙂 Happy Reading.