“Some people are born under a lucky star, while others have their misfortune telegraphed by the position of the planets.”First line in Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying Wyrd and Wonder in case you’re participating. 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?
I completed two books in the past week, although both were quite far from being new favorites. One was The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell which I ranted on last week, so if you were here for that, it should come as no surprise that I rated it 1 star. It’s bumming me out because it is only the latest in the long line of YA Fantasy books I just haven’t been loving this year. I want to believe I’ve just been incredibly unlucky with what I’ve been picking up so I should just keep trying. I still have a few series on my TBR that I have high hopes for.
My feelings towards the other book I finished, Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, are a bit more muddied. I gave it 3 stars, and I think it’s very much a “me, not you”-situation. I have a hard time connecting with books as plot-driven as this one, and the writing style didn’t help with that either. It’s very non-flowery, so if you’re into that, this book would probably work really well for you. For me, the story and the character felt a bit distant, like I was just observing instead of being immersed in the story. However, the book did employ some cool elements from Mayan mythology which kept me reading.
What are you currently reading?
Currently reading The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty and thoroughly enjoying it. I love the writing, so even if I’m still struggling to grasp the many, many elements to this world, it’s a pleasant reading experience. But seriously, that world-building is extensive. I’m 44% in and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. In some cases, however, I feel it has taken the focus over character exploration, but I’m still liking these characters and I have plenty of book left. Especially the female main character, Nahri, started out really strong for me, and I’m really excited to see some development to her. Generally really loving the book because it’s setting up so many interesting plotlines that I can’t wait to see unfold. But please stop introducing any more names. I can’t keep them straight 😰.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Well, it depends on how I feel when I finish The City of Brass. I like to take breaks when I’m reading a series, so I wouldn’t want to jump into the sequel immediately. Unless I can’t wait, of course. However, the plan is still to continue the other series I started this month, The Onyx Court, where the second book is In Ashes Lie.