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WWW Wednesday 9th March 2016

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WWW Wednesday

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What I’m currently reading

WWW 090216.1A Darker Shade of Magic

I’m very nearly done with this, and can definitely see what the hype is about. Although, I must admit, there are a couple of things that bug me. There are a lot of cursives in this book, for one, most of which seem unnecessary. But it’s nowhere near enough to make me stop, and I am really enjoying it. I won’t be done with it in time for a review tomorrow, so it’ll follow next week Thursday instead 🙂

Blurb: 

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

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What I recently finished reading

WWW 090216.2More of Me

Since I’ve already published my review for More of Me last week I won’t go into detail again now. Instead, let me just say that this was incredible, amazing and fantastic (even though I’d completely misunderstood what it would be about) and if you haven’t bought this or added it to your TBR pile already, you should do it now.

If that’s not enough to convince you, you can read the review here

Blurb:

Teva seems normal. But at home she hides an impossible secret: 11 other Tevas. Because once a year, Teva splits into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, forced to watch the new Teva taking over her life. But at 16, Teva’s had enough. She’s going to fight for her future – even if that means fighting herself.

Imagine all your friends growing up, moving on, and you being stuck in one year of your life… More of Me is an incredible, unforgettable story of identity, friendship, love and sacrifice.

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What I think I’ll read next

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A Gathering of Shadows

Since I’m so close to finishing ADSoM it only makes sense that I read the sequel next! It’s already bought and waiting for me on my shelf – although, after that, I should probably return to my very physical TBR pile instead of adding more to it. Those books won’t read themselves!

Blurb:

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

Speaking of my physical TBR pile… Once I’ve finished reading AGoS I’ll finally read this:

WWW270116.1The Name of the Wind

You might remember me saying/writing that I would read this some weeks ago, but I chose the much shorter More of Me instead. It’s been glaring at me ever since, so I’ll be reading The Name of the Wind once I’ve finished AGoS.

Blurb:

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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22 Comments

  1. Yay! I’m so glad you’re enjoying ADSOM and enjoying it enough to already have AGOS lined up 🙂 I think it’s good to read them close together because I re-read ADSOM just before AGOS came out and found refreshing my memory about Antari etc. helped a lot. Although Schwab does a good job of dropping in all those little recaps you get at the start of series books.

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/www-wednesday-9th-march-2016/

    • I really am! I’ll finish it today actually, I only have 40 pages left. Silly me forgot to take the sequel to work this morning, so I’ll have nothing to read for part of my lunch break. Unless you count theory books on the history of demon worship? 🙂

  2. I’ve read “Name of the Wind” and loved it the first time, but when I read it again before the 2nd book, then something was off, it was still good and interesting, but not as great as I had remembered. Probably I myself had changed by the time.

    • It’s confusing me already and I haven’t started it yet! Last time I posted it as my next read someone told me that the sequel wasn’t out yet and no one knew when it would be out? Or was that referring to the third book?
      How long did you wait before you read it again? I am looking forward to it but the many pages and very small writing are a bit intimidating. It’s a fast read apparently, but it doesn’t really look like one.

      • I think they might have meant the 3rd book (Stone of Doors, i think, is it..), which is not out as we speak. I reread Name of the Wind roughly 4 years after my first read just before Wise Man’s Fear (the 2nd book) was published, having been 24 y.o on my first read.
        To be honest there were parts that I was less than impressed about on the 2nd book, more than in the 1st book.

        But the series has got it’s own following, dedicated to solving every mystery and discussing hints and theories and possible red herrings, very similar to what Harry Potter used to have before the final books and what the ASOIAF had as well.

        I’d say it is an easy read (if you discard how heavy the book is physically :D) and will go fast. Rothfuss does have a nice way with words, some of his ideas are great and he obviously did enjoy building a mystery around his plot and playing the “unreliable narrator” card. It’s not a bad book, so I’d hope you’ll enjoy it.

      • I’ll have to make a note of the titles so I don’t forget! I’m glad to hear it’s easy enough to get through. I was a bit worried when I received it 😛 I am excited to read it. It’s interesting how books are never the same the second time we read them. You’d think with the mystery in the plot it would be more interesting to go over it again, to spot any hints you missed last time. I’ll see what I think, I guess! 🙂

    • I know, its length is scaring me a little as well but I heard it’s a fast read! I’m not sure I believe that, though. It’s too long with too tiny writing to be a fast read.

  3. More of Me sounds like a strange but interesting kind of read. Sometimes the ones we know least about tend to be the better reads.
    Thanks for visiting my WWW – bookboodle.co.uk/2016/03/09/www-wednesday-march-9th 🙂

    • It’s definitely both, strange and interesting! I hadn’t read anything quite like it before, definitely worth a read 🙂 It’s her debut novel, too!

  4. Great books this week! You will definitely want to read A Gathering of Shadows immediately after you finish ADSOM… and then be really impatient that we have to wait forever for another book. I hope you get to The Name of the Wind eventually- it’s quite good. Then again… that’s another unfinished series that will require antsy waiting for…

    Happy Wednesday!

    My WWW : http://thelaurenest.com/2016/03/09/its-www-wednesday/

    • I’ve started it this week and am really glad I read it right away. It’s a slower read for me than ADSoM was so I don’t know how long it’ll take me.
      The Name of the Wind is definitely up next – no excuses this time 🙂

  5. I’m always looking for good books to read, so I enjoy your book reviews. And now I’m intrigued by ADSOM and its sequel.
    I’m also tagging you (unless you’ve already been tagged) for the Writer Q & A Tag / Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award. I’m about to publish my own post for this, since Aila Stephens tagged me for it, and my post as well as hers includes the rules and my own 10 questions for those whom I tag. 🙂 If you’re not already swamped (and I’ll understand if you are), go ahead and check it out, and let me know if you’re interested, so I can read your Q & A post. Take care, and have a good week! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m glad to hear it. ADSoM has done really well for itself since it came out, and I definitely recommend it! If fantasy is your usual read or if you want to give it a go you’ll enjoy it 🙂
      I saw that you tagged me on twitter and responded on your blog earlier 🙂 Swamped is the right word!

  6. kay kay

    So glad you’re liking A Darker Shade of Magic! I hope the sequel is just as good. I’ve finally got my hands on them both, but there’s so many other books to read first. Lol. Like The Name of the Wind… I hope it’s as amazing as everyone promises, or better! 🙂

    • I know the problem! ^^ I’d heard so many good things about it, I had to read it next! I wasn’t disappointed, and just started the sequel today 🙂
      I hope so, too! I hope it’s as fast a reader as people have told me, but if it’s good I won’t mind a longer story, as long as its length is justified.

  7. I’m pretty sure I say this every week, but I really do need to boost ADSOM up on my tbr!! I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews about this book!

    Here’s my WWW.

    • It’s a great book! I know it’s not as simple as that, though – I have so many awesome books on my TBR list on Goodreads, but I can’t move them all up! And who knows what I might miss? Maybe another book is just as good!

  8. Sam Sam

    I’m glad you’re enjoying ‘A Darker Shade of Magic.’ I really liked it as well but haven’t had a chance to pick up the sequel yet. Lucky you to read straight through. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • I really did! I finished it late yesterday and just started the sequel. So far (about twenty pages in) I’m really enjoying it.
      Always a pleasure, Sam! Happy reading!

  9. I just got my hands on A Darker Shade of Magic and I cannot wait to get started on it 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think about it once you’re done!

    • I finished it last week Wednesday and will hopefully have time to write the review for Thursday. I’m on AGoS 🙂 Let me know when you start it, I think you’ll enjoy it a lot 🙂

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