WWW Wednesday | 01.02.17

Happy Wednesday friends,

Can you believe that today’s the first of February! A whole month has already gone by!

I’m not quite sure what to think of that…

Wednesday’s are great for book sharing, so why not join in WWW Wednesday hosted by the lovely Sam of Taking on a World of Words!

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 youโ€™ll read next?

This is what my past two weeks have looked like ๐Ÿ™‚


CURRENTLY READING

Game of Shadows by Erikaย  Lewish

31140987Blurb:

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he’s ever seen. He’s assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existedโ€”a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if heโ€™s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl heโ€™s fallen for.

I’m not far in this book, but so far I am loving the Celtic tones in the worldbuilding and setting. Otherwise, the plot is highly reminiscent of Percy Jackson and City of Bones.

Update: I got a little further after writing this post and I’m really getting into it! A fun YA adventure!

RECENTLY FINISHED READING

ย Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

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Blurb:

Retired history professor Abe Aronson is a cranky, solitary man living out his autumn years on Gardner Island, a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Seattle. One rainy February night, while dining at a favorite local haunt, Abe and his girlfriend Joanna meet an engaging enigmatic waitress, new in town and without a place of her own. Fascinated and moved by the girlโ€™s plight, Joanna invites her to stay in Abeโ€™s garage. It seems everyone falls for the charming and invigorating the waitress, but she is much more than she appears, and an ancient covenant made a millennium ago threatens to disrupt the spring and alter the lives of Abe, Joanna, and all those around them foreverโ€ฆ

This was a lovely read, very whimsical and reminiscent of Neil Gaiman. There were some things that niggled me, but overall it was a moving story that left me pondering long after it was done.

ย Vicious (Vicious#1) by V.E. Schwab

18180495Blurb:

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates: brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge. But who will be left alive at the end?

I first discovered V.E. Schwab’s incredible talent for storytelling last year when I read A Darker Shade of Magic. And now, after reading Vicious, I am thoroughly convinced that she is a master of weaving unforgettable narratives with the most incredible characters that are at once flawed and sympathetic! Definitely one of my favourite authors and an auto-buy one too! I can’t wait to read more of her stories โค

16130759Night Study (Study #5) by Maria V. Snyder

I am leaving out the blurb because there are spoilers for the previous installments. If you want to check out the first book, you can here: Poison Study.

It was an enjoyable story, but it lacked the flare that made me adore the original trilogy! A lot happened since we met Yelena in book one and it had been a long time since I read the fourth book so a lot of my reactions at the beginning were hinged on my brain’s inability to remember plot points from previous installments ;P This happens more and more and assures me that the best way to read a series is to a) binge it or b) reread what came before to remind my mind of what it’s forgotten.

This worries me about the forthcoming A Song of Ice and Fire book (Winds of Winter). Though, there may not be a need for worry, as he might not actually finish it….

Anyway, I preordered the last book in the series and I’ll be reading it in February, because I have to finish it for myself and it’s best done with the most recent book in clear memory.

Desert Jewel by Natalina Reis

31123668Blurb:

Rebellion brews inside Milendaโ€™s heart as the date for the Trials approaches. As the heiress to the throne of Natale, she is forced to choose a consort from the survivors of the grueling quest across the desert.

Milendaโ€™s heart belongs to Jaali and wants no part in the ancient and cruel ritual, but the Eldersโ€”the true rulers of Nataleโ€”will not back down.

Jaali was brought from the far North as a child slave. His only chance to be with the woman he loves is to volunteer for the Trials, no matter how dangerous or how much Milenda objects.

Together they begin their journey of discovery and rebellion against the Elders. But will their love be enough or will they lose everything they’ve fought for?

A NetGalley book that first caught my attention with the simplicity of the cover. The premise sounded very promising too. Unfortunately, the plot fell a little short and Milenda came across as a weaker protagonist than she should have been as it bogged down in the relationship. But the worldbuilding was wonderful and the setting beautifully unique.

READING NEXT

This is my February TBR, just to give you an idea of where I could go next. Personally, I am most excited to read The Wolves of Calla and A Gathering of Shadows!

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Let me know what you’ve been up to in books lately or leave a link to your WWW Wednesday so the love of books can continue to spread ๐Ÿ™‚

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faithย  quill-ink

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28 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday | 01.02.17

  1. I read Night Study last year; and while it was probably my least favorite in the series so far, I loved the developments in Valek’s storyline. Of course, that’s all I can say here without giving anything away to other readers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I’m definitely going to read Dawn Study as soon as it arrives!

    As for my recent reads… Ohhhhhhh I’m loving The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson so far! The Spanish-influenced worldbuilding, the characters – not to mention I’m really happy to just enjoy this book, since January was a bit of a reading slump for me.

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    1. Valek’s arc in this story was the only thing that I really enjoyed as well. He seems like the character who has grown the most and I am endeared to him for it ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad to hear your loving The Girl of Fire and Thorns! Makes me more excited to read it eventually! Hopefully February will be a better month for reading!

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  2. I’ve only heard good things about Vicious, glad you liked it! I haven’t read A Gathering of Shadows yet, either. I need to get on that one! Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  3. I picked up three of the Study books at a garage sale not long ago, and I’m looking forward to reading them. Among other reasons, because they’re really shiny! I need to get onto Vicious, though Schwab has been a bit of a mixed bag for me so I keep putting it off so I’m not disappointed again!

    I thought my February TBR was long, but yours is nearly twice the length! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  4. I’m so glad to hear you loved Vicious! Schwab is one of my favorite authors as well and I’ve loved every single story I’ve read so far. Your February TBR looks great by the way. Happy reading!

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  5. I still need to read Vicious and yay for A Gathering of Shadows!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Good luck with your books this month and happy reading, Faith! ๐Ÿ™‚

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