WWW Wednesday (58) – July 19, 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?

Academy Arcanist by Shami Stovall – 4⭐ – I loved this fun YA fantasy. The magic system was based on bonding between humans and mystical creatures. There was such a variety of creatures and powers, but most importantly, they all had great personalities. Twain was one of the most adorable things I’ve ever read. He gave Mephi from The Bone Shard Daughter a run for his money as my favorite animal companion. Add in the magical academy and a mysterious group of murders, and I was sold on this book. You can see all my thoughts in my review.

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons – 5⭐ – So, I just wrote a post the other day about my thoughts on this series thus far. I’m not going to repeat a ton of stuff here. I’ll just say that I’m loving the world-building, and this book made me love the series again after not enjoying the second book as much as the first. The twists and connections between the characters were pretty wild and convoluted, but it was all so interesting and incredibly entertaining.

The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem – 4.5⭐ – I reviewed this book yesterday, which you can find here. I really liked the characterization in this one and the tense relationship between the leads. This was one of those books where I didn’t know if they wanted to kill each other or fuck (or both), which is always a fun dynamic. lol. It explored some interesting themes, as well, and had great world-building. All in all, it was a great read.

Starcrossed by Allie Therin – 5⭐ – I adored this follow up to Spellbound. There were more relics. The powers were even more intense. The romance was still ridiculously cute. I LOVE Rory and Ace together. They have such an adorable dynamic, and I’m already looking forward to the next book.

The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson – 3.75⭐ – This was a weird mix of sci fi and fantasy. The tone was light despite some fairly dire circumstances, and the story moved pretty fast. So, it was an easy read. I didn’t always love the humor, but it did make me laugh quite a bit. The characters were interesting, but I never really felt super connected to any of them, which I blame on the quick pace and odd tone of the book. This was my first book by Sanderson, and it was enjoyable enough that I’ll probably pick up some of his other fantasy stuff eventually.

What are you currently reading?

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (6%) – I’m not too far into this one. So, I don’t really have an opinion yet. I love SMG, though, and am sure this one will be awesome.

Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham (10%) – I’m not quite sure what to make of this one yet. It doesn’t seem to follow the same characters as the first book, and I’m not even completely sure exactly when it takes place. It feels like it takes place simultaneously with the first one, but I’m not entirely sure. The characters are interesting, though, and I’m already curious to see what happens to them. Hopefully, that’s a sign I’ll enjoy this one as much as the first story.

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim (16%) – I’m still slowly chugging along on this re-read. I’m enjoying it so far, which isn’t a surprise since I loved it the first time around. The characters and world are all just so interesting, and it is fun re-visiting it now that I know the twists and turns, at least the ones I can remember. lol.

What will you read next?

Thick as Thieves by M. J. Kuhn, Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey, Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

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!

10 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (58) – July 19, 2023

  1. Immortal Longings is one of the books that I am determined to read in the next couple of weeks. I want to reread City of Dusk too before I plunge into the sequel.

    • I got the Immortal Longings audio from the library. So, I plan to jump into it within the next couple of weeks, too, before it has to go back.

      I’m enjoying my re-read. I don’t re-read a ton of stuff, and I’m enjoying the experience of seeing the story through new eyes.

  2. I have the books for the Lyons series and I have yet to pick it up! I’m glad you are enjoying the series because it makes me want to pick it up sooner rather than later. 🙂

    • Yay! I’m definitely enjoying them. They’re a bit convoluted with the way the timelines jump all over and all the reincarnation stuff, but they’re also super interesting and a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy them, too!

  3. It looks like you’ve been reading some awesome books! I’m really enjoying the animal companions in Academy Arcanist right now and I love how their personalities are so fitting with whoever they bond with. Well, except for Gray and Twain cos they be so different?! Twain really is adorable AF and I hope Gray becomes more bearable and less holier-than-thou (soon)! 😍 You’ve also definitely got me excited to pick up The Jasad Heir and Jenn Lyons’ books. Happy reading, Chris!

    • I agree about the animal companions, and you already know my opinion of Gray. lol. I hope you enjoy The Jasad Heir and A Chorus of Dragons when you get to them. I’ve really liked them! 🙂

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