Down the TBR Hole #4

09/03/2022     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…

So this week I’d added a few books to my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads, so I’m back up to 166 books1I know, what good is clearing out the TBR shelf if you keep adding things to it!. Here’s the next five to see how many I can clear out.

Down the TBR Hole #4King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Also by this author: Ninth House
Series: King of Scars #1
Published by Imprint on 01/29/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General
Pages: 528
Goodreads

A 2020 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST!

See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix series.

Enter the Grishaverse with the instant #1 New York Times-bestseller King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the King of Scars Duology.

"[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love — all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations." —NPR

"The story exists at an intersection of past and future selves, and in the dawning understanding that what you most fear may be what you most need." —Washington Post

Face your demons...or feed them. The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, Nikolai must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic
The Lives of Saints

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

King of Scars is kind of a bittersweet book for me. I know it’s part of the Grishaverse, and I want to read it, but at the same time, I feel like it’s going to take me forever to get through the original Grishaverse Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. However, at this time, I’m going to keep this one on the TBR.


Down the TBR Hole #4Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on 06/04/2019
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Juvenile Fiction / General, Juvenile Fiction / Love & Romance, Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
Pages: 464
Goodreads

A New York Times bestseller!

“A bewitching gem...I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
“If you loved the Hogwarts Library…you’ll be right at home at Summershall.” —Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an “enthralling adventure” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Sorcery of Thorns is a thorn in my side. I’ve checked it out of the library, I’ve borrowed it from KindleUnlimited, and I’ve never gotten more than one chapter in before putting it down and then returning it. This one is going bye-bye.


Down the TBR Hole #4Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #2
Published by Random House Children's Books on 01/07/2020
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 528
Goodreads

The second installment in the New York Times bestselling series made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir (Bustle), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo's country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess--a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn't realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage--Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser's rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

Praise for the Ash Princess Series:

A darkly enchanting page-turner you won't be able to put down.--Bustle

A smart, feminist twist on a traditional tale of a fallen heroine, with plenty of court intrigue, love, and lies to sweeten the deal. Good luck putting this one down. --Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter series

This searing page-turner is a compelling examination of the complexities of both evil and resistance.--Sarah Porter, author of Vassa in the Night

A dark and spellbinding epic. --Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

A rebel queen fans the sparks of revolution...[and] Theo's first-person narration remains enthralling with emotional immediacy...[while] packed to the brim with intrigue and the promise.-Kirkus Reviews

Lady Smoke – the second volume in the Ash Princess Trilogy. I own the entire trilogy, so I fully plan to read this at some point. It stays in the TBR.


Down the TBR Hole #4Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #4.5
Published by HarperCollins on 05/07/2019
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / General, Young Adult Fiction / Royalty
Pages: 496
Goodreads

Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard.

The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content.

Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!

Plus don't miss Realm Breaker! Irresistibly action-packed and full of lethal surprises, this stunning fantasy series from Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen series, begins where hope is lost and asks: When the heroes have fallen, who will take up the sword?

Broken Throne is part of the Red Queen series and I do want to read the Red Queen series at some point. I’ve tried before and while I’ve never finished it, I did like what I’d read. This one will stay.


Down the TBR Hole #4A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 01/29/2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / General
Pages: 496
Goodreads

A New York Times bestseller!
"Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale." - Jodi Picoult

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is going to be leaving. Unfortunately, I’ve tried a few times and I just can’t seem to read Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. I’m not sure what it is, but I always end up stopping and never starting again.


So this week we kept three, removed two, bringing us down to a total of 164 books in the Want to Read shelf. Check back next week for another set of five books from the Want to Read…