So this is a thing. Pick the top 5 books in your Goodreads tbr list and decide to keep them or chuck them. This is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story but I found it on Twin Tales 🙂
Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern day Oracles are told to fight their visions––to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.
This is one of my favourite authors. But why, I hear you ask, is it at the bottom of my tbr list if it’s my favourite author? Well, I kept waiting and waiting until I could afford to buy in in paperback as opposed to e-book and then . . . just . . . never did. Now I feel too old for it, and my tastes have moved on.
Keep or Leave? Leave 😦
Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
This . . . honestly doesn’t sound as interesting as it did before. I’m still intrigued, but I’m less sure about it. I still really want to give it a chance though! I want to know how a mysterious force can infect teens to kill each other. And how our Special Snowflake™ Skylar can change the world.
Keep or Leave? Keep!
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.
When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?
I remember being so excited about this. Now I’m not so sure why. Sure, it’s got a fairly interesting premise. But I’m bored of the whole chosen one thing, and it sounds like there could be some sort of love triangle. Nothing in it is gripping me.
Keep or Leave? Leave
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
Yes. This is some Good Shit. I love princesses and arranged marriages and assassins. This is absolutely perfect. Well, except that I see a love triangle looming on the horizon. But I’ll deal with that when I come to it.
Keep or Leave? Keep, keep, keep!
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Madeline Usher is doomed.
She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.
Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.
In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.
I didn’t realise this was based on The Fall of the House of Usher. Now I’ve read the blurb again (and the blurb now says it’s based on it) it’s obvious. Without knowing that, I would have lost all interest. But I’m excited to see how it might be reworked for a YA audience and be kept fresh and interesting!
Keep or Leave? Keep