KEEP IT OR CUT IT | WEEK TWO

Hey Everyone and welcome back to KEEP IT OR CUT IT!

As you know, in a bid to maybe reduce my TBR, I am taking ten books from it and checking to see if I still want to read said books.

The Method

In order to find out if I wish to KEEP IT OR CUT IT I will do the following:

  • See if the blurb/synopsis still tickles my fancy
  • Check out the reviews
  • Maybe read the sample

One thing I am noticing doing this is that I added many books really early on and I honestly feel like I only added them recently! Obviously not?

THE BOOKS…

BOOK #1

Circe by Madeline Miller

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Dec 2018

Synopsis:

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I bought this book recently and have every intention of reading it. This book has been praised so highly for its prose and I am really excited to see what Miller is made of having not read her books before.

BOOK #2

Master Of War: The Blooding (Master of War #1) by David Gilman

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Dec 2018

Synopsis:

England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy – dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king’s invasion of France.

As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone will learn the brutal lessons of war – from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.

Vastly outnumbered, Edward III’s army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone’s life, a battle that is just the first chapter in a book of legend – Blackstone: Master of War

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • To say how much I LOVE history I don’t actually read much, if any, historical fiction. This book had me at “England, 1346“. A time of the Hundred Years’ Wars, The Black Prince and wars for Scottish Independence…I’m in! Add in a wrongly convicted chap and I just cant help myself. This book firmly remains on my TBR. when will I get to it? No Idea, but I will.

BOOK #3

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Jan 2019

Synopsis:

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive. 

CUT IT

Reasons:

  • Another historical fiction, but one I feel like I won’t get to. This story actually really intrigues me, but something is just niggling away at me that I won’t actually read it. So, while the unlikely band and potentially beautiful setting is alluring the fact that something is niggling away at me already means if I went to red it I really wouldn’t have the best mindset.

BOOK #4

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Jan 2019

Synopsis:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. 

CUT IT

Reasons:

  • This is another book that actually sounds quite interesting as I reread the synopsis with the Ottomans and the historical influences but it just has a few red flags. Red flags that I don’t actually mind…SOMETIMES! Such as love triangle, the falling for the enemies son and the likes. While these elements can be don well they more often than not just lead to me feeling frustrated with the book and its characters. so, alas I am cutting this book.

BOOK #5

Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Jan 2019

Synopsis:

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders. 

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • Oh I am really in two minds about this book! On the one hand I remember enjoying Tintera’s Ruined books, the ruthless main character and the general concept that people are rebooted really intrigues me but the romance puts me off a little bit. Hmmm, you know I think I am going to keep it there are a lot of potential aspects to love about this book and I can always DNF if I need to!

BOOK #6

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Jan 2019

Synopsis:

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms. 

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I cant help it. I love these books, I’m stupidly excited to see a few loose ends be tied up in this word and see Cassian’s story.

BOOK #7

Elfsorrow (Legends of the Raven #1) by James Barclay

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Feb 2019

Synopsis:

Another action-packed adventure from the new master of fantasy. 

The Raven travel to a new continent in search of mages to help the ruined college of Julatsa rebuild and find themselves in the midst of an ancient curse—a curse that has unleashed a plague that threatens to wipe out the elven race. Barclay excels with another tale that pitches The Raven against the clock and unseen foes. Full of desperate fights and secret betrayals, the story also fills in more of Balaia’s history and delves deeper into the ancient emnities between the colleges.

Barclay has created a wonderfully appealing group of heroes, and with every book their history grows and the land they live in becomes wider and richer. This is landmark fantasy in the making.

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • Something about this book just really makes me want to keep it on my TBR. It isn’t a new fantasy but isn’t an old one either, its labelled as being written by a new mater of fantasy and honestly the cover REALLY does it for me! So, I’m keeping it!

BOOK #8

Dawnthief (Chronicles of the Raven #1) by James Barclay

Goodreads Link

Date Added:

Synopsis:

ELITE, UNSTOPPABLE . . . AND HIRED TO DO THE UNTHINKABLE

The Raven are an elite. Formed of six men and an elf, they’re swords for hire in the wars that have torn their land apart. For years their only loyalty has been to themselves, and to their code.

But that time is coming to an end. The Wytch Lords have escaped and The Raven find themselves fighting for the Dark College of magic, on a mission which soon becomes a race for the secret location of Dawnthief. It’s a spell – one created to end the world – and there’s a danger that someone is going to use it… 

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I have the same feeling towards this as the above book by this author, so I’m keeping it.

BOOK #9

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Link

Date Added: March 2019

Synopsis:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. 

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • This is a book that I actually have a physical copy of and it is one I have every intention of reading. I think I have books one and two on my shelves. I really want to read this and will, it is such a cool story idea and from what others have said to me the books keep getting better.

BOOK #10

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Mar 2019

Synopsis:

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.

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I very nearly cut this despite really enjoying book one of this trilogy, but I decided not to because of how much I enjoyed the first book. my only worry is it will be the same book again, i’m not sure where this book will go but i’m interested enough to see.

There it is!

Not as many cut this week and a few I was on the fence about but still my TBR is reduced…

I have cut 2 books and kept 8. What do you think are there any books I really should have cut or ones you cant believe I cut?

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