WWW Wednesday (24) – October 19, 2022

Hello, everyone! It’s Wednesday! That means it is time for another WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. I’ll be answering the following questions:

  1. What did you read last?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What did you read last?

This week was a bit of mixed bag. I had trouble focusing on reading because I was at my in-law’s house for most of the last week, and a couple of these books just didn’t really work for me. First, The Witch Haven just felt a bit all over the place. It was part murder mystery, historical fantasy, and dark academia, but it didn’t do any of them especially well. It was a very typical, and forgettable, YA story that felt like a copy and paste job of popular tropes and settings. Next, Soul of the Deep was a huge disappointment. See my review for more details on why I didn’t care for it. Luckily, The First to Die at the End turned the week around at the end. It isn’t my favorite Silvera book, and there were a couple things about the story that had me rolling my eyes. It also felt a bit repetitive with characters, themes, and story very similar to previous books Silvera has written, but there was enough of a twist that I didn’t get bored with it. That being said, it was still a good story that left me a sobbing mess, which is pretty typical for his books. Finally, I finished listening to Prince’s Gambit. I enjoyed this installment of The Captive Prince trilogy a lot more than the first. I really liked the focus on strategy and political conspiracies along with the increasingly equal relationship between the love interests. I’m looking forward to seeing how it wraps up in the last book.

What was my favorite of the week? My favorite this week was The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera. I just love the way he writes, and there was some content in this one that just destroyed me emotionally (as usual for his books). If you enjoyed They Both Die at the End, this book is very similar to that one and deepens and intersects with the story from that book in interesting ways.

What are you currently reading?

I started reading Empire of the Vampire this week. I haven’t gotten very far, but I like what I’ve read. It has definitely got the vampire vibes down, and the story has been compelling from the very start. The size is just a bit daunting, and I’m honestly not certain I’ll finish it this month. I also started Ocean’s Echo last night. I didn’t want to put it down. I read the first quarter of the book in one sitting, and I’m chomping at the bit to read more. I love the main characters, and the world-building feels complex but is integrated into the story in a seamless way that makes it easy to understand.

What will you read next?

I plan to finish listening to the Captive Prince Trilogy and read another ARC, Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble. I also hope to get to The Atlas Six so that I can get to my ALC of its sequel.

I hope you’ve all had a great week! What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (24) – October 19, 2022

  1. I hope your reads this week will be less of a mixed bag and full of enjoyable titles! I need to get on Maxwell’s series because I’ve heard great things about it. EoTV is still on my TBR but I always find Kristoff’s books are always so intimidatingly chonky and it makes me put them off for ages. 😂 Hope you continue to enjoy it though. Happy reading!

    • EoTV is so intimidating even while reading it. lol. I feel like I’ve been reading forever but haven’t even cracked the first 100 pages… It’s good, though. Just daunting. This is my first Maxwell book, and I’m loving it so far. It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci fi book (that isn’t Star Wars), and this one strikes a nice balance of sci fi and character/relationship driven elements. I like it a lot! 🙂

  2. I loved Empire of the Vampire. It is very long but it is definitely worth the number of pages. Ocean’s Echo is brilliant too although possibly not as good as Winter’s Orbit as I didn’t like the characters quite as much.

    • I still haven’t read Winter’s Orbit despite wanting to get to it since last year. I’m really loving Ocean’s Echo so far, though. I’m liking the balance of sci fi elements and character development in it. It isn’t super techy and has a good mystery. I’m hoping to finish it today.

      • That’s what J enjoyed about Winter’s Orbit too. I love Sci Fi but sometimes it can get very techy and I get lost 😀

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