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WWW Wednesday – April 1st 2020

“The woman’s scream faded, and a baby’s cry took their place.”

First line in Master of Sorrows by Justin Call

Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing okay and getting some reading done. Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee which I gave 4 stars. This sequel to The Fever King was quite a bit darker than its predecessor. Lee didn’t exactly hold anything back resulting in a very powerful story about abuse. I also know that these characters will stick with me for a long time. The character development in this final book was brilliant, and I appreciate the author’s attention to detail in that regard.   

10 minutes before writing this, I also finished Master of Sorrows by Justin Call. It was a serious struggle for me to finish and so I ended up giving it 2 stars. I didn’t care for the writing style at all, and I’ve been rolling my eyes over the stupidity of the MC at least 20 times. I generally didn’t care about any of the characters. I found myself hoping some characters would die so that I didn’t have to pretend to care anymore. Not a good sign. The one thing I want to praise about this book is its world. It’s vast and detailed, especially in terms of culture and mythology. We just didn’t see much of it in this book but it’s clear that we will when the series continues. 

I quickly want to mention that I also read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I own a bind-up of all his works but hadn’t actually read anything from it (I own it because it’s pretty, don’t judge me). I needed something short to read over the weekend so I thought why not. I’m not going to review it because I have literally no idea how to do that but I did enjoy myself. It’s so dramatic it’s hilarious. 

What are you currently reading?

The previous section was quite long and this one is going to be short. I’m not reading anything as I just finished Master of Sorrows. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The O.W.L.s readathon is starting!!! I’m so excited if you can’t tell. I’m going to try something new (for me) and only read one book at the time while doing the O.W.L.s. Just to try and reduce my own confusion about which classes I’m missing. I’m going to start with Transfiguration and a book containing shapeshifting. My choice is Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I have absolutely no idea how the shapeshifting element come into play in this book but hopefully I’ll know when I update you next week. 

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WWW Wednesday – March 25th 2020

“It was the largest gathering of the Spirit clans Raisa had ever seen.”

First line in The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing okay and getting some reading done. Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima, and I’m so stoked to have finished this series just 2 months after I started it. And what an ending! I ended up giving it 5 stars. I finally saw the full potential of the world and this story be realized, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading. This series is quality YA fantasy. I know about the companion series, Shattered Realms, which I will definitely be reading. Just maybe not for a couple of months at least. I think a break will be good. If you’ve read both series, I’d love to know which one you preferred. 

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What are you currently reading?

My commute book is Master of Sorrows by Justin Call, which is a book I started in January but decided to take a break from. The lack of books from the library has forced me to pick it up again, so I’m now 55% through. Reaching that halfway mark felt like a serious achievement because this book is soooo slow. There’s so much unneccesary detail and prolonged scences and conversations. I’ve been very bored. However, I think I finally reached the point were the book actually starts (after 260 pages), so I still have hopes of finishing this book. 

I’m also reading The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee, which I’m 79% into. I’m liking it although it is kind of slow. I’m more accepting of that in this than in Master of Sorrows because the characters are so compelling. The themes explored are also very captivating to me and I really want to see how Lee ends it all. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m kind of hoping that those 2 books will last me until next Wednesday when the O.W.L.s starts. However, if they don’t, I have Sky In the Deep by Adrienne Young on my shelves from an old Owlcrate box. Again, our current situation forcing me to pick up a book I’d have otherwise put off. We’ll see whether it’s a good thing or not. 

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WWW Wednesday – March 18th 2020

“The sun’s relentless heat had been overwhelming all summer, but it was particularly taxing that morning.”

First line in A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden

Hi, guys. I hope you’re all managing despite everything that’s going on. I’m lucky enough to still be able to go to work but it’s difficult here in Denmark. I just listened to our Queen give a “speech to the nation”. Fun fact: she’s been our Queen since 1972 but she has never given a speech before (besides the one she gives on New Year’s Eve). I think that made me realize that’s it’s quite serious. But moving on to happier things: books!

Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

Just before writing this, I finished A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden. A gripping dystopian with high stakes that I quite enjoyed. However, I had a few issues with the characterizations throughout the book so I think my rating is going to be 3 stars. I’ll have a full review up for this one soon. 

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What are you currently reading?

I’m very close to finishing The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima as I only have 80 pages left. My enjoyment-level is currently at 100%! This book is giving me everything I wanted when I started the series with The Demon King. I have to know the ending before I make my final judgement, but I believe this one is my favorite in the series. 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Last week I said I was going to start The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan. Sadly that won’t happen as the libraries shut down so I’m not able to actually get the book. Instead I’ll read The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee. It’s the sequel to The Fever King and one of my most anticipated releases. I can’t wait to read it!

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WWW Wednesday – March 11th 2020

“I’m dead set on living my one life right, but I can’t say the same for my brother.”

First line in Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Hi, guys. Hope you’re having a lovely week. Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera. Sad to say that it ended up being a 2.5 star read. I thought the idea and message Silvera wanted to get across was really good and interesting. There were just several serious problems with the execution of it. The characters were one-dimensional, and I sorely missed more information about the world and the magic.

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What are you currently reading?

My commute book is The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima which I’m 24% into. I’m not sure whether I have an opinion of it yet but I’m liking the fact that we’re getting more of the political sub-plot than we got in the previous book. That has really been my main area of interest all the way through this series, and I’m very excited to see how it all ends in this final book. 

I’m also reading A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden which I’m halfway through. It’s been a quite fun reading experience so far. I really enjoy the pacing. It’s action-packed but interspersed with deep emotional moments. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, book 3 in The Wheel of Time. 

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WWW Wednesday – March 4th 2020

“Books ran away when they grew restless, when they grew unruly, or when they grew real.”

First line in The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

Hi, guys. Hope you’re having a lovely week. Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith and it was a 5-STAR BOOK! Seriously, people need to read this book. It only has about 3,000 ratings on Goodreads and that’s just not good enough. It’s so well written and perfect for readers who like books about books (who doesn’t?). 

I’m currently trying to put my thoughts about this book in order and hope to post a full review on Friday. 

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What are you currently reading?

During my commutes I’ve been reading Infinity Son by Adam Silvera, which I’m about halfway through. I really want to like it but I’m so not. It almost reads like a middle grade book to me because everything is being explained to me. It’s confusing because the characters are 18 or older so I’m feeling a little bit of a disconnect. 

The other book I’m reading is A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden. I’m only 40 pages into it but so far I’m enjoying it. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is the third (and final!) time I’ll mention The Crimson Crown in this section. 

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WWW Wednesday – February 26th 2020

“Raisa ana’Marianna huddled in her usual dark corner at the Purple Heron, picking at her meat pie.”

First line in The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

Hi, guys. It’s Wednesday! Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima and I might hate it. At least I couldn’t find any reason to give it more than 1 star. My review of it will be up on Friday but the short version is that I don’t think this book should have existed. 

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What are you currently reading?

I’m not working this week (yay!) so I don’t exactly have a commute book. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not reading two books anyway. I’m slowly making my way through Infinity Son by Adam Silvera and I’m currently at 26%. It’s alright, I guess. I’m not sure I understand everything because important world building aspects are sort of just mentioned in passing. So it hasn’t exactly hooked me yet but I’m not hating it by any means. 

I’m also 20% into The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith and oh have I been looking forward to this one! A library in Hell with characters coming to life to look for their authors? Um.. Yes please! I’m really liking it so far. A little confusing beginning because the world is quite complex so there was a lot to learn. However, this is definitely the book I’m prioritizing this week. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Last week I put The Crimson Crown here which is the next book in the Seven Realms series but I haven’t actually gotten it yet. Which I don’t mind… I’ll still read it but I think I need something in between. So if I start anything within the next week it’ll be A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden.

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WWW Wednesday – February 19th 2020

“Jasnah Kholin pretended to enjoy the party, giving no indication that she intended to have one of the guests killed.”

First line in Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Hi, guys. It’s Wednesday! Here you have my weekly update on my reading through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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?

Two books! First I finished Autoboyography by Christian Lauren which I gave 4 stars. I really loved it! The subject matter was kind of new to me so it kept me hooked all the way through. A little disappointed with the ending though but it’s still a book I’d recommend if you’re looking for a fluffy contemporary that isn’t all fluff. I could see myself reading another book by Christina Lauren.

Then… I finished Words of Radiance!! It was so awesome. Some of those last scenes had me completely transfixed. The writing was so good that I had no problem picturing these epic scenes even though they were so unique. I ended up giving the book 4.5 stars which is half a star less than the first book, The Way of Kings. The reason for this is that I don’t particularly like Shallan and the way she is written. She has a big role in this one so it diminished my enjoyment just slightly. Everything else was perfect!

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m 35% through my commute book, The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima. It hasn’t exactly been a great start to this third book in the series. The start was very slow and I feel like the first 150 pages could have been condensed to 50 pages and we wouldn’t have missed anything. I sense we’re over that part now so I expect to start liking it again. 

I’ve also just started Infinity Son by Adam Silvera. It’s too soon for me to have an opinion on anything. However, I don’t think I’ve read a single truly positive review of this one so my expectations aren’t very high. 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima. 

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