Saturday, April 6, 2019

Cleaning Up My TBR With a Giveaway (US Only) - Down the TBR Hole #16

This meme was started by Lost in a Story.  Here is how it works:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
Because I have so many to do, I'm going to try to do this weekly, and do 10 at a time.

1.  Eliza's Freedom Road:  An Underground Railroad Diary by Jerdine Nolan and Shadra Strickland:
It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. Eliza’s mother has been sent away and it is Abbey, the cook, who looks after Eliza, when Eliza isn’t taking care of the Mistress. Eliza has the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told to keep her close. When her Mistress’s health begins to fail and Eliza overhears the Master talk of Eliza being traded, Eliza takes to the night. She follows the path and the words of the farmhand Old Joe, “ … travel the night … sleep the day. Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” All the while, Eliza recites the stories her mother taught her along her Freedom Road from Maryland to St. Catherine’s, Canada. 

My thoughts:  
Another subject I used to devour any book on was the Underground Railroad.  However, not sure with this one if I'll get to it.  

Verdict:  Toss

2.  Falling Under by Gwen Hayes:
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

My thoughts:
I feel like I have a copy of this on my shelves.  But I'm not sure.  So for now I probably won't keep it.  If I ever get around to going through my books, probably after I move, then I'll know for sure and can re-add it to my list.

Verdict:  Toss

 3.  The Unholy Cause (Supernatural #5) by Joe Schreiber:
A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series!

Way back in April 1862, Confederate Captain Jubal Beauchamp leads a charge across a Georgia battleground… Fast forward to 2009 and a civil war re-enactment becomes all too real. When Sam and Dean head down south to investigate they find that history has got somewhat out of hand…

My thoughts:
Don't know if I own this one, but I know that one day, since the series is ending this year, that day will be soon, I will want to read the stories and get what I can.

Verdict:  Keep

4.  Eureka:  Substitution Method (Eureka #1) by Cris Ramsay:
Welcome to Eureka.
Population: BRILLIANT

It's a town of geniuses-and now it's the smartest series going.

Founded by Albert Einstein and Harry Truman after WWII, Eureka is home to the greatest minds in science and technology. But the creations of these eccentric geniuses threaten to destroy the world as often as they save it. Jack Carter is the everyman sheriff who must use his common sense and unique street smarts to keep a lid on this Pandora's Box of a town.

A secret government think tank that doesn't appear on any maps, Eureka has seen its share of strange problems. But today those problems may be seen by the outside world. People, cars, and buildings are being swapped with people, cars, and buildings from different places. With Eureka's secrets on the line, Carter must find the cause before the town is exposed. And all roads lead to Global Dynamics, the mysterious research facility that everyone seems to work for -- except Jack.

My thoughts:
I loved this TV show.  And I might actually own this book.  However, I know that some day I will want to go back and revisit the quirky town of Eureka.  I also have four other books from this series right after this one on the list:  Brain Box Blues (#2), Road Less Traveled (#3), and Dormant Gene (by a different author - Andrew Crosby)

Verdict:  Keep all of them

5.  Flip by Martyn Bedford:
Alex, 14, goes to bed in December, and wakes in June, in a strange house to a strange family. In the mirror, he sees Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life,  he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else. What is identity, the will to survive, and what will we sacrifice to survive?

My thoughts:  This isn't even one I remember adding to my list.

Verdit:  Toss


6.  The Girl in the Lighthouse (Arrington #1) by Roxanne Tepfer Sandford:
From the time Lillian Arrington was born, she lived an isolated life on a remote lighthouse station with her father Garrett and her young mother Amelia. But Lillian has wishes and dreams far beyond her years.

When her father is transferred to a new station, Lillian is anxious to meet the assistant keepers and their two sons, Heath and Ayden. She had never met children her own age, had playmates, or made a friend.

Heath, the handsome teenage boy who desires to become a doctor someday, welcomes Lillian. However, his younger brother, Ayden, doesn't like her and she struggles to win him over. Before long, a secret bond between the three is forged and to Lillian's delight, they become close friends.

After so many years, Lillian's childhood is beginning to resemble that of a normal girl. No longer is she lonely and isolated from the rest of the world by over-protective parents. Instead, she experiences new adventures, attends school, and falls in love for the first time.

However, her glorious days on Jasper Island are short-lived as her beautiful young mother begins a tragic descent into insanity and passes away. Lillian is left in the care of her sinister grandmother Eugenia Arrington, who, since the end of the Civil War, continues to steadfastly hold onto the once glorious Georgia plantation known as Sutton Hall. It is there that the immoral secrets of Lillian's parents are revealed, and she is left to pick up the pieces of her scandalous past, and somehow, find her long way home.

My thoughts:  
Hmm, sounds pretty good.  But I don't know, will I ever get around to it?  I also have the sequel to this on my TBR, will do the same with both.

Verdict:  Toss

7.  Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking:
"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

My thoughts
So I fell in love with this author when I began reading her Trylle series while sitting in line all day waiting for one of the Harry Potter movie premieres.  This is an earlier title of hers, and I don't want to forget it.  Actually, we have a graphic novel in my library that I've begun reading on days when I'm sitting and "gurading" the back exit so kids don't decide they can sneak out that way.  

Verdict:  Keep

8.  My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison:
Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

My thoughts:
If you know me, I love a good fairy tale retelling.  But i this case, I think maybe I'll skip.

Verdict:  Toss

 9.  Kings of the Dead by Tony Faville:
When the H1N1 "Swine Flu" virus mutates it begins to not only kill those who have received the vaccination, but also bring on the unthinkable: the dead reanimate. Cole Helman and his friends are not only survival experts, they've spent hours discussing and preparing for just this event and quickly head to the hills before the cities become clogged with looting and riots. But the group knows all too well that the living dead are just the beginning of their problems, and they'll eventually have to deal with the worst qualities of the living-desperation, greed, selfishness, and cruelty-in this new post-apocalyptic world. And a chance encounter at a secret military installation may reveal a conspiracy bigger than any of them had imagined... Straight out of the apocalypse comes the chronicle of one small group and their experiences with life and death, survival and loss. In a world of the living dead, is one man capable of maintaining not only his community, but his own sanity?

My thoughts:
I might be kind of over zombie books too.  Not sure I've ever heard much more about this one either.

Verdict:  Toss

 10.  Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock:


Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome - also known as the werewolf vius - is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filles with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

My thoughts:
I think this is one that is well enough known that if I ever decide I want to read it, I'll be able to find again.

Verdict:  Toss

Final Thoughts:
So, while I'm tossing 8 this week, since I have several kind of combined in the Eureka series, I am keeping 6 .  Have you read any of these?  Would you suggest I keep any I'm tossing?  And if you're inspired to do this on your blog, please feel free to join in and share a link in the comments, since it's not really catching on, I'm not going to waste time with the link up this week.  It will also get you an extra entry into my giveaway at the bottom of this post.    

Once again this is a US only giveaway, unless you are International and see a book here you really want and would be willing to pay for the difference in the shipping through Paypal or some other way.  This week I'm upping the prize, you get to pick any two books from the pictures below, as long as they don't get traded away, or picked by last week's winner, and I will pick a surprise book from the piles to add to your choice.  Here are your choices:   

Above are my 2018 ARCs

My 2017 ARCs 

Above are my 2014-2016 ARCs.

Once again I'm going to let you pick two, along with me throwing in a surprise third book!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below.

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