WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading This Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

It’s another long one!

Do you remember that WWW Wednesday post where I was disppointed in most of the books I’d been reading? Well, this isn’t one of those posts!! I’ve read awesome books and you should read them too!

Plus – the Wonder Woman movie? It’s as good as you hope it is!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

The Alice Network

1947.In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth …no matter where it leads.

I’m 2 chapters in and so far it’s living up to the hype. I hope it keeps it up.

Dating You. Hating You

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

I admit, I didn’t even read the back blurb of this book. I was ordering a book for S from Indigo and needed something more to get the free shipping, saw a new Christina Lauren book and 2 days later it’s in my house. I’ve already started The Alice Network and while I’m very excited about that, I thought a little spice would be nice between WW2 reads.

What I’ve been reading…

The Women in the Castle

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resistor murdered in the failed July, 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First, Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naïve Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resistor’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.

This was good -really good. This will be passed around. Second only to The Nightengale for WW2 novels, and I loved that book.

From history to chick lit…

Upstairs Downstairs and the Lift in Between

Computer genius Maisy Potter crosses an ocean to take her dream holiday at the English country estate-turned-resort, Drakenfall … where the winsome Mark Prebys works below stairs. With him, Maisy discovers a carefree happiness she’s never known. But will the troubles dogging her from back home, a secret whispered behind parlour curtains, and misunderstandings to beat the band extinguish the magic they think they’ve found in each other? And if not, what happens when Maisy’s enchanting holiday ends?

This was adorably sweet! I need more of Maisy and Mark, please!

I’m making a point to read more of my author ‘friends’. Love Geralyn’s writing and wait to pick up another one of her novels.

…and onto NA romance…

Buns

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

I grew up on a farm, in the country and lemme tell you, my farmers weren’t anything like these guys!!! Please, Ms. Clayton – more sexy farmers please!!

Maverick

Micah Sloane knows almost everything there is to know about Risa Clay, including the vicious betrayal she endured years ago and the distrust she’s harbored ever since. The only way for the Elite Ops agent to uncover an assassin—and banish the ghosts of his own dark past—is to use Risa as bait. But nothing has prepared him for her disarming blend of innocence and sensuality, or for his overwhelming need to protect her…

Risa has spent six years rebuilding her life. And now, to save it, she must pose as Micah’s lover and draw a killer into the open. It’s a risky plan—especially with a man as powerfully seductive as Micah. But, as their charade becomes reality, Risa realizes the greatest danger may lie in losing her heart forever…

This is my first Lora Leigh book and considering this one was the second in a series, with lots of characters from another series, I really liked it. I’ll read her again.

…with a little fantasy to finish

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Blurb – Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Sigh. This was really, really good but I’m sad it’s over. I’ll re-reading the series again – soon. One thing – this series is categorized as YA. The sex scenes are more R than YA. Okay for me, but I’m not letting my daughter or her friends read this quite yet!

What I’ll read next…

My last visit to my bookshelves both frightened and excited me – there are so many books I have to read!  I have no idea what’s next.

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And FYI – Coming Home is part of book bundle #14!

 

WWW Wednesday – What I Wish I Didn’t Read This Week

WWW Wednesday – What I’m Reading this Week

The list this week includes new sci-fi world, a satisfying conclusion, a big disappointment, and a ‘sexy’ fun read that wasn’t sexy at all. Read on!

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions about what you’re reading in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. WHAT I’M READING

  2. WHAT I FINISHED READING

  3. WHAT WILL I READ NEXT

What I’m Reading…

Blurb – In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

My Thoughts – I wasn’t too sure about this one until I remembered how quickly I devoured Divergent the first time I read it. Maybe I’m not as hungry for Veronica Roth this time, because Mark is moving a lot slower. The different worlds and people and languages and currentgifts are a bit confusing, but I’m muddling through. Maybe it would be better if I stopped thinking of the ‘current that run through the world’ like the Force!

What I Finished Reading…

Something new in YA fantasy?

Blurb – Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

No. Just no. I’m regretting the trip to bookstore than led me to this.

My Thoughts – This is the big disappointment. Huge. And I am blaming myself for part of it. There was so much hype when this book was released; I kept seeing it on all these blogs, so much that I thought this was going to be the next big thing. I remember discovering Hunger Games just before the rest of the world did, and being so proud of being one of the first (in my world anyway!) to fall in love with the series. I thought Caraval would be like that – the next awesome YA series.

Wrong!The premise is great – magic, a cool game, sisterly love but the writing just isn’t there. And again, this is my fault, as well. I’m so immersed in the revisions in Coming Home, that I have my crit partner’s voice in my head – ‘Show, don’t tell.’ Stephanie Garber needs a Nita because she’s ‘told’ the whole story instead of showing us, using pretty,

The premise is great – magic, a cool game, sisterly love but the writing just isn’t there. And again, this is my fault, as well. I’m so immersed in the revisions in Coming Home, that I have my crit partner’s voice in my head – ‘Show, don’t tell.’ Stephanie Garber needs a Nita because she’s ‘told’ the whole story instead of showing us, using pretty, colourful prose that doesn’t do much. I gave this 2 stars on Goodreads, so disappointed that I didn’t leave a review. I will not be reading the second in the series because, frankly, I don’t give a damn about the characters. I wouldn’t have finished the book, but I was so pissed off that I actually went out and bought it, that I made myself. Never again will I fall victim to the buzz of an untried author!

Sexy fun from good NA author?

Blurb – When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry’s newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

Eh. Just eh.

I needed something light and fluffy between deep, dark fantasy reads. I like Alice Clayton…there’s a but here, and I’m not sure what it is. I didn’t love this one, won’t be dipping into the series. Older woman, younger man – you’d think it would be a no-brainer, but there was something about it that I didn’t love. Oh, well. Lots of other books out there.

Conclusion to an epic read?

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

Yes!

Nothing can compare to Red Rising, the first book in the trilogy, but this one comes close. I didn’t love Golden Son, but then I’m often disappointed by second books in the series. But I was happy how this ended and I’ll be looking for more books from Pierce Brown. My only suggestion is that if you haven’t started the series, read the books close together! Much less confusing that way!

What I’m Reading Next…

I’ll need something light and fluffy again after Carve the Mark, and then I’ll dive into the pile of historical fiction on my shelf.

Happy Reading!