WWW Wednesday #9

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I guess I’m on a contemporary kick! It’s only fair considering I spent the last like six months totally lost in fantasy. Anywho, there’s a lot of praise for Queen of Geeks and I really want to like it. So far, unfortunately, it hasn’t really been a hit for me. I’m just short of halfway through so I guess we’ll see how the latter half goes.

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What did you recently finish reading?

History Is All You Left Me (1/17/17) by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I think there were a lot more problems in this one than in More Happy Than Not and I’m not sure if I really liked all the characters. But it doesn’t matter because when Silvera gives you the feels, you don’t get to say no. At the end, I really missed Theo. He’s kinda present through the whole book and knowing that that’s really the end of his story is sad. ( Stop crying over fictional people, Jeannie. )

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still reading, but I haven’t been that motivated or interested in the books I’m reading lately, so it’s been slow. And while I have lots of books in the TBR, nothing’s really screaming my name. I feel like I’m having the book version of when you keep checking your fridge, seeing all the food, and then sitting back down because you have nothing to eat moments. Still searching for that Mr. Right-for-my-current-mood book. Any suggestions?

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #9

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

History Is All You Left Me (1/17/17)
by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

All is cheery and fine for now, but I can feel the heartbreak lurking around the corner. Sigh. Bring on them feels, Silvera. Do your worst.

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What did you recently finish reading?

I Believe in A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

If you’re a fan of the Lara Jean series, I Believe in A Thing Called Love will be right up your alley. All the sugary sweet fluff you could ever want. I felt the same way about this one as I did about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Didn’t love the protagonist or the plot, but the family dynamic was adorable. Coincidentally, also an Asian American teenager and her adorable dorky dad. For some reason, when I’m coming out of a reading slump, churning through fluff like this, even when I don’t love it, is the easiest way back in.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Who knows? I just started training for another fight so I’ve been pretty mentally and physically exhausted this week. Not sure what my brain or schedule can handle at the moment. If any of you have suggestions for light, quick, happy reads, I’d love to hear them!

Happy Reading!

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Taproot | ARC Review

Taproot by Keezy Young

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What initially drew me to this ARC (also what draws me to most comics) was the cover. I love those colors. Love, love, love the palette and the sketchy, almost unfinished-looking lines. Then I read the tagline and description and honestly was pretty excited for what looked to be some heartwarming stuff. Taproot is about Blue, a ghost who happens to be in love with Hamal, your average gardener who can see the dead.

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What I Liked:

  • Characters | Blue, Hamal, the ghosts surrounding them and most of all the reaper. There’s a diverse and humorous cast of characters to be found here.
  • Art | Gorgeous panels! The style, tone and visual storytelling is just lovely.
  • Story | The premise and overall plot felt sweet, but also fresh and unique.

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What didn’t work:

  • Pacing | This arc could easily have filled up three volumes. I would have preferred it if it did. The mystery got resolved too quickly. The love and relationships developed too suddenly. I didn’t have time to fall enough in love with Blue and Hamal before the story reached its ending. I barely understood the problem or where the solution came from when suddenly things were fine again. Everything just happened too fast.

Overall, beautiful story. I just wish it was given the time and space to really expand and pace itself properly. If the problem was allowed to fester and manifest gradually, it would have held more weight. We could have seen more of what was at risk and had time to see the dynamic between Blue and Hamal grow.  I would have been totally engrossed in a whole series of that supernatural mystery. End of the day though, this quick 127 pager is still a beautiful collection of illustrations featuring two queer leads, all sorts of supernatural fun and a very sassy grim reaper.

TL;DR: Keezy Young, moar pls.

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Taproot: A Story About A Gardener and A Ghost by Keezy Young will be available September 26th, 2017 from Lion Forge.

I received this ARC free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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WWW Wednesday #8

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Friends, I have a confession. I DNF’d A Court of Mist and Fury. I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t that it was awful, it was just not my cup of tea. Maybe someday I’ll get back to it, but end of the day, I didn’t look forward to reading it. So good-bye for now, Feyre.

I haven’t been reading too much lately. Work’s been stealing my day again, but I’ve been listening to the Days of Blood and Starlight audiobook on my runs. I have my qualms with the series, but it’s such an entertaining read. And easily one of the best audiobooks to listen to.

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

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Mistborn : The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Really enjoyed this one! Though the middle bit dragged a little, I loved this world and these characters. Perfect for all the fantasy buffs out there who are in it for the world-building, the action and the epics. It was a nice break from all the YA fantasy. It was dark and bloody at times with none of the teenage fluff. Also, look at this cover! How beautiful is that? Reminds me of the Fables covers a little bit. Intrigued to see where this goes as a series because I felt like the first novel reads so well as a standalone. Not sure where it’ll go from here.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t think I’ll pick up the Mistborn sequel just yet. Strange the Dreamer is really calling to me, but I’ve also been trying to get my hands on a copy of Our Dark Duet. As always, who knows? We’ll see.

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #7

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Still working my way through these two. Though it’s slow going because I find Maas’ writing style to be kind of slow and repetitive sometimes. You don’t have to tell me every time his purple eyes change direction, thank you very much. The Bear and the Nightingale just hasn’t fully drawn me in yet. It’s still too early on and I keep getting distracted by novels that are somewhat easier to read mindlessly.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I was thinking about skipping this week’s WWW, but I actually managed to finish a book just in the nick of time! I have mixed feelings about this. It’s Schwab. AKA the writing was superb. It was a unique idea and written well, but somehow I just wasn’t….feeling it? I think objectively, it was a good book. Something was just not clicking for me, maybe I’ll have figured that out by the time I write a full review on it.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Actually kind of stumped right now. I keep rifling through my TBR list and nothing is screaming READ ME NOW. Anyone have any suggestions for must-reads? I’m all ears!

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #6

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Finally hopping back on this series! I’m about a hundred or so pages in and I’m glad to see Maas didn’t just shrug off everything that happened to Feyre. The trauma and stress of what happened is apparent in her character and her relationship with Tamlin, which feels quite real. Unfortunately, it also makes the first part of this book so heavy and dark and difficult for me to get through, because you’re viewing everything through a lens of  depression.

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Plus, her current relationships with Tamlin and Rhys feel so toxic at the moment, which is also kind of cringe-y to me (cue Twilight flashbacks). I’m hoping that changes though at least for one of them. I know how highly this book/series has been received in the community – how do you all feel about the “romance” aspects of it?

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

As you’ll see below, I went on a Victoria Schwab binge recently and was totally creeping on her author’s page on Goodreads. This book happened to be on her recently read list with a 5 star rating. Coming from an author I love, that’s a huge endorsement. Anyways, it’s reading like an old Russian folktale right now, full of whimsy. Me gusta so far.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab 

Please excuse me as I ugly cry in the corner here. I loved this series and I’m so so so so so so so so so so so so so so sad it’s over. There have been rumors of a show or a movie and I so hope that’s true, because man, I miss these characters already. I’m definitely going to be ordering pretty special edition hardcovers of this trilogy to put on the shelf.

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Schwab has easily become one of my favorite authors. Her ideas are so creative, her characters well developed and I drink up her writing style like a smooth smoky scotch. All those things were here in Vicious, but I do think it was a bit slow for me and just didn’t quite have all the twists and clever scheming that I expected. Especially from a novel that has two genius super villains pitted against each other. That being said, I know she wrote this book as if it may be cut off as a standalone, but then had the opportunity to flesh it out further. So I’m hoping the next few books really kick it up a notch and we get the same complexity in plot that we did with the Shades of Magic trilogy.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got my eye on The Shadow Cipher (York #1) by Laura RubyI just got my hands on a digital copy recently and am pretty excited to start, but I’m already juggling 2/3 books at the moment. So it’ll have to wait until I knock at least one of them out. Ruby’s debut book, Bone Gap, stole my heart though. I recommend it to everyone. I hope York has some of that same magic and shine. I did also pick up The Midnight Star by Marie Lu when I grabbed ACOMAF from the library. So depending on whether I get through ACOMAF before the due date….Midnight Star may be in the near future too.

 

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #5

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

 

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I had actually never heard of this book until all the hype about Caraval kicked up, which often referenced this novel. It’s whimsical and intriguing so far, albeit somewhat hard to follow. Eager to see where it goes.

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

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This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Underwhelmed and disappointed by this one. I think it actually put me into a reading slump because I didn’t really feel compelled to finish it. Sad face. That’s it for the past couple of weeks though. Things have been pretty slow on the book front for me.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

A Gathering of Shadows. Rare that I have a definite answer to this part of WWW’s, but my book hangover from A Darker Shade of Magic has finally faded and I’m ready to move on with the series. You guys ever get that? Where you get so sad about a series eventually ending that you refuse to read the next one? So bittersweet when that happens.

Happy Reading!

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