#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 07 December, 2016

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This is a blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for today, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

heartlesscoverI mentioned last week that Heartless by Marissa Meyer had come in for me at the library. I read it over a few short days and loved it. The ending felt like a bit of a punch in the gut but I’m not sure what else I was expecting for an origin story about the Queen of Hearts. My review will go up on Monday.

thetwocoverI also finished listening to The Two by Will Carver. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Girl 4; I felt there was a bit too much misdirection so the twist didn’t feel so much like a twist as it becoming a completely different story.

Then I read a graphic novel version of the Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which is not on GoodReads! I know I could add it myself but I’m lazy. 😛

elenorecoverAnd last but not least, I finished Eléonore by our very own Faith Rivens (who was kind enough to provide me an ARC), and quite enjoyed it, particularly in the second half. I’ll have a review up on Friday.

I’ve also posted reviews of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks and Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven this week.

What are you currently reading?

fairestcoverI have started reading Fairest by Marissa Meyer. It’s the Lunar Chronicles prequel focusing on Queen Levana. Possibly reading this so soon after Heartless will leave me feeling rather down, but oh well. This should be quite a quick read, I read the first 15% in my half-hour lunch break.

What do you think you’ll read next?

lettersendoflovecoverI mentioned last week that my last Australian Women Writers Challenge book for the year is Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker. I definitely want to read that next. I did post a full December TBR last week. I’m hoping to finish the challenges I signed up for at the start of the year. I’m so close!

What are you reading this week? 🙂

wednesdaybannerThe other blog hop for this week is WIPpet Wednesday. If you’re a writer, you are very welcome to join us in this one by posting an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date. You can click the blue guy on the right of this blog to be taken to the link up.

This week I’ve added the digits of the date and the month together and I have ten sentences. Clara has just been forced to witness the execution of her parents. Maybe. They just disappeared in a flash of blue light so I’ve left myself open. Either way, Clara is assuming the worst. She’s in a room in the palace, the execution takes place outside in a courtyard.

“No!” Clara screamed, finally finding her voice.

As heads turned towards her, the guard who had opened the window hurriedly closed it again.

“No!” she screamed again. “No, no, no, no!”  She pounded on the glass with her fists before she was pulled away and the curtains were drawn. Once again she was being dragged out the door, down the corridor. She struggled in the soldiers’ grip, but it was to no avail. They were far stronger than she. When that failed, she let herself go limp in their arms; she wasn’t going to make it easy for them. They grunted as they were forced to support her entire weight, but they continued to drag her along with them.

On the upside, this does at least lead to Clara escaping (temporarily) from the guy who is rather successfully taking over her kingdom right now.

That’s it from me for now. I will do my best to get to your blogs this week, but I have choir practices tomorrow and Friday nights, then an audition and our concert on Saturday. But I’ll try to squeeze it in!

~ Emily

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25 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 07 December, 2016

    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, it was kind of weirdly structured, and went back in time after the twist was revealed to give more details and give it from other POVs which showed how it actually was, but because he’d spent the first half or so of the book convincing me everything was one way, it all felt quite strange. I think he was working harder to amaze us than tell a good story, yes!

      And yes to GoodReads! It means there’s a book not included in my challenge, which is bothersome (though I am way ahead in my challenge, so it’s not a huge issue, I suppose).

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I finally got Stars Above from the library. I think it might be one I take home with my over Christmas. Its due date would normally be right around Christmas, but all our libraries are closed for two weeks, so I’ve got it for ages. Did you read Fairest when you read the rest of the series? I can’t remember.

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      • Claire | Art and Soul says:

        I haven’t read Fairest either. Only because most of the reviews were along the lines of “interesting, but not essential reading” and I have such a big list of things to read I didn’t prioritise it 🙂

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      • Emily Witt says:

        Having now finished it, I pretty much agree with that. It also had some pretty dark content which felt a bit out of place with the rest of the series, which I found unsettling. I mean, yes, it’s a villain backstory, but I still wasn’t expecting to made to feel as unsettled as some of it managed to do.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      No problem! 🙂 I just realised I left a word out in my sentence about it – it was supposed to say particularly the second half. Though obviously I liked the first half enough to get the second half as well, lol.

      You should definitely read Marissa Meyer! Though I will say that with Cinder and Scarlet and I was sort like “Yeah, this series is pretty okay, but I’ll keep reading” then I read Cress and I was like “omg, best book ever!” I think her writing just keeps getting stronger.

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  1. Sam says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Faith’s book! That’s so great. And good luck powering through Fairest. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  2. b10track says:

    (I know I’m repeating everyone else, but) Poor Clara! She seems like a strong and resilient person, though. I can imagine what she’s been through making her stronger than ever.

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  3. Yvo says:

    You make me want to pick up my copy of Heartless ASAP! I’m not sure if I will have time before the end of the month, but you sure make me doubt whether I should just pospone the ARCs and start this one. 😉 Fairest is probably my favorite ‘novella’ of the Lunar Chronicle bunch… I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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