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WWW Wednesday 28th September 2016

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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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Crooked Kingdom

I’m being a little ambitious here. As I’m preparing this post today (on Tuesday), my copy hasn’t actually arrived yet but since the release date is today and it’s been out for delivery for a few hours nowย I’m positive that it’ll arrive in time for me to start this tomorrow (… on Wednesday). I was hoping it would arrive before I left for work today, but no such luck ๐Ÿ™

Since I haven’t started it yet (*ahem*) I can’t say what it’s like, only that I’m expecting great things ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: IT’S HERE!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Blurb:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streetsโ€•a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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What I recently finished reading

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Outliers: The Shape of Things to Come

I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, too. I haven’t finished this yet but only have ten pages left to go, so I’m confident that by the time this posts I’ll have finished it ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a collection of short stories from a variety of writers, so there are a few different styles in this. The short stories are all interesting and it’s presented immensely well – some as letters, some as newspaper articles, and the work that has gone into this is evident through the graphics alone!

My full review will follow in a few weeks – or, if you follow me on Goodreads, in a few days hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚

Blurb:

Weโ€™ve been keeping an eye on these subjects for a while.

A simple glance couldnโ€™t tell you the extraordinary things these anomalies, these gifted individuals we call Outliers are truly capable of. And those differences often find them on the wrong side of families, friends and the law.

Most wish only to hide from persecution or from being studied. But more emerge with every passing year, and it is becoming harder and harder to keep them secret. Worse, many donโ€™t want to be hidden and have begun to gang together to obtain power, wealth and control.

Gathered here are reports and dossiers from AURA, the United Statesโ€™ Agency of Unusual Resource Acquisitions. Our task is the extra-judicial monitoring and containment of Outlier-related incidents, and keeping the chaos to a minimum for the sake of national security.

But the job is getting more difficult every day, and if the past is any warningโ€ฆ
โ€”Adam Zimmerman, Director of AURA

Includes several pieces of flash fiction, as well as the four short stories:
FUBAR by Jonathan Ward
For a Fistful of Diamonds by A. R. Aston
The Falcon by Jonathan Ward
The Beast in the Beauty by James Fadeley

Also featuring characters and factions developed by Alec McQuay and Robbie MacNiven, and illustrations and artwork by Manuel Mesones.

www-14092016-2Good Omens

I really wanted to love this, but sadly we just didn’t click :/ I love Neil Gaiman, and I love Terry Pratchett, but for some reason I didn’t get into Good Omens. The weird thing is that I can see all the reasons why I should love this – it’s funny, the writing flows smoothly and is easy to follow, it questions the definitions of good and evil – but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Blurb:

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea…

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What I think I’ll read next

I’ve got two books I’m really looking forward to!

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The Raven Boys

I won The Raven Boys in a giveaway a little while ago, and think I’ve waited long enough! The cover alone makes me want to read it, so I’m excited to finally get to it.

Blurb:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Also…

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The Last Day of Captain Lincoln

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the author, and am really looking forward to it. It’s been on my tbr list for a little while, so being asked if I’d like a free copy to review made my day! Yes, please!

Blurb:

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to existโ€”a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

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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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23 Comments

  1. I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom too! So, so excited for it! I read The Raven Boys recently and loved it so if you do read that one, hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

    • How exciting! I’m not very far into it yet but I’m really enjoying it so far.
      I just tried commenting on your post but Blogspot won’t verify my WordPress account, so I’m annonymous ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Blast, I’m still waiting for my copy of Crooked Kingdom. I’m wishing and praying that it’s there when I get home tonight but after checking this morning apparently it can take up to five days :/

    • Usually my pre-orders arrive on the day, but late that day. I’m not sure what time Crooked Kingdom arrived because I was out at the time, but quite often things arrive at 7pm or later. It always makes me wonder why I didn’t just get my things in town ๐Ÿ˜› I’m sorry it’s not there yet. I hope it won’t take as long as five days!

      • Me too. This is my first time ordering from Book Depositary but I really wanted the hardback.

  3. The Raven Cycle didn’t click for me…but I think it was much more about the editing than the story itself.

    • I’ve heard very good things about the first book and not so good things about the second book, so I’m approaching it with caution ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. They can’t all be winners.

      • I really was, too, actually! I like this author, and some of her previous books just stuck with me after reading. But I think with the Raven Cycle, there’s an extreme lack of editing affecting it negatively. For me, it felt like each book could’ve been easily 100-150 pages shorter, and that much of the exposition was repetitive, and that the character development was slowed waaay down, for no apparent reason. It read more like a 3rd draft than the final product.

      • Ah, I see what you mean. I’ve read a few books like that, it’s very disappointing. Especially when you know from past experiences that the author is so much better!

    • I won’t give anything away, but I sure hope your prediction is correct! It’s so good so far, I hate that I have to put it down.

      Happy reading, Claire!

    • Phew! I thought I was going mad! It doesn’t put me off reading more by either author, though. I love them both too much to be put off so easily ^-^

      Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sam Sam

    Have fun devouring Crooked Kingdom! Glad it made it to you. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • I know the feeling! I’ve got so many books on my Goodreads tbr list that I doubt I’ll ever get to all of them, especially since I keep adding more.

      Heading to yours now ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy reading!

  5. Hope you enjoy The Crooked Kingdom! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was just commenting on Clare’s blog that I can’t believe I haven’t started that series yet. I wasn’t sure about The Raven Boys at first but ended up loving the series overall, so I hope it draws you in, too.

    Here’s my WWW post.

    • That’s reassuring to hear! I won The Raven Boys in a giveaway months ago, so I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to it yet!
      I’m enjoying it a lot so far ^-^ I hope you’ll fall in love with it too when you get to it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Enjoy Crooked Kingdom, Sarina ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it meets (and then exceeds) expectations! Sorry to hear that you didn’t click with Good Omens. I remember enjoying it, but it’s been a while… You’re right, sometimes it’s not meant to be (kind of reminds me of your other post on negative reviews ;))
    Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s exceeding my expectations already, and they were high to begin with! I don’t want it to end, and I’m only on page 122 <3
      That's okay, we can't love everything ๐Ÿ™‚ And in no way does it put me off reading more of their books! I've got two more books by Gaiman at home now that I'm eager to get to ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy reading, Faith! ๐Ÿ™‚

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