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WWW Wednesday – 4.24.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

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?

I finally started King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo properly, and honestly? I’m loving it almost as much as the Six of Crows duology, which has surprised me. It’s not that I thought the book would be bad or anything. It’s just that Nina was going to be the only character from Six of Crows there that I loved, and I never really latched on to any of the Grishaverse trilogy characters other than the Darkling.

Finally, though, Bardugo has gotten me fully invested in Nikolai, Zoya, Genya, David, Tamar, Tolya, and all the rest, no doubt because they’re finally able to rise from the weaknesses of that first trilogy and come into their own narratives at last with Bardugo’s latest strengths and mastery of her craft. And she’s still improving. King of Scars is a more political undertaking than any other she has ever attempted, and it’s both an effective and engaging narrative. Plus, Nina’s POV has been so poignant, powerful, and heartbreaking, without being steeped in irredeemable maudlin despair. I’m dying to see where everything goes, and if my theory about this book is Right.

I managed to snag a Read Now ARC of Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao on NetGalley before access to it was capped. The reason I went for it certainly wasn’t because of the cover, but Zhao provided a sneak peak of the first chapter that had me instantly hooked. I knew I needed to read this book! So far, I’m a quarter through, and I’m highly enjoying myself. This is a dark Anastasia retelling, with an emphasis on what it means to be considered an Other in society as well as mirroring modern-day slavery and human trafficking. There’s a lot of mature themes and gray morality here—similar to what I enjoyed in Wicked Saints—and I’m loving Anastacya Mikhailov and Ramson Quicktongue so much. The world-building and magic system have also been neat so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan took my high expectations for it and blew them clean through the roof. I loved this dark, morally-gray beginning about villains, blood magic, divine destinies, and endless questions about the line between human/monster, mortal/god. I do feel the romance could’ve been handled a bit better (and according to my taste), but the payoff made everything worth it. I could wax on about this one forever, but fortunately, I wrote a review about it instead. [Review]

I had high hopes for Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins, but it was soul-crushing in how badly it failed to deliver. This is a New Adult retelling of the Cupid/Psyche myth, and despite the source material being so rich, such as having a vain, immortal god falling for the pure, beautiful mortal princess and the seemingly monster romance that happens as a result, this book was incredibly boring and juvenile. When I pick up any romance, possibly dark or not, the last thing I want to experience is feeling like the main character’s POV reads like a 12-year-old’s…especially if there’s explicit sex. And the general anachronisms in the prose’s language absolutely killed me on top of it. Would not recommend for any reason at all unless you have a bad romance comedy podcast. [Review]

What do you think you’ll read next?

the-wicked-deep

I was going to read Graceling, but my roommate is currently letting her mom borrow her copy, so it’s time to tackle one in my book stack!

I’m going to go with The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw because it looks witchy, it’s a standalone, it’s short, and I’ve heard nothing but good things. I know it’s not October, but why wait?

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