WWW Wednesday (52) – June 7, 2023

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?

Different for Boys by Patrick Ness – 5⭐ – This was a quick read that did a great job of capturing the tumultuous experience of exploring sexual identity as a teen boy. It incorporated elements that worked as great commentary to the current book ban and censorship debates happening across the U.S. I also loved that the text was mixed in with illustrations. It was just all presented in a really eye-catching package that made for a great reading experience.

Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian – 5⭐ – This will likely end up being one of my favorite books of the year. I’m not going to rehash my reaction to it again since I’ve already written a review. You can see all my thoughts in my review.

Threads That Bind by Kika Hatzopoulou – 3.5⭐ – This was a cool take on mythology, and I had fun with the mystery as well. I just didn’t really love it, though. I’m not even sure why. Maybe a mood thing? I enjoyed it, but it isn’t a book I’ll remember much about before too long.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas – 3⭐ – I’m probably going to make some people mad with this one. lol. I didn’t really enjoy this book. I’ve never really liked Nesta’s character, but I will admit the book did a wonderful job of exploring her trauma and her motivations. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of most of the other characters. They were HORRIBLE to Nesta and completely clueless about her trauma even though they went through a lot of it together. I came away liking most of the characters a lot less than before I read this book. Rhysand was giving off Tamlin vibes, which completely icked me out. It didn’t help that there was very little plot to this book other than Cassian and Nesta quipping at each other constantly and eventually boning A LOT while trying to pretend they weren’t in love. I did enjoy their banter, but why did this need to be ALMOST 800 PAGES?! It didn’t. lol.

What was my favorite of the week? My favorite this week was Only This Beautiful Moment. Please go read this book.

What are you currently reading?

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro (54%) – I have mixed feelings about this one. The love triangle hasn’t really been to my liking so far because one of the men is super obnoxious and a total man baby. His characterization has also just been really inconsistent, and I don’t get what the MC sees in him other than having an available warm body. The MC’s plan to outsmart his aunt and regain his inheritance also seemed really convoluted and a bit nonsensical. The only character with a bit of sense is the other love interest, who hasn’t gotten as much page time as everyone else since he doesn’t live at the chateau. I’m also underwhelmed by the supernatural/murder mystery element so far. It has been way too sparse considering I’m already halfway through the book. All that being said, I am enjoying the general gothic vibes of the book and the way it addresses trying to maintain gay relationships in this historical setting. I’m really hoping the second half gets better, though, and leans more into the supernatural side of things.

To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose (4%) – I’m not very far into this one yet, but I’m loving the Native American influences. This one is supposed to have a dragon-rider training school in it, which I’m really looking forward to reading about.

The Will of the Many by James Islington (51%) – I really like this book. The world is super interesting, and the main character has lots of depth. I’ve also really enjoyed the atmosphere of the training academy and the investigation into the mystery there. I just feel like it is all crawling at a snail’s pace. So, I’m just taking my time with this one as a background read.

What will you read next?

I’m hoping to finish up my overdue May/June ARCs in the coming week so that I can focus on some back-list books and July ARCs in the second half of this month.

We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian, Perilous Times by Thomas D. Lee, Darkhearts by James L. Sutter

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!

4 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (52) – June 7, 2023

  1. I didn’t realise that James Islington had a new book out. I loved the Licanius trilogy so will have to check this one out

  2. Okay, so how I cope with how ACOSF changed everyone is that we’re seeing ALL THE OTHER characters THROUGH Nesta’s eyes. She literally has never liked Rhys, so of course we’re going to see him as a jerk in this book.

    Also I LOVE that you’re loving The Will of the Many. I adored that book. Easily in my top books of the year.

    • I guess that does make sense, but it still doesn’t change the fact he didn’t tell Feyre the truth about the baby to “protect her feelings.” I was so infuriated.

      The Will of the Many has pretty much everything I like, cool world-building, an interesting mystery, and an academic setting. It’s like it was written for me. 🙂

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