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It’s Time for a Little Shelf Clean-out: Unread Books I’ve Lost Interest In (Part 2)

Hello, everyone!

It’s now October so that means it’s been about a year and a half since I started my book buying ban. I think I’ve done very well so far, with a few slip ups here and there (*cough*Whichwood*cough*A Conjuring of Light*cough*Restore Me*), but other than birthday presents and other gifts, I didn’t buy any new books!

So now, I’m going to take it a step further, and un-haul books from my bookshelves and donate them to the library. I’ve already done a post about book series that I won’t continue to read, and I’ve already donated/sold those books. I’ve also posted another list of books I’ve lost interest in so this post will be a part 2 to that one 😀

Okay, here we go!

(clicking on the cover will take you to the Goodreads page)

Arclight

Title: Arclight
Author: Josin L. McQuein
Published: April 23rd 2013 by Greenwillow Books

No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

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?

Honestly, I don’t even remember when or where I got this book, but it’s here on my shelf. The summary sounds like something I would read, especially back in my teenage years (cause I’m so old now, right? haha 😀 ), but I don’t know… Even if I keep it, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be reading it anytime soon. Or ever, actually. So… Bye!


ChantressTitle: Chantress
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield

Published: May 7th, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.”

This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

Again, this book sounds pretty interesting, but I just have the feeling that I would’ve liked it better if I’d read it a few years ago. Nothing against the book, but I’m sure there will be someone out there who’ll love it more than I would 🙂


Dangerous CreaturesTitle: Dangerous Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Published: May 20th, 2014 by Penguin

Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?

I’ve read all four books in the original series, Beautiful Creatures, and even though I liked it in 2012, I doubt I’ll feel the same way now. So I’ve decided to part ways with this series and any future books while I still have good feelings about it 🙂


The BlemishedTitle: The Blemished
Author: Sarah Dalton
Published: August 10th, 2012 by Feed a Read

A beautiful world comes at a price…

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude’s School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to…

The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.

Cloning is actually something I’m interested in so this book could’ve been an enjoyable read for me. But there are mixed reviews on Goodreads which made me unsure about it. And the fact that the love triangle is advertised right there on the summary pretty much made up my mind. I’ll be parting ways with this book and hope it finds a home somewhere nice 🙂


Bones of FaerieTitle: Bones of Faerie
Author: Janni Lee Simmer
Published: January 27th, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told.

Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see into the past, into the future and she has no choice but to flee her town.

Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

Wow, this book has been sitting on my shelf for a hot minute! (Read: a LONG time). I have no idea why I never read it, and now I probably never will. I think I’m getting a little old for 15-year-old main characters. I just keep thinking they’ll be whiny and annoying. But maybe I’ll read these kinds of books again in the future, but for now, I just have to say goodbye…


Carve the MarkTitle: Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: January 17th, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

So I didn’t even buy this book, a friend of mine gave it to me because “Oh, look! It’s the same author as Divergent” and she thought I’d like it. But I didn’t really like Divergent all that much, and after all the drama surrounding Carve the Mark, I just decided to not read it.


Okay, that’s my second list of unread books that I’ve lost interest in. I feel kinda bad about letting go of these books,  but it is what it is. Time to move on to other books…

So do you see any books on this list that you’ve read? What did you think about them? Are there any books that you’d want to add to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “It’s Time for a Little Shelf Clean-out: Unread Books I’ve Lost Interest In (Part 2)

  1. I’m not all that interested in Carve the Mark either, never really interested in Divergent either, really! I love cleaning out books on my TBR. Less to worry about and room for more goodies!

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  2. Wow! You’ve been on a book buying ban for a year and a half??? THAT IS INTENSE. I applaud you! I agree with Carve the Mark and Divergent – I lost interest in the Divergent series about 25% into the second book, and don’t particularly want to read Carve the Mark either. I can see why you chose to get rid of that one. Out with the old and in with the new! Thanks for a fun and interesting post 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I have. Thank you! It was a struggle in the beginning, but now I’ve gotten used to it and I’m starting to buy books again. Just not as often as I used to 🙂
      Glad to hear you share my opinion about Divergent and Carve the Mark!
      Thanks for the comment! And sorry for taking so long to reply, I haven’t been online in a while 😦

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