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WWW Wednesday 27th July 2016

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Sit down now… You won’t believe how many books I managed to read since my last post two weeks ago! (It’s a lot by my standards, anyhow)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW WednesdayThis meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always ๐Ÿ™‚

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What I’m currently reading

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Awaken

I found Awaken via Instagram, and decided to give it a shot since so many people recommended it to me. As seems to be the case with most of my recent reads I wasn’t sure what to expect, but damn!! Has this ever set my expectations on fire!! I’m not too far into it yet, but so far it’s really enjoyable, thrilling and the writing style has a soothing familiarity about it I can’t explain. Kinda like your momma wrapping you in a warm blanket and telling you a story before bedtime.

Well, a little darkerย than that, perhaps. It’s really hard to put this down, so if you don’t mind… I’ll be getting back to reading it now ^-^

Blurb:

SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?

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What I recently finished reading

This isn’t going to happen very often, but since my last WWW post I finished (I hope you’re sitting down…) THREE books! Three!!

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Infernal Bonds

I received this one as an ARC, and my review for it went up last week so I won’t repeat myself here. Here‘s the review if you’re interested (and you should be, it was an exciting read!)

Blurb:

Not only is it a blood moon, but thereโ€™s a rare celestial alignment that means the veils between the worlds are much more fragile than usual. That allows chaos to reign over the city for one night. Shades play pranks on tourists, redcaps take advantage and run wild, and two sinfully sexy hellhounds slip through.

The redcaps are easily wrangled, the shades are mildly amusing, but the hellhounds are another thing entirely. They evade capture and remain in the city once the moon sets. Two hounds, with two entirely different agendas. One wants freedom. The other wants to bring about Hell on Earth. And he has help.

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The 5th Wave

I really enjoyed The 5th Wave, although I wasn’t that fond of the main character Cassie. I’m torn about the writing style itself, too – it was beautiful and melodic, which at times sounded too carefully composed to sound natural in their situation, and in my opinion didn’t really fit the setting. Despite that I still enjoyed it, and I do recommend it – I just won’t rush to read the sequel. Not when there are so many other books on my shelf!

My full review will be up tomorrow.

Blurb:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I’d been wanting to read more of the Master’s books for months, and am so glad I finally got around to it. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was only my second read by him, but already I’ve come to expect a lot of magic from his novels. This book oozed magic, and did the one thing which, I think, proves the greatness of a book: It made me want to write and create something magical. And it left me feeling oddly empty once I was done!

The review should be up in two weeks time… Plenty of time to get my thoughts sorted.

Blurb:

Sussex, England. 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, 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.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettieโ€”magical, comforting, wise beyond her yearsโ€”promised to protect him, no matter what.

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What I think I’ll read next

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Hell’s Teeth

Hell’s Teeth is another book I found on Instagram. Until very recently I thought that I disliked (… *ahem*) vampire stories (I blame Twilight for that), but then I read The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee and it reminded me that vampires can be more predatory than sparkly fairies. Hell’s Teeth was recommended to me by Beverley Lee herself, so how could I not? On top of that it’s a short read, which I definitely fancy after Awaken.

I haven’t read much Urban Gothic, if any, so I’m really looking forward to it for that reason as well.

Blurb:

New Oxford.

A third of the human population has been lost.

The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.

In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.

But society had become fractured โ€“ humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.

The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.

Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to changeโ€ฆ

When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.

And all that is left behind: her teeth.

Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someoneโ€™s prey herselfโ€ฆ

But she is not alone โ€“ on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before itโ€™s too lateโ€ฆ

Hellโ€™s Teeth is the gripping first instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.

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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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27 Comments

  1. I have Infernal Ties on my Kindle, and it should be one of the next ebooks I read. Glad to hear the story stays strong into book 2.

    Here’s my WWW post

    • Good choice! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s really short so I’ve no doubt you’ll fly through it!

      Heading over to yours now.

    • I did finish Infernal Bonds right before the last WWW, and The 5th Wave immediately after, so I’m not sure it really counts ๐Ÿ˜›

      I really did, it was beautiful. I loved the female characters as well, they carried the story so well <3

      Hopping over to yours now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was magic ^-^ I definitely recommend it.

      Popping over to yours now ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Woohoo, lots of reading was done! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the sound of The Ocean At The End of The Line

  3. I read the 5th wave this summer as well. I wasn’t thrilled with it. Especially Cassie. The Ocean at the End of the Lane sounds great. I just read my first book by Gaiman, Stardust. It was wonderful.

    • Stardust was my first book by Gaiman as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely agree, it was wonderful and set my expectations quite high. TOatEofL was a fantastic second read, I definitely recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

      That sums up my feelings as well. For the most part I enjoyed it, but I didn’t like Cassie and the writing didn’t seem to fit the setting. I love poetic writing but it didn’t suit the book.

      Thanks for stopping by and following! Help yourself to some cookies ^-^

  4. Awaken looks very good! Thanks for sharing and enjoy. I have also been intrigued by The Ocean at the End of the Lane…but haven’t read this author. Maybe I should. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • I’m nearly halfway through it now and it’s really good, I definitely recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

      If fantasy is your genre, then Neil Gaiman is one of the Masters! Even if it’s not your usual genre it’s still a really good book, I think. Both of his books I’ve read have felt like a very personal experience, like he’s telling me the story rather than me reading it in a book. So it might be worth a read regardless of your preferred genre ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • The more I read by him the more I’m tempted to raise him to Godhood instead, haha!

      Heading over to yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was a great book, I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for sharing your WWW!

  5. Sam Sam

    I’m glad you liked the Gaiman. I’ve read that one and I honestly wasn’t a huge fan. I’m not a huge fan of the fantasy genre and I’ve heard that could be a big part of why. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • Always <3 It was only my second book by him but I already feel like I can pick up any book by him and I'll enjoy it. If fantasy isn't your usual genre than that makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚ I wouldn't pick up a historical novel and expect to enjoy it, either ^-^

      Happy reading, Sam! Always a pleasure to take part! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Students can learn just as much from what doesn’t work as they can from what does work, and The 5th Wave has a bit of both. It might be an interesting challenge for them ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you for sharing your WWW! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m reading Ocean at the End of the Lane right now! I got past the halfway point last night and it’s amazing! Not that I’m surprised — this is the only Neil Gaiman novel I haven’t read and he proves each time what a master he is at magical and whimsical reads that are profoundly beautiful and thought provoking!
    I’ve seen Awaken somewhere, but I sort of looked the other way because of the cover (ties back into the post I just commented on). But with your praise coming and reading the blurb, I think I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for it.
    Happy Reading <3

    • Isn’t it just? <3 It's easily one of my favourite books this year! You'll have to let me know what you thought of the ending ๐Ÿ™‚ What's your favourite book by him?

      I know, I was the same but then so many people recommended it to me and I'm really glad I gave it a chance ๐Ÿ™‚ I was going to recommend it to you on Goodreads when I'm done, actually! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think you'd enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy reading, Faith <3

      • I absolutely adored it! And the ending was superb. Had chills running up and down my spine. I never expect anything less from Gaiman <3
        My favourite book…oh gosh! American Gods is brilliant, but I adored Neverwhere! His Sandman graphic novel series is just superb, though!

  7. I’d pick the Neil Gaiman out of this selection. Have a fantastic reading week.

  8. A lot of reading done..I am jealous. The last book I read was yours. Its always hard to pick up another book after I am left reeling from such a great story ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It only looks like so much because I finished two books around the same time as the previous WWW post, so you could argue that it took me two weeks to read Neil Gaiman’s novel ๐Ÿ˜›

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