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WWW Wednesday 26th October 2016

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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.

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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 πŸ™‚

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What I’m currently reading

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Thrown to the Blue

Chances are I’ll have finished Thrown to the Blue by the time this post publishes, because I’m flying through it! It’s Tuesday evening right now as I’m typing this, and I have 4% left! Since this is an ARC I’ll have to push my review for The Raven Boys back a little to make sure this review posts in time for its release date on the 11th November.

Blurb:

Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

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The Last Day of Captain Lincoln

I received a copy for review and because I’m impatientΒ I started reading it already πŸ™‚ I’m not too far into it yet but have mixed feelings to far. The first chapter didn’t sell me, but several people have told me how much they loved it and the next chapter did read a lot better, so I’ll keep an open mind for a little bit longer. I do love the blurb, and the little bit that I’ve read so far makes you ponder your mortality, which is a huge plus! Gotta love books that make you think!

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 existβ€”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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What I recently finished reading

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The Raven Boys

Oh how I wanted to love this, but I’m afraid I couldn’t. I had several issues with this, my biggest one being Blue, the main character, who felt more like a side character who added nothing to the plot. I’m not convinced that the story couldn’t have happened without her. I did love the four boys and their banter, they’re the books redeeming feature in my opinion. They snatched the MC spot away from Blue and owned it!

I know quite a few people aren’t as excited about the sequel because it’s from Ronan’s POV, but for me that’s the reason I want to read the sequel at all. Ronan was the most intriguing character in my opinion, and I’m looking forward to reading more from his POV.

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.

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What I think I’ll read next

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The Finite

I’ve received a copy for review of The Finite, which makes my decision easy! I’m always thrilled when people offer me free books (who wouldn’t be?) but it’s the blurb that drew me in right away, and I’m really excited to get to it.

After that it’ll definitely be a paperback again. My current two reads are on my kindle and The Finite will be as well, and it’s just not the same!

Blurb:

Claudia lives in the hoop, a space city that orbits around earth. She follows the rules her society built for everyone. Just like everyone in her society, perfection is essential to maintain a peaceful society. Without war, or destruction. Claudia discovers that people gone missing. There were wicked plans for the abducted people. She meets Ricky Maxwell from earth, and starts an alliance with people she met from earth. She and her friends sit to find the missing families, and try to stop wars between planets.

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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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28 Comments

  1. Uh oh. I picked up the Raven Boys from Amazon yesterday as I’d heard a lot of good things about it. Hopefully I’ll get on a little better.

    • The trick with The Raven Boys is to not pay attention to the inside cover, or to anything you’ve heard about it. Just read it with an open mind and go with the flow.

      • Going in with an open mind is fantastic advice for any book! πŸ™‚ All I knew when I started it was that a lot of people loved it, so it didn’t have much to live up to. I had no specific expectations regarding the plot, other than what the blurb told me.
        Ali, I’m sure you’ll get on better with it than I did! It has all those good reviews for a reason! πŸ™‚ Honestly, I think I’ve just become a lot more fussy than I used to be πŸ˜›

  2. The Finite sounds really interesting – hope you enjoy it! I am sorry you didn’t enjoy The Raven Boys so much, I really liked that series – and Ronan was one of my favourite characters! He is also getting his own spin off series I have heard which is great!
    Here is my WWW Wednesday

    • Yay! I’m so happy to see some love for Ronan! I don’t understand why so many people seem to be against him – I thought the dark, broody types were cool? Or has that passed while I wasn’t looking? :O
      I’m really looking forward to The Finite. It’s not getting much love on Goodreads, but the blurb is so intriguing!
      Popping over to yours now πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

  3. That was one of my issues with The Raven Boys, too – it felt like the synopsis on the inside cover was misleading! Blue isn’t really the focus until book 3. And a lot of her story doesn’t even tie in with the boys until after she meets them – the blurb makes it sound as if she’s the driving force behind everything they do. Poor editing.

    • It definitely was, and as you say, it’s down to poor editing. Can you imagine if a debut indie author had a misleading blurb? They’d get slated!

  4. Oh, Thrown to the Blue sounds really intriguing! I can’t wait to see your review of it!

    • It should be up on Goodreads tomorrow hopefully πŸ™‚ It’ll be out here on the 10th November, a day before release day πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve never read Stiefvater…and, while I’m curious, I suspect her books won’t be my kind of read. I am also curious about The Finite. I’ll be watching for your thoughts. Thanks for sharing. Here’s MY WWW POST

    • I just visited your WWW post and I don’t think it’d be your kind of book either. Then again, sometimes we read outside our preferred genres and are positively surprised! Perhaps fantasy not being your usual genre would go in its favour? πŸ™‚

      Happy reading! πŸ™‚

    • It really wasn’t, and for the most part I blame Blue πŸ˜› I just didn’t see the point of her, but people assure me she plays a bigger part in the later books.
      Happy reading! πŸ™‚

    • I’ll look forward to seeing what you thought about it then πŸ˜€ Popping over to your post now!
      Happy reading!

  6. I feel like I’m the last book blogger to pick up The Raven Boys – surprised by your thoughts though as for the most part I’ve heard rave reviews. I hope your next read proves to be a hit. Happy reading!

    • I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! Maybe if I hadn’t thought of Blue as the main character I’d have liked it more since she’s more of a side character in my opinion. I’ll look forward to seeing what you thought about it! πŸ™‚

  7. Sam Sam

    I’m glad you’re excited about the sequel even if The Raven Boys wasn’t your favorite. You wanting to read on is a good sign! Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • It’s entirely because of the dynamic between the boys and Ronan! I don’t know when I’ll get to the sequel, though, my tbr pile is rather high already!
      My pleasure, as always! πŸ™‚ Happy reading! πŸ™‚

  8. I somehow had it in my head that Thrown to the Blue was a contemporary – no idea why! Now that I’ve read the blurb, it sounds really intriguing! Might have to give it a look.

    I know what you mean about The Raven Boys and Blue in particular. I actually thought that The Dream Thieves was the strongest of the four books, even though Ronan wasn’t necessarily my favourite character.

    Here’s my WWW post: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/www-and-wippet-wednesday-26-october-2016

    • Please do! My review is already up on Goodreads if that helps?
      I’m glad so many people agree. A few people told me that The Raven Boys was one of their favourite books so I wasn’t sure how my view on it would go down. I’m not sure when I’ll get to The Dream Thieves but I’ll definitely up it on my list πŸ™‚

  9. Let me know when you’re moving on to The Dream Thieves, Sarina! Perhaps we could buddy read that one as well πŸ˜‰
    Glad that you’re enjoying / did enjoy Thrown to the Blue! I found it to be unique and really affecting!
    Happy Reading <3

    • Ooh, we could! I’m definitely up for it ^^ I won’t be getting to it for a while, though, my tbr pile is too high at the moment! πŸ™‚
      Happy reading, Faith! <3

      • I feel like my reading is going to take a hit this month with NaNoWriMo’s pressures πŸ˜› That TBR is teetering rather precariously!

  10. Ooooh I received a review copy of The Last Day of Captain Lincoln! It sounds interesting!! Your thoughts on it so far?

    • It was good but a little long in places and it felt more like a creative essay on mortality to me πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! I’ll have my review up on Goodreads and Amazon early next week hopefully πŸ™‚

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