WWW Wednesday #1

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?

33152795WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

 

 


33509076WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

 

 


29385546WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

After seven years on the website, I’ve finally won a Goodreads giveaway! My copy of Warcross by Marie Lu just arrived the other day, so that’s definitely next to read!

REVIEW: Beasts Made of Night – Tochi Onyebuchi

33395234Title: Beasts Made of Night
Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Rating: ★★★

ARC received through Penguin First to Read. 

The best thing about Beasts Made of Night is how unique and refreshing this story is. This is the first YA fantasy I’ve read (or am aware of) that draws from Nigerian influences and it was super interesting. The idea of sin-beasts and sin-eaters was unlike any other fantasy I’ve read before and the world created is vivid and compelling. Unfortunately, for a story that has so much going for it, I still struggled to really love it. After I had finished, I couldn’t help but wish that there had been something more to the story. I still think Beasts Made of Night is a wonderful story and that other’s will probably love the unique fantasy aspects of it as well!

REVIEW: A Short History of the Girl Next Door – Jared Reck

30040068Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: Jared Reck
Rating: ★★★★★

ARC received through NetGalley.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door is a funny, incredible, emotional story. I laughed. I suffered second-hand embarrassment. I cried. 

Matt was one of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. He can easily be described as the sweet, funny, sometimes awkward, boy next door. I loved having the story narrated from his point of view and from very early on, I had the easiest time connecting with him. It was not difficult to put myself in his shoes throughout the book: I felt all of his frustration, embarrassment, heartbreak, anger, grief, and pain right alongside him. My heart truly broke for him and I’m not ashamed to admit that it made me cry ugly tears. That not-so-little twist that comes almost two-thirds of the way through the book caught me completely off guard, and when I realized the book was heading in a totally different direction than I had been expecting, it was heart-wrenching.

This book was nothing short of amazing and tells a very touching story, one I won’t be forgetting any time soon. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is an impressive debut novel that I highly recommend!

REVIEW: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding – Alexandra Bracken

33785202Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Rating: ★★★★

ARC received through NetGalley.

This was such a fun read! It’s middle grade, but I totally enjoyed it nonetheless and I really think readers of all ages will enjoy it. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is the perfect read for the fall. The story features witches, demons, Salem, curses, pumpkins, and other magical creatures that definitely put me in the mood for Halloween!

The story is very well written; it’s creepy and mysterious, but light-hearted and humorous at the same time, which can be hard to execute but Bracken does it perfectly. It features the perfect cast of characters, and I loved both the main character, Prosper, and his inner monologues with Alastor, the fiend. 

The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel!

REVIEW: The Dark of the Moon – E. S. Bell

35719003Title: The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos Book I)
Author: E. S. Bell
Rating: ★★★★★

ARC received through NetGalley.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I requested this book, but I’m enthralled by what I read. The Dark of the Moon is an expertly written novel that is sure to please any lover of epic fantasy and nautical adventures.

The world created by E. S. Bell is wonderfully crafted. Lunos was once a solid land mass, but now is comprised of many different islands. The descriptions of the world are vivid and inventive, and it was easy to imagine myself there. The different religions and gods were intriguing to read about, as were the aspects of magic. In addition, the inclusion of other fantastical creatures and species added greatly to the complexity of the world the author created. The Vai’Ensai are one example of such and I greatly look forward to learning more about them in the future books!

All of the characters were well developed and complex. Selena was a wonderful protagonist and I felt myself rooting for her throughout the entire novel as she embarked on her quest. She was fierce, kind, unwavering in her faith, brave, and real. I also really enjoyed Sebastian as the other main character. Once driven by his need to avenge his family, he now wants to move beyond his dark, dangerous past. The taciturn, brooding man was easy for me to love, despite his menacing nature. The cast of secondary characters were engaging and delightful to read about also, and each have their own distinct personalities and backgrounds. 

There is romance in the book, and from the blurb you can pretty much figure it out, but I absolutely adored the way it unfolded. It was very believable and well-developed, built slowly throughout the story, and didn’t take away from the plot but rather added to it. This book is not without its twists turns, however, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how events unfold in the next one.

I want to comment on how excellent the writing is. I was in the middle of reading another series when I started this and had to stop because it was just too good to put down. Before starting, I actually was not aware the E. S. Bell was a pseudonym for contemporary romance writer, Emma Scott, and I honestly never would have guessed. Not many authors can go from writing one genre to the next so seamlessly. The Dark of the Moon reads like the work of a seasoned fantasy writer and I am very, very impressed.

The Dark of the Moon is a captivating novel that readers of fantasy and adventure books will absolutely love. I highly recommend it and I promise you will it will not disappoint!

P.S. Right now it’s free on kindle unlimited!