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WWW Wednesday 17th August 2016

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Apologies for being MIA last week! I had so much to do that, while I had this post lined up and more or less (definitely less) drafted, I didn’t have the time to finish it. Honestly, it completely slipped my mind until Wednesday. I’ll post every two weeks as always from this week on, rather than resume my usual schedule and post again next week. I still don’t read enough for that level of commitment.

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

WWW 17082016.2I, Robot

My SO chose this one as my next read, and since I’d been meaning to read sci-fi for a while this seemed like a good place to start! I’m just over half-way through it now and am really enjoying it, although I’m definitely enjoying some of the short stories more than others. Overall this is a really nice introduction to the genre for me, and I can easily see why Asimov is considered one of the Masters of sci-fi.

It’s made me excited to read more and delve deeper into the genre, so I’d call that a success ๐Ÿ™‚

Blurb:

The classic collection of robot stories from the master of the genre. One of the Voyager Classics collection, now I, Robot is a major Fox movie starring Will Smith. In these stories Isaac Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age. When Earth is ruled by master-machines, when robots often seem more human than mankind, the Three Laws ensure that humans remain superior and the robots are kept in their rightful place. But an insane telepathic robot results from a production error; a robot assembled in space logically deduces its superiority to non-rational humanity; and when machines serve mankind rather than individual humans, the machine’s idea of what is good for society may itself contravene the sacred Three Laws… Amazing and timeless robot stories from the greatest science fiction writer of all time.

And…

WWW 17082016.3This Savage Song

This will be my third read by Schwab, and I’m really looking forward to it. If you’ve seen my reviews of ADSoM and AGoS, you’ll know that I enjoyed them while also feeling oddly meh about them, so if this book manages to excite me it’d already be a step up! Because I’m focusing on I, Robot I’m not very far into it yet and I only started it on Monday, but so far it’s interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues.

Blurb:

Thereโ€™s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villainsโ€”and friends or enemiesโ€”with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided cityโ€”a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocentโ€”but heโ€™s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, whoโ€™s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers Augustโ€™s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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What I recently finished reading

WWW 27072016.4Hell’s Teeth

I found Hell’s Teeth via social media. Because it was my first read by the author I had no expectations, and it blew those out of the water ๐Ÿ˜›

Hell’s Teeth had everything for me. It had fantastic lore about the world, which didn’t feel forced on the reader, it had an amazing character I wanted to succeed (or at least not die by the fangs of a mad vampire) and, best of all if you ask me, it had sarcasm! I don’t often find books that speak the same dialect of sarcasm as I do, but this one nailed it. It was tense, it was funny, and it was refreshing in that it didn’t have a romantic relationship, which would only have seemed forced in the setting.

My full review will follow next week, so keep an eye out!

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.

And…

WWW27072016.3Awaken

I must sound like I’m finding all my books via Instagram these days! Awaken was recommended to me by several people, so naturally I decided to give it a go. I won’t go into detail now because the full review will be out tomorrow, but if urban fantasy is your genre then I urge you to try this one! If you need more convincing, keep an eye out for the review ๐Ÿ™‚

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 think I’ll read next

Just this once, the choice is easy!

WWW 17082016.4Witch Infernal

I know I said I’d wait with buying new books until I’ve as good as finished my current tbr pile, but I don’t want to wait for this one. I loved the first two books so much, and can’t wait to see how the story is going to continue. I have high hopes for Witch Infernal, so this was an easy choice for me.

We’ll be back to my usual indecisiveness next week, I’m sure.

Blurb:

The cityโ€™s been quiet since Evie and her friends closed the hellmouth. The lycans and Sidhe are on their best behaviour, the witches havenโ€™t been heard from, and Evie should be enjoying the break.

Evelyn Hawke wasnโ€™t made for the quiet life. Sheโ€™s bored.

Luckily for her, things start going wrong, and sheโ€™s expected to fix everyone elseโ€™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.

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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

    • It’s always hard to live up to perfection ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m nearly done with I, Robot but might read a little of This Savage Song instead today before I forget what little I’ve read of it so far.

      Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Looking forward to the reviews on Hell’s Teeth and Awaken!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! It felt like blasphemy to admit that I didn’t enjoy ADSoM as much as everyone else when I wrote my review ๐Ÿ˜› I haven’t read The Near Witch yet, but it is on my tbr list! So far This Savage Song is pretty good – I dare say I enjoy it more than ADSoM! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am! ^^ Or I was, I finished this one now ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have another two waiting on my shelf!

      Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’ve never read Schwab, but I’ve been noticing her books around. I like the cover on this one better than the ones on her other books. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST

    • I like her covers over here, but I don’t like the American cover for This Savage Song as much. We’ve definitely got the nicer version ^-^ Her books are everywhere this year, it’d be hard to miss them completely! If fantasy is your genre, I’d recommend them ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You keep on talking about this ‘Infernal’ series and dying to read them. I followed up every post about them! I think I might just have to read them! Happy reading!

    • Oh please do! It’s a very exciting series ^-^ Let me know if you get them!
      Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m super excited to read This Savage Song! Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚
    My WWW

    • I’m not very far into it yet (haven’t even reached page 100!) but I think I’m enjoying it more than ADSoM so far. So far, so good ^^

  5. I really, really enjoyed This Savage Song – one of my favourite reads this year. I really hope you have the same experience!

    Here’s my WWW.

    • I’m not quite on page 100 yet but I’m enjoying it more than ADSoM so far. Definitely looking forward to reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sam Sam

    Glad you’re enjoying I, Robot. I saw the movie but I imagine the book is quite different. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • I imagine so, although I haven’t seen the movie. After seeing The 5Th Wave and being beyond disappointed with it I’m not sure if I want to :/ I’m worried it won’t live up to the book and ruin my enjoyment, like it happened with The 5Th Wave.

      Thanks for hosting, Sam! Always a pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy reading!

      • Sam Sam

        It’s probably going to be very different, so that might help? I’m not sure. Have you found a blog post about it? Happy reading!

  7. Hell’s Teeth sounds fun. I have added to.me ports for plunder list. Thanks matey!
    x The Captain

  8. I’m only about 60 pages into This Savage Song and so far it’s not grabbing me… but the MCs haven’t met yet, so it might pick up then. I know exactly what you mean about enjoying Schwab’s books but also being meh about them, I have the same kind of reaction.

    Thanks for visiting my WWW post, sorry I’m so late replying! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I had the same problem, but I’m halfway through now and things have definitely improved in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m getting through it so fast! Has it improved for you at all?

      Isn’t it odd? You’d think it’d be impossible to enjoy something while also not enjoying it – it’s a magic in its own right!

      No worries, there’s no rush ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I thought the story got better but I never really warmed to the characters (I managed to finish it last night) so I was once again in that strange position!

  9. I have Asimov’s Foundation series at home, but I haven’t gotten the chance to start on it yet. I’m currently reading Card’s Speaker of the Dead which reminds me that I shouldn’t neglect the Sci-Fi genre, because there are some rather amazing reads in the genre. I hope to get to Asimov and LeGuin as well soon!
    I hope you’re enjoying This Savage Song. While I’m waiting for AGoS to come out in paperback here, I’m looking to get my hands on some of her earlier work. She’s such a fantastic author ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Reading!

    • Thanks for the recommendation, I’ve added the first book in The Ender’s Quintet series to my tbr list ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve got a couple of other books by Asimov at home as well and am looking forward to them – can you believe my library was going to throw them out? MINE! ๐Ÿ˜€ (to be fair to my colleagues, we replaced very old versions with shiny new versions and I think they were going to go to charity)

      I am now! I didn’t get into it right away and was worried that it’d be another meh read for me like ADSoM, but I;m over half-way there now and am really enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m flying through it! I haven’t read any of her earlier books yet but they’re on my tbr list as well. How long do you have to wait for AGoS? I didn’t realise it wasn’t out everywhere in paperback yet!

      • I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!
        My copies of Asimov are also second-hand. They were once my dad’s, but he had forgotten all about them in his mother’s house. Now, they are mine ๐Ÿ˜€
        Glad to hear that it’s not disappointing. AGoS only comes out in paperback here in January ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve been toying with the idea of buying the paperback off Book Depository, but then the OCD me really needs to keep the covers looking the same ๐Ÿ˜› I really don’t think I’ll have a problem keeping busy with books til then ๐Ÿ˜‰

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