Down the TBR Hole #3

 

 

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on 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 should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)People who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands? This is illegal? The main character killed his best friend? This book sounds amazing! I’ve also heard great things about it from a friend so I’m really interested in reading it (even if I do hate the covers…. )

VERDICT: keep

 

 

House of LeavesI’ll be completely honest, I have no freaking idea what this book is about. I just remember my high school English teacher talking about it and how unique the story was. I was to read it simply to check out but every time I see it at the bookstore I’m like meh… I think this is one that I’ll just have to eventally get from the library

VERDICT:go

 

More Than ThisI’m not quite sure what this is about. It sounds like it’s about a boy that dies then comes back to life but he doesn’t know how or why? I’m pretty sure the only I added this to my TBR was because of all the hype surrounding it when it first came out. To be honest, I don’t really have much interest in reading it anymore.

 

VERDICT: go

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Again, I can’t say what this book is about. I just think there is possibly angels or people with feathers involved with maybe some magic? Honestly, no idea. I just remember wanting to read it for like the last 5 years… I finally bought it so I guess it’s safe to say I can take off my TBR… at least on goodreads, tehe

 

VERDICT: go

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)A book about kings and princesses and magic and prophecies? Sign me up. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2013; however, it still sounds amazing every single time I read the synopsis. I really need to get around to buying it to be honest. I think I’m going to still keep this one my to read list!

 

VERDICT: keep

Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

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Series: Standalone

Published by: Little Brown Books

Genre: Fantasy,Adventure, Young Adult

Pages: 336

Source: paperback

Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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Favorite Quote

“Ben told stories. Hazel became those stories.”

Thoughts

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this story. I felt like the chapters were jumbled all over the place. I get that we were getting back story but I don’t like that is went from, for example, Chapter one: plot, Chapter 3: back story, Chapter 4: Plot, Chapter 6: Backstory. It was getting obnoxious. Like I was just just getting into the story and then it would be like BOOM HERES SOME BACKSTORY ON A DIFFERENT CHARACTER. Honestly, that was probably the main reason I gave this book a 3/5. That and I didn’t think the characters were really memorable. I really disliked the characters are first because I thought they were bland but then I ended up liking them.

Although this book is a standalone, I give mega props to Holly. I feel like she did a great job at having good world building along with having a pretty interesting read in just a standalone . It felt like a good childrens story that makes you want to sit by a fire on a winter night then dream about fairytales. Does that make any sense? XD

The writing was gorgeous. I loved the metaphors. Some of them didn’t make sense to me but others punched me right in the gut and I could relate on a deep level. Holly’s writing is dreamy and captivating. I love the way she describes things. She did more showing than telling. I felt like I was right there with Hazel and Ben and the rest of the bunch.

I also like how a character in this book almost has two selves and it’s kind of a battle between “good and evil” and which one we want to win the fight. It’s just like Sirius Black tells Harry, “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” So I like that she played around with the idea that we all have a more “evil” self inside of us but we’re only that person if we want to be.