To Be or Not to Be…Read TBR Pile Vote April 2018

Posted April 25, 2018 by Sophia Rose in To Read or Not to Read / 16 Comments

Sophia's To Read or Not

Each month, I will post up a pair (or more) of books.  I would like you to vote on a choice.  Yes!  You will have the job of telling me what to read from my pile each month.  I welcome your vote no matter what reason you choose (frivolous, serious or otherwise) that particular book and do share your reason in the comments just because I’m nosy.  I will of course share my thoughts on the book itself in my review post.

This month I bring you dueling anthologies!

Candidate #1

Faery Magic by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Barbara Samuel, and Karen Harbaugh
Fantasy Romance


From four of today’s finest talents comes an enchanting collection of romantic tales. Set in glamorous Georgian and Regency England, these four stories are filled with myth and mystery, and illustrate the magical, sensual and humorous events that can occur when the worlds of mortals and faeries collide.

In “The Lord Of Elphindale” by Jo Beverley, Lovely Gwen Forsythe has loved Drew since she was a child. Both are half-faery, but Drew has denied the non-human part of himself for years. In an attempt to forever remove himself from the influence of the magic glen, he plans to marry another woman and move far away. But the faery people have other plans and take steps to again bring Gwen and Drew together.

Karen Harbaugh’s “The Faery Braid” tells the story of a beautiful changeling, Rowan; handsome Sir Jonathon Bradford; and the love that Rowan’s still-human heart can’t deny.

In “The Love Talker” by Barbara Samuel, Faery Lord Galen is cursed, condemned to a life of roaming misty glens and seducing human women to their deaths. But lovely, innocent Moira enchants him, and when he falls in love, the spell is broken.

Mary Jo Putney brings readers “Dangerous Gifts”, a tale of true love and dangerous desire. Beautiful Leah and handsome Duncan fall in love, but the Faery Lord Ranulph schemes to seduce the lady. If Ranulph’s plan succeeds, Leah will lose Duncan and everything she loves.

Candidate #2

Down the Rabbit Hole by JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, and Mary Kay McComas, and RC Ryan
Urban Fantasy


Five all-new stories told through the looking glass, where things are never quite as they seem, inspired by Lewis Carroll sending Alice through a magical mirror. Contains:
Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb
Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney
iLove by Elaine Fox
A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas
Fallen by R. C. Ryan




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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  • Down the Rabbit Hole! Love J.D. Robb books!

    • Yes! I can finally join the club and say that I heart her books, too. 🙂

  • Down the Rabbit Hole gets my vote!

  • RO

    I chose Down the Rabbit Hole and it’s winning so far! Hugs…RO

    • Oh yes, it is. Definitely got out in the lead. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    I went with Down the Rabbit Hole too. I’m just curious about that one. 🙂


    • It is definitely interesting to see UF paired with a Wonderland setting. Thanks for the vote, Lauren!

  • Karen

    Down the Rabbit Hole – sounds like a fun premise.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • I thought so, too. I’m only familiar with two of the authors so I’m interested to see what they did with the them. 🙂

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I voted for Faery Magic to give it some fairness. Sorry, I don’t care for either book, but figured I would try to make it a little fair fight 🙂

    • Buahaha! Shari’s rooting for the underdog. I glad Faery Magic won’t be neglected. 🙂

  • I choose Down the Rabbit Hole! =)

    • LOL. Some months I’m worried about a tie, but I don’t think I’ll need to worry this month. I think I’ll be going Down the Rabbit Hole. 😉

  • OOo Down the Rabbit Hole was a good one. *fingers crossed*

    • Oh, great to know. Always like getting recs from those who read and loved it. 🙂