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WWW Wednesday 14th March 2018

WWW Wednesday March 14th 2018

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What I’m currently reading

WWW Wednesday March 14th 2018 Current Read: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


After Amazon messed up yet another pre-order, I cancelled it and went into town on my lunch break yesterday to get it. Amazon 0, Waterstones 2 -.- So I won’t be pre-ordering again since it seems I end up having to get it myself anyway -.-

But to the book! I’m SO thrilled to have this <3 Given how fast I tore through the other two, I expect I’ll finish it this week <3

Preparing for heartbreak. many heartbreaks.

Wow, I can’t words already, it’s that good I’m numb after ten pages :O


Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

WWW Wednesday March 14th 2018 Current Read: Court of the Phantom Queen by Liz Meldon

Court of the Phantom Queen

I started this when I couldn’t get into Ready Player One, and as usually Meldon delivers! I was hoping to be done with it by now, just so I wouldn’t have to set it aside for Obsidio, but it didn’t quite work out like that oo

I’ll try to finish it quickly in the morning so Obsidio can have my full attention. It’s a novella so it’s not like it’s a long read!


For centuries, the house of Zeus has reigned over some of the world’s largest, most powerful civilizations. First with the Greeks, next with the Romans and their conquered foes. Fueled by their worship, the old Hellenic gods remained unchallenged and supreme for centuries. Now, in the fourth century of the new world order, goddess Athena has discovered a growing enemy: the fanatical Cult of One.

As sanctions arise for pagan worshipers across the Roman empire, Athena decides to unite all the godly pantheons of the human world. Her vision: a council of rational, reasonable representatives from each house to come together and combat their common enemy.

But with arrogant gods and goddesses, both in her house and beyond, that’s easier said than done. 

Athena refuses to be beaten, however, and vows to bring her vision to life. The first step is to visit each house and plead her case. With a motley crew of world-wise companions, she begins in the western isles, where she stumbles upon a god who once set her heart aflame in the court of Dagda and his mistress Morrigan, the Phantom Queen.

Unfortunately for Athena, not all gods are interested in playing nice with others.

Court of the Phantom Queen is a fantasy romance novella. It is both a standalone and a part of the overall story of the Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars series.


What I recently finished reading

WWW Wednesday March 14th 2018 Recent Read: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

I wanted to love this so badly. Being a gamer myself this book should have been everything I want in a novel, and its virtual world was amazing. The message (don’t neglect Earth or we’re all screwed) was poignant and relevant. Everything else was disappointing.

I likely won’t review this here since it’s supposed to be Books I Love (granted I’ve renamed the category by now…). The writing was passive and for the most part, this book was one large info-dump. The speech made it more exciting for me but there was barely any of it.

I think the movie is going to be brilliant, but the book didn’t work for me.


In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.


What I think I’ll read next

WWW Wednesday March 14th 2018 Next Read: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Gunslinger

My SO drew this one from my tbr jar on Monday as backup in case Amazon screwed up my preorder (which, you know, they did, again), but since I went and got Obsidio in my local Waterstones The Gunslinger will have to wait! It’ll be my first King novel since one of his short story collections scared the daylights out of me when I was a teenager, so I’m excited to get to it.

I’ve a feeling March is going to be a good month for books!


‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ The iconic opening line of Stephen King’s groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.


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

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    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Please do, they’re excellent books <3 And the most beautifully illustrated ones I've ever seen!
      I've only heard good things about the Dark Tower series, I can't wait to dive in 🙂

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      :O Ah, I’m jealous! I love Jay Kristoff, I can’t wait to get to LifeL1K3. So far, it’s only on my tbr list but I’ll definitely get it once it’s out. Happy reading!

  1. I’ve read good things about Ready Player One. Enjoy your reading…and thanks for sharing.

    Sorry about the messed-up pre-orders!

    Here’s MY WWW POST

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I wanted to read it before we saw the film 🙂

      That’s okay, I’ve learned my lesson 😛 No more pre-ordering with Amazon!

  2. Ugh, I pre-ordered Obsidio on Amazon too, and it just shipped this morning. 🙁 It should get here tomorrow, but still. Waiting sucks haha.
    I really liked Ready Player One, so I’m sorry it didn’t agree with you. I do agree that the movie looks amazing though, so I might actually try to see it in theater.
    The Gunslinger was really weird haha, but the rest of the series (that I’ve read so far) has been so good! It was my first King novel as well.

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      🙁 I’m sorry they’ve done the same thing to you. I finished Ready Player One just in time for release day, so I wasn’t prepared to wait. If I’d started The Gunslinger first I’d have had to put it aside for Obsidio and the King deserves better than that 🙂 Expectations are HIGH!

  3. Enjoy Obsidio!
    Amazon can suck it if they keep messing up pre-orders!

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Already on it 😀

      Yup, I’ve learned this time! No more pre-ordering with Amazon! I rarely pre-order at all, it’s just my luck they’d mess up the few books I deem worthy -.-

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Fitting it on my shelf will be a challenge, but yes, I’m loving it ^-^ I finally have more time to read, too!
      That’s okay, I’m still glad I read it before the movie 🙂 I did love all the gaming references! It just fell short in every other aspect for me.

  4. Ahh!! I’m reading Obsidio now too. I got my copy from amazon yesterday. I guess, I got lucky!

    Yeah, the movie looks pretty cool for, Ready Player One. I’m not into gaming much but my husband is. I’m not sure I’ll ever read it though.

    Here’s mine: booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/www-wednesday-2/

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Aww, you must have! I’m glad your copy arrived all right. Are you in the US? Maybe it’s just Amazon UK that can’t get its pre-orders right.

      I’m a huge gamer so all those references were the only bright thing for me 😛

      • Yes, I’m in the U.S. Hopefully, you get yours soon!!!

  5. boyishbookworm boyishbookworm

    Court of the Phantom Queen sounds awesome! I love everything to do with Greek Mythology. Enjoy!

    My WWW post

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Then you’ll love this!! Meldon includes a summary of who’s who in the various pantheons, but it sounds like you might not need it 😉 I love the mythology in it, especially the parts that are only hinted at so far.

  6. Ready Player One was average for me as well, but I felt it might also been because while I’m old(er than you), I’m still too young to get all the 80s references. Someone another five years older than me told me that they can see objectively the flaws of the book, but subjectively it’s got so much of their childhood and that’s why they adore it.

    Hope you’ll enjoy The Dark Tower, I had to DNF it way back, couldn’t get into it.

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I don’t think we’re far apart in age, are we? My SO used to go to the arcade a lot when he was a child, and since the book references arcade games a lot I think he’ll enjoy that part. Although, the movie looks like it includes more modern games!

      I am excited to get to the Dark Tower. The way I’m tearing through Obsidio I might have finished it by the time my next WWW rolls around 😀

      • Aren’t you a little before 30? I’m a little ways after 30. It’s probably not too much, but it can have a significant difference in childhood experiences, mine was also different due to my country being occupied by the Soviet Union when I was a small kid. The few references that I understood (music, Star Wars) were about things that I experienced as a teenager or adult.
        Good point about your SO and the arcade, that’s what I was told to, those who played Nintendo games and in the arcades enjoyed the book immensely.

        Glad to hear you’re enjoying Obsidio 🙂

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