WWW Wednesday (70) – October 11, 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?

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 5⭐ – This book has cemented this series as one of my all-time favorites. It was a fantastic ending, and there were so many moments that made my jaw drop. I love Stiefvater’s atmospheric writing, and she made me love these characters and their found family so much. The magic of this world was absolutely spell-binding, and I cannot wait to read the follow-up trilogy.

Fall of Ruin and Wrath by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 3⭐ – It is weird how quickly my opinion of a book can change. My comments about this one from last week were largely positive when I was approximately 20% into the story, but ultimately I came away underwhelmed. I think it was because I was captivated by the tension of the central relationship at first, but the appeal wore thinner as the book wore on without doing much else with it. See my review for all my thoughts.

The Fragile Threads of Power by V. E. Schwab – 4.5⭐ – I really loved this return to the Shades of Magic world. I was pleasantly surprised by how much time was spent with old characters and truly expanding on their characterization and growth. I was expecting the story to focus more on new characters, but my old favorites were front and center here, as well. The only downside was that it led to things being a little bloated with tons of POVs and story threads, all of which were interesting to follow but did get to be a bit much at times. I really liked how the story had its own discrete tale, though, while also setting up some really exciting ideas for future installments. I’m so happy there will be more outings in this world, and I cannot wait to see where things go next. However, I must note that I REALLY hate the new covers. Like, A LOT.

What are you currently reading?

Two Twisted Crowns by Rachel Gillig (48%) – This is one of my most anticipated reads of the fall, and I’m enjoying it so far. The writing is just as good as in One Dark Window, and I appreciate all the added details about the magic system and history. The story centers Elm and Ravyn much more than it does Elspeth, which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise given how the first book ended. Ione has also been featured more, which I’ve enjoyed.

Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald (6%) – I finally started my re-read of this book, and I’m glad I decided to read it again before starting my ARC of the sequel. I’ve forgotten almost everything about it. lol. I’m enjoying it so far. The sense of danger is palpable, and I’m intrigued by the power to see ghosts.

What will you read next?

10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall, Traitor of Redwinter by Ed McDonald, Dark Moon, Shallow Sea by David R. Slayton

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!

7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (70) – October 11, 2023

  1. I’m glad that you enjoyed Fragile Threads of Power so much. I hope to get round to reading this one soon. I loved Daughter of Redwinter but have to say that I didn’t think that the new one was quite as good. That’s probably just me though. Happy Reading!

  2. I also don’t like the new Fragile Threads of Power book covers. You know my thoughts about the JLA book, but other than that I haven’t read any of the rest. I might have to skim through ODW before I start TWO TWISTED CROWNS. I had to really think hard after reading your post about how the first book ended ha.

    • The new covers are SO UGLY. I like the UK cover, though. So, I ordered the Illumicrate edition. 🙂

      I wish I’d re-read ODW because TTC picks up full steam ahead right where it left off. It does do a good job of organically recapping things, though.

  3. I still haven’t read the shades of magic series but would like to get to it! I always hear good things about it and with this new book out I should finally get to it. 😂

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