WWW Wednesday (57) – July 12, 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?

Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn – 3.25⭐ – This was a fun fantasy heist story with a ton of backstabbing and plenty of adventure. It was easy to read and kept my interest well enough to keep me going until the end. My biggest problem with it was that it tried way too hard to be Six of Crows. It came across feeling like a pale imitation of one of my favorites. The characters and major plot points were all so similar. I get all fantasy heists will have familiar tropes, but the similarities were just too many for me. It didn’t help that the characters all fell a bit flat even though I enjoyed reading about them. I came away with the sense I’d heard about the characters’ exploits but didn’t really know them all that well.

On or Off Vol. 4 by A1 – 5⭐ – This was such a great installment. It was the perfect ratio of steamy and awkwardly hilarious. You can see all my thoughts in my Manga Monday post from earlier this week.

Jack’s Ever After by Owen Lach – 4⭐ – This was another good story from Lach. This follow up did a good job of exploring what happens when the happily ever after falls apart. However, it also continued development of many of the same themes as the first book, such as queer joy, hope, and the importance of acceptance. The characters and relationships were still cute AF even with all the added extra angst in this story. So, if you liked the first book, be sure to pick this one up to see how the love story of Jack and Damon continues to unfold. See all my thoughts in my review!

What are you currently reading?

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons (64%) – This series is so wild. Depending on how well it sticks the landing, I think it could easily become one of my favorite series ever. I love the narrative choices the author has made, and the characters are so interesting. The story is very intricate, and the world-building is almost mind-boggling in its scope. I love how you get a glimpse of a new layer of the complexity in each story. Although, the characters being so inter-related, along with all of the reincarnation, does make stuff hard to keep track of, especially since I’m listening to the audio. I’m loving the challenge, though, since it is all keeping my interest by being so fascinating.

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim (7%) – That’s right! I finally started my first re-read of the year and am so excited to jump back in this world and relive the adventure. I loved this book when I read it last year and cannot wait to read the sequel once I finish up this re-read. 🙂

Academy Arcanist by Shami Stovall (13%) – I’m not very far into this one yet, but the first few chapters have been intriguing. They’ve set up an interesting mystery about monsters that murder you through your dreams, as well as the basics of a cool magic system involving humans pairing with magical creatures. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.

What will you read next?

The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem, Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham

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 (57) – July 12, 2023

  1. I think that I need to reread City of Dusk before I start the sequel too. I am definitely looking forward to The Jasad Heir

    • Yeah. It was definitely the discount brand version of Six of Crows. It really made me want to re-read those books, which is probably not what the author was going for. Lol. I’m hoping the sequel is better, but we’ll see.

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