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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.

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WWW Wednesday

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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.

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 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

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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This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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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

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

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

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 Wednesday

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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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 29th November 2017

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 Wednesday

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What I’m currently reading

Heralding

I’m very nearly done with this and will likely finish it today. My thanks to the author for my ARC <3 Heralding will be out on December 4, so my review will be up next week! If you want to read it before then, you’ll be able to read it on Goodreads 🙂

Edit: I finished it last night (Tuesday night, that is). So. Good.

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 recently finished reading

Godsgrave

I won’t go into much detail now because I already posted my review last week but this was Good (that’s right – capital G). This series has everything I want and more, and has a permanent spot on my Forever Shelf. If you’re a fan of dark Epic Fantasy, you need to read these!

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

The Language of Thorns

This is probably the most beautiful book I own <3 (Although, it might need to share that spot with Illuminae) The illustrations are stunning, and the stories themselves reminded me of the bedtime stories I had as a child.

My review will be up tomorrow (with some extra pictures to show off the beautiful interior) so I won’t say any more now 🙂 It’s already on Goodreads if you’d prefer to see it now.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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What I think I’ll read next

I don’t know! And that’s quite nice, actually, because I planned all my recent reads ahead and I’m looking forward to being surprised for a change. I made this glass of little pieces of paper which all have a title and an author written on them months ago, but then October happened and I had my Spook-tober reads planned, and then November happened and I had my NaNo reads planned… So, whatever I read after Heralding, it’ll be a random draw from this glass 🙂

(In case you were wondering:

Yellow – High Fantsy

Blue – Sci-Fi

Orange – all other fiction)

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WWW Wednesday 15th November 2017

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There hasn’t been much any movement since my last post, so this will be quick!

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Godsgrave

I’m fewer than 30 pages away from the end as I’m preparing this post on Tuesday, and I don’t want it to end!! IT’S SO GOOD, FRIENDS! My books look up to this with unrivalled hero worship<3

My review will follow next week Thursday once I’ve made sense of my feelings.

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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What I recently finished reading

… Nothing. *ahem*

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What I think I’ll read next

The Language of Thorns

I’m still really looking forward to this. The way I’m getting through Godsgrave I’ll either start it today or tomorrow at the latest. The illustrations are so stunning and Leigh Bardugo is my queen, so I can’t wait to get to it.

Then again, I don’t want to finish Godsgrave so I have mixed feelings.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Heralding

WonderWoman Warbringer will have to wait while I read this ARC <3 My thanks to the author for sending me a copy. I loved the prequel Eleonore last year and can’t wait to get to this! It’s on my kindle ready and waiting ^-^

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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WWW 4th October 2017

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HAPPY SPOOKY MONTH, FRIENDS! <3

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Dracula

It’s Halloween month and I’ve never read or seen this classic, so how could I not? :3 I was worried that the writing style would be difficult to follow since it’s quite an old book now and some older novels can be tough, but I’m finding it easy to read. There are some parts I’m not sure about, mostly Mina’s journal entries before her events catch up with Jonathan’s, but other than that I’m really enjoying it. I’m excited to see the film, too, but I’ll wait with that until I’ve finished the book.

Blurb:

The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Draculaprobes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.

A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism

I’m taking a break from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers this month to read up on my occult theory (it’s Halloween month, after all). I’m not sure if this links to the same copy if I’m honest, because I can’t find the copy I have on Goodreads or Amazon (it’s an old book – I’ve borrowed the copy I have from my library) and the title is slightly different on this one (also the blurb on Goodreads is in a language I can’t read, so that doesn’t help).

I’m not very far into it but it’s certainly interesting and is adding lots of future research material to my list!

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What I recently finished reading

Illuminae

Well, the ending destroyed what the rest of the book hadn’t already, as expected two weeks ago 😀 This was good. I won’t go into detail now because my review is up tomorrow, but yes, this was excellent.

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Gemina

I didn’t read this right away because I needed a moment after Illuminae, but took two days to read Cole by Liz Meldon first. Gemina didn’t hurt as much as Illuminae (or maybe I’m just dead to it now, that’s entirely possible), but I still enjoyed it and am dying for Obsidio to be published now. Long wait, though :/

My review for Gemina will be on here next week.

Blurb:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Cole

This was a perfect little read between Illuminae and Gemina. Light, fluffy, witty, and just what I needed to heal my heart after Illuminae destroyed it and before Gemina did the same!

I won’t say too much now because I’ve already reviewed it last week, but if you’re after a feel-good erotic romance, then this series is for you!

Skye Summers: Gainfully employed university grad, cat servant, leftover sushi connoisseur…

Sugar baby falling hard and fast for two men.

Still reeling from her steamy encounter with Finn, Skye has a tidal wave of feelings to decode when the snarky billionaire shows up on her doorstep with a bouquet of chocolate roses. Oh, and a declaration that if she and Cole aren’t a real couple outside of their sugar daddy contract, then Finn is coming after her heart—hard.

And, honestly, Skye doesn’t hate his enthusiasm. In fact, she finds Finn and his wit rather charming.

Her suppressed feelings for sugar daddy Cole, however, refuse to quit. Even if they left things a little awkward after Finn’s party, four years of blossoming love aren’t easy to forget. 

But when Cole waltzes into her usual Wednesday evening yoga class, looking gorgeous as ever, Skye finally learns that her feelings might not be so one-sided…

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What I think I’ll read next

Daughters of the Oak

My Spook-tober reading list is full of scary reads! 😀 I read The Manningtree Account earlier this year and was excited to receive a signed copy of this extended edition from the author <3

Blurb:

1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…

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WWW 6th September 2017

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What I’m currently reading

The Final Empire

I haven’t had as much time to read this as I’d hoped because I’ve been busy with the final proofread of Wardens of Archos, but what I’ve read so far is good. I mean really, really bloody good. I feel like I should be reading this with a notebook and pen so I can learn from the master (I kind of am, too, since I make a note of everything that stands out to me)

I’m only around page 150 but I already feel like there isn’t enough of it, so i guess I’ll treat myself to the sequel if I do well during NaNo 😀

Blurb:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

I’ll be honest, I haven’t technically started this yet, but there’s a bookmark on page one, so the intention is there! As I’ve mentioned above I’ve been quite busy drowning in proofreads and I’m editing a book for another author, now, too, but I WILL fit this in!

Blurb:

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal

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What I recently finished reading

Our Dark Duet

This was good! I’m usually torn with Schwab’s books, but this one worked for me. I’ve got a review coming next week so I’ll keep this brief, but it was good! 🙂

Blurb:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

No Plot? No Problem!

This was excellent NaNo prep. It’s equal parts useful and encouraging, and I can only recommend this if you’re doing NaNo this year. It gives you permission to write messy and just get the words out without worrying about quality, and to buy all the snacks to keep you going. First drafts are meant to be rubbish, and this book encourages you to embrace that,

Blurb:

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

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What I think I’ll read next

Illuminae

Usually, my new books sit on my shelf for a while before I get to them, but I don’t want to wait with this one. Jay Kristoff is one of the authors, so I know I’ll love it and I love the way the story is being told (I may have leafed through it… not enough to spoil things, of course, but enough to need it now). Gemina is waiting to be read afterwards, and I’m really excited for both!

Blurb:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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WWW Wednesday 23rd August 2017

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What I’m currently reading

Our Dark Duet

I’m finally getting around to reading Our Dark Duet <3 I treated myself not long ago and am almost halfway there now. In fact, by the time this post goes live on Wednesday and you’re reading it I’ve probably passed the halfway mark 😛 (Edit: I have.)

Blurb:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

No Plot? No Problem!

I had to borrow this when I saw it in my library! I’ll be participating in NaNo again this year and this will be a big part of my preparation. I wasn’t going to start my prep until October but I thought if I read it now I can review it in time for October, so that you can decide whether you want to make it part of your own preparations 🙂 So far so good! It’s short so it doesn’t take long to read. Review to come at the end of September 😉

Blurb:

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

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What I recently finished reading

Mort

Hmmmm, this was good, but it’s not my new favourite Discworld novel as I thought it might be. It’s basically a story about a boy who messes up the space-time continuum because he can’t get himself to reap a girl he likes, and a man going through a mid-life crisis because a younger guy has taken his job. There’s more to it, of course, but that roughly sums up the main plot.

It was nice to see one of the old characters make an appearance, and I enjoyed it a lot more towards the end when everything was coming together, but it hasn’t taken the spot of favourite Discworld novel away from Equal Rites 🙂

Blurb:

In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

A Torch Against the Night

This was so good, friends <3 I won’t say too much now because my review will be on here tomorrow, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 3 🙂

Blurb:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

The Plot Thickens

I’ve finally finished The Plot Thickens. It was good and gave me lots to think about, but it was just a little too dry for me. I prefer my theory reads humorous as you might know by now, and this wasn’t that. I learned something but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it.

Blurb:

As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide—a veritable fiction-writing workshop—without boundless new ideas.

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What I think I’ll read next

The Final Empire

I’ve been waiting to read this for ages! Since I felt I needed more awesome high fantasy reads in my life, I figured now was the perfect time 🙂 My only concern is that I’ve seen so many excellent reviews and no negative words that my expectations are too high, but I’ve a feeling it won’t disappoint <3

Blurb:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Originally, this was going to be my next theory read but then I found No Plot? No problem! and plans changed. I’ll definitely get to it next, though, it’s been waiting on my shelf for too long!

Blurb:

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal

 

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