WWW Wednesday #7

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

27188596WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING

Warstorm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard. This is book almost 700 pages. Why.

 

 


31179006WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez. She murdered me with that ending. The angst is real.

 

 


28524058WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

REVIEW: The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang

35068705Title: The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1)
Author: R. F. Kuang
Rating: ★★★★

“War was not a game, where one fought for honor and admiration, where masters would keep her from sustaining any real harm. War was a nightmare.”

We’re not even halfway through the year and yet again I am blown away by another debut. What a time to be alive. The Poppy War is a grimdark fantasy featuring a fierce heroine, addictive writing, and plenty of action. There are so many amazing elements about it that make it a totally engrossing read. This book is considered grimdark, and therefore I feel I need to mention that it contains graphic violence, graphic rape, mutilation, torture, mass murder, drug abuse, and many other things of that nature.

“Fear was impossible to eradicate. But so was the will to survive.”

R. F. Kuang’s writing was incredible: it was simple and yet completely addicting. The pacing was absolutely wonderful. The book is split into three parts, each growing darker as the story goes on. I was also very impressed by her ability to blend fantasy elements with history. The Poppy War is inspired by parts of Chinese history, such as the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Nanking Massacre, and it was very easy to see the illusions to those events throughout the book. In addition, there are many other components of the novel that make this such a gripping read: gods and goddesses, military school, shamanism, war strategy, and lots of fighting and action. 

“I have become something wonderful, she thought. I have become something terrible. Was she now a goddess or monster? Perhaps neither. Perhaps both.”

One of my favorites things about The Poppy War was the protagonist, Rin. She was such a well-developed heroine and her growth as a character was amazing to follow. I loved her intensity, her determination, her faults, her strengths. I also enjoyed her interactions with many of the side characters. In particular, I loved the easy friendship she forms with Kitanay, the complicated relationship between her and Altan, and the rivals-to-friends (to hopefully lovers? Please??) relationship that develops with Nezha. 

Just a small note. It takes a lot to rattle me, especially while reading. That being said, Chapter 21 was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to read. I had to pause a couple times before continuing, and at one point I even felt a little light-headed. Heed the content warnings, my friends. That was not easy chapter to read.

The Poppy War is an spectacular grimdark fantasy by debut author R. F. Kuang. The vivid storytelling, world-building, wonderful characters, and compelling plot all come together to create a riveting story. I can’t wait to read the next books in the series and I’m so excited to meet R. F. Kuang at BookCon! 

 

 

The Cookie Book Tag

Happy Monday! I worked all weekend so I plan to spend my day off today catching up on some reading. Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall tagged me to do The Cookie Book Tag and the questions looked so fun! Check out Kelly’s blog; she’s amazing and I love her posts! 


CHOCOLATE CHIP: A CLASSIC BOOK THAT YOU LOVE OR REALLY ENJOYED

The Iliad by Homer. I’ve actually read this twice – both for school – and I loved it both times! As a huge Greek mythology nerd this has everything I love about those ancient stories; meddling gods and goddesses, war and action, and a whole crew of famous Greek heroes. 


THIN MINTS: A FANDOM THAT YOU WANT TO JOIN AND/OR A HYPED BOOK YOU WANT TO READ

I mentioned this is one of my last posts, but I really want to read the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I’ve heard and read so many great things about this series and I hope I get around to reading them soon!


SHORTBREAD: AN AUTHOR YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF

Leigh Bardugo. I’ve called her the Boss-Ass Queen of Writing before and I stand by that statement. Her writing is amazing, her stories are engaging and captivating, and her characters are dynamic and lovable.


SAMOAS: AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck. This book absolutely wrecked my heart (ha. see what I did there?) It was very easy to feel connected with the protagonist, and therefore I felt all of his emotions while reading: anger, embarrassment, heartache, grief. I both laughed and ugly-cried while reading this.


OREOS: A BOOK WHOSE COVER WAS BETTER THAN THE STORY OR VICE VERSA

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. These books are amazing and I can’t wait for the last book to come out in the fall! There are a few different editions of these covers but good lord, none of them are pretty to look at. I actually bought my copies from Dymocks because the Australian editions are not as bad. 


TAGALONGS: A BOOK THAT WASN’T WHAT YOU EXPECTED

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. As part of the plot, there’s a few reveals about the story that show that not everything is what it seems. There’s one twist that I was definitely not expecting that changes the reader’s perception of the setting and the story quite a bit. 


SNICKERDOODLES: A BOOK YOU MAY NEVER STOP LOVING

I’m going to go with A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I simply cannot get enough of those books or the characters or all of the side stories and histories. Similar to the Harry Potter series, these books are going to stay with me forever.


This was really fun and I hope you all enjoyed my answers! I’m tagging the following lovely bloggers:

Lilly @ Lair of Books | Katie @ Pages and Pugs | Ashley @ Book Tales |
Regina @ Bookish in Bed| Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile

REVIEW: Furyborn – Claire Legrand (ARC)

34323570.jpgTitle: Furyborn (Empirium #1)
Author: Claire Legrand
Rating: ★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher. 

Once again, I’m annoyed with myself for the procrastination of reading a book that I would later end up really enjoying. There were so many elements about this that I absolutely loved: the characters, the writing, the plots. Furyborn is an excellent start to an exciting trilogy that I look forward to reading.

From the prologue, I was completely hooked by the story. It not only connects the stories of the two protagonists, Rielle and Eliana, but also gives a glimpse to how one of those stories will end up unfolding by the time the series is over. Furyborn is written in alternating chapters narrated by Rielle and Eliana, whose timelines are separated by a thousand years. Each of their POVs were action-packed and thrilling. I rushed through the pages in an effort to know what would happen next to both Rielle and Eliana. I also loved the fact that we’re told from the very beginning who the Blood Queen is. It made reading her chapters all the more fascinating; we follow her growth and become invested in her story, all the while knowing how it will end.

There are a lot of things about Furyborn that I believe will others will enjoy as much as I did: great writing, wonderful characters, intriguing plots and action-packed chapters. The alternating POVs and verging storylines blend together expertly to create a highly entertaining story. I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series!

Top 5 Wednesday: Finished Series I Need to Read

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! May is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind month, so the topics are open to any that we’ve missed out on in the past. Lately, I’ve been noticing there are a lot of series that I’ve always meant to start, but never have. So this week I’ll be featuring all the finished series that I eventually want to read!

9780451477538_RebelOfTheSands_JK.inddREBEL OF THE SANDS
Rebel of the Sands, Traitor to the Throne, Hero at the Fall
I read the first book in the series when it was released, and I actually own all three books, I’ve just never gotten around to reading the rest of the series. At this point, though, I don’t really remember the plot of the first book at all and would have to re-read it before continuing on with the series. 

23688792THESE VICIOUS MASKS
These Vicious Masks, These Ruthless Deeds, These Vengeful Souls
Another series in which I’ve read the first book, but never continued with the series. I think the problem was that I read These Vicious Masks immediately after Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, and so spent most of the time comparing the two novels, since their plots and settings are very similar. I definitely plan to re-read the first book before reading the sequels and I’m convinced that I’ll probably end up liking it better the second time around. 

27827203FROSTBLOOD
Frostblood, Fireblood, Nightblood
Technically, the series is not finished since the last book doesn’t come out until this August, but by the time I get around to read them Nightblood will be published. This seems to be one of those series in which they get better as the series goes on. I’ll admit that I read a lot of not-so-stellar reviews of Frostblood which caused me to forget about the series, but then I started seeing a lot of positives about the sequel. This series is admittedly not high on my priority but eventually I would love to read them.

32852217THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN
The Hundredth Queen, The Fire Queen, The Roque Queen, The Warrior Queen
Again, the last book won’t be released until this August, but as soon as it does I look forward to read these books! I’ve seen some mixed reviews about them, but I find the plot intriguing and those covers are seriously gorgeous. I can’t wait to finally dive into this series.

15839976RED RISING
Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star
I’ve heard so many good things about this series, and one of these days I’m going to read them! Originally when Red Rising came out, I wasn’t sure if it was a book I was going to enjoy, so I put off reading it until more people I knew read and reviewed it. By the time it started gaining a lot of popularity, it was pushed to the bottom of my TBR list and it’s never really emerged. 


Have you read any of these books or series? What did you think? Are there any series you’ve been dying to read but just have gotten to yet? Let me know in the comments!