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Bank It Or Bin It #21 [organising my goodreads want to read shelf]

My Goodreads Want To Read List has 350+ books on it and sadly I cannot stop time to read them all, so it’s time to PURGE.

I’m going to choose a few books once a fortnight and Bank Them, keeping them on my Want To Read shelf, or Bin Them, removing them from my wishlist entirely.

Let’s go!

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets… until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything – except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost… as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

~ Add To Goodreads ~
Verdict – Bank

I’ve been searching for the most unusual YA books I can find this year, and this would be an amazing edition to my collection. I get the feeling that it could be very hit or miss, but I think it’s worth the risk.

The Legacy by Gemma Malley
(The Declaration #3)

When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by underground activists, its contents come as a huge surprise – not drugs, but decomposing corpses. It appears Longevity isn’t working and the drugs promising eternal youth are failing. A virus is sweeping the country, killing in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it.

~ Add To Goodreads ~
Verdict – Bank It

As usual, I read the first two books and forgot to read the last one a long time ago, so I no longer remember the first two books, which are stuck in a box in my Gran’s house. I’ll read them again eventually!

You Say It First by Katie Cotugno

Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: her boyfriend Mason is sweet and supportive, she and her best friend Emily plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she even finds time to clock shifts phonebanking at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio, who gets under her skin from the moment he picks up the phone.

Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job – unsure what his future holds, or if he even cares. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up.

But things don’t end there…

That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then – slowly – to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work?

You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most.

~ Add To Goodreads ~
Verdict – Bin It

This sounds like the plot I look for in a contemporary romance, but reviewers say that most of this story is the couple bickering, rather than finding common ground, so I’m going to skip this one.

A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.

When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?

Set in the atmospheric wilds of California’s northern coast, Sasha Laurens’s thrilling debut novel is about the complications of friendship, how to take back power, and how to embrace the darkness that lives within us all.

~ Add To Goodreads ~
Verdict – Bin It

Books about Witches rarely keep my interest (by the way, check out my list of 2021 YA Books featuring Witches this Tuesday the 23rd!) and this book that’s rated 3.33 by the Goodreads community is unlikely to be different.

The Mask Of Aribella by Anna Hoghton

On the eve of her birthday, Aribella discovers she has a secret power – when angered, flames shoot from her fingertips.

Frightened, she runs away, only to be rescued by a magical organization of masked heroes with their own special skills. Aribella and her new friends have sworn to defend Venice, but can they defeat the evil rising from the Island of the Dead?

A captivating middle-grade fantasy in the entrancing setting of historical Venice.

~ Add To Goodreads ~
Verdict – Bank It

There’s something about Venice that’s just so magical, and this book is published by Chicken House, my favourite publisher who’s also quite local, so this is a must read!

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

Inventive and heart-racing, this fierce feminist teen fantasy explores a dark kingdom in which only women can possess magic – and every woman is suspected of having it.

In the ancient river kingdom, where touch is a battlefield and bodies the instruments of war, Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. The same women who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father announces an alliance with the royal family, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Determined to forge her own path forward, Mia plots a daring escape, but could never predict the greatest betrayal of all: her own body. Mia possesses the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Now, as she untangles the secrets of her past, Mia must learn to trust her heart…even if it kills her.

~ Add To Goodreads ~
Verdict – Bin It

I’ve recently realised that I don’t like YA Fantasy that much – it is extremely formuliac and it can be very difficult to find a great one. With a Goodreads Community rating of 3.59, this isn’t going to be it.

Did any of these books make their way on to your Goodreads shelves? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Bank It Or Bin It #21 [organising my goodreads want to read shelf]

  1. I enjoyed The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and The Mask of Aribella! I hope you enjoy both when you do get to them!


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