WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – March 17th, 2021

“Compared to the freezing weather outside, the stable was warm and steamy and alive with the sleepy murmurings of horses. “

First line in Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next

What did you recently finish?

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima, which I, unfortunately, had to give 2 stars. Gotta say that the insta-love properly killed it for me, and it wasn’t just because it was insta-love. It was also because this book barely works as it is, but it definitely wouldn’t have worked had these two characters not fallen in love on sight. To me, that’s not a sign of a great book. It is, however, a really good example of how this book had some serious pacing issues. Everything happened too fast, and the best part of the book were 50 pages or so just before the halfway point where the characters were actually allowed to sit down and talk. It finally allowed the characters and myself to feel something, but as I mentioned, it didn’t last very long. I’m having some serious doubts about whether or not to continue with the series.

What are you currently reading?

I’m making my way through A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir, book four in the An Ember in the Ashes series, which I’m 64% into. After having had little luck with YA Fantasy this year so far, it’s so great to be back with something I know I love. I had forgotten a lot about this series, even how much I love Helene. She’s my absolute favorite character in this novel, so when I reach one of her chapters, I can’t possibly stop reading. I also love how Tahir just doesn’t hold back in terms of the brutality. She really doesn’t spare the reader, and that’s a great way to keep me engaged.
The only thing that’s hindering my enjoyment just a tiny bit so far is all the fight scenes. They are to be expected, I know, but such scenes will never be my favorite thing to read.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins. I’m very intrigued to see how this one compares to The Binding by the same author, which I really loved. The synopsis is quite vague, so I’m expecting some grand secrets to be revealed.

7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – March 17th, 2021

  1. Well, your thoughts on Flamecaster pretty much sum up everything I thought about that book as well 🤣 I thought maybe my memory just got more unfavorable over time, and was kind of hoping you might convince me otherwise so that I might pick up the rest of the series and love it after all 😁 But maybe that just isn’t going to happen 😅😂😂

    But it’s great to hear you’re enjoying A Sky Beyond the Storm! I’ve heard very mixed things so far, and since I also wasn’t a massive fan of the previous two books – they were okay, but I don’t love them nearly as much as An Ember in the Ashes 😍 – I am quite apprehensive to read it. So it’s great to hear a fellow Helene-fan is satisfied so far 🤗

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    1. Lol sorry I couldn’t convince you to continue with the series 😆 I read the synopsis for the second one and sounds like we’re repeating the same story but with different characters, so I’m going to need a very strong argument for that one before I continue.

      I also wasn’t super excited to read A Sky Beyond the Storm because the third one wasn’t great (the second is clearly the best one so a bit confused about what you mean there 😉 ). However, I also know that A Sky Beyond the Storm isn’t going to be a new favorite in the series. We’re not quite there, although I can’t pinpoint why exactly 😅

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    1. I’m also one of the ones who didn’t love A Reaper at the Gates, but I wouldn’t say it’s horrible either. A Sky Beyond the Storm so far is better I would say, so I hope you will enjoy it too 😊


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