W…W…W…Wednesday (48)

W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I recently finished reading… The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. J.K. Rowling. WOW. Maybe my love for Ms. Rowling’s style and execution blurs my view of her work (though The Casual Vacancy is an exception — I didn’t overly enjoy that book), but everything I read from her is so high quality. The Silkworm was even more gripping and intoxicating than I found The Cuckoo’s Calling. J.K. Rowling truly is the Queen of Fiction.

I am currently reading… Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke. I love her prose, but I wish the story was more cohesive than I’m finding it to be. Hopefully I will feel compelled to write a detailed review no matter what my final thoughts!

Next, I am planning to read… Amber House, borrowed from the library along with BtSatB. This is the first book in a series that I haven’t heard much about, but it’s October and I want more mysterious reads! The summary definitely fits that bill.

Compulsion by Martina Boone [Early Review]

Details: Digital eARC obtained through Edelweiss. Releasing on 10/28/2014.
Series: Heirs of Watson Island, book 1
Rating: 9/10

Summary (from Goodreads): All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. Continue reading

TBR Addition Saturday (19)

TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently added to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.

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Only two weeks, and seven books added to my TBR…after reading probably just as many! What books piqued my interest enough to get me to add them to my list?

  • Salt and Storm, by Kendall Kulper. The number of ARC reviews plus my desire to find another interesting series about witches now that the Cahill Witch Chronicles is over led me to add this!
  • Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma. A few commenters egged on another blogger I follow to read this book next, and I do have to admit it sounds pretty creepy.
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley. Because it sounds like a really neat glimpse of life during the civil rights movement and I want a little more historical fiction.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson. Everyone seems to love Jandy Nelson, even people who don’t generally read contemporary YA. I’ll admit, this was almost an impulse buy at an indie bookstore the other day.
  • The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6), by Richelle Mead. Uh, BLOODLINES. Duh.
  • The Girl at Midnight, by Melissa Grey.
  • The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner. One of my favorite authors, Ms. Victoria Schwab, has been raving about these books nonstop lately, it seems. Okay, I’m caving. I’ll check them out!

What has impacted all of your bookish lives this week?

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (37)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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I was getting all set to do this post on Pawn by Aimée Carter, but I got 18 pages in and thought, this is reminding me too much of Legend. I dropped the book. I’m not counting it towards my DNF list because I honestly don’t think I gave it a good enough shot. In the mood I am now though, I just can’t read it. Legend had such a promising start, but book two had middle book syndrome and book three didn’t entirely recover from that mediocrity, in my opinion.

SO, moving onto my next read….

From Sisters’ Fate (Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood….Currently (about to start) reading *no spoilers!*

Brenna is dancing up the marble steps to the front door, and I’m following her when there’s a sound — flesh smacking against we pavement — and I turn. Finn’s on his hands and knees; he’s tripped over the curb. He picks himself up, pokes his glasses into place, and walks back toward his carriage, but his gait lacks its usual gangly grace. He pauses, examining the carriage, looking as though he’s puzzled by it.

This marks the beginning of the end for the Cahill Witch Chronicles, a series that has, for me, gained momentum as it progresses. An excellent first paragraph since it raises curiosity about characters with whom we’re familiar! So excited to officially begin.

W…W…W…Wednesday (47)

W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I recently finished reading…: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Man, am I sorry I didn’t read this Gaiman first instead of American Gods. And at the end of last week I finished The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan! I don’t think I’ll be able to wait too long before starting The Mark of Athena.

I’m currently reading…: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Slow to start, but it feels like it’s steadily improving.

Next, I’m planning to read…: Pawn by Aimee Carter, I think. I’ve heard such mixed reviews about it, though it sounds like my kind of book. I’m interested to see where on my scale it falls!

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (36)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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From Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I was raised to marry a monster.

The day before the wedding, I could barely breathe. Fear and fury curdled in my stomach. All afternoon I skulked in the library, running my hands over the leather spines of books I would never touch again. I leaned against the shelves and wished I could run, wished I could scream at the people who had made this fate for me.

In all honesty, it took a good 70 pages or so for me to stop questioning whether or not I wanted to DNF, so it takes awhile to get into. I’m officially 188 pages in and glad I didn’t quit! Time to keep going!

TBR Addition Saturday (/Sunday) (18)

TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently decided to add to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.

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It has been a month since my last one of these — oops! — and yet I’ve only added 11 books to my Goodreads TBR. That might mean some progress, however, since I believe I read more than 11 books in the month. Which leaves the question, what books have I added to my list?

  • Gates of Thread and Stone (#1), by Lori M. Lee. This seems to be getting reviews on the upper side of average and it is a preferred genre of mine.
  • Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1), by Mira Grant. I’ve heard that this is the book that makes people like zombie fiction. Zombies really turn me off (no, I never watched Walking Dead) so if I can do this I consider it a plus.
  • Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross. Fairy tale retelling!
  • Of Beast and Beauty, by Stacey Jay. Another fairy tale retelling!
  • Doll Bones, by Holly Black. Never read a Holly Black book but this looks unique. Currently waiting for me at the library.
  • Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2), by Gail Carriger. I liked the first book okay, but I think the second will be the telltale sign of whether I should continue the series.
  • Eon (#1), by Allison Goodman. I like the premise, a girl pretending to be a boy so she can complete a special mission. Plus fantasy!
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1), by Melina Marchetta. Again, never read anything by this author, but I love fantasy!
  • Lion Heart (Scarlet #3), by A. C. Gaughen. The first book I loved and I have the second sitting on my bookshelf!
  • Gilt (#1), by Katherine Longshore. Excellent reviews of this one, and I do seem to crave historical fiction more and more.
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

Those are my 11! And since it’s a cloudy day (possible rainy, later on) and I have off from work, I’m off to finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

What are you guys reading this weekend? Anything new on your TBR lists? Feel free to post a link in the comments (: