WWW Wednesday

Hey guys! It’s time for my second WWW wednesday. I’m starting to read more and more these days, and I feel like I should definitely enjoy it before I start working 36 hours a week next week! How do you combine work and reading without neglecting your other duties? Please let me know!

What I’ve read:

Wiving by Caitlin Myer is a beautifully written memoir. I will definitely be thinking about this book for a while. A review will be posted here soon!

I listened to the Audiobook of Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage. The retelling is enjoyable and fine. I did however love the fact that the Beast is a dragon here!

The Chalice and the Crown by Kassandra Flamouri has an incredibly unique way of storytelling. A review will be posted tomorrow!

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently busy with my third reread of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah. J. Maas. Just like during my first read, I can’t put it down. I just love this series too much.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus is the first of her books I’m reading. It’s hard to put down and if the book stays this interesting, I’ll definitely read her other books!

Why oh why didn’t I read this sooner. I’m listening to the audiobook of Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa and IT’S AMAZING. The narrator is talented as well and I can just hear the sassiness in her voice. It reminds me so much of the ACOTAR series that I wish I read this in my ACOTAR hangover.

After finishing The Skylark’s Song, I couldn’t wait to start The Skylark’s Sacrifice by J. M. Frey. I’m currently a few chapters in but I don’t know what to think of it just yet.

Just like 2 weeks ago, I’ve only read the first chapter. I may have to reread that first chapter before I go on with the rest of the book.

What I’ll be reading next:

I can’t wait to start the following books!

What are your WWW Wednesday books?

Love,
Ani

WWW Wednesday

Hey guys! From now on, I’ll be posting a WWW Wednesday post every 2 weeks, so you’ll know what I’m up to when it comes to reading. I don’t know who created WWW Wednesday, so if you do, please let me know so I can give them credits in my following WWW Wednesday posts!

What I’ve finished reading:

I’m currently doing a re-readalong for the ACOTAR series, organized by the SJM Collectors Community on Facebook! We’re all preparing for the release of A Court of Silver Flames by rereading the whole series, and started A Court of Thorns and Roses in Oktober. It was actually my third reread of the series and now that I noticed the foreshadowing, I loved it even more. ❤

The Skylark’s Song and Subversive were both books I read to review, so you’ll see the reviews soon enough on my blog! In short: I enjoyed both books tremendously and I can’t wait to start their  sequels. I’ll leave the rest of the info for my review posts. 😉

What I’m currently reading:

I’m reading Midnight Sun together with a group of friends, but I haven’t picked it up in a while unfortunately. I’m definitely enjoying it, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d done a reread of the Twilight series before I started it.

Wiving is definitely not my usual genre. The author approached me and I was willing to give it a try. It’s different but I think it’s good for me to read something different for once. Unfortunately, it’s also the reason that I’ve been much slower in reading this book. It’s worth it though, so I’m taking my time to read it thoroughly.

I’ve actually only read the first chapter of How to Break an Evil Curse. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep on reading it now, or give priority to some other books I’ve been dying to read.

Beauty and the Beast is a retelling of, well, Beauty and the Beast. I bought it impulsively for my Kindle as it was on sale and The Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. I’m enjoying the audiobook, but as I started reading the reviews, I noticed that someone classified it under erotica and that the author emphasized that it was an adult retelling. I guess I won’t be listening to it in public.😂

I’ve been reading The Purple Haze for FOREVER, but I had to put it down due to exams. I’m excited to pick it up again this week, because I did really enjoy it. It’s YA fantasy, but incredibly different from other books. It’s funny and witty, whilst still being filled with adventure and mystery.

What I’ll be reading next:

For the Ultimate Blog Tour organized by The Write Reads, I’ll be reading The Cousins! It’s my first book of Karen McManus, despite seeing her books in all book stores nearby.

The Chalice and the Crown has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf for waaaaayy too long. I completely forgot about it, and I might give it priority over How to Break an Evil Curse right now.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the next book for the ACOTAR re-readalong. I’ll be reading it in November, but as it’s in my top 5 of favorite books (to be honest, I don’t even know what the order of my top 5 is), I’ll probably be finishing it before the end of November.

 

Have you read any books on this list? What did you think of it? What are your WWW Wednesday books? Let me know in the comments!

Ultimate Blog Tour: May Day

I wish I could say today was my stop on the Ultimate Blog Tour for May Day, but it was actually yesterday😂 I messed up a little with the dates, my bad. Nonetheless, I loved this book. I read 320 pages in one sitting, because I just couldn’t put it down (much to my boyfriend’s dismay).

May Day follows the vampire Jack Valentine as she and the other Seekers research a murder that happened on May Morning. As they follow all the leads they can find, they soon figure out that there are lots of places that other vampires in high places don’t want them to look. Will they find out the truth of what happened to David Grant?

I honestly couldn’t find any flaws in this book. The writing style was excellent, the mystery had a few huge plot twists and the romance was intriguing. The justice system and hierarchy were both explained clearly, just like the characteristics of being a vampire in Josies world.

I’m a sucker for romance that’s quite toxic. Examples are Jude and Cardan (The Cruel Prince) and Alina and the Darkling (Shadow and Bone).  Lucky for me, May Day contains one. It’s one of the main reasons why I HAVE TO READ THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW. I guess I’ll just have to wait and be patient.

May Day is an excellent murder mystery set in modern day England. It has a unique description of vampires and well-written romance. I highly recommend you read it. Please read it.

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

Buy May Day here

Ultimate Blog Tour: Knightmare Arcanist

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Knightmare Arcanist! The book is written by Shami Stovall and published last year. I’m very grateful to be able to take part in this tour, since I absolutely LOVED the book (and when I say love, I mean staying up till 2.30 A.M. reading the book love).

Knightmare Arcanist follows gravedigger Volke Savan as he tries to bond with a phoenix to become a magic-wielding arcanist and prove to others that he’s nothing like his criminal parents. When that turns out to be a disaster, he uses a more unconventional way to bond with a different mystical creature: a knightmare with his own agenda. The knightmare Luthair’s previous arcanist was murdered and Luthair wants nothing more than to avenge him. Volke promised to help him, but will he manage?

I often have trouble getting into a book, the first 100 pages are usually not that interesting to me. Knightmare Arcanist however managed to drag me in in the very first chapter! Volkes determination was incredibly admirable, he keeps going even though all the odds are against him. He and his ‘adoptive sister’ Illia are an amazing team together, even before they bonded with mystical creatures.

And the mystical creatures? I loved them. I loved loved loved seeing how they and their arcanists formed closer bonds and complemented each other. Especially Illia’s eldrin Nicholin was unique, as he always lifted the mood with his huge ego.

I usually tell more about my own opinions, but I feel like the best way to enjoy this book is to go into it blindly. The world building was excellently done and I would hate to take that experience away from you.

I highly recommend this book. It’s a light but good read, a rare combination! The pacing is consistent and I truly don’t have anything that I want to see improved. I truly believe that this book is incredibly underrated and more people should read it. I can’t speak for the sequel as I haven’t read it yet, but I’m 100000% sure I will and I can’t wait to start!

 

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Ultimate Blog Tour: Catalyst

Hey guys, today I’m doing something different! I read the book Catalyst as part of the blog tour organized by The Write Reads. I’m very grateful to be a part of the tour! Catalyst is the sequel of The Field and can be read as a standalone (in fact, I haven’t read The Field and I had no problems following the story).

Catalyst follows Marcie as she, her brother Eric and his girlfriend Renee join an archaeological dig overseen by Marcies parents. It starts when Marcie and the others arrive at the dig site. There, she meets the other students she will be working with, including Leo and Scott. Marcie also meets the senior graduate assistants Zeke and Lorraine. But Marcie has an odd feeling about Zeke and Lorraine that she can’t place as they work on the dig site…

When one day Marcie, Eric, Renee and Leo follow Zeke and Lorraine on a hike, Marcies feeling is confirmed as Zeke demonstrates how he moves a large rock. With his mind. If that isn’t enough, Zeke and Lorraine ask Marcie and the rest to help them save the world. But can they take on such a big task?

Marcie is a strong lead who stands up for what she believes in and I really respect that. She says what she thinks but she’s also fair to others. Those are characteristics I often miss in books, so I was glad to follow Marcie on her journey!

I did feel however that Marcies love interest fell a little flat. It started off cute and realistic, but I liked him less and less throughout the book. At a certain point in the book, I just wasn’t rooting for them anymore, which was a big let-down for me as I’m a huge romance lover.

I really enjoyed the first three quarters of the book. It was very clear that the author was sending a message to the readers and I appreciate that. But the last quarter of the book was incredibly confusing as it was a lot of information in not enough pages. It think the subject of the last part would have been great for a sequel, but it was too much to fit into this book and make it work.

Catalyst is a fun young adult book with a strong lead. I recommend it to readers who are invested in making the world a better place and to very patient sci-fi lovers, as the sci-fi part comes up later in the book. I enjoyed Catalyst and I really hope you do too!

 

Here’s the official blurb of the book:

Marcie is spending her summer working on the archeological dig that her mother runs: Angel Mounds, a site of an ancient indigenous civilization. Soon after she arrives, she meet some intriguing individuals, and becomes wrapped up in a supernaturally-charged mission to save the planet from the destruction man has brought upon itself.

Marcie Horton has a sixth sense. Not in the “I see dead people” way, but . . . well, maybe a little. She feels a sort of knowing about certain things that can’t be explained-an intuition that goes beyond the normal. Then there was that one summer four years ago, when she connected with a long-departed spirit . . . But nothing that incredible has happened to Marcie since.
This summer, Marcie is spending time working at Angel Mounds, the archeological dig her mother heads, along with her brother, Eric, and his girlfriend, Renee. The dig is the site of an ancient indigenous civilization, and things immediately shift into the paranormal when Marcie and her teammates meet Lorraine and Zeke. The two mysterious dig assistants reveal their abilities to access the Universal Energy Field with their minds-something Marcie knows only vaguely that her brother has also had experience with. Marcie learns how our planet will disintegrate if action is not taken, and she and her team must decide if they are brave enough to help Lorraine and Zeke in their plan to save Mother Earth, her resources, and her history. It looks like the summer just got a lot more interesting.

Get your copy here!