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WWW Wednesday | 11.02.16

Happy Wednesday friends!

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! I missed last week, but wouldn’t dare miss today’s! Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words,  it’s one of my favourite weekly blog hops! I love being part of the a great community of readers.

Why not join in with us?

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?

With NaNoWriMo and other events claiming my life this November, I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be getting done, but I’ll be doing my best!


CURRENTLY READING

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch # 1) by Rin Chupeco

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When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

This is one of the outstanding ARCs I have from NetGalley. I realize I actually have a few, so I’ll be having to do a bit of e-reading this month! I haven’t gotten far into it yet, but I’m definitely interested in seeing where this one goes.

RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) & Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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I won’t post the blurbs because they contain spoilers for the series. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the Goodreads page of Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1)

It’s been a long time since I actually binge-read a series. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I did! But I was glad I did for this series. Why?

Well, the second book, Siege and Storm wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. There was too much preoccupation with the love triangle – er, square (I’m not even sure) — and nothing really happened until the end.

On the other hand, Ruin and Rising, proved to be a stellar conclusion to a lacklustre series, proving that Bardguo had more up her sleeve. I was impressed by the level of maturity and the thematic resonance of the final chapter. Definitely makes me excited to read more of her novels (i.e. Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom!).

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Blurb:

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Part of my annual reread of my favourite fantasy series! There’s so much to love about this novel, and yet it’s one of my least favourite in the series. I’ve realized why more this time than ever before because I’ve approached it with a more critical eye. Still, a very enjoyable read 🙂

 

READING NEXT

Here’s a look at my November TBR from a post on my Instagram. Not sure which I’ll turn to next…

Are there any you’ve read or are looking forward to read?


Okay, that’s it from me! Share your WWW links in the comments or let me know how you’ve been keeping occupied with books!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

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 😉

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 😉

 

RECENTLY FINISHED READING

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

13449693Blurb:

“‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. ‘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 — 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 — family money, good looks, devoted friends — 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 life—as she sees it—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 next 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

 

WWW Wednesday | 12.10.16

Wednesday is here friends! Which means it’s time for WWW Wednesday!

Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, it really is a great opportunity to share your reading habits with the great community of fellow bibliophiles.

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?

CURRENTLY READING

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

13449693Blurb:

“‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. ‘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 — 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 — family money, good looks, devoted friends — 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.

I’m currently buddy reading this with a dear friend of mine: Sarina! That is the most exciting part of the reading thus far! I kept hearing such great things about this book, but right now I’m struggling a bit to connect with it! I do like Stiefvater’s prose and style, but I’m worried about potential love triangles.

UPDATE: I’m definitely falling more into pace with it now than at the start. Ronan is kind of my favourite character at the moment. There’s so much possible depth to his character which I love! At the same time, I adore the interactions between the boys. Blue’s just entering their fold, but I think she’s a little too preoccupied with the love thing…

RECENTLY FINISHED READING

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

17199504Blurb:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

This was the only book I managed to finish this week. I’ve been busy with so much I’m amazed I even accomplished this! I enjoyed it, but there were a few things that bothered me. I felt like a lot of the elements were an amalgamation of ones from other dystopian YA novels. It read more like Hunger Games and Divergent than Harry Potter as it was publicized.

That being said, the worldbuilding was impressive and I did sympathize with Paige (the main character). The promise of what will happen next is most enticing as there’s a lot up in the air. Also, I was glad to find that romance wasn’t paramount to the story’s narrative. A decent read that I’ll definitely pick up the sequel to.

READING NEXT

All plans for my next week were thrown off course when I received an ARC of KJ Chapman’s new book!

I have been excited to read this one ever since KJ sent me the first chapter back in April! I was hooked then! The book releases November 11th, but it’s available for preorder if you’re interested here!

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.


That’s it for me for now! Please share your WWW Wednesday links in the comments and I’ll do my utmost to make my way there soon! Let me know what books are on your mind!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

WWW Wednesday | 05.10.16

Wednesday already!

Wow!

Hello friends. I woke up this morning, certain it was Tuesday. I missed WWW Wednesday last week and I really can’t afford to miss it again, so I’m throwing this quickly together. Please forgive me for that.

Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, it really is a great opportunity to share your reading habits with the great community of fellow bibliophiles.

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?

CURRENTLY READING

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

17199504Blurb:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

I’ve heard good things about this one, and I’m actually reading this as part of a community read hosted on Instagram and Twitter under the #TBSReadAlong hosted by @acouplereads & @the_bandar_blog! If you’re interested, there’ still time to join. The goal at the moment is to read the first nine chapters for a discussion on Twitter at 6pm EST on October 9th!

So far, I’m only two chapters in, but Paige is definitely a compelling character. My own issue is the info dumping is overwhelming. I’m sure things will even out, but my head was spinning last night, trying to latch onto everything!

RECENTLY FINISHED READING

After A Wizard’s Forge proved to be my least favourite read of 2016, I was in dire need of a pick me-up, so I turned to…

Harry Potter and the…

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Yep, I’ve been on a rereading high of Harry Potter books, and I won’t lie to you friends. The twentieth time is just as wonderful as the nineteen that preceded! What’s even better is that I feel the freedom to really analyze everything this time around and I’ve been inspired for some posts in the future!

On a less positive note, I also read…

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

A Beauty and the Beast retelling, I was rather disappointed with this one. There was such promise, but it fell short. I was underwhelmed by the ‘love triangle’ and the twist was predictable. All in all, not one of my favourite reads. Still, there were shining moments where Hodge’s talent came through.

READING NEXT

My October TBR is as follows…

Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop

Definitely one of my most anticipated! Written in Red is one of my favourite reads of 2016! Bishop really surprised me with the first book in this series. I loved it more than I anticipated! So hopes high!

Siege and Storm AND Ruin & Rising (Grisha Trilogy #2 & 3) by Leigh Bardugo

I had a mixed reaction to the first book in this series, but there was such promise in it that I’m planning a back to back read of the next two. Also, people speak so highly of her Six of Crows duology and I’ll only let myself read that once I’m done this trilogy.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

With the movie coming out, I figured I push it up in my TBR. Plus, it will be a change from all my fantasy reads ;P

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

Really excited for this as well! It’s going to be my first Stiefvater novel (that seems like a terrible thing to say!). Hoping to be buddy reading it this month 🙂 My first time too! New experiences all around!


That’s it from me. What have you finished reading recently? What are you current reading? What are you planning to read this week? Let me know in the comments!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

 

WWW Wednesday | The Twenty-Third

Happy Wednesday Friends,

I’ve been quiet on my blog this week, just trying to finish the first draft of Eléonore. My aim is to be done by this Sunday.

For now, here’s my contribution to the weekly WWW Wednesday meme hosted by the wonderful Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Want to participate, just answer these three questions:

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

Shall we begin? 🙂


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

A Wizard’s Forge (The Woern Saga #1) by A.M. Justice

Blurb:

30813842Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

On a planet far from Earth, descendants of marooned space travelers fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of this conflict until pirates kidnap and sell her to the sadistic tyrant behind it. He keeps her naked and locked in a tower, subjecting her to months of psychological torture. After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge.

As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her. Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and, on the journey, discovers a source of spectacular power. With wizardry, Vic can rescue the prince, end the war, and wreak the vengeance she craves, but she might also destroy her only chance for peace.

I forgot that I had been approved for this one on NetGalley! I got an email two days ago announcing its release date. That shows where my head’s at right now ;P

I only just started last night and I have some reservations. The structure of the first chapter was a little wonky, but the second chapter grabbed my attention a bit more. We’ll see where it goes from there.

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

1042542Blurb:

Sabriel is the daughter of the Mage Abhorsen. Ever since she was a tiny child, she has lived outside the Wall of the Old Kingdom–far away from the uncontrolled power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won’t stay dead.

But now, her father is missing and Sabriel is called upon to cross into the world to find him, Leaving the safety of the school she has known as home, Sabriel embarks upon a quest fraught with supernatural dangers, with companions she is unsure of–for nothing is as it seems within the boundary of the Old Kingdom. There, she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life, and comes face to face with her hidden destiny.

I really enjoyed this one. A great fantasy. A fierce protagonist. Amazing world building and premise. It was a solid read. My only peeve was that there wasn’t enough development of character relations. In the fast pace of the plot, some of the quieter moments that could have helped that were lost. But still a great read!

Reaper Man (Discworld #11) by Terry Pratchett

833424Blurb:

In the eleventh Discworld novel, Death is missing – presumed . . . er . . . gone.

Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn.
Meanwhile, on a little farm far, far away, a tall dark stranger is turning out to be really good with a scythe. There’s a harvest to be gathered in.

I missed these novels more than I realized! Reaper Man has quickly become my favourite in the series. Death as a main character can’t go wrong! The writing was sharp, and the humour really served the plot and not vice versa. The side plot with the wizards and the undead was equally entertaining. Terry Pratchett was a master at blending fantasy and comedy and layering it over what is, at its core, a human story. I know I’ve said it before, but again: you should really read his work!

AND…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

I wanted to enjoy this book. The premise was such an excellent set-up for a creepy tale and atmospheric read. But the narrative failed to deliver. The voice did not match the tone. The potential was there. The elements were ripe for the developing, but there were a lot of missed opportunities. The last hundred pages picked it up a bit and revealed a bit more of what the story could have been. The ending is strong enough to convince me to read the next book (I’ve heard the series improves with each installment). The strongest element of the book was definitely the photos. They were the promise of a creepier atmosphere than the words delivered.

I’m curious to see what Burton does with the source material in the film and I really am excited to see Eva Green as Miss Peregrine (reading the book, I could just imagine her in the role and I’m pretty sure it’s near perfect casting)!

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

Actually, I’m not sure what I’ll read after A Wizard’s Forge. I finished my September TBR which means I can play around with a few options.

These are some of my top choices to finish the month (I’m sticking with my first in the series theme…):

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

OR

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

OR

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce

OR

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula LeGuin

If you’ve read any of these, or are planning to, which would you recommend I go with?


Well, that’s all from me today, friends! Please share your weekly reading habits or WWW link! Let the love of books and reading spread like wildfire!

May inspiration flow link ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday | The Twenty-Second

Happy Wednesday Friends|

And happy reading to you all!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and it’s the perfect opportunity to share the love of books with a vast community of fellow bookworms!

Care to join in sharing your weekly reads, all you have to do is answer these 3 questions:

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

Here are mine!

Oh, but first! I’m hosting a giveaway to mark my 1st year on this blog (September 16th). Follow this link for the chance to win 1 of 2 of my favourite reads of 2016: GIVEAWAY!!


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

1042542Blurb:

Sabriel is the daughter of the Mage Abhorsen. Ever since she was a tiny child, she has lived outside the Wall of the Old Kingdom–far away from the uncontrolled power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won’t stay dead.

But now, her father is missing and Sabriel is called upon to cross into the world to find him, Leaving the safety of the school she has known as home, Sabriel embarks upon a quest fraught with supernatural dangers, with companions she is unsure of–for nothing is as it seems within the boundary of the Old Kingdom. There, she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life, and comes face to face with her hidden destiny.

Just started this last night after finishing Jemisin and I’m already amazed by it. Nix wastes no time jumping into the action. While that sets the plot off quickly, it also does little to ground us in Sabriel’s everyday world, which I would love to have seen a bit more of. Still great though!

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

15711341Blurb:

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

One of my favourite books this year for sure! I just loved the entire world that Anne Bishop created. The community of characters were amazing! The story was simple and yet oh so wonderful! Definitely one of my high recommendations!

Initiate by Laura L. Fox

28435908Blurb:

The only home Riga Garrison has ever known is the Tunnel, a subterranean research facility buried deep beneath Antarctica’s ice and snow.

Yet, while a safe haven for the last outpost of humanity governed by the Initiate, it is also home to a secret so dark that they will risk anything to protect it.

Surrounded by deceit and faced with exile to a frozen wasteland, Riga must defy not only the Initiate’s top biologists and loyalists but also her own mother, in an attempt to unearth the truth.

I received an ARC copy from Oftomes Publishing and I’m rather glad I did. It was slow to start, but once the pace picked up, it was amazing how fast it went. I didn’t even realized I’d reached the last chapter when I came upon it. That might not be a good thing, but it definitely left me wanting to know what happens next.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisen

6437061Blurb:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
This week of reading was capped by this amazing read. It’s once I’ve heard such wonderful things about and having read it, I understand why. It consistently reminded me of the writing of some of my favourite authors (Guy Gavrial Kay & Patrick Rothfuss) as Jemisin mixed lyrical prose with dark themes. Genius!

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

Reaper Man (Discworld #11) by Terry Pratchett

833424Blurb:

In the eleventh Discworld novel, Death is missing – presumed . . . er . . . gone.

Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn.
Meanwhile, on a little farm far, far away, a tall dark stranger is turning out to be really good with a scythe. There’s a harvest to be gathered in.

I can’t remember the last time I read one of Pratchett’s Discworld novels so to say I’m excited to get to it is a bit of an understatement.

This also marks the last book listed in my September TBR. So now, I get to play around on my shelves looking for one. I already know which I’m reading next though. Because I really want to see the movie when it comes out…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

13159888Blurb:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

This is another one of those that I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to. The promise of an adaptation with Eva Green has moved me to change that!


Those are my reads of the last week! What are yours? Share your WWW link in the comments or just let me know what you’ve read, are reading or hope to read in the near future! 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

WWW Wednesday | The Twenty-First

Happy Wednesday Friends|

And happy books to you all!

The perfect opportunity to share the love of reading, WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Care to join in sharing your weekly reads, all you have to do is answer these 3 questions:

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

I missed last week’s post, so today’s is a little stuffed ;P

Here we go 🙂


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

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As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

My friends, this book. It has completely ensnared me. I have never read Anne Bishop, but now I am sold and convinced that I must read all her books 🙂 Really, I am so invested in this book. Why? I can’t even say. It’s just wonderfully fun and the worldbuilding is impeccable, and the characters are endearing. Stellar! Can’t wait to return to the Lakeside Courtyard tonight 🙂

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Mad Ship (Liveship Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb

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BLURB:

Robin Hobb returns to the sea with Mad Ship, the second book in a projected trilogy set in the same world as her famed Farseer series. Many unresolved questions from Ship of Magic are answered in this tale of sea serpents and dragons; living ships made of wizardwood; the Bingtown Trader families who sail the ships; and their disfigured cousins, the Rain Wild Traders, who build them.

It took me a while to get into this book. I had a hard time acclimating to new character perspectives and found it difficult to wade through some of my least favourite character povs at the start, but past the halfway mark the rest of it flew and I love the direction the story has taken and can’t wait for the last book in the trilogy. Robin Hobb is a genius of worldbuilding and character development 🙂

Justice Hall (Mary Russell #6) by Laurie R. King

6494790Blurb:

Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door…literally.

It’s a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it’s not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est: “Righteousness is my strength.”

A trail of ominous clues leads Holmes and Russell from an English hamlet to fashionable Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. But as the moment of reckoning approaches, will justice be done…or have they been lured straight into an elusive killer’s perfectly baited trap?

After a few low notes in the series, this book renewed my faith and love of Mary Russell! She was far more prominent, proving again why I fell in love with her in the first place. The characters in general were far more likable and I bonded with many more of the secondary characters than others in the past. The premise too was more gripping and intriguing, and I felt invested in the outcome! Brilliant.

Watchmen by Alan Moore

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This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of my best reads of 2016. Seriously. A thought-provoking, thrilling, tragic book. A real piece of genius that deserves to be read if only to inspire us to try harder to be better. Highly recommend!

AND…

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Blurb:

10194157Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. I thought that Ravka was well conceived, the Russian undertones definitely a breath of fresh air, but I had a few quibbles with some characters…. The last third fixed a lot of that,  but still wished for a little bit more in the middle. I’ll still be trying the rest of the series.

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

Initiate by Laura L. Fox

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The only home Riga Garrison has ever known is the Tunnel, a subterranean research facility buried deep beneath Antarctica’s ice and snow.

Yet, while a safe haven for the last outpost of humanity governed by the Initiate, it is also home to a secret so dark that they will risk anything to protect it.

Surrounded by deceit and faced with exile to a frozen wasteland, Riga must defy not only the Initiate’s top biologists and loyalists but also her own mother, in an attempt to unearth the truth.

I was offered an ARC copy of the ebook by Oftomes Publishing so I’ll be turning to this after Written in Red. I hear a lot of good things so I’m really excited to get started on it!

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisen

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Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
One of the four first in series I’m reading this September, this one’s been on my TBR for a looooong time. Cannot wait to finally get to it 🙂

 

Sabriel (Old Kingdom Series #1) by Garth Nix

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Sabriel is the daughter of the Mage Abhorsen. Ever since she was a tiny child, she has lived outside the Wall of the Old Kingdom–far away from the uncontrolled power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won’t stay dead.

But now, her father is missing and Sabriel is called upon to cross into the world to find him, Leaving the safety of the school she has known as home, Sabriel embarks upon a quest fraught with supernatural dangers, with companions she is unsure of–for nothing is as it seems within the boundary of the Old Kingdom. There, she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life, and comes face to face with her hidden destiny.

The last of my first in series must reads for September and the one that’s been on my TBR the longest. It’s also the one I’m most excited for 🙂


Phew! That was long, huh? Care to share your own reading habits. Leave a comment with your WWW Wednesday link or let me know what you’ve been reading, are reading or will be reading!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

 

WWW Wednesday | The Nineteenth

Happy Wednesday friends 🙂

As ever, today is a chance to share the love of reading and discover new books across the blogosphere thanks to WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Care to join in sharing your weekly reads, all you have to do is answer these 3 questions:

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

It’s actually been a hard last few days to fit in reading, what with visiting Vieux-Québec on Monday and then yesterday going to see Star Trek Beyond (not my favourite movie I’ll say that much). But I still managed to get through all my to read nexts from last week, so that’s a plus!

Note: All covers/blurbs are from Goodreads.


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

9118135Blurb:

In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy.

This is one of those books that’s been sitting on my shelves for 5+ years and I thought it was about time I give it a shot. It’s not a typical read for me, but I’m in the mood to be adventurous, so away we go 🙂

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Witch Infernal (Infernal Hunt #3) by Holly Evans

Witch Infernal (Infernal Hunt Book 3) by [Evans, Holly]Blurb:

Evelyn Hawke wasn’t made for the quiet life. She’s bored.

Luckily for her, things start going wrong, and she’s expected to fix everyone else’s problems. A trio of celestials task Evie and her friends with the job of tracking down the witch who opened the hellmouth and putting an end to her. Little do they know that the witch has big plans and a far-reaching influence.

Oh! I had missed Evie! I bought the third installment in the brilliant Infernal Hunt series the day it was released and devoured it as I had the previous two. Holly does such an amazing job of bringing Prague to life as Evie leads us through the hectic life of a hunter. Plus the supporting cast of characters are such fun to be around. What’s most impressive is how the books have matured with Evie. There’s so much character development blended in with action sequences. A delightful urban fantasy series you should definitely check out!

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Blurb:

142939Birth of Venus, draws readers into a turbulent 15th-century Florence, a time when the lavish city, steeped in years of Medici family luxury, is suddenly besieged by plague, threat of invasion, and the righteous wrath of a fundamentalist monk. Dunant masterfully blends fact and fiction, seamlessly interweaving Florentine history with the coming-of-age story of a spirited 14-year-old girl. As Florence struggles in Savonarola’s grip, a serial killer stalks the streets, the French invaders creep closer, and young Alessandra Cecchi must surrender her “childish” dreams and navigate her way into womanhood.

I was looking forward to a historical fiction and I had heard good things about this book but, while I did enjoy the beginning well enough, I felt that the story didn’t have as much direction as I had hoped it would. Maybe it was the mindset I was in reading it, but I couldn’t get into the story at all, though the writing was beautiful. I just wish that some elements had been better developed. I did enjoy parts of it, though, and still intend to read more of Dunant’s works in the future.

On a more positive note, this marked by 80th read this year 😄

A Swiftly Twisting Planet (Time Quintet #3) by Madeleine L’Engle

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Blurb (edited to avoid spoilers):

He and Gaudior must travel into the past on the winds of time to try to find a Might-Have-Been – a moment in the past when the entire course of events leading to the present can be changed, and the future of Earth – this small, swiftly tilting planet – saved.

So, I finished this book last night and I am still in awe of how powerful Madeleine L’Engle’s stories are. This third installment is just as magical as the first two, but there is a new level of maturity in it too that the first two did not have, the story developing and growing with the characters. It made for a rather profound and thoughtful read. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover these childhood classics, but I am inspired ❤

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

A lot of sequels 😉

Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet #3): by Orson Scott Card

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I’m skipping the blurb on this one because I don’t want to spoil the original story for anyone.

While this is considered to be the third in the series, it’s the second published so I’m going to read it as such. I read Ender’s Game a long, long, long time ago and it really affected me. Deeply. Such a profound novel. I don’t tend to read Sci-Fi, but wow! That book just hooked me in and wouldn’t let go. I’ve had the sequel on my shelf for a while, but haven’t been in the mood for it until now. I hear wonderful things.

In the meantime, I highly recommend you discover Ender’s Game for yourself because it’s brilliant!

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb

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BLURB:

Robin Hobb returns to the sea with Mad Ship, the second book in a projected trilogy set in the same world as her famed Farseer series. Many unresolved questions from Ship of Magic are answered in this tale of sea serpents and dragons; living ships made of wizardwood; the Bingtown Trader families who sail the ships; and their disfigured cousins, the Rain Wild Traders, who build them.

I was supposed to read this a few weeks ago, but by the time I got to it, I found I wasn’t ready, so I placed it aside. Now, I’m going to try again and hope for better motivation 🙂

AND

Justice Hall (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #6) by Laurie R. King

6494790Blurb:

Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door…literally.

It’s a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it’s not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est: “Righteousness is my strength.”

A trail of ominous clues leads Holmes and Russell from an English hamlet to fashionable Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. But as the moment of reckoning approaches, will justice be done…or have they been lured straight into an elusive killer’s perfectly baited trap?

It’s been a while since I last read one of these so I’m looking forward to it. Mary is such a wonderful protagonist and the last story set her too far in the background for my liking. Here’s hoping she shines more in this one!


Well, that’s it for me friends! Please share your own reading adventures or WWW link in the comments. Let’s keep the love of books ever growing!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

WWW Wednesday | The Eighteenth

Greeting Friends!

Another Wednesday is upon, which means another post to share what I’ve been reading, am reading and will be reading 🙂

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Care to join in sharing your weekly reads, all you have to do is answer these 3 questions:

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

Here are my answers.

Note: All covers/blurbs are from Goodreads.


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

Witch Infernal (Infernal Hunt #3) by Holly Evans

Witch Infernal (Infernal Hunt Book 3) by [Evans, Holly]Blurb:

Evelyn Hawke wasn’t made for the quiet life. She’s bored.

Luckily for her, things start going wrong, and she’s expected to fix everyone else’s problems. A trio of celestials task Evie and her friends with the job of tracking down the witch who opened the hellmouth and putting an end to her. Little do they know that the witch has big plans and a far-reaching influence.

Timing seemed to really work with me this week. I just finished reading Jane Eyre Monday night in time for Witch Infernal’s release yesterday! I dove into last night and got about halfway through! Evie is as wonderful as always and I just love the cast of characters that surrounds her. A wonderful band. Fast-paced and gripping as ever, if you haven’t read the first two yet, I highly recommend you do 🙂

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

I had heard so many people talk about ADSOM and all good things. The premise solidified my desire to pick it up. While I was worried that overhype might diminish my enjoyment, it’s now safe to say that, not only did it meet expectations, but it exceeded them like Hermione taking her O.W.L.s! There was so much to love about it. The style of V.E.’s writing, the characters of Kell and Lila, the whole concept of different Londons so well conceived and conveyed! Easily one of my favourite reads this year ❤

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

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Blurb:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I read through this play really quickly and when I first finished it, I thought: what a wonderfully nostalgic play that I absolutely love. And then I started to consider it and the holes and gaps and irritations were able to break through my initial ‘Harry Potter can never disappoint’ mindset. It’s difficult to criticize this stageplay when it’s borne from my most beloved childhood series, one I still reread to this day. And yes, I could complain about so many things, but that would be nitpicking. At the end of the day, JK gave us an opportunity to return to the world of Harry and, despite its faults, it is still an adventure that reminds me of the magic I first fell in love with and I cannot begrudge her that.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

https://dynamic.indigoimages.ca/books/1785996320.jpg?altimages=true&width=260&quality=85&maxheight=400&lang=en&z=3.6.90.3.6.2.10112-8Blurb:

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

Dear Reader, if this book were a man, I’d marry it 😉

My annual reread of my beloved classic never disappoints. Actually, I think in the past year my mind has become so swept up in life, I forgot all the wonderful intricacies that make this story beautiful. In my book tag post yesterday, I mentioned that Jane and Rochester are one of my OTPs, and they really are. But it’s more than the romance that draws me in. It’s the intrigue and the development of Jane’s character as she struggles with a need to be moral, to hold back her passions, to do what is right and good. She is one of my favourite heroines. If you’ve never read this masterpiece, you really should!

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Blurb:

142939Birth of Venus, draws readers into a turbulent 15th-century Florence, a time when the lavish city, steeped in years of Medici family luxury, is suddenly besieged by plague, threat of invasion, and the righteous wrath of a fundamentalist monk. Dunant masterfully blends fact and fiction, seamlessly interweaving Florentine history with the coming-of-age story of a spirited 14-year-old girl. As Florence struggles in Savonarola’s grip, a serial killer stalks the streets, the French invaders creep closer, and young Alessandra Cecchi must surrender her “childish” dreams and navigate her way into womanhood.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while — it’s one I bought for 2$ at a book sale. I haven’t read a historical fiction recently, so I’m looking forward to it.

A Swiftly Twisting Planet (Time Quintet #3) by Madeleine L’Engle

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Blurb (edited to avoid spoilers):

He and Gaudior must travel into the past on the winds of time to try to find a Might-Have-Been – a moment in the past when the entire course of events leading to the present can be changed, and the future of Earth – this small, swiftly tilting planet – saved.

I loved the first two — so whimsical and unique as they were. I can’t wait to see what L’Engle brings to the table next 🙂

 


That’s it for me today! Let me know what your reading or drop a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments and I’ll come around 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

WWW Wednesday | The Seventeenth

Another Wednesday.

You know what that means!

Another round of WWW Wednesday thanks to our lovely host: Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Care to join in sharing your weekly reads, all you have to do is answer these 3 questions:

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

I’m so happy to say that, reaching the end of July, I managed to SMASH my goal of reading 9 books, topping the month off at 12 🙂

I’ve also read 74 of my planned 100 books for 2016, which means I have to read an average of 6 each month to meet it. I think I can do it 😉


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

25667118Blurb

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

After finishing ACOTAR last night, I was eager to pick up ADSOM! And I am in love so far. With Kell. With Lila. With the worldbuilding. With Schawb’s voice and prose. It killed me to put it down at 11:15pm, but I had to be up at 5:45 this morning. Cannot wait to continue the adventure tonight ❤

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

18695294Blurb:

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

Stunning. Written with all the mastery I’ve come to expect from Mr. Gaiman. A true gem of literature. And the ending…. shivers… I highly recommend this novel. I’ve fallen behind in posting reviews, but I’ll have one up for this soon.

Saint Odd (Odd Thomas #7) by Dean Koontz

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Blurb:

The future is haunting Odd Thomas.

The carnival has returned to Pico Mundo, the same one that came to town when Odd was just sixteen.

History seems to be repeating itself as Odd grapples with a satanic cult intent on bringing destruction to his town. An unseasonal storm is brewing, and as the sky darkens and the sun turns blood-red, it seems that all of nature is complicit in their plans.

Meanwhile Odd is having dreams of a drowned Pico Mundo, where the submerged streetlamps eerily light the streets. But there’s no way Pico Mundo could wind up underwater . . . could it?

I finished it. A satisfying conclusion. I felt that the series was tied up neatly, but the final conflict lacked a little. I would say more, but I risk spoilers. And no one likes those. I am glad that I read this series, because it was very poignant, and Odd Thomas is an endearing character. I’m planning to do a review of the series. Keep an eye out.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I just finished this last night. I don’t know quite how to sum up my feelings. I’m a sucker for all stories that adhere to the narrative of Beauty and the Beast, and there was a lot about this novel that I loved, but the last act really soured my experience. More in a review to come, but for now I’m in no rush for the sequel.

WHAT I KNOW I’LL READ NEXT

I managed to get to (if not finish) all of my up next reads from last week. YAY!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

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Blurb:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry’s back! Harry’s back! I have been waiting for this day since I finished the 7th book on the day it was released! I cannot wait to delve into a new story. The best part? It’s a stageplay 🙂

Witch Infernal (Infernal Hunt #3) by Holly Evans

Witch Infernal (Infernal Hunt Book 3) by [Evans, Holly]Blurb:

Evelyn Hawke wasn’t made for the quiet life. She’s bored.

Luckily for her, things start going wrong, and she’s expected to fix everyone else’s problems. A trio of celestials task Evie and her friends with the job of tracking down the witch who opened the hellmouth and putting an end to her. Little do they know that the witch has big plans and a far-reaching influence.

Cannot begin to explain how excited I am for this next installment in Holly’s fast-paced Urban Fantasy series. I’ve really missed Evie these last few weeks and I am ready to follow her on a new adventure. August 9th is the release date so with any luck I’ll get a chance to start reading it before next Wednesday.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

https://dynamic.indigoimages.ca/books/1785996320.jpg?altimages=true&width=260&quality=85&maxheight=400&lang=en&z=3.6.90.3.6.2.10112-8Blurb:

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

Finally! It’s time for my annual reread of one of my favourite novels: Jane Eyre! I even bought a new copy for the occasion. Depending on timing, I’ll either read this before Witch Infernal or after it. Either way, I can’t wait to reacquaint myself with old friends 🙂


Well, that’s it for me for today! Please feel free to share your links in the comments or just tell me what you’ve been reading if you don’t have one. I might only respond Friday. I’m in the midst of readying my MS for #PitchWars so I’m falling a bit off the grid. But I’ll hop along when I get a chance.

Happy Reading 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

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