Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 6

Should they stay or should they go? This month's contenders: Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, Bite Me by Parker Blue, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers, and The English American by Alison Larkin

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She's since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!


How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by 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 let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven't read yet, so I'm going to use my wish list instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wish list and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I'll move on to my Amazon list next!

THE BOOKS:



Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Date Added: September 17, 2009

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. 


As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. 

As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide - for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

This is another head scratcher as I don't like either the synopsis or the excerpt, so not sure how or why it wound up on my wish list. This is an easy one to let go!

VERDICT: Let It Go

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Bite Me by Parker Blue
Bite Me by Parker Blue
Date Added: September 28, 2009

Barely eighteen-year-old heroine Valentine Shapiro got a raw deal in the parent lottery. Her father was part incubus demon, and her mother's never forgiven her for that.

Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Thrown out of the house by her mother, Val puts one foot in front of the other and does the only thing that seems to make any sense - she takes aim at the town vampires. A stake a day, keeps the demon at bay. But don't call her Buffy. That makes Lola, her demon, very cranky.


Between the title and the excerpt, this one is an easy keep! Snarky and sassy, two of my favorites!

VERDICT: Keep

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Date Added: October 4, 2009

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.


Would really like to sit 2009 Me down and ask her why she put so many weird books on our wish list! Blergh!

VERDICT: Let It Go

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Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Date Added: October 16, 2009

When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth. Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.


Not really sure from the synopsis or excerpt what happened to Parker, but am intrigued enough that I want to find out! Another keeper!

VERDICT: Keep

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The English American by Alison Larkin
The English American by Alison Larkin
Date Added: November 17, 2009

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. 

Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

This one I actually had to think over a bit as the excerpt was intriguing, but ultimately decided to let it go as it's not really my type of read.

VERDICT: Let It Go


This week's stats: Keep 2, Let Go 3

Total stats: Keep 13, Let Go 22



Previous posts:

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 1
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 2
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 4
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 5


Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 6

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