WWW Wednesday | 19.10.16

Happy Wednesday friends!

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, I love how it allows the reading community to come together and share their reading habits each week. Though is does murder to my TBR!

All you have to do is answer THREE questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

On a side note, I might not be prompt in replying to comments or commenting on other posts this week, though I’ll try my best. It’s just a bit of a busy week. But I’ll be back next Monday πŸ˜‰

On another note: I reached and passed my reading goal for 2016! The Raven Boys marked my 100th read and with Thrown to the Blue I’m officially at 102 for this year! 😊


CURRENTLY READING

Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

18525661I won’t post the blurb because it contains some spoilers for the first book. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the Goodreads page of Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1)

I only got about two chapters in last night, but I’m already wary about how quickly the story’s returned to the status quo of the last book. I was hoping for more character development too.

Also, this book now has to follow up on one of my favourite reads this year. Not easy πŸ˜‰

 

RECENTLY FINISHED READING

The Raven Boys (The Raven CycleΒ #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

13449693Blurb:

β€œβ€˜There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. β€˜Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.’”

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them β€” not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all β€” family money, good looks, devoted friends β€” but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Oh this book! 😦 The best part about it was the experience of buddy reading with Sarina! It was my first time sharing a book in that way and it was the most pleasurable thing! I look forward to the next opportunity.

Other than that, this book was a bit of a letdown. I felt like Blue didn’t have much of a part to play in it besides love interest and the ending doesn’t leave me itching for the next installment either. The boys were great and I did enjoy Maggie’s prose. The potential’s there, but it didn’t quite spark.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

22557272Blurb:

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their lifeβ€”as she sees itβ€”is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I have to say that I really didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t find it particularly thrilling or gripping and it read more like a melodrama than a psychological thriller. Which would have been fine! If it had been marketed that way. But coming off of hype of being the nextΒ Gone Girl, I was kind of underwhelmed. I thought the ending was predictable and I didn’t much care for the three perspectives. In fact, I think it detracted and removed a lot of the mystery. That being said, it was a decent read, just not what I expected.

AND…

Thrown to the Blue (An Indigo Flame Novel Book 1) by KJ Chapman

32273178Blurb:

Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

Friends, I devoured this book! And I am hungover on it like I haven’t been hungover on a book for a LOOOONG time. My full review will be up next week, but for now let me say that I finished it and wanted to start writing a new fanfic. That is how invested I became to the world and characters. You do not want to miss this one! KJ really outdid herself with this one! Available for preorder on Amazon, it releases November 11th!

READING NEXT

The plan is to move onto the last book in The Grisha Trilogy next: Ruin and Rising.

That leaves one book on my October TBR: Murder of Crows (The Others #2).

Considering this week and all the stuff I have to do, I’m not banking on getting as much reading done as I would normally. But hey! That’s okay.

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Please do share your links and book habits in the comments below! I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Until then…

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

 

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34 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday | 19.10.16

  1. I felt the same way about The Girl on the Train. There was so much hype about it, it couldn’t have possibly lived up to my expectations.

    Buddy reading sounds lovely. My friend and I tried out a long distance book club, but we have different taste in books and different reading paces so she ends up waiting weeks or months for me to catch up. The discussions are worth the wait though, imo.

    My WWW: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/10/www-wednesday-15.html

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  2. I actually enjoyed The Girl on the Train, but I know many did not. I don’t think that the publishers are doing books any favor by endlessly comparing them to Gone Girl. Get over it already, I say to them. lol

    I haven’t read any of your other books…enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. I am sorry The Raven Boys did not entirely live up to your expectations. Will you be giving the second book a try? The mixed reviews about The Girl on the Train have prevented me from getting the book. I decided to not trust the hype and go with the movie if I feel like discovering the story. Happy reading!

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  4. Well that’s done it: I’m definitely not going to bother reading The Girl on the Train. I don’t know one person who’s loved it. The best I’ve heard was, “It’s ok” :-/
    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Raven Boys all that much. I enjoyed books 1 and 3 in the series the most. If you like Ronan, book 2 will possibly be a highlight.

    Good luck with Siege and Storm. The whole Grisha trilogy fell a bit flat for me. On the other hand, Bardugo’s other Grishaverse books – Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom – are brilliant!

    Thanks for visiting my WWW (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/www-wednesday-19th-october-2016/), happy reading and well done on already completing your reading challenge!

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    1. I think it’s wise to avoid it, Claire. You’re not missing anything, I promise you πŸ™‚
      I’m definitely going to continue with the Raven Cycle and hope for better! πŸ™‚ It wasn’t a bad read, I just had different expectations for what it would be.
      I’ve been so busy that it feels like it’s taking me ages to get through Siege and Storm, but the book itself also isn’t hooking me that much. I’m going to wade through it, though, because I know better series are waiting πŸ™‚
      Thanks for dropping by Claire ❀

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  5. I think it is hard to enjoy a book if you are expecting something different. I read Girl on the Train before it was hyped and so I didn’t have the link to Gone Girl so firmly in my mind. I went to watch the film a couple of weeks ago which only had Rachel’s viewpoint and it still worked…

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  6. Siege & Storm was my least favorite in the Grisha Trilogy, so I’m not surprised you feel the way you do about it. I thought Ruin & Rising was an improvement, though, so don’t give up on that series yet!

    Right now I’m in the middle of Rae Carson’s Like a River Glorious. Gosh, I love this series so far. My only complaint so far is that the protagonist’s uncle is an abhorrent pig (figuratively, not literally). I was hoping he wouldn’t be so one-dimensional in this second book, but I can’t find any reasons to like the man. But that aside, I’m really enjoying the book! *lol*

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    1. Siege and Storm is proving to be a slow read, but that’s also because I’ve had a lot going on. But I will not give up on the series πŸ™‚
      I hope you are still enjoying Like a River Glorious despite the uncle’s character.

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  7. I can’t believe you’ve read 100 books so far this year! You’re made of magic! Can you recommend three to me? Preferably ones I haven’t already read? πŸ™‚
    I definitely need to read The Grisha Trilogy, especially after Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I know it’s different characters but I’m not ready to leave the world!

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    1. I can hardly believe it myself! I’ll send you a list ASAP πŸ™‚ I think I might have a few πŸ˜‰
      Go in with low expectations for the Grisha Trilogy, though. I think it will help πŸ™‚

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  8. I’ve heard a lot of similar thoughts about The Girl on the Train. I’m skeptical of ‘reads just like…’ books and I’ve been too scared to pick it up. Sounds like that’s not a bad thing. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  9. I’m not the only one who didn’t think much of Girl on the Train! Yay! I thought I must be because all the hype. Just didn’t do it for me. I’ve never done a buddy read and now I’m intrigued. Too bad about Raven Boys – I think I’ll still put it on my TBR list. Hope your film went well!!

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    1. It’s good to know I’m not alone in disliking it either πŸ˜‰
      If you ever want someone to buddy read with, just ask πŸ˜‰
      Raven Boys is still worth a read. The boys are a highlight and their story is worth discovering.
      It did, thank you πŸ™‚ I’ll be posting more about it tomorrow!

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  10. Congratulations on reaching your reading goals. That is very impressive. I think I am aat around 85 books although my goal was 50. I am sorry that TGOT wasn’t a great read for me. I think the reason as to why I liked it was because of the Alcoholic perspective which gave me some insights on the condition and hence made me abit more sympathetic to alcoholics( I hope that makes sense). Enjoy your books this week. Happy reading:-)

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    1. Thanks Diana! And congrats on your amazing count too πŸ™‚
      There were certain aspects of TGOT that I enjoyed and I really do think that a different marketing strategy would have made the difference because the dramatic parts were excellent!

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