Hey, y’all! I wanted to ease back into the blogging by starting with one of my favorite memes. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!
What am I currently reading?
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch:
This has been at the top of my to-read pile for far too long, and I need a good sci fi book in my life right now after binging on some YA and serious fiction books. Dark Matter follows Jason Dessen, a physics professor from Chicago who leads a normal life beside his wife and child… at least, in this world. Following a night out, Jason is abducted and sent to an alternate reality where his life is not his own; he is told that he created a device that allows for people to jump between realities, a device so top secret that those close to him are killed or are killing to protect its secrets. The book follows him as he tries to figure out how to return to his world, and how to survive the one he is currently in. I’m about 50% through this one and while the premise is enticing, and the writing moves so smoothly I barely feel like I’m reading, I still have way more questions than I do answers – and I hope I get them before this book is over.
- Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan:
One of the biggest pillars of my personal philosophy is that I always read the book before the movie/TV show/other adaptation, and that holds true for this series as well after I saw the trailer pop up on Facebook last week. Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, an American-Chinese woman, who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Singaporean Nick Young, to attend his best friend’s wedding and – more importantly – meet his family. What Rachel doesn’t know is that Nick’s family is essentially royalty in the Asian world – CEOs of international businesses, lawyers of the highest calibers, designers and actors, and their globetrotting/spoiled dependents. She also doesn’t know that Nick’s family doesn’t know about her – at least, not really. When she arrives in Singapore, she is thrust into a world she only distantly knew existed, and expected to thrive in the center of it. I’m kind of low-key obsessed with Asian culture, so I’m so pumped to read this book. I’m 25% in and so far nothing too crazy has happened yet, but I have high hopes.
- Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas:
Oh, look – another YA series and retelling! No surprises here. I read the first book in the series (A Wicked Thing) almost three years ago now, so my summarization may be a bit off BUT… The series follows the Princess of a far-off land called Alyssiana, a girl named Aurora who was cursed by a witch shortly after her birth and put into a deep sleep from which she can only be awoken with true love’s kiss. So far, this sounds exactly like Sleeping Beauty, right? Like, they didn’t even change the princess’ name. But fret not, for this is where the story starts to diverge. When Aurora finally wakes up, her “true love” is a man she harbors no strong feelings for and who’s kind of a spineless prince unable to help her reclaim her kingdom – that has moved forward in time one hundred years without her. A tyrannical, egotistical king is the new leader of her country, and she attempts to fight him in small ways throughout the book while attempting to reintroduce herself to the world. In Kingdom of Ashes, the story continues after Aurora has left her kingdom in flames behind her and attempts to find support elsewhere to claim back what is rightfully hers. To be honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book, but I didn’t hate it either – so I’m hoping the second book will impress me more than the first.
What have I finished recently?
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Rating: 5 / 5 stars, review posted here
- Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars, review coming soon
- 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2) by James Patterson
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
What do I think I’ll read next?
- Artemis by Andy Weir:
I love space stories, and I especially love when Andy Weir is telling them. The Martian is probably one of my top 5 favorite books of all time, because the writing is spot on, and the humor is so natural and prevalent throughout the book. So when I heard that Weir was composing another novel taking place in space, I had to pick it up… and then put it on my to-read pile for monthsc as it glared at me. Artemis follows Jazz, a lowly porter on the planet of Artemis, where truly only the rich succeed. She is a small-time thief in order to get by, but when a more promising score presents herself, she can’t pass up the opportunity to make a little more money. But one little job turns into a whole conspiracy, and Jazz gets caught up in the wildness of Artemis and the political strings intertwining it. I am so pumped to see where this story goes.
- This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab:
Still at the top of my to-read shelf, and featured in last week’s WWW. I just got distracted by Kingdom of Ashes instead – whoops!
- The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead:
Still at the top of my to-read shelf, and featured in last week’s WWW. I just got distracted by Crazy Rich Asians instead – whoops!
Well – that’s it for this week, folks! Hopefully I make some headway off the “currently reading” and into the “what’s next”!
Written by: Hanya Yanagihara
Review: 5 / 5 stars
Summary: When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
!Reader warning!: This book contains scenes of sexual abuse, self harm, suicide, drug addiction, and other potentially triggering themes. If you want to know if this book is safe for you to read, please feel free to reach out to me.
Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book #1 / 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Summary: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Written by: Marissa Meyer
Book # 3 / 4 of The Lunar Chronicles series
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
*Please do not read unless you have also read Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2).*
Summary: Cinder and Captain Thorne are now fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Written by: V.E. Schwab
Book #1 / 3 of the Shades of Magic series
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. He was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
Written by: Pierce Brown
#1 / 3 of the Red Rising trilogy
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Summary: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Disclaimer: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway literally like almost two years ago. Whoops.
Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Book # 4 / 6 of the Throne of Glass series
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
*Please do not read unless you have also read Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1), Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), and Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3).*
Summary: 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.