#WWW Wednesday – April 27, 2016

It is Wednesday, and that means WWW Wednesday! Yaaaay! WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?

I purchased The Raven King, the 4th book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, when it was released yesterday. At time of writing this post, I’m about 25% into it and… well, I was hoping the final book in the series would be a bit more exciting? Cabeswater is being a bit weird, and there have been a couple of important conversations, but mostly it’s just sort of ambling on…

edgeofdarkcoverI also read about 30% of The Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel during train journeys on the weekend. I would have read a lot more except I spent a lot of the travel time sleeping. I plan to get back to this as soon as I’m done with the Raven King. I honestly don’t read a lot of high fantasy, but I do recommend this series.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

bluelilycoverI finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, the third in the Raven Cycle. I was actually a bit disappointed in that one. I felt the story was really starting to drag, and I think that’s why I’m feeling especially disappointed that the new book doesn’t really seem to be picking up the pace. Review goes up on Friday. Speaking of reviews, mine for The Dream Thieves (Book 2) went up on Monday.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I gave up waiting for my library’s on order of A Gathering of Shadows, the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, to come in, and bought the ebook. I imagine that will be next, before all the hype wears down (I know, that’s not something people say all that often, but this is one where I want to share in the excitement!).

Two of my holds came in at the library this week, and I also just randomly picked up two more library books as well. They are, in no particular order:riversoflondoncover

So that’s my next few weeks’ reading cut out for me, I think!

What have you been reading this week? Any recommendations?

~ Emily

“Dream me the world, something new for every night” // Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre:
YA/Fantasy
Date Read: 15/04/2016 – 18/04/2016
Rating: ★★★★

Review:

dreamthievescoverI’m fairly sure that my reactions to parts of this book are basically what people are talking about when they talk about being drunk on writing. I wanted to soak up this book in one sitting, though sadly, real life got in the way of that. There were parts of this book that I thought were worthy of five stars, though sadly, there were other parts that brought me back down again. Having said all that, it proved to me that I had clearly been in the wrong mood for the first book, which I enjoyed, but had nothing like this reaction to. I was trying to read it over Christmas, though, and that’s hardly the time for really absorbing something. You can read my review of the first book here.

I couldn’t say a lot actually happens in The Dream Thieves. It’s more dealing with the fallout from the first book. The most substantial part of the plot focuses on Ronan, as it explores his talent for taking things from his dreams in more detail. There is also some relationship stuff, which I would hesitate to label “romance” just because of the nature of it all, but it does fall under that category.

It was definitely interesting learning more about Ronan, and there were parts where I was really on his side, but then other scenes took him too far away from the point where I could really connect or sympathise with him anymore; sometimes he was just too destructive. My favourite scenes actually didn’t involve him at all.

I finished this book on a Monday and was dying for it to be Wednesday and pay day so I could buy the next book. To be honest, it’s been a little while since I got that involved in a book. I’m so glad I didn’t write this series off after only mildly enjoying the first book.

#WWW Wednesday – 20 April, 2016

First of all, how is it April 20 already?! I mean, really.

Second, it is Wednesday, and that means WWW Wednesday! Yaaaay! WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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  • What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue and Gansey are quite likely to be the death of me. I’ve got way more invested in them and their non-relationship than I ever expected.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating. It was cute, but nothing mind-blowing, and read quite young given the characters were supposed to be in their late teens. My review is here.

After that I read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the second book in the Raven Cycle, and the one before Blue Lily, Lily Blue. It made me conclude that I was simply not in the right mood for The Raven Boys when I read it over Christmas. I didn’t really have the opportunity to absorb the writing properly. Funnily enough, even though Ronan is the focal character in this book, the majority of my favourite moments in it did not involve him. I will try not to gush too much here; my review is going up either Friday or Monday, depending when I have time to finish writing it.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to read the Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel, which is the last book in her Darkness & Light trilogy.

I also plan on reading The Raven King, the fourth Raven Cycle book, when it comes out next week. I hadn’t actually deliberately started reading the other books just in time for this one’s release, but the timing was fortuitous. I knew it was coming out at the end of April, but in my head, the end of April was still months away. I am currently torn between not wanting to Gansey to die because I’ve gotten attached to him, and feeling like after three books of set-up, it would feel like a cop-out if they find a way around him dying.

Funny story before I go: a couple of days ago I discovered that the author of Greythorne, a book I’ve had on my TBR since November last year, is the wife of a guy I met last year when I was in My Fair Lady. I had no idea that this book was even Australian, let alone that I had played board games at the author’s house just a few weeks ago. So I’m probably going to bump that one a bit further up my TBR, but it’ll probably be a May read at this point.

I should probably get a move on because I need to do a decent chunk of uni work tonight, so I’ll catch you all later!

~ Emily