Goodreads TBR Declutter #15

More TBR books to review! Yay! And oh, look, some of the ones on today’s list are shown in the picture above. I guess that’s why they’re lumped together at this point of my TBR list.

Here’s another go at my Goodreads TBR list! The original idea is from Lia @ Lost in a Story. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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?

1: Archangel by Sharon Shinn

Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived of as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if they disobeyed their laws. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all…

But an age of corruption has come to the land, threatening their peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honor the angel named Gabriel, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.

It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own.

Rachel, however, has other ideas…

I love a lot of Sharon Shinn’s work, and if I were to read this I might love it too. The synopsis sounds too… well, too much, though. I think I’ll give this one a pass, at least for now.

Verdict: REMOVE

2: Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) by Rachel Caine

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment–until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated–literally, and with extreme prejudice.

With the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem–pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave–a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…

I’ve liked Rachel Caine’s other work I’ve read, and this sounds like fun. Plus, I think I already own it…

(Side note: Yup. It’s in the picture above. I own it.)

Verdict: KEEP

3: Touched by an Alien (“Kitty” Katt #1) by Gini Koch

Marketing manager Katherine “Kitty” Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn’t even begin to cover it when the “man” suddenly transformed into a huge, winged monster right out of a grade Z science fiction movie and went on a deadly killing spree. In hindsight, Kitty realized she probably should have panicked and run screaming the way everyone around her was doing. Instead she sprinted into action to take down the alien.

In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a hunk in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with “the agency,” and then insisted on leading her to a nearby limo to talk to his “boss.” And that was how Kitty’s new life among the aliens began…

I think I already own this one, too. Plus it sounds like a silly-fun book. (I hope it’s a silly-fun book…)

Verdict: KEEP

4: The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

I know I already own this one, plus it’s on my Top TBR list. I just need to actually get to reading it soon.

Verdict: KEEP

5: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…

This synopsis is way too long for this one (I quoted less than half of it) but I’ve heard so many good things that I want to read it.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Westmark (Westmark #1) by Lloyd Alexander

When Theo agrees to print a traveling showman’s pamphlet, he only thinks of the money it will bring in. Instead, it sets off a chain reaction that results in the smashing of the press and the murder of his master. Caught on the wrong side of the law, Theo must flee the city. Soon, he has teamed up with the traveling showman Count Las Bombas (who is actually a con artist) and his servant. The trio is soon joined by Mickle, a clever, strong-willed girl with a mysterious past. Performing feats that astound and amaze, the motley crew falls into a trap set by Chief Minister Cabbarus, who is determined to wrest power from the grief-stricken king. Now they must not only save themselves-they must save the kingdom..

I love Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, but this one just doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

I own this one, and started reading it, and enjoyed the concept while not being able to get into the story at the time. (It was the wrong time for this book, and would have resulted in a reading slump had I tried to force myself to continue it.) I’m going to give it another try at a better time.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Legacies (Shadow Grail #1) by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.

All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, and although Spirit’s hasn’t manifested itself yet, the administrators insist she has one. Spirit isn’t sure she cares. Devastated by the loss of her family, she finds comfort with a group of friends: Burke Hallows, Lachlann Spears, Muirin Shae, and Adelaide Lake.

But something strange is going on at Oakhurst. Students start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, and the school seems to be trying to cover it up. Spirit and her friends must find out what’s happening—before one of them becomes the next victim…

Meh. It sounded good. I may have even bought it. But it sounds too “Chosen One” at the moment.

Verdict: REMOVE

9: The Ripper Affair (Bannon & Clare #3) by Lilith Saintcrow

There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steam-hells of Londinium, stalking the Eastron End and unseaming poor women of a certain reputation. A handful of drabs murdered on cold autumn nights would make no difference…but the killings echo in the highest circles possible, and threaten to bring the entire edifice of Empire down in smoking ruins.

Now Emma Bannon, once more, is pressed into service and Archibald Clare, once more, is determined to aid her. The secrets between these two old friends may give an ambitious sorcerer the means to bring down the Crown. And there is still no way to reliably find a hansom when one needs it most.

Britannia is threatened. Londinium quakes. Sorcery births an unholy monster.

The game is afoot…

I own it. (Sense a theme with today’s books? I think this was a point where I added GR books that I’d bought but never logged.) I enjoyed books 1 & 2. I just need to sit down and read this one.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1) by Seanan McGuire

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.

You can’t kill what’s already dead.

Own it. Love what I’ve read about Rose in the InCryptid series (maybe in the short fiction? I forget) and want to read this one. I would have read it last year, except it didn’t fit into 2018’s Bucket List Books reading list.

Verdict: KEEP


Nearly all of those blurbs ended with an ellipsis. Yikes. There are other ways to write suspense than three little dots…         😉

What about your TBR? Are any of these books on your shelves, either as to-read or have-read books? Are there any I removed which you think I should reconsider?


10 thoughts on “Goodreads TBR Declutter #15

  1. Get rid of the Rothfuss book, seriously. You’ll just end up wanting the final book even more and be disappointed year after year after year.

    I read the Westmark books back in highschool I think? Don’t remember a blessed thing about them 😀

    1. LOL, I’ve heard that about the Rothfuss before, but maybe I’ll procrastinate reading it long enough that the final book will be released by the time I get to it?

  2. I have to admit that while I love Sharon Shinn, the archangel series never grabbed me attention. I know I tried the first book several times and just couldn’t get into it. And for Locke Lamora the audio book is fantastic. I so love these posts.
    x The Captain

    1. I know I added Archangel to the TBR because I love Sharon Shinn’s other work, so I finally admitted to myself that I’m not interested in that specific series.

  3. I adored the Lies of Locke Lamora. Am currently reading the third book… and now its hoping the 4th comes out soon. The wait has been very long for everyone who has read these at time of publication.
    The Ripper book sounds good… I didnt enjoy the first book very much, mainly cause it didnt explain anything about the world and its concepts so I was just constantly confused. Maybe I should give it another shot…

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