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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

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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,

Faith  quill-ink

 

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Forth

Happy Monday Friends!

It’s time for another This Week in Review. And, hey! Look at that! It’s August 1st! How in the world did that happen? With July done, I can officially look at my goals and how I succeeded or failed with them. I’m ashamed to say that I’m leaning more towards the latter…


ON MY BLOG:

Book Reviews: Reviewing the Sequel

WWW Wednesday

Pirate Eyes: #PimpMyBio & Beautiful People July 2016

In Writing:

Most of this past week has been devoted to me working on Pirate Eyes. I’ve managed to write a whole new chapter which reads so much better than anything I’ve come up with before. The second chapter is in the process of being altered as well. It’s the only other one that will need to be rewritten. Then everything is done and ready for submissions to #PitchWars. Well, except for the synopsis. But that will be done by tomorrow, just in time for submitting August 3rd! Then it’s a long wait until August 25th to find out if I was picked. I’ll be looking for a way to fill up that time while waiting….

Otherwise, I’ve been working on a new project, one that I’m keeping under wraps until I have a better idea of what I’m going to do with it. My goals for July were not exactly met as I hoped, but I do have a good sturdy draft of Heritage and my screenplay that I plan to finalize by August’s end. What I’ll do with them after that remains to be seen.

In Entertainment:

I watched two movies this past week. One was a rewatch, the other was completely new.

The rewatch was Corpse Bride. My sister and I were in the mood for something along the lines of a dark comedy, and decided upon the Tim Burton animated feature. It’s been a while since we last watched it, and did we ever enjoy rediscovering the true beauty of the cinematography and animation. The last scene honestly is stunning. And Danny Elfman is a brilliant composer.

The new film was Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. It is based on the true story of a woman (Robyn Davidson) who crossed through the Australian outback with three camels and a dog. I should have known better than to watch it. I’m usually good to avoid movies where animals outmatch humans in starring roles because the odds are never good for survival. But I decided to overlook my normal doubts. It was a beautiful film. Slow paced. Thoughtful. Mia and Adam were on top form. But the ending was heartbreaking. If you love animals and can’t stand to see bad things happen to such innocent creatures, please avoid this film. It will save you a lot of pain.

In Life:

Things have been happening….

On Thursday, I left a cryptic message on Facebook hinting of an announcement to come on Saturday. Well Saturday came and went and there was no announcement. I have to apologize for creating intrigue and then not coming through. I never meant to deceive. I really thought I would be able to announce something, but then things didn’t quite land the way they should have. Consequently, what I had planned to announce no longer existed.

All that to say, I’m never going to promise an impending announcement, unless I’m certain that it’s 100% cemented in stone.

On a happier note, I gifted myself with a little something this weekend…

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Image from Goodreads

Oh Harry. I have missed thee 🙂


Any other Harry fans excited to dive into the latest adventure of the boy-now man- wizard?  No spoilers in the comments, please 😉 Let me know how your week’s been. Has anything exciting happened? Anything inspiring? 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink