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:
- What did you read last?
- What are you currently reading?
- What will you read next?
What did you read last?
This week has been rough. While taking my parents for eye surgery last week, I managed to catch COVID for the first time. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it since I’m super high risk with only one lung. Regardless, it finally caught up to me. It has been hell, but I’m thankful for the vaccines because I’ve managed to stay out of the hospital. If you haven’t gotten the latest booster, I strongly urge you to do so! My wife got infected, as well, and she’s faring worse than me despite being less at risk. She hadn’t gotten her booster yet, and the doctors seem to think that’s the reason for our different reactions to the virus, especially since I really should have been much sicker than her. So, get your booster! It won’t keep you from feeling like crap, but it will definitely shorten the term and severity of illness, at least that’s what it did for me. Now, enough about COVID… Here’s what I read this week:
Firestarter by Tara Sim – 4.75 ⭐ – After the cliffhanger of the previous book, I had to dive right into this one. It was just as action-packed as its predecessor, and there were several truly heartbreaking moments that left me teary-eyed. The characters continued to grow considerably, and they all changed so much from the beginning of the first book, which I appreciated. I liked the way it all wrapped up in the end, and all in all, this was a fitting conclusion to the series.
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare – 3.5⭐ – WHY?!?!?!?!?! The end of this book made me FURIOUS. The contrivance of the miscommunication was absolutely unreal, and I wanted to scream at the characters and Cassandra Clare for the absolute stupidity of the entire situation. That being said, the rest of the book was fine prior to the last few chapters. It was extremely bloated and probably could have easily been 300 pages shorter, but I liked the serial killer plot and the twists/reveals. I’ll probably wait a while on the last book in this series because those last few pages really put me off this story for now, but I’ll eventually finish it off.
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo – 4.25⭐ – This was a great follow up to Ninth House. It was full of arcane rituals, demons, murder, and the occasional trip to hell. It was once again a little light on the academia aspect to really be classified dark academia, but I still enjoyed it. It answered some questions and raised many more that have me very curious about where the sequels will take the story.
Seven Faceless Saints by M. K. Lobb – 4⭐ – I enjoyed this debut fantasy murder mystery. The story was plotted well even though the killer became quite obvious fairly early on. I liked the two main characters, and their relationship was fun to follow because of their major differences and complicated past. For all my thoughts on this one, check out my review!
What was my favorite of the week? My favorite this week has to be Firestarter. It was just such a great finale to the series, and I never wanted to stop reading it.
What are you currently reading?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – I’ve started my buddy read of this sequel with Celeste from A Literary Escape. I’m not too far into it, but I’m enjoying it so far. Rhysand is still my favorite. I just love his sense for dramatic timing. lol.
The Pledge by Cale Dietrich – I’ve already started my first ARC of the month. I’m not really sure what to think about it so far. The writing is a bit mediocre, and I wasn’t really expecting the story to start off with a multiple homicide in the first chapter. I’m not a fan so far, but we’ll see if that changes.
Spare by Prince Harry – With all the buzz around this one, I had to read it. It is the first memoir I’ve read in a while (maybe ever?). It took me a minute to get used to the style, but I’m enjoying it so far. I love that Prince Harry is narrating the audiobook because I love his accent. lol. I also get a bit misty-eyed anytime he says mummy. 🙁
What will you read next?
I plan to finish my library holds (Glitterland), and then move on to two more books from my TBR (Prince of the Sorrows & The Luminaries).
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!