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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

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

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.

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

472331Blurb:

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

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 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

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.
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

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.

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 Twentieth

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Welcome to another week’s worth of bookish endeavours brought to you by the WWW Wednesday meme 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’s a look into my reading habits.

Note: All covers/blurbs are from Goodreads.


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

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.

Just started this one last night. Barely, though, because I was gone most of the night. Still, a good start and I look forward to enjoying the whopping 850 page read ahead of me 😉

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED 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.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this. I’ve heard great things about Ann Patchett in the past and I having read this book, I agree that her writing really pulls you into the story, creates a really mesmerizing setting. Marina Singh was an interesting character to follow and I was invested in her story. The last chapter, though, through me for a bit of a loop and while I think State of Wonder is an enchanting and, at times, tragic read, I closed the last page, feeling a little unsatisfied with the conclusion.

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.

I read Ender’s Game well over six years ago and it blew me away. The whole story was so brilliantly conceived and I remember being left with a feeling of awe in the days that followed my reading of it. So I bought Speaker for the Dead a few days later, and it has sat on my shelf ever since. Why? Even now, I’m not sure. Perhaps because I wasn’t sure what to expect after a stunning first book. But something inspired me this last week to give it a try.

People kept mentioning how it’s better than Ender’s Game, but I was wary to go into it with that thought. But you know what, they’re right. This is an epic novel filled with philosophical brilliance and moments of real epiphany. A special kind of read that I highly recommend.

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

Justice Hall (Mary Russell & 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?

My only leftover from last week. I should get to it before next Wednesday, though Mad Ship is a pretty big read…

Watchmen by Alan Moore:

472331Blurb:

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 the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.

This graphic novel has been on a shelf for a while, unfortunately gathering dust, but I’m finally ready to  discover the reason for its critical acclaim. The Sandman series and V for Vendetta were stunning — I highly recommend both. Seeing them listed above makes me very hopeful for a thrilling read!


That’s it for me for today.  But take note, I’m now on Instagram! If you want to discover more of my reading habits and writing inspiration, come follow me there 🙂

And please share your WWW Wednesday links in the comments or just let me know what your bookish delights have been / are / will be! Happy Reading friends 🙂

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

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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

Tagged Tuesday | Pokemon GO Book Tag

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Most of you know that I’m terrible when it comes to tags, but Holly tagged me in this one and as today marks the release of the third book in her Infernal Hunt series, I figured it would be a good opportunity to fulfill this one 😉

I have been avoiding PokemonGO because the last time I played Pokemon, my life passed before my eyes. I know better than to begin temptation. Still, I love the idea of this tag ❤

So here we go!


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How can I possible be expected to remember this? I distinctly remember reading The Monster at the End of this Book — I think it might have been the first one I read completely on my own, but then again, I was three or four so my memory probably isn’t the best 😛

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But my parents were always reading to me, and books surrounded me from the day I was born…

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How can you just pick one? Jane Eyre is definitely at the top of that list — I just finished my annual reread of it yesterday. Besides that, Harry Potter and The Westing Game are iconic classics for me because they compelled me to want to write.

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Ooph! I remember when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies first came out and it was all over the place and people were loving it and I just kept thinking: why would anyone throw zombies into PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! And then write a prequel and a sequel! That might just be me being prejudiced, but I’m not a fan 😛

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Pirate Eyes… oh that’s shameless, Faith…

In all seriousness,  I think I’d have to put Susanna Kearsley’s books on this list. She’s an author whose stories often center on women who have ties to a past life. They are always unique, but the premise is always based on the same trope. And I love it. Mariana and The Winter Sea are my favourite of hers!

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Quite a few high fantasy series fall under this category. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth, Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen. I have the first book for each of these on my bookshelf at home, but I keep avoiding them because I don’t have the time to dive into another large series.

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So many books. I used to read under the covers as a child. Actually Dracula was one of those that I couldn’t put down. And then it actually did keep me up because at 10 I was pretty freaked out by the idea of a vampire ;P More recently, I stayed up to finish The Book Thief–I dare you to get to the last part and not read to the end!

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Harry Potter spoilers follow! You’ve been warned!

Severus & Lily. Of course, this is all non-canon, but I can’t help myself. The foundation is there. And my heart breaks everytime I read Chapter 33 of HP & the Deathly Hallows. (The Prince’s Tale). ALWAYS!

But in the realm of reality, my OTPs include Jane & Rochester, Margaret & Thornton, and most of Jane Austen’s main pairings. When it comes to true love, I defer to the classics 😉

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The first two installments of Holly’s Infernal Hunt series fits well here 🙂 Infernal Ties & Infernal Bonds were incredibly gripping reads. With a fierce protagonist, a vivid setting and an entertaining cast of characters, they were easy to get lost in!

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A week ago, I would have said Harry Potter, but then there was The Cursed Child…. Don’t get me wrong, the nostalgic sentiment hasn’t gone, but expectations have diminished. Still, I do love Harry and I do have hope that JK can pull off some magic yet.

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Hmm… I’ll have to say KJ Chapman’s EVO Nation series and not because I expected it not to be awesome. I just went in with no real expectations at all and was completely blown away by it! It’s a dystopian sci-fi led by Teddie, a tough female protagonist with special powers who is hunted by the government and her own kind. A brilliant read I highly recommend you check out 🙂

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Last week, I would have said V.E. Schawb’s Shades of Magic series, but now I’ve read the first book and I know it’s fantastic 😀 So, the next series that people keep extolling that I’m still excited to discover is Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle (though I have been warned to be skeptical of the last book).

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Jane Eyre. My classical go-to, I already have about four copies of it. I need that to grow. Extensively. I’d love a first edition ❤

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My own! Shameless, Faith. Shameless ;P

In all honesty, I have so many friends on this blog who’s debuts I am excited for, especially Sara Letourneau’s The Keeper’s Curse. She’s posted so many amazing teasers on her blog, building character and setting. I can’t wait for it to be published one day 😀

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I have a few. Despite The Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling remains high on that last. V.E. Schwab has earned her spot there. Neil Gaiman has always been on that list too. He is definitely one of my favourite authors, each story so unique and magical. A true genius!

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And will probably BE waiting on forever: The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin.

Coincidentally, one of my anticipated releases was finally delivered today. That is Holly’s Witch Infernal which you can buy HERE! But make sure to read Infernal Ties & Infernal Bonds first 😉


So there we go! That was a rather long tag, but so much fun 🙂 I’m not sure who has been tagged and who hasn’t, so there’s an open invite to anyone who wants to!

If you do decide to participate, or if you already have, please leave a comment so I can check it out 🙂

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

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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.

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

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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

 

WWW Wednesday | The Sixteenth

Happy Wednesday friends!

I missed out on last week’s WWW Wednesday, so today’s is somewhat of a whopper. Bear with me 🙂

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the brilliant Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  A great way to discover new reads and new friends, I highly recommend you give it a shot!

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?

WHAT I AM CURRENTLY 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.

If you follow me on my blog, you know that Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. I haven’t had a chance to enjoy this novel yet and I am itching for the moment when I can finally rectify that error 🙂 I haven’t technically started reading it as I finished my last book just last night, but by the time you’re reading this, I’ll be reading it!

 WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith

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BLURB:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives–meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet #2) by Madeleine L’Engle

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Blurb:

Every time a star goes out, another Echthros has won a battle.

Just before Meg Murry’s little brother, Charles Wallace, falls deathly ill, he sees dragons in the vegetable garden. The dragons turn out to be Proginoskes, a cherubin composed of wings and eyes, wind and flame. It is up to Meg and Proginoskes, along with Meg’s friend Calvin, to save Charles Wallace’s life. To do so, they must travel deep within Charles Wallace to attempt to defeat the Echthroi – those who hate – and restore brilliant harmony and joy to the rhythm of creation, the song of the universe.

The Prince of Lies (Night’s Masque Vol. 3) by Ann Lyle

The Prince of Lies (Night's Masque, #3)Blurb:

Elizabethan spy Mal Catlyn has everything he ever wanted—his twin brother Sandy restored to health, his family estate reclaimed and a son to inherit it—but his work isn’t over yet. The guisers’ leader, Jathekkil, has reincarnated as the young Prince Henry Tudor, giving Mal a chance to eliminate his enemies whilst they are at their weakest.


With Sandy’s help Mal learns to harness his own magic in the fight against the renegade skraylings, but it may be too late to save England. Schemes set in motion decades ago are at last coming to fruition, and the barrier between the dreamlands and the waking world is wearing thin…
 You can find a review and discussion of these three here: REVIEWING THE SEQUEL
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

This is devastatingly beautiful story that will haunt the soul. There are so many words that could be used to convey my thoughts after concluding this tale: cathartic, heart-wrenching, profound, tears streaming — okay that last one is more physical than emotional, but I rarely cry when I read books. The last time I really cried was at the end of the 6th Harry Potter (for obvious reasons readers will understand). But this book got me fairly weepy last night. I’m prepping a post to discuss this and Noughts and Crosses so keep your eyes open for that!
WAIT! THERE’S ONE MORE!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

I sat down to start this one last night and managed to finish it in one sitting! A novel that’s garnered mixed reviews, I went into hoping I would love it. And I did 🙂 I understand why it isn’t a novel for everyone. But I adored the fable and fairytalesque qualities it possessed. I’ll be posting a review soon for this one too!

WHAT I KNOW I’M READING NEXT

I’ve lined up my next three books 🙂

Saint Odd (Odd Thomas #7) by Dean Koont

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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’m finally going to do it! I’m going to read the last book. I’ve been holding onto this one for a while, afraid of closing the chapter (quite literally) on this series. I’ve loved it so much. It doesn’t help that Anton Yelchin portrayed Odd in the movie version and I’ve been picturing him as I’ve read the last few installments. I’m expecting some sort of catharsis by the end… But it’s time to say goodbye.

With this series done, as well as Night’s Masque, I’m taking on two new ones. The first is…

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 chose the ACoTaR, only because I’m craving something to curb my impatience for the live action Beauty and the Beast film coming March 2017. This seemed like a good option. 🙂

The other series lined up is…

A 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.

Honestly, I was debating between this one and The Raven Boys, but I’ve been hearing enough praise for ADSoM and there are only two to get through (with a third coming out soon…) versus Maggie Stiefvater’s four in The Raven Cycle. I just love the concept behind it too.


PHEW! Told you there was a lot to get through ;P

Let me know what books you’ve been reading or plan to read and if you have your own WWW post, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out for myself.

Happy Reading everyone 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

Reviewing the Sequel

Happy Tuesday everyone.

I’ve fallen behind in my reviews, so I’m grouping my five recent reads into two groups and doing a broader analysis. Not sure if this is a format I’ll continue with in the future. We’ll see how these two go.

DISCLAIMER: Little to no spoilers follow. These are just views of my own, unpaid for, perhaps unnecessary. All photos and blurbs taken from Goodreads. 


Sequels are a tricky thing, aren’t they?

In a first novel, groundwork is laid for a world in which a protagonist exists and faces a challenge that must be overcome, all the while growing and shifting from one perspective to another. Sympathetic bonds are created and, depending on the genre, the novel ends with a nice resolution or leaves its characters dangling from a nasty cliff.

Then comes the second book. Where a new mission must be set before the story’s protagonist, where new antagonists and new allies are introduced. Some sequels excel at this, drawing readers back into the world they built in the first tome and delivering on the same energy, sometimes even exceeding expectations. Then there are those sequels that fail to meet expectations, that disappoint instead of delighting.

In the past two weeks, I’ve read three sequels. One was the last in a steampunk trilogy, one the second in a classic children’s fantasy quintet, and one the second in a crime fiction series. And each presented a different experience.

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The Prince of Lies (The Night’s Masque Vol. 3) by Anne Lyle

A whimpering finale in a trilogy that started with the promise of a captivating adventure. Ms. Lyle created an interesting premise and introduced characters and creatures who had the potential to become more than they ever did. With each sequel, the energy of the first dropped, the characters themselves becoming less sympathetic, the action becoming less engaging. An unfortunate circumstance, as elements of Tudor England, dream walkers and reincarnation were  hinted at, but never fully developed.

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A Wind at the Door (Time Quintet #2) by Madeleine L’Engle

In this sequel to the whimsical A Wrinkle in Time, Ms. L’Engle provides another fantastic story that blends magic and reason. It captures the same energy and thoughtful narrative of the first, while deftly pondering profound themes. Most importantly, its protagonists continue to elicit sympathy and pull on our heart strings with their sense of obligation to each other and to the world. Just magical. And exactly what a sequel should be, matching the excitement of its first with threatening antagonists and endearing with new characters.

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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith

A follow-up to The Cuckoo’s Calling, Mr. Galbraith (aka Ms. Rowling) presents a different experience than the above two novels with this one. It does not disappoint. Nor does it read as an equal to the first. Rather, it exceeds expectations. Unlike its predecessor, which suffered from lags in action and failed to always stimulate and excite, this second novel detailing Strike’s investigative pursuits provides many more thrills and intriguing characters. What more, the narrative gives fan favourite Robin a chance to shine more than the first. While still not perfect, it was a diverting read and does well enough to improve on the problems of the first. As a sequel should.

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In my opinion, the success and failure of these three books relied a great deal on expectations that I went into them with. I’m not alone in this regard. Most readers base their enjoyment of a follow-up on the promises built in the novel that came before, which lays a great deal of onus on the shoulders of the writer. The strength of a debut can sometimes spell the doom of the novels to follow. The weakness of it can lead to possible redemption.

Being published means being held accountable by the reader who has certain ideas regarding what a story should present. In every book, there will always be a character that becomes a fan favourite, there will always be an element that creates the most intrigue. Readers latch on to specific moments, particular themes, and I believe that it is important for writers to be aware of these as they write each novel.

As an aspiring author with a series in mind, I understand that my story is my creation, but being published means that I am sharing it with others who are looking for something to be enjoyed, readers who deserve a story that can sweep them away, can make them feel. I am writing as much for them as for myself. I feel it is important to acknowledge those parts of the story that readers are most drawn to from the start, and take their opinions to mind without compromising the integrity of the narrative you’re trying to convey or the themes you need to set forth.

Writing a debut allows the room to create a story to delight readers, but once you’ve invited them to join your world, their minds begin to build their own expectations into it. FanFiction could not exist if this weren’t the case. We, as readers, crave worlds beyond our own. We delve into lives that are not our own and, even when the last page is turned and the last word is read, continue to inhabit them. Standalone novels leave a realm of possibility to be toyed with, to wonder at. Novels in a series have the added pressure of solidifying possibility into reality, to understand what a reader needs to enjoy the sequel as much as its predecessor.

It’s a tall order. Some authors stumble. Some succeed.

And we read on.


What’s your opinion on the sequel? What makes or breaks the follow-ups to so many promising debuts? Does the writer need to answer to the reader? Does the reader expect too much? Let me hear your thoughts! And get the debate going!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

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