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WWW Wednesday | 23.11.16

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, this is one of my favourite weekly blog hops! I love being part of the a great community of readers.

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?

I managed to finish a few books, despite the fact that I’m juggling writing for NaNoWriMo and preparing my novella for publication.

Selfish promotion right now, but Eléonore has a release date: DECEMBER 4TH 2016, and I’m looking for a few more ARC readers! If you’re interested, here’s a link to the post!

And now to my reading habits!


CURRENTLY READING

Fay Storms (The Storms Trilogy #1) by A.A. Frascati

32796029Blurb:

Thief by trade. Half-breed by blood. Fifer is part-Fay and all pluck.

When her partner goes missing and she is abducted by demanding clients, Fifer finds herself trapped in a plot she wants no part of. By fulfilling her contract with the Aestus, the brotherhood of powerful and secretive warriors, she will discover that she’s not what she thinks.

The Aestus need her—even though Arkadius, Master in training, can’t see it. In order to stop the Aestus clans from warring among themselves, Arkadius must rely on Fifer to steal a powerful magical artifact. But how can a woman save the mighty Aestus? When he discovers the answer, the fate of the Empire will rest on the edge of his sword.

I’m only a few chapters into this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review. So far, so good. The world-building is rather impressive and I like the characters well enough. A decent start 🙂

RECENTLY READ

Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms #1) by Saladin Ahmed

15808366Blurb:

From Saladin Ahmed, finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, comes one of the year’s most acclaimed debuts: a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

I rather enjoyed this one. The non-European setting was definitely a plus for me. It’s been a while since I read a fantasy that centres on different culture than I’m accustomed to. The world building was strong and the characters were well developed, for the most part. Definitely a promising start to a series.

The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

24875334Blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past – a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds – that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can’t stay buried forever . . .

To be perfectly honest, I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a good read, but nothing exceptional. The descriptions were beautiful, the historical setting definitely caught my attention, but the characters fell flat for me. There were also a lot of time jumps which I found to be more jarring and dissociated me from the story. I wanted to enjoy it more, because the potential was there, and though the ending proved superior to everything that came before, it didn’t come soon enough to redeem the whole story.

The Hero and the Crown (Damar #2) by Robin McKinley

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Aerin could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.

It was the story of her mother, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was told that she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son.
Aerin was that daughter.

But there was more of the story yet to be told; Aerin’s destiny was greater than even she had dreamed–for she was to be the true hero who would wield the power of the Blue Sword…

The last book I finished this week, was my favourite. BY FAR. I love McKinley’s writing style. I love Aerin. I love the way the story is uncontrived. It was a classic fantasy, reminiscent of Mary Stewart and JRR Tolkein in many respects. Also, I haven’t felt so inclined to ship a pairing in a while as I have with two characters (won’t specify for spoilers) in this beautiful story. A quick read, and a mesmerizing one!

READING NEXT

Vicious by V.E. Schwab was supposed to be one of my November reads, but the person I’m supposed to buddy read it with (aka my sister :P) is still reading another book, so it might be postponed to December. In light of that, I have a few NetGalley ebooks to read, and of course Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling. I’ll see how I feel after Fay Storms.


That’s it for me friends 🙂 Feel free to share your link in the comments or let me know what you’ve been up to in the reading world!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

NaNoWriMo2016 in Review | The First

Hello friends!

On this Monday, the first of NaNoWriMo 2016, I’m changing up the usual Week in Review post to match 🙂

At the moment my total is at 8,951 words. It’s lower than it should be, but that’s got a lot to do with life and editing Eléonore! The latter is going extremely well, by the way. I should be done the edits today and I’ll be reading it once more through for any mistakes before sending it to my proofreader. Drawing closer to publication and it’s hard to believe that this is actually happening!

But back to The Desert Knight — my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m loving writing it right now and discovering my characters. Parvana is still developing as a main character and sometimes I find that I’m writing her with too much of Eléonore’s edge. When I find that happening, I make notes to go back and clean up her dialogue and inner musings. It’s happening less and less as I’m becoming more familiar with her personality. So that’s good at least.

It’s a first draft, so I’m attacking it as such, writing what comes without much filter, but I’m keeping notes as I go for problems in plot that I’m already noticing and scenes where I overstay my visit. I think one of my biggest issues right now is bringing the setting to life. The desert is such a gorgeous space to use, but I don’t think I’m doing it justice. To help, I have two books on my November TBR that are set in the desert: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. Does anyone have any other suggestions for fantasy novels with a desert setting?

With edits finishing up on Eléonore this week, I’m hoping to turn more of my attention to The Desert Knight and hitting 20k before the week’s end. That’s the dream, in any case 🙂

For now, how about a small excerpt:

They knew me as Rikalasar. I was proud to be Rika’s serve, but I was also afraid of the reverence I garnered for it. 

Rikalasar was the mask of duty that I wore at night, to serve the god that had saved my life. My true name was Parvana. At one time I had been called Shara (daughter), Sestrys (sister), Nevalyn (niece). At one time I had been called Kivashik (kin killer).

– The Desert Knight. Faith Rivens. 2016.


How are your NaNoWriMo endeavours proving? Are you on goal? Falling behind? Share your experience! I’d love to hear about it.

And remember to believe in your stories, friends, and in your selves! You can do amazing things if you do ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

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

30095464Blurb

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

Thrown to the Blue | KJ Chapman

Good Morning friends and Happy NaNoWriMo!

My November is stacking up to be a rather hectic and busy one, but I’m ready for the challenge… I think 😉

Today, I am pleased to bring to you a review of Thrown to the Blue by the inimitable KJ Chapman! I was honoured to receive an ARC copy of her first fantasy novel. I had read the first chapter so many months ago and knew then that it would be a unique and brilliant read. I wasn’t disappointed!

If you want to find out more about KJ Chapman, you can find her here:

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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.

Review:

Plot: KJ plays the long game in this novel, the first in the Indigo Flame series. A sprawling narrative, it focuses primarily on Ezrahli, a princess destined to be great. The foundation of the story is one that we are all familiar with. Prophecy children. Destinies that demand selfless action over selfish desires. Yet there is nothing overtly stale in this story. Instead, it plays out at a unique pace, the impact of destiny revealing itself in increments without ever taking power away from Ezrahli’s actions. The plot twists are gripping, the action palpable. The romance comes across as a little contrived — but then I’m someone who likes a slow burn relationship — but it is only a minor niggle in an otherwise impeccably crafted narrative structure.

The rise and fall of action allows the reader to become invested in the story and immersed in the magic of the words and the characters within. There are quiet moments that are affecting and touching, and then sequences when the heart races, spurred on by enticing battle scenes.

Characters: Ezrahli is our protagonist, and one of three characters whose perspectives govern the story’s narrative. She is a morally ambiguous character who loves as fiercely as she hates and is broken as much as she breaks. She is likeable despite her faults and easy to root for. Her characterization is one of the novel’s strengths and her arc over the course of the narrative is impressive and heartfelt.

Reed provides the second perspective in the story and is just as interesting as Ezrahli’s. He provides a human aspect that Ezrahli often denies at the start and by the time the two find their rhythm together, the balancing of each of their chapters makes for a well-rounded story. He is a character you are endeared towards because of his sense of duty and humility.

The final perspective goes to our villain. It comes closer to the end, and though I was initially jolted by its appearance, the reason for its inclusion became abundantly clear in a most satisfying manner. It also provided some needed motivation for the actions of our antagonist. (Note: I’m remaining purposefully vague in case of spoilers)!

Meanwhile, the supporting cast is just as interesting and developed as our main characters. They each portray such unique qualities to help them stand out from one another and I felt my heart twist each time any of them bit the proverbial dust — as is classic KJ, characters often are made to meet their maker.

Style: There’s a lot to be said for KJ’s writing prose. She knows how to keep her writing lean and purposeful, knows how to craft sentences that ensnare your senses and draw you into her world. While I would have loved to have a visual of a map, her words were often enough to help me see, so I was not too remiss.

Beyond her prose, the uniqueness of her narrative and the unfolding of the story is part of the charm of the whole tome. It is unexpected, but not unsatisfying. It is profound and emotional, thematically layered with aspects of duty and family and the demand of greatness. By the end of it, I was a bit of a wreck, completely captivated and moved. The first thing I wanted to do was start to write a fanfiction, and that is as complimentary as I can get!

Conclusion: An impressive narrative that is not afraid to be different. It is a daring fantasy that will leave you reeling long after the last chapter has been read. If you are going to read any fantasy, I highly recommended you look to this one for its magical world and profound heart!

RATING:

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Thrown to the Blue is available for pre-order now and goes live November 11th. Don’t miss out on this inspired narrative. It’s not one to miss!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

The Bone Season | Samantha Shannon

Hi friends!

It’s Monday, but instead of a weekly review for you, I have a bookly one 😉

It’s been forever since I posted my last book review and I’m really trying to start up the act again, not only because I love to share the books I’ve indulged in, but it’s a great way to support authors! So here we go.

I’m trying a new format with this (my third renewed attempt to be a blogging book reviewer). Chances are I’ll keep playing around with some ideas, but for now, let me know what you think!


18594512Blurb:

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.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

REVIEW:

Plot: There are many familiar elements in this narrative. The fierce female protagonist battling against a world trying to control her. A banterful and transformative relationship with a mentor. A dystopian future where one faction is persecuted because they possess a form of magic.

The presence of such elements isn’t inherently a bad thing. Most of the time, they’re what hook readers in. The familiar scenes are easy to fall into. The problem is when these elements aren’t allowed room to become something unique, something that is different. A lot of times, I felt that this was what really prevented The Bone Season from becoming a better novel.

That’s not to say that there was nothing original about it. There was, actually! The worldbuilding was impressive and the overall arc promises an intriguing series. The specific details were novel and diverting, but there was a generic undertone to them. I often found myself drawing comparison to The Hunger Games and Divergent series. In hindsight, this might have been one of the reasons for why I enjoyed it less. The book was marketed as “the new Harry Potter“. I went in expecting the like, but found a rather different novel instead…

Characters: Paige is the heroine of this tale. A voyant, she is captured early in the story’s narrative and taken to a world where she is seen as a commodity for the power she possesses. In this way, Paige mirrors a number of protagonists from bestselling YA Dystopian novels: Katniss, Tris, Alina, etc. She is special and that puts her in a dangerous position. As a character, she inhabits the same snark and ferocity of her fellow YA heroines, but there is still something refreshing about her. The most intriguing turn comes near the end and I won’t say more than that to avoid spoilers, but her backstory is one that reveals a mature grasp of the world and explains the characteristics she displays through the novel’s duration.

In terms of secondary characters, the supporting cast is quite impressive. From antagonists to allies, Shannon presents a vast array of distinct figures who manage to intrigue. Definitely a high point of the novel!

Style: What I tended to most enjoy about this book was Shannon’s prose and style of narrative. Every few chapters, she would intersperse within the chronological action, a dream of Paige’s that hearkens back to her journey before her capture. At first, a jarring disruption, the motivation behind it, once revealed, is most satisfying. The thoughtfulness that Shannon showed through it was a highlight more myself.

Conclusion: Though weighed down by endless exposition at the start and perhaps a bit confounding with all the terminology, the ending promises a strong follow-up worth discovering. Just be prepared to wait. A seven-book planned series, the question to ask yourself before you begin is: are you ready to commit?

RATING:

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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 | 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

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.

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,

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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

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Ninth

Happy Monday Friends!

The last week has been a busy one. Here are some highlights for you 🙂


IN MY LIFE

Last week was fairly quiet, but this past weekend was busy with our annual barbeque at my parish. My mom is basically in charge of planning and preparing the whole thing so my sister and I were helping her on Saturday to get things ready and then Sunday we worked behind the scenes to make it a success. I think success would be a good word for it! There really is nothing like getting together with a community of friends. They feel more like family.

In other news, my sister and I have started pre-production on a short film that we’re hoping to shoot in late October, early November! It’s pretty exciting 🙂

ON MY BLOG

In anticipation of my first year on aliasfaithrivens and Twitter, I’m hosting a giveaway. Want to win one of two prizes of my favourite reads this year? Enter here: GIVEAWAY!

#WIPjoy

I’m participating in the Twitter hashtag for two WIPs this month! Here are some of my favourite tweets for each:

PIRATE EYES

ELÉONORE

In Writing

Of course, my most exciting news is linked to my Urban Fantasy novella: Eléonore! As of this moment my word count stands at 15,021. My best day of writing was on Friday when I hit 2,324 words. I hope to hit 25k by Wednesday, but that’s a pretty BIG order, so who knows whether that will happen.

What I can say is that with the progress I’ve been making and with my overall satisfaction with the plot ‘s unfolding and character development, I think this little story might just be my debut novel(la). 😉 But we’ll see where things go from here before any promises are made!


And how was your past week, my friends? Where are you at with your projects? Anything special to share! Leave a comment and let’s talk! 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink