Happy Wednesday! If you’re unfamiliar with WWW Wednesday, it’s a weekly blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The three W’s are simple:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
I just finished a book last night so no real current reads. I am technically still working on my reread of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins but I haven’t read any of it in the last week, instead picking up my books for the Trope-ical Readathon.
Well, the Trope-ical Readathon is doing it’s job and getting me reading. I’ve finished four books in the last week!
First, I read Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I really enjoyed the introduction to this world. This book was a little slow but I’m fairly certain it will pick up as the series continues and I’m definitely interested to see where it goes next. I ended up giving this one 4 stars.
Then I read the final book in the Cassidy Blake trilogy, Bridge of Souls by VE Schwab. This was ok. I had given the prior books in the trilogy 3 and 4 stars and gave this one 3. This book was darker and spookier than the prior books which was ok but maybe too dark for an actual middle grade reader (or at least middle grade aged me). My main issue here was that this book didn’t use and explore the setting as much as the prior books. So it ended pretty middle of the road and I think my least favorite book of the series.
Next I read my ARC of A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I Lin. The setting of this book is mesmerizing. It was totally drawn in from the beginning and loved the magic and lore around tea making. However, the plot was a bit rushed and the characters needed some further development. The setting was still wonderful though and the plot did come together a bit towards the end. I landed on 4 stars. You can see my full review here.
Then last night I finished How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. At about 3 quarters read, I was ready to shout about this book from the rooftops, I was so in love. Then the end left me entirely confused and I somehow fell all the way to 3 stars. The book is really a set of short stories that fit together through a shared and sequential timeline and the occasional character who makes a reappearance. All of the initial stories were beautifully written and had me totally invested. They were imaginative and devastating and just made me think so much. Then the ending got weird. Really weird. The last two chapters I did not care about at all and actually found myself skimming. I was so disappointed how badly the end of this book let down such a promising start but that’s just the way it was. So 3 stars but definitely glad I picked it up and I’ll just focus on remembering the stories that I loved.
I’m ready for a bit of an easier read. I think I’m going to start The Ivory Key or Ruin and Rising tonight for some easy YA fantasy reading.