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WWW Wednesday 23rd May 2018

WWW Wednesday 23rd May 2018

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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All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Current Read: The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky

I’ve got fewer than 100 pages left and I don’t know how to put this down? Someone call in sick for me so I don’t have to tear myself away just because my lunch break ends. If there are only a few pages left tonight, I might finish it then <3

So much love and admiration and pride and heartbreak for these characters. My review for Book 1 will be up tomorrow 😉

Blurb:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

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What I recently finished reading

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Previous Read: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate

Every sequel in this series hurts a little more :’) You know it’s a good one when you’re okay with that. Review to come next week!

Blurb:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.

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What I think I’ll read next

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Next Read: Colors of Immortality by J.M. Muller

Colors of Immortality

This one has been on my tbr list longer than I’ve had a tbr jar, so I’m especially pleased that my SO drew this at random last night. Two days early. For the sake of this post right here.

*sigh* The sacrifices we make.

I can’t wait to get to it, I have a feeling it’ll be a nice palette cleanser after The Broken Earth series.

Blurb:

Daniel Thatcher has accepted some hard truths. He knows his parents are junkies, his ex-girlfriend’s a cheater, and he’s one write-up away from losing his job. But what he’s unwilling to accept is that his friend Tony skipped town for no reason. So when Daniel finds a map Tony left behind, he follows it to a remote section of the Cascade Mountains.

It’s a land filled with haunting shadows and crowded trees—an area untouched by man. Or so Daniel thinks. Not long after arriving in the woods, Daniel discovers inhabitants living in the heart of the forest. Despite their peculiar behavior, the reclusive residents posses an allure that goes far beyond their beauty. But beneath their lovely exterior rests a sinister secret, one that’s both lethal and tragic.

It seems the dead don’t always stay buried. Now Daniel’s forced to accept the hardest truth of all: monsters do exist, and if they have it their way, he’ll soon become one of them.

 

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Next Read: Stalker by Liz Meldon

Stalker

Speaking of palette cleansers, Liz Meldon’s books are right up there <3

As much as I wanted to read this as she made it available to her ARC team, I couldn’t tear myself away from The Broken Earth trilogy, either, so this little one had to wait. Not much longer, though <3

Blurb:

TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN

After her first real lesson in demonic cruelty, Moira Aurelia needs answers–and Severus craves revenge.

The only creature who can give them both is Diriel, who, having failed his mission, has fled back to Hell until the heat dies down.

Battered but not broken, Moira is ready to charge into the pit, fears be damned, because she trusts the incubus by her side–trusts him, cares for him, maybe even loves him. Severus, however, can’t stand the thought of leading his little hybrid into the abyss. Because in Hell, there isn’t just fire and brimstone and tortured human souls awaiting them, but his family, too.

And for Severus, there is no greater hell than family.

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WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018

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 Wednesday 9th May 2018

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What I’m currently reading

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Current Read: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate

I loved The Fifth Season so much I went straight to the sequel <3 I’ve only just started this so it’s early days, but it’s so good.

Blurb:

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken. 

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Current Read: Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt

Me Life Story: Sofa, So Good!

I don’t usually read biographies, but I love Scarlett and my SO got me this as an unexpected gift, so I dove right in. I adore this girl so much, and even more so now for learning more about her.

Blurb:

One girl’s meteoric rise from sofa to TV stardom! From beloved Gogglebox breakout star, to winner of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, achieving her dream of presenting with Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway and filling Davina’s shoes in the new series of Streetmate, Scarlett is quickly fast-tracking to national treasure status. In what will quite surely be the funniest book of the year, laugh along with Scarlett as she describes her journey from ballroom dancing diva, to adventures with her survivalist Dad, working at ASDA and life as a student. But along with the highs there have been tough times, including bullying during her teenage years. With her typical tenacity and trademark wit, Scarlett pulls through it all. This is our favorite Northerner as we have never heard her before, telling it like it is on EVERYTHING she’s experienced so far. Warm, funny and honest, this is the amazing story that resulted in Scarlett becoming our favorite TV star: sofa, so good!

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What I recently finished reading

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Previous Read: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

My thoughts after the half-page prologue thing: LOVE

My thoughts after the first page: WELCOME TO MY FOREVER SHELF

It really was that quick <3 I’m so glad I bought the trilogy together, saved me having to order books 2 & 3 now 😛

Blurb:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.

Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

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What I think I’ll read next

WWW Wednesday 9th May 2018 | Previous Read: The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky

Not reading the blurbs while I copied and pasted them for this post was a challenge, friends. I basically copied them singing LALALALALA in my head.

It’s been a while since I read every book in a trilogy one after the other, but setting this series aside seems harder so on I read <3

Blurb:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

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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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WWW Wednesday 25th April 2018

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 Wednesday

Apologies for the lack of an update two weeks ago – I didn’t get much reading done over Easter, so it would have been the same post as the one before!

All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

WWW Wednesday 25th April 2018 | CookieBreak

The Fifth Season

Oh gawd , guys, this is so good. I was in love from the one-page prologue, and had a feeling it would end up on my Forever Shelf by the end of the first page. It’s everything I want in an epic fantasy. I’m almost a third through it now and love it so much <3 Prepare yourselves for a gushing, and probably mostly unintelligible, review.

Blurb:

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.

Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

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What I recently finished reading

WWW Wednesday 25th April 2018 | CookieBreak

Raven’s Cry

My thanks to the author for sending me an ARC <3 It’s out May 1st and my review will follow tomorrow, so I’ll keep it short now. I struggled a little at first, but around 30% it really picked up and Fraedrich has built an intriguing world. I haven’t read Fraedrich’s other books yet, but I think this would go well after the main series as it reads like a prequel.

Blurb:

A dark retelling of Swan Lake ~ Calandra is happiest when she’s surrounded by quiet, joined only by a book and a cup of tea, never around people and their insufferable need to make small talk. When Nicodemus, a magus with immense power, joins the royal court of Invarnis, Calandra’s life will change forever. As a terrible curse pursues her through the centuries, Calandra will have to overcome captivity, war, and loss.

WWW Wednesday 25th April 2018 | CookieBreak

The Gunslinger

I’m behind on my reviews because I didn’t have the time over Easter, but I’m catching up! It’s coming, eventually 🙂

This was my first read by Stephen King besides On Writing since I was a teenager. His last book scared me witless, so I had mixed feelings going in. I really enjoyed this, and will likely re-read it at some point, just because I doubt I got the full story with just one read-through. There’s a lot going on, and I think the earlier chapters will mean more the next time I read this.

I’m really excited for the sequel. King has created a world that kept me guessing and intrigued, and I can’t wait to learn more.

Blurb:

‘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.

WWW Wednesday 25th April 2018 | CookieBreak

Prey

I didn’t get through Prey as quickly as I got through Predator, but that’s only because it was closer to a full-length novel than a novella. I’ve enjoyed all my recent reads, and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, too <3 Meldon is always a safe bet for me 🙂 It was smuttier than Book 1, the stakes were higher, and the character development was excellent, so really it was my perfect erotic paranormal romance!

Blurb:

PEARLS AROUND HER NECK 

Moira Aurelia has put her faith in a demon. She offered her hand and he took it. Partners. Just like that. Black eyes and sinful smiles, she trusts an incubus to lead her into the abyss if it means she’ll finally find her dad on the other side. Her real dad. The creature who cursed her. 

Or blessed her. Because from the way Severus—snarky, seductive Severus—watches her, touches her, ravishes her, Moira can’t decide if this new body is a curse, or if she’s finally growing into the woman she was always meant to be. 

POLAROIDS AT HER FEET 

Unable to fathom how this woman, this ethereal creature, has so much raw power over his inner demon, Severus tries to keep her at an arm’s length while he helps her hunt down her father—but he can only abstain for so long. 

Moira is the sweetest hell he’s ever tasted, a woman who squares off with his truest self and doesn’t even flinch. When he’s with her, the loneliness disappears, the bitter ache in his heart—mended. How can he resist such a divine temptation? 

Meanwhile, the Farrow’s Hollow demon community is positively aquiver when news of Moira’s heritage leaks—and suddenly Severus isn’t the only demon in town who must have her. 

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What I think I’ll read next

WWW Wednesday TBR jar | CookieBreak

I’ve only just started The Fifth Season, so my next read is a little way off yet.

I draw all new reads on Instagram in my stories (unless my SO does it)- feel free to follow the next one!

(In case you were wondering:

Yellow – Fantasy

Orange – Fiction

Blue – SciFi)

 

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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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WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018

WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018

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 Wednesday 28th March 2018

All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018 Current Read: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Gunslinger

I was really excited when my SO drew this from my tbr-jar. I haven’t read a book by the King since I was a teenager (besides On Writing) and that one scared the daylights out of me :’D (I can’t remember which one it was…it was a collection of short stories)

I wasn’t sure whether I liked The Gunslinger or not, but I’m 40 pages into it now and need answers! There’s so much going on, so many secrets, and I can’t wait to read more <3

Since I’m working from home for three weeks now I don’t know how good I’ll be at making time to read, but I’ll definitely have a few hours on Thursday.

Blurb:

‘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.

WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018 Current Read: Prey by Liz Meldon

Prey

I love books by Liz Meldon <3 They’re like sweet little palette cleansers to me since I don’t read erotic romances by anyone else, and because most of her books are so short I can easily fit them in.

I devoured Predator over two days, and so far I’m really enjoying Prey, too. I’ve a feeling I’ll finish it before The Gunslinger, just because it’s another novella 😛

Blurb:

PEARLS AROUND HER NECK 

Moira Aurelia has put her faith in a demon. She offered her hand and he took it. Partners. Just like that. Black eyes and sinful smiles, she trusts an incubus to lead her into the abyss if it means she’ll finally find her dad on the other side. Her real dad. The creature who cursed her. 

Or blessed her. Because from the way Severus—snarky, seductive Severus—watches her, touches her, ravishes her, Moira can’t decide if this new body is a curse, or if she’s finally growing into the woman she was always meant to be. 

POLAROIDS AT HER FEET 

Unable to fathom how this woman, this ethereal creature, has so much raw power over his inner demon, Severus tries to keep her at an arm’s length while he helps her hunt down her father—but he can only abstain for so long. 

Moira is the sweetest hell he’s ever tasted, a woman who squares off with his truest self and doesn’t even flinch. When he’s with her, the loneliness disappears, the bitter ache in his heart—mended. How can he resist such a divine temptation? 

Meanwhile, the Farrow’s Hollow demon community is positively aquiver when news of Moira’s heritage leaks—and suddenly Severus isn’t the only demon in town who must have her. 

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What I recently finished reading

WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018 Recent Read: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio

OUCH MY EVERYTHING

Ugh, I’m supposed to be writing the review for Thursday this week, but all I can think of is the pain? Prepare yourselves for a short and possibly useless review :’)

Blurb:

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 28th March 2018 Recent Read: Court of the Phantom Queen by Liz Meldon

Court of the Phantom Queen

I needed something fluffy, sweet, and light after Obsidio, and since Meldon’s books are like cake to me I went straight back to this one. I’m glad I waited with finishing it. It was exactly what I needed after Obsidio.

Blurb:

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.

WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018 Recent Read: Predator by Liz Meldon

Predator

I enjoyed Court of the Phantom Queen, but it didn’t have the smut I’m used to from her books, so I picked up Predator before starting The Gunslinger.

It was just what I wanted <3 (Fluffy, sweet, and light – the perfect Meldon. Also, more than a little smoldering)

My reviews will be dominated by Liz’s books for a few weeks 😀

Blurb:

BLACK SOUL, SUFFOCATING IN SILENCE

Severus: demon, incubus, escort–leech. After centuries of scorn from his own kind in the underworld, Severus went topside and settled amongst the secret demon community in Farrow’s Hollow. Located near a hell-gate, the city allows him to exist on Earth without sacrificing much of his demon abilities, but as with all incubi, he must take the life essence of humans to maintain his strength.

Working as an escort, he has been able to keep himself satiated, juggling enough clients to ensure that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes of past incubi–the murderers, the gluttons, the true demonic leeches.

In his line of work, Severus sees much of the same every night: human women searching for surrender, for a connection, for love. He caters to them, steals from them, not realizing that he’s desperate for all the same things.

BLUE EYES, WATCHING HER WORLD FADE AWAY

Moira Aurelia: grad student, TV-marathoner, bar trivia champion–unable to look in a mirror. Not anymore. Because when she does, she no longer sees herself. The person, the creature, staring back isn’t her. It can’t be.

The physical changes started after her mom died a year ago. Hair, skin, eyes. Nothing is the same as it once was, and no one can tell her why. Doctors refer her to specialists. Specialists shrug their shoulders. And Moira assumes she’s dying from the same mysterious illness that plagued her mom.

But if she’s dying, why is she getting stronger? Her body is changing, but into what? Something… supernatural. Inhuman. Other. Frightening new realities flash across her mind, but she can’t accept them. She must be dying–because the alternative is crazy.

Fearing the end is near, and refusing to accept other possibilities, Moira goes after the one thing she can control: her sex life. Twenty-three and still unable to experience a satisfying climax, she schedules a session with a Rus Tanner, esteemed male escort, and hopes for something to go right for once.

LIGHT AND DARK COLLIDE–DESPERATE TO CONNECT

But the night takes a turn from the moment they meet. Severus, expecting just another dull session with a new client, is thrown by the otherworldly creature seeking his services–this strange, beautiful woman who arouses his long dormant demon side like none other. Moira, meanwhile, finds herself face-to-face with a man who can handle her newfound strength–and wears a dark stare and sinful smile like a second skin.

Two lonely creatures grapple with the undeniable pull between them.

Moira flees. Severus pursues.

Desperate for answers, the demon seeks her out–unaware that he isn’t the only predator to have caught her scent.

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What I think I’ll read next

WWW Wednesday 28th March 2018 Future Read: To Be Decided

It’s far too early to tell since I’m barely into my current two reads. My tbr-jar has yet to make a decision 🙂

(In case you were wondering:

Yellow – Fantasy

Orange – Fiction

Blue – SciFi)

 

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WWW Wednesday 14th March 2018

WWW Wednesday March 14th 2018

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 Wednesday

All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

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

Obsidio

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

Blurb:

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!

Blurb:

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.

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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.

Blurb:

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.

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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!

Blurb:

‘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.

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WWW Wednesday 28th February 2018

WWW Wednesday 28th February 2018

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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What I’m currently reading

WWW Wednesday Current Read: Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

Ready Player One

It’s really too early for me to know whether I’ll enjoy it, I’ve only read a couple of chapters. It seems good so far? The gamer in me (a really rather large part of me) loves that this is about the future of gaming. Another part of me doesn’t enjoy the voice. But, as I said, it’s early days–the story hasn’t even really started yet!

Blurb:

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.

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What I recently finished reading

WWW Wednesday Recent Read: The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magicians’ Guild

I won’t say too much now because my review is up tomorrow, but I really enjoyed this. The first half was a bit too repetitive for me, but the action picked up in the second half, the world-building is intriguing, and the characters were strong. Although, I’d have preferred more character development on everyone besides Sonea. It felt like she was the only character who changed throughout the book–then again, she’s the only one whose circumstances changed, so I guess it makes sense?

Anyway. Review tomorrow 🙂

Blurb:

“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

WWW Wednesday Recent Read: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

Ugh, this was awesome <3 There were a few small, minor bits that bugged me, but the writing was so smooth and beautiful I’m more than happy to see past those.

In fact… *drumroll* I loved it so much I’ve placed it on my Forever Shelf <3

Review to come. Just know that I adored this :3

Blurb:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart

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What I think I’ll read next

WWW Wednesday Next Read: to be drawn from my tbr jar

I’ve finally got a picture of the new and improved tbr jar! All paper strips fit now 😀

Since I’ve only just started Ready Player One, my next read is a little way off yet, anyway.

I draw all new reads on Instagram in my stories (unless my SO does it)- feel free to follow the next one!

(In case you were wondering:

Yellow – Fantasy

Orange – Fiction

Blue – SciFi)

 

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WWW Wednesday 14th February 2018

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What I’m currently reading

The Magicians’ Guild

I’m really enjoying this! The first half was a bit repetitive for me (Sonea runs, Sonea hides, Sonea is discovered, Sonea runs,… you get the idea) but I’m over halfway there now and am looking forward to see what’s next. The world building is excellent, and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

I seem to remember trying this author before and I couldn’t get into her then, but this time I’m definitely intrigued.

Blurb:

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

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What I recently finished reading

EVO Ghost

I’ll keep it short because my full review will be up tomorrow:

EVO Ghost was a great end to the trilogy. I especially liked Rave and Fernan, but I wanted more to go wrong. It was all a bit too smooth for me.

(How’s that for a flash review?)

Blurb:

Her name is both feared and revered. 
Her name is that of a ghost. 
Her name is Teddie Leason, and she’s back from the dead.

Teddie never agreed with Woodman’s hare-brained declaration of war that cost the lives of those dear to her, but now, she is the main participant in forwarding what he started. There is no turning back, the war has to play out, and she must end the oppression of her kind. EVO are at the mercy of a man with outdated ideas and the power to wield them. Britain will be reshaped forever unless enemies become allies and sacrifices are made. 

Becoming the ‘Face of the Rebellion’ is bitter sweet, with the potential for justice, but also a weight she struggles to shoulder. The fight has never been more important, and EVO have never been more at risk. They will follow where she leads. Does Teddie have the strength to bear that responsibility?

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What I think I’ll read next

Empress

I know my ever-growing tbr list doesn’t allow for re-reads (especially such long ones), but I’m tempted to re-read this all the same. Empress was the book that made me realise I wanted to be an author, and I’d love to pick it apart to see what makes it work. It clearly made an impression on me, and I’d love to see just how it’s put together.

I will still draw something new from my tbr jar, but damn this is tempting!

Blurb:

Her name is Hekat–
And she will be slave to no man.

In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader.

But Hekat was not born to be a slave. For her, a different path has been chosen. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her god, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak.

This is the story of Hekat, slave to no man.

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WWW Wednesday 31st January 2018

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What I’m currently reading

EVO Ghost

This is my second ARC in one month! I’m hoping to be halfway through by the time this post goes live (I’m preparing it ahead of time as always), and can’t wait to see how everything is going to conclude. Book 2 ended with a bang–literally!–so this one has a lot of to live up to!

Blurb:

Her name is both feared and revered. 
Her name is that of a ghost. 
Her name is Teddie Leason, and she’s back from the dead.

Teddie never agreed with Woodman’s hare-brained declaration of war that cost the lives of those dear to her, but now, she is the main participant in forwarding what he started. There is no turning back, the war has to play out, and she must end the oppression of her kind. EVO are at the mercy of a man with outdated ideas and the power to wield them. Britain will be reshaped forever unless enemies become allies and sacrifices are made. 

Becoming the ‘Face of the Rebellion’ is bitter sweet, with the potential for justice, but also a weight she struggles to shoulder. The fight has never been more important, and EVO have never been more at risk. They will follow where she leads. Does Teddie have the strength to bear that responsibility?

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What I recently finished reading

(this looks longer than it is…)

Vancouver

I won’t say too much now because my review is up tomorrow 🙂 (or you can read it now on Goodreads)

I read the first one either one or two years ago, I can’t remember… I’ve fallen in love with Meldon’s writing since then, and while I’ve read a few others I had yet to return to this series. It was everything I remembered, if less steamy than Book 1.

But more on that tomorrow 🙂

Blurb:

Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust, is not impressed. After giving up her penthouse suite in trendy Manhattan to go monster hunting around the world, she finds herself in a sad hotel room in Vancouver with a decidedly distracted Loki. She hadn’t expected this job to be so serious, and her Norse partner isn’t exactly bowing to her whims these days. What was the point in coming with him if they weren’t beneath the sheets all hours of the day? It seems like such a waste of sexual compatibility. Humph.

Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is equally unimpressed. He hadn’t thought taking on a beautiful partner would make his work so difficult. Her unfocused energy grates on his nerves, and his lust for her is only surpassed by his desire for more godly power. He will complete this job, whether she likes it or not, and he’ll walk away one step closer to regaining his old abilities. Now, if only he can get his partner to focus on the task at hand, not seduction. Ridiculous woman.

Aphrodite and Loki, an unlikely team if there ever was one, find themselves in the City of Vancouver hunting vampires. The job is pretty straightforward: rescue the damsel, kill the monster. Unfortunately, even the easiest of jobs hardly ever go according to plan. 

Westwick College

I thought this would be perfect to fill my review slots while I read longer books, being a novella and all, but it was long for a novella. Still a quick read, but definitely the longest of the three! It had the smallest level of smut and the highest level of risk, and the promise of more gods being in the next one is a mean tease!

My review will be up next week Thursday 🙂

Blurb:

Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and lust, is so done with taking cases in Nowheresville towns. She thought partnering up with Loki to fight supernatural baddies meant excitement, drama, and exotic adventures. So far, the sleepy town of Westwick in rural Idaho isn’t quite meeting her expectations. Still, spending day in and day out with the Norse god of lies and trickery adds more than a little spice to life. And she’d rather be with another god, bored, than all by her lonesome again.

Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is trying—and failing—to come to terms with the fact that his powers aren’t returning as fast as he’d hoped, even with all his freshly acquired followers. When an academic from his past implores him to help battle a magical presence at Westwick College, he puts his mounting frustrations aside in order to help a friend, dragging his gorgeous, albeit occasionally moody, love goddess along for the ride.

Magic has descended on Westwick College in Idaho, holding its students hostage by creating bouts of sickness and eerie bumps in the library stacks when night falls. While Loki believes it will be a simple fix, Aphrodite, having learned from her time with vampires in Vancouver, braces herself for a tough road ahead. 

And as if that isn’t enough, something—someone—is watching Aphrodite’s each and every step. Biding their time. Waiting for the right moment to strike.

Insignia

You may remember from my last post two weeks ago that I kept my expectations low, and I guess you could say it didn’t disappoint in that regard? It wasn’t great. I didn’t get very far before I moved on. It’s not a good sign when you’re still in the first chapter and already sentences make no sense. It needed a professional editor and cover designer, badly. The premise was interesting, but sadly the execution wasn’t there.

This strikes me more as a book the author published to see her name in print rather than because she takes it seriously as a career.

Blurb:

Living on Earth in the year 2026 is supposed to be great. Electric cars, clean air, advanced computer technology. Holograms even. The world has come far from where it was decades ago. 

For Riy “Rai” Veilheart, it’s the opposite. It couldn’t be fun being the target of cruel jokes and pranks on a daily basis. Despite being a good student, all people know him as is “Albino Kid”. 

So getting a tattoo on his arm couldn’t make things, worse, right? It couldn’t become worse than it already is, was his thought at the time. But it did get worse. Just not in the way he would have expected. Now the high school junior has a sword wielding assassin after him, “monsters” biting at his ankles at every turn. Yet that’s not the strangest part. 

No that would be the girl with blue hair approaching him, claiming to come from another world. Anyone would be crazy to believe such a thing, but upon following her closely he discovers not only is this “other world” real, it’s dangerous. 

And for some strange reason, Riy feels like he’s changing. Subtly, into something he never knew existed. Welcome to a world of Magic, Demons and Spirits. 

Welcome to Arlaum.

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What I think I’ll read next

My tbr glass has been upgraded to a tbr jar, actually (you can see why… so many scattered around it, and I’ve added to it since!) but until I take a new picture this is it 😛

I got a few new books for my birthday and they’ve been added to it, too, so there’s a nice choice next time I draw a book <3

I draw all new reads on Instagram in my stories – feel free to follow the next one!

(In case you were wondering:

Yellow – Fantasy

Orange – Fiction

Blue – SciFi)

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WWW Wednesday 17th January 2018

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! A little late, perhaps, but I had nothing to report two weeks ago. Hope you all had a good start to the year 🙂

This meme is no longer categorised with my book reviews! You can now find all WWW Wednesday posts in their own category 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Vancouver (Lovers and Liars #2)

Planning ahead a bit again here as I’m preparing this post on Tuesday and still finishing The Light Over Broken Tide!

Originally, I was going to read Court of the Phantom Queen next but I read Book 1 of this series last year and want to finish it before I start a new one, short as they all may be <3

After one disappointing read, one mediocre one, and one brilliant one, I wanted a book I knew I’d love, and Meldon’s novellas are sure bets for me. Plus, they buff out my reviews a little while I read longer books 😛

I usually get through her novellas in a day, sometimes two, so will start and finish this before Friday!

Blurb:

Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust, is not impressed. After giving up her penthouse suite in trendy Manhattan to go monster hunting around the world, she finds herself in a sad hotel room in Vancouver with a decidedly distracted Loki. She hadn’t expected this job to be so serious, and her Norse partner isn’t exactly bowing to her whims these days. What was the point in coming with him if they weren’t beneath the sheets all hours of the day? It seems like such a waste of sexual compatibility. Humph.

Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is equally unimpressed. He hadn’t thought taking on a beautiful partner would make his work so difficult. Her unfocused energy grates on his nerves, and his lust for her is only surpassed by his desire for more godly power. He will complete this job, whether she likes it or not, and he’ll walk away one step closer to regaining his old abilities. Now, if only he can get his partner to focus on the task at hand, not seduction. Ridiculous woman.

Aphrodite and Loki, an unlikely team if there ever was one, find themselves in the City of Vancouver hunting vampires. The job is pretty straightforward: rescue the damsel, kill the monster. Unfortunately, even the easiest of jobs hardly ever go according to plan.

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What I recently finished reading

The Light Over Broken Tide

Now this is how you self-publish! <3 This was an excellent emotional rollercoaster of a book. I still have roughly 13% left as I’m preparing this post but it’s a quick read and right now, I’m a little bit broken.

It’s my first read by Ducarte and I love her melodic, sometimes poetic, always clear writing style. Normally I read two books before putting an author on my insta-buy list, but in this case it only took the one <3

My full review will follow next week. You should definitely get this in the meantime.

Blurb:

Out of the blue, Rebecca Stafford’s Father arrives to parent her after years of absence. He then extracts her last bit of normalcy by moving them to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The shocking news plunges Rebecca into a despair that brings about an otherworldly encounter; she begins to have visions of her deceased Mom.
Uncertain whether what she sees is reality or the product of a troubled mind, Rebecca searches for an anchor to keep her from drifting in the new coastal town. She clings to Shawn, the eccentric, spritely boy-next-door promising adventures…with surprises of his own, involving an Irish legend and a hidden lighthouse. This brings on a whole new dimension to Rebecca’s visions, and sparks feverish romance between her and Shawn. A bond eventually threatened by forces beyond her control, sending her spiralling into dark, stormy places, leaving her to wonder how broken a mind can get.

Once Upon a Curse

My review for this will be up tomorrow, so I won’t go into detail now. I really enjoyed some of the stories while others felt unfinished and didn’t actually conclude their story. The editing wasn’t even, so some stories were edited a lot better than others which I found quite off-putting–I’d read one story and enjoy it, and then the next would be riddled with mistakes.

I really did enjoy some of them (maybe half?) and loved that I recognised the original fairy tales in most. Overall, I was a little disappointed with the quality since it advertises itself as having been written by bestselling authors.

Blurb:

Seventeen magical stories from NY Times and USA Todaybestsellers and award-winning authors that will entice you to the darker side of faerie tales. More Grimm than Disney, in this collection you’ll find twists on Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumplestilstskin, The Snow Queen, Cinderella, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland, and Red Riding Hood, plus new tales paying homage to the old traditions.
Shadows cannot exist without light, however, and you’ll find enough happily-ever-afters to lift your spirits in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love.

Visions of Zarua

Unfortunately, I didn’t actually finish this. I hate giving up on any book, but I just wasn’t looking forward to coming back to it. Most of the chapters felt like filler and as a result I didn’t enjoy the story. The world-building was good (no map, though, even though several important maps were mentioned in the story) and the chapters written in the past intrigued me a lot more, but there weren’t many of them and it took almost half the book before it was clear why they were there at all.

So I’m sorry I didn’t finish this, but it just didn’t work for me.

Blurb:

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past? 

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria. 
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate. 
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer. 
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past? 

 

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What I think I’ll read next

Insignia

I drew this at random from my tbr-jar, but to be honest I don’t have high hopes for it. The cover doesn’t make it look promising and the edition I have wasn’t on Goodreads, where it has one review despite having been out since late 2014.

I fear this author isn’t taking this self-publishing thing overly serious, but I want it to surprise me with great writing so bad. It’s not a long book, so unless it’s unreadable I’m determined to finish it.

After all, looks aren’t everything and I really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I really want this to surprise me.

Blurb:

Living on Earth in the year 2026 is supposed to be great. Electric cars, clean air, advanced computer technology. Holograms even. The world has come far from where it was decades ago. 

For Riy “Rai” Veilheart, it’s the opposite. It couldn’t be fun being the target of cruel jokes and pranks on a daily basis. Despite being a good student, all people know him as is “Albino Kid”. 

So getting a tattoo on his arm couldn’t make things, worse, right? It couldn’t become worse than it already is, was his thought at the time. But it did get worse. Just not in the way he would have expected. Now the high school junior has a sword wielding assassin after him, “monsters” biting at his ankles at every turn. Yet that’s not the strangest part. 

No that would be the girl with blue hair approaching him, claiming to come from another world. Anyone would be crazy to believe such a thing, but upon following her closely he discovers not only is this “other world” real, it’s dangerous. 

And for some strange reason, Riy feels like he’s changing. Subtly, into something he never knew existed. Welcome to a world of Magic, Demons and Spirits. 

Welcome to Arlaum.

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WWW 13th December 2017

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What I’m currently reading

Visions of Zarua

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and am thrilled that my random book draw coughed this one up. I’ve heard many good things, so expectations are high!

Blurb:

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past? 

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria. 
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate. 
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer. 
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Once Upon a Curse

I meant to start Visions of Zarua yesterday but left my kindle at home and for some reason, my kindle app didn’t list it even though I’d started it (read: I opened the first page), so I started reading this one 🙂 It looks so Christmas-y with the red and the snow and the sparkle, and since I’ll be in an anthology myself I figured I can count it as research, too 😛

I love dark fairy tale retellings, so expectations are high for this one, too!

Blurb:

Seventeen magical stories from NY Times and USA Todaybestsellers and award-winning authors that will entice you to the darker side of faerie tales. More Grimm than Disney, in this collection you’ll find twists on Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumplestilstskin, The Snow Queen, Cinderella, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland, and Red Riding Hood, plus new tales paying homage to the old traditions. 
Shadows cannot exist without light, however, and you’ll find enough happily-ever-afters to lift your spirits in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love.

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What I recently finished reading

Origins of the Never

This was a pleasant surprise in several ways: I didn’t remember that this was a novella, so I got through it much quicker than I thought I would, and wow, this was good! I won’t say any more now because my review is up tomorrow afternoon, but yes, this was good.

Blurb:

A prequel to The Tales of the Neverwar series, with dragons, elves and faeries.

Set thousands of years before the Tales of the Neverwar, an epic fantasy through space, time, and reality. 
Teralia. A world of light and beauty, holding the core of magic that infuses the universe. A land of Faerie magic and Ancient Dragons. 
Here, two friends, closer than brothers, are destined to become the mightiest among the immortal Elven race. 
One will fall, ensnared by an ancient evil thought destroyed eons ago. 
The other will face a desperate choice to save a doomed world. 
Ultimately, only one can prevail. 

Free Science Fiction and Fantasy, Origins of the Never is perfect for dragon lovers everywhere.YA series about an awakening evil and the battle to save all reality.

Reborn

I hate not finishing a book, but this wasn’t for me. I got to 30% and had no idea what the plot was, and my inner editor kept chirping up, too, so I decided to move on. I think the main plot was the MC determined to continue her bloodline and trying to find a baby daddy for her great-great-great-granddaughter, but it felt more like a side-plot to me. I was waiting for something important to happen, but it didn’t.

Blurb:

Marie Josette d’Orgemont, cousin to Louis XVI, watched in horror as a rogue creature took her husband’s life before turning on her. A powerful vampire swept in and spared her life, but she never suspected surviving meant immortality or the price she’d have to pay to protect her surviving son.

Centuries later, in Miami, with her family on the verge of extinction, Marie is preoccupied with the continuation of her human bloodline. When she meets sexy and persistent Odin Ulfsson, his icy-blue gaze and burning touch are hard to resist. Will a forbidden romance with the Nordic werewolf be the key to her happiness, or will it set in motion a wrath that endangers not only her last human heir but her entire existence?

Heralding

My thanks again to the author for my ARC <3 I reviewed this last week so I won’t go into detail now, but if you’re a fan of Buffy and kick-ass heroines wielding dual daggers, I recommend it 🙂

Blurb:

Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…

Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.

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What I think I’ll read next

My next read will be sometime in January, so this’ll have to wait 🙂 I only just started my current reads and will be on my Christmas break after Friday, so chances are I’ll be on them for a while.

I’ll come back to it in January 🙂

This was my last WWW for 2017, so have a Merry Christmas/happy holidays, everyone, and a good start to 2018! I’ll see you in January <3

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