Talk Me Into/Out Of… Books on My TBR

Fun fact about me: I’m a pretty avid Redditor. I won’t deny that I visit the amazing site every single day. It’s my dose of daily news and random fun stuff. If you wonder why I’m not the biggest Twitter person, it’s because you’ll find me on Reddit instead. And one of my favorites subs is Asian Beauty (HUGE k-beauty fan right hurrrr!), which will occasionally host one of my favorite threads, Talk Me Into/Out Of. It’s basically just a thread where different Redditors will post products that they’re on the fence about purchasing and would like for others more familiar with said product, to give them little reviews on it and whether or not they thought it was worth purchasing.

This got me thinking about how awesome would it be to apply this same post to books on my TBR that I’m not really sure on whether or not I want to keep them around. That’s a great thing about this community, you can always count on someone else to have read a book that you’re interested in!… Anyways, below I will list some of the books that I’m not really sure about and if you’ve read them then please let me know what your thoughts are on them! Help a sister out, please!!!

And so it begins…


Rosemarked (Rosemarked, #1) by Livia Blackburne

This book was being mentioned a lot when it was first released back in the fall. I think it was mostly because of a really strong marketing campaign and was sent in a couple of different subscription boxes, as I haven’t heard it being talked about since then. The synopsis sounds interesting but I also get this feeling that it could also be a really slow read, and I just don’t prefer slow fantasy novels. I like to be really engaged in the stories I’m reading (who doesn’t, right?!). And as someone with TONS of fantasies that really interest me, this one I’m just not sure about.



Ash Princess (Ash Princess, #3) by Laura Sebastian

I’m really on the fence about this one. On the one hand, the synopsis sounds like every single other fantasy novel out there and on the other, it seems that a lot of people have really been enjoying it. It’s a book that I don’t already own and so I’m just not sure if it’s worth it.




The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary novels in the first place, and this one also suffers from a fairly low rating on Goodreads. The only reason that I haven’t tossed it yet is because I actually own a copy that I received in a Book of the Month box. The synopsis sounds pretty interesting and different than anything I’ve ever read, but then I think there must be a reason for all of the low ratings – such as shitty writing, underdeveloped characters, or over-dramatization (the biggest offender in contemporary novels!). I’m just not sure how I feel about reading a book that will probably not leave me in the best mood. I just prefer upbeat stories.. Sorry, not sorry!



Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1) by Mindy McGinnis

So this book was sent out in a FairyLoot box, which means it should’ve been really popular with tons of reviews. However, I don’t remember ever seeing even one. Which is a little disheartening, especially after seeing how low the ratings are for it on Goodreads. I also know how McGinnis can be a really hit or miss author for most people, and I wasn’t particularly impressed by the one book of hers that I’ve read. However, I think this is her first venture into the true fantasy genre so it could be better than her contemporary novels.



Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

I was really excited about this book when it was first being announced. I mean, I know we were all excited to hear about a book inspired by the story of Mulan. However, since this book was released, I’ve heard tons of talk that the story was actually really slow and boring. HOW CAN YOU TURN MULAN INTO A BORING RETELLING?!?!?! So yeah, I’m not sure how I really feel about that now. For a book that I was initially really excited for, I now could care less about it.

Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, please talk me into/out of them. If you want to recommend another book instead, please feel free to do so as well!











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19 thoughts on “Talk Me Into/Out Of… Books on My TBR”

  1. I actually haven’t read any of these books myself so I can’t accurately say anything about them, but I know that I have read a lot of negative/on-the-fence reviews for Given to the Sea. I think a lot of people were saying that it was problematic, but I can’t quite remember why.

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  2. I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve heard great things about Flame in the Mist. Since it has a sequel, I’m guessing it’ll have quite a bit of worldbuilding; so probably a bit slow, but hopefully that pays off with the second book.

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  3. I’ve read Flame in the Mist and Given to the Sea. To be honest, I’m not really sure if I’d recommend Flame in the Mist. It was pretty good, but it definitely is veeeery slow at times. So if that puts you off… might be better off skipping it. Given to the Sea I am dead set against. It is very rare for me to truly dislike books, but I did NOT like that book at all. There were so many things that annoyed me about it and it just rubbed me the wrong way in a lot of other ways. One thing that drove me nuts was the fact that there were four POVs and two were told in first person and two were told in third person. WHY?! It was so annoying hahaha

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    1. Yeah, I’m not really interested in slow books so I might have to pass on Flame in the Mist…. Yikes! Sounds like the low ratings on Given to the Sea were deserving then! I’ll definitely need to look up some more reviews of that one. Doesn’t sound like something that I’ll enjoy too much, haha!

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      1. I wanted to like Given to the Sea so badly because it sounded great and I had heard good things about McGinnis but good lord, that book was disappointing, hahaha.

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  4. Re Flame on the Mist – I liked the writing and the romance, but I do agree it was a bit slow. The cultural aspects were interesting, but underdeveloped in parts.
    On the whole it is not the worst YA out there and I would recommend if you can find it cheaply and want to escape from reality for a while.

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    1. Thank you! It seems like the consensus for it has been that it was just alright. It might be one of those books that I just check out from the library if I ever really get the urge to try it and will probably just get rid of the copy that I have.

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  5. I haven’t read any of these so I’m unfortunately not much help haha but this is such a cool idea!! I did hear some not great things about Given to the Sea that made me decide to not add it to my own TBR despite one of Mindy’s other books The Female of the Species being an all time favourite. I hope enjoy whatever you decide to keep on your TBR 😊

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    1. Haha, that’s alright! And thank you so much!… But that’s what I’m hearing about Given to the Sea. I think I’ll just unhaul it and donate it to my local library, instead of letting it keep taking up space on my bookshelf.

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  6. I saw a lot of people mentioned Rosemarked a while back but nothing recently. I agree it sounds like a good book but the fact that I’ve heard nothing about it since kind of makes me wonder whether it lived up to the hype. 🙂 I have read Ash Princess, and it struck me as kind of generic fantasy so if you’re on the fence I can’t say I’d recommend that one, but I would recommend Flame in the Mist, I actually really enjoyed that duology. 😀

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