WWW Wednesday #15

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I haven’t started this yet, but I will be very soon. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, so I can’t wait to get into it!

Blurb:
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.


Recently Finished…

UnboundUnbound by Neal Shusterman

I’ll really enjoyed being back in the Unwind world. It was great to find out a few more things that took place prior to the events of the series. There were also a couple of stories that were set after the last book, so it was nice to see a bit of continuation from that.

Blurb:
In the
New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology—Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided—Neal Shusterman thrilled readers with the story of a society that deals with its out-of-control teens by “unwinding” them—transplanting more than 99% of their bodies into other people.

In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman—explores even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable. These short stories examine the world of unwinding in a way we haven’t seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events.

This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

I loved this book so much. It was very fast-paced, and it all felt so real and terrifying. The whole story was just so unpredictable, which reflected the volatile situation that was being described. I’m yet to write a full review, but hopefully I’ll get one up soon!

Blurb:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Never Mind My Thigh GapNever Mind My Thigh Gap by Sarah Newton and Bronte Huskinson

I was approached by the assistant of one of the authors to read and review this book. For the most part, this was a good book. It had a great message, but I feel like it wasn’t told in the most effective way.

Blurb:
There are three things everyone notices about Alice. 1. Her super-hot rugby boyfriend. 2. Her sophisticated, totally gorgeous best friend. 3. Her very noticeable 38-inch long legs.

Alice is tall – just under six feet to be exact – but her self-esteem couldn’t be smaller. When her relationship starts wavering, Alice’s perfectly beautiful best friend somehow convinces her to join a modelling completion, “for a confidence boost.” But Alice is just a normal girl; she loves ice cream too much, has an unhealthy addiction to American TV and lusts after the elusive thigh gap. She can’t even walk in heels, let alone in a bikini, but she finds herself joining Runway Models anyway.

The finale is only a few months away.

Will Alice catwalk her way to self-confidence or fail, proving everyone right? People can surprise you.


Reading Next…

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

I absolutely loved the movie version, so I’m pretty sure the book will be great, too. I’m interested to see the different information we get in the book, as there were undoubtedly some things that had to be taken out for the film.

Blurb:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday #14

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

UnboundUnbound by Neal Shusterman

Well, technically, I haven’t started this yet, but I definitely will in the next couple of hours. I’m really looking forward to reading more about the world of Unwind.

Blurb:
In the
New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology—Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided—Neal Shusterman thrilled readers with the story of a society that deals with its out-of-control teens by “unwinding” them—transplanting more than 99% of their bodies into other people.

In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman—explores even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable. These short stories examine the world of unwinding in a way we haven’t seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events.


Recently Finished…

PassengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

This was a pretty good book. There were a couple of things I wasn’t really a fan of (that insta-love tho), but it was still an entertaining read. I’ll hopefully have a full review up in the next week or so.

Blurb:
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.


Reading Next…

This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It deals with the serious issue of school shootings, so it’ll be interesting to see how this story plays out. It has a lot of mixed ratings on Goodreads, so I hope I still enjoy it.

Blurb:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

WWW Wednesday #13

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

My True Love Gave To MeMy True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

I’m about halfway through this and I’m pretty disappointed, to be honest. There’s only be a couple of stories that I really liked, and the others have just been a bit dull.

Blurb:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the first audiobook that I’ve ever listened to, so it’s quite a strange experience for me. It’s taking quite awhile to get through, because I can only listen to it when I’m doing something that doesn’t require much thinking. It’s quite a nice story, though.

Blurb:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?


Recently Finished…

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

I loved this book! I wasn’t too sure how much I would like it, as I’m not a gamer, but I still really enjoyed it. I’ll be posting a full review tomorrow (hopefully…), so keep and eye out for that!

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.


Reading Next…

The Fox InheritanceThe Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

This is the second book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles. I also have the third book out from the library, so they’ll be my next reads.

Blurb:
Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

 

WWW Wednesday #12

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ve seen so much praise for this book, so I was really excited to pick it up. I’m not very far in yet, but it’s been pretty good.

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.


Recently Finished…

The Rest of Us Just Live HereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This was a pretty good book. It wasn’t amazing, but it didn’t take long to read, so I was happy with it being just good. Check out my review here.

Blurb:
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

24 Hours24 Hours by Claire Seeber

This was quite an interesting psychological thriller book. Again, it wasn’t amazing, but it was still good. I’ll be posting a review tomorrow!

Blurb:
Here today. Dead tomorrow?
My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.
Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.
Before he finds out I’m still alive.

24 Hours is a fast-paced, intelligent psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.


Reading Next…

My True Love Gave To MeMy True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

I’m so excited to read this! I love holiday stories, so this is sure to be amazing.

Blurb:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This will be my first audiobook! I’m not used to being read to, so I hope I enjoy it.

Blurb:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #11

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

The Rest of Us Just Live HereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This is the first Ness book I’ve read. I’m not blown away, but it is pretty good. I still really want to read some of his other books that I’ve heard are amazing.

Blurb:
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

24 Hours24 Hours by Claire Seeber

This is the first proper thriller novel that I’ve read and, so far, it’s pretty good. I haven’t picked it up for a few days, but hopefully I’ll get back to it soon.

Blurb:
Here today. Dead tomorrow?
My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.
Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.
Before he finds out I’m still alive.

24 Hours is a fast-paced, intelligent psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.


Recently Finished…

18006496Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

AAAHHHHHH. I loved this book so much >.< You can find my 10-minutes-after-I-finished-the-book ramblings here, if you are so inclined. I’ll be posting my full review tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it!

(The blurb below has spoilers for the first three Throne of Glass books, so it you haven’t read them, but you want to, I would avoid reading it!)

Blurb:
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The Adoration of Jenna FoxThe Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

This book was pretty good. I wasn’t amazed, but it was still quite interesting and thought-provoking. I will be reading the other two books in the series, though. You can find my mini-review here.

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma – so she’s been told – and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.


Reading Next…

Ready Player One Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ve heard only great things about this book, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. I hope I’m not disappointed!

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.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

Now, I need to get back to studying for the final exam of my diploma, which is tomorrow!

WWW Wednesday #10

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

18006496Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

This book is incredible. I am so in love with this world and these characters. I’m around the 2/3rd mark, and everything is just amazing and beautiful and exciting. I’ve seen a lot of people say they cried near the ending, so I’m a little nervous for that…

(The blurb below has spoilers for the first three Throne of Glass books, so it you haven’t read them, but you want to, I would avoid reading it!)

Blurb:
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.


Recently Finished…

LinkLink by Summer Wier

I really enjoyed this book – it was a really interesting sci-fi that wasn’t too outlandish or futuristic, but was still very exciting. You can find my full review here.

Blurb:
For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars. Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

I had very mixed feelings about this book. The first half was a struggle to read, but many parts of the second half, I really enjoyed. I’ll be posting me full review in a few days, so keep an eye out for it!

Blurb:
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.


Reading Next…

The Adoration of Jenna FoxThe Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

This book has been on my Goodreads TBR for the longest, so I decided that it’s time I got around to reading it. I picked it up from the library last week, so it’s all ready and waiting to be read.

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma – so she’s been told – and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.


 Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments! 

WWW Wednesday #9

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

LinkLink by Summer Wier

I got this book from NetGalley a few weeks ago. I’m around the 2/3rd mark and I’m really enjoying it. There are a few things I’m not a huge fan of, such as one of the main characters who is kind of a douchebag, but for the most part, it’s a great book.

Blurb:
For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars. Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

I am super disappointed with this book, to be honest. Based on all the hype and praise surrounding this book, I expected to really enjoy it. At best, I would say it’s decent. I don’t really like the main character, Simon Snow, or his best friend Penelope. The only major character I like is Baz. So yeah, I’m kind of struggling through this book right now – I do want to finish it, though.

Blurb:
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.


Recently Finished…

23381009Born to Endless NightAngels Twice DescendingThe Fiery Trial, Born To Endless Night and Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare (with Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Robin Wasserman respectively)

I’ve really enjoyed the last three installments in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. I’ll be posting a review of this series tomorrow, so watch out for that!

Blurbs:
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates.

and

Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!

and

Simon’s journey to become a Shadowhunter nears its end as his Ascension ceremony draws closer.


Reading Next…

18006496Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I’m so excited to read this!! I’m picking it up from the library tomorrow, and I’m gonna have to exercise some self-restraint so I don’t start reading it before I’ve finished the other books I’m reading.

(The blurb below has spoilers for the first three Throne of Glass books, so it you haven’t read them, but you want to, I would avoid reading it!)

Blurb:
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #8

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

23381009The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

This is the 8th installment in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series. Normally I read one of these short stories while also reading another book, but I finished a book last night and the next book I have from the library is a big hardcover, and I didn’t want to lug that around, so I decided to catch up on this series.


Recently Finished…

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

I loved this book; it was such a great sequel to Throne of Glass! I loved seeing how the story developed and the set up of lots great plot lines for further installments. I’ll be posting a full review of it tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it!

Heir of FireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Just like the other two books in the series, I adored this one! It had a slower start than the others – it was only around the 1/3rd mark that I started to get really into it. Once it go going, though, it was great. As a side note, guess who has a new favourite character? I’m am so in love with Rowan, and I hope he’ll be in Queen of Shadows enough to satisfy my craving!

Bitter of TongueBitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

This is the 7th story in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series. I read this one this morning and, like all the previous installments, I really enjoyed it. I loved that we got to see how Mark Blackthorn was dealing with being in the Wild Hunt and all that.


Reading Next…

Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

There’s been so much hype surrounding this book since before it even came out that I really hope it lives up to it. I’m still not totally sold on it – it just seems like a retelling of Harry Potter with different names. I mean, when I read Fangirl, I though Simon Snow was in place of Harry Potter, until they mentioned HP and I got thoroughly confused. Either way, I hope this book’s good!


 

Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #7

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

I’m absolutely loving this book to death. I’m over halfway through it at the moment, and there’s just so much going on. I was reading it on the train this morning, and I had to force myself not to cry because there is just so much emotion in this story ughhhhhh.


Recently Finished…

Pale Kings and PrincesPale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

This is the 6th short story in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. This one was a lot shorter than all the others, but I really loved it; it might even be my favourite so far. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading the rest soon…

The Assassin's BladeThe Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

These stories wer amazing! I’m so glad I read them before continuing on to Crown of Midnight. I had originally planned on reading them after I had caught up with the main series, but raw someone say that it was better to read it before the second book. I think the last story was my favourite, just because of all the emotion and the intensity of it all.


Reading Next…

Heir of FireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I got this out from the library the other day, and I’m super excited to read it. This series is just killing me with how good it is. As I haven’t finished Crown of Midnight yet, I have no idea what to expect from this book (I refuse to read the blurb to avoid spoilers for CoM).


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #6

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading…

The Assassin's BladeThe Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I’m part way through the third novella of this collection, and so far, I’m really enjoying them. They’re not quite as good as Throne of Glass, but I still love learning about Celaena’s life before we met her in ToG. I do miss Dorian and Chaol, though, so that’s probably why I’m not enjoying it as much. Sam was a rather interesting character in the first story, though, and I’m fairly confident we’ll be hearing more from him.


Recently Finished…

Paint My Body RedPaint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling

This was such a great book! I was really moved by the story and the themes that were dealt with in this book. You can find my full review here (also, as a side note, a few lines of my review are posted on the Amazon page for the book, which is kinda cool – there’s a link to that on the review page, if you wanna have a look).

More Happy Than NotMore Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I totally lied in my last WWW Wednesday when I said The Assassin’s Blade was the next book I was gonna read. I completely forgot that I already had this book out from the library. Anyway, I though this was a really good book, and I was very surprised, but moved, by the plot twist that came at me.  This book is also a nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction in the Goodreads Choice Awards, which is pretty cool. I haven’t yet written a review (but I hopefully will at some point after I have written my essay), but I did really enjoy this book.


Reading Next…

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

For real this time… I’m certain that I have no other books currently out from the library, so I will definitely be reading this book next. I can’t wait to read this book because I heard that the ToG series gets better as it goes on, so I’m excited to find out what happens next in the story!


Have you read any of these books, and what have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!