WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday #23 – 9th December 2015

 

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This meme formerly hosted by MizB, is now hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions 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 are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

All images link back to their respective Goodreads page.

I thought I’d try a new style for this post and see how it goes. If it goes well I’ll take it into the New Year as a permanent thing.


What am I currently reading?

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Current completion: 28%

Opinion so far: It’s just like reading a reality TV show only I get to picture how bloody annoying the characters are instead of seeing and hearing how annoying they are.

I originally thought that America Singer needed to woman up and accept the hand that she’d been dealt – she’s poor and in love with someone in a lower caste than her (I feel you, don’t get me wrong) but then she gets chosen to be on this reality show that will inevitably improve her life for the better and the life of her family and all she cares about is the guy who spurned her.

Grow a pair.

However, reading further in, I seem to be liking her more – I like that she has decided to not change who she is as a person for a man.  I love that and it doesn’t happen often enough in YA novels for me to think it’s a norm.  As I’m no longer a teenager (and haven’t been for a while) and don’t generally read YA (the odd one here and there) I have to say that there are some parts to this I feel are good for teenage, young and impressionable girls. It’s giving me a good vibe so far.

Goodreads Synopsis: Shai is a Forger, a foreigner The Emperor's Soulwho can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Though condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s sceptre, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Despite the fact that her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead from the attack of assassins.

Skillfully deducing the machinations of her captors, Shai needs a perfect plan to escape. The fate of the empire lies in one impossible task. Is it possible to create a forgery of a soul so convincing that it is better than the soul itself?

Current completion: 15%

Opinion so far: As a fan of Brandon Sanderson it’s inevitable that I’m going to like whatever I read of his.  The Emperor’s Soul is a little bit different than what I’m used to from him – it’s still considered high fantasy fiction and still has that typical Sanderson flair but it’s about the ability to forge anything from something else.  Quite interesting so far.


What did I recently finish reading?

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)Goodreads Synopsis: NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat feels sparks from ride-along, journalist Jameson Rook. A real estate tycoon plunges to his death. A trophy wife with a past survives a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with motives all have alibis. Dirty little secrets of the wealthy hide until Nikki shines a light.

My verdict: ★★★

I struggled quite a bit with Heat Wave in the beginning.  I found it to be a little bit slow-paced for the first 50% or so and found little to be desired in terms of story-line and characters (although I did like Rook a lot).  It luckily improved after I hit the halfway mark for which I’m grateful and the story-line became better.

I didn’t like how the main character Nikki Heat was always referred to as different things – for example in one part of the chapter she’d be referred to as Nikki and then in the next paragraph she’d be referred to as Heat and only Heat, rarely was she referred to as Detective Nikki Heat and rarely was she referred to as Nikki – I wasn’t a fan of that style of writing and wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be that way or if the editor had done a shoddy job.

I didn’t – I am pleased to say –  expect that ending AT ALL.  It was much better than I had anticipated and it rounded the story off nicely.

Innocent Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #2)Goodreads Synopsis: Photographing exceptional tattoos for the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio turns into much more than just a job when Karen meets Jed, the sexy-as-sin owner. With attraction sizzling between them, each photo shoot is a labor of love … and a chance to get closer to the man of her increasingly naughty dreams.

Curvy, vivacious Karen is everything Jed would want in a woman, if he wanted one at all. But a relationship seems like too dangerous a gamble for someone who’s loved before and suffered the ultimate loss. So why can’t he resist when he discovers the attraction is mutual? Even if he were willing to risk everything again, Karen’s too young, too full of life to be burdened with someone whose heart bears scars as permanent as the ink in his skin.

When the two finally face what lies between them, the passion is undeniably real, but will the unexpected extinguish the spark of their love, or fan the flames?

My Verdict: ★★★

Such an improvement on Hot Ink (you can catch my review of Hot Ink here) the characters were much more likable but it was still missing something – possibly the shortness is what is throwing me off.

Dedicated Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis: A one night stand has never gone so wrong … or so right. Two months after one scorchingly hot July night, tattoo artist Abby is pregnant and the man who showed her everything she’d been missing is nowhere in sight. When he walks into the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio looking for much more than some new ink, she risks their rekindled connection by confessing that she’s pregnant … with his twins.

Sworn to serve and protect, Pittsburgh police officer Sam isn’t one to back down from responsibility, and he’s definitely not going to let the woman who’s been haunting his dreams all summer get away again. But two babies on the way means a reunion that’s anything but what he imagined. Can unforgettable chemistry evolve into real love before her due date arrives?

My Verdict: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis: Tyler DeHaven may look like Abiding Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #4)a bad boy, but there’s got to be more to the tattoo artist who volunteers at the hospital during the holiday season. Inviting him to a work Christmas party seems innocent enough … at first. Problem is, he’s just as irresistible as he looks and falling fast is more than Mallory bargained for. After all, she’s reminded every day what a gamble love can be, and there’s no question that with him, the stakes are high.

It may be cold outside but Mallory Stephens is the hottest nurse Tyler has ever laid eyes on. To top it off, she also likes ink and wants him to be her holiday party date. He’s not going to say no, and when things get rocky, he’s not going to let their passion frost over, either.

Can a brand-new romance survive the chill as snow falls in the Steel City?

My Verdict: ★★★

Legion: Skin Deep (Legion, #2)

Goodreads Synopsis: Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…

What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

My Verdict: ★★★★★

I really enjoyed the first Legion novella, it was such a unique story. Legion has a psychological disorder that causes him to have multiple aspects of personality and each aspect is an individual part of him – literally. The aspects help him in his investigations and each have their own individual parts to play in his life – it’s really quite extraordinary.

 

 What do I think I’ll read next?

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Goodreads Synopsis: The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good… and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission… and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair… and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel’s Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.

Blood Bound (Unbound, #1) Goodreads Synopsis: As a blood tracker, Liv is extremely powerful. And in a world where power is a commodity that can get you killed, Liv has learnt to survive by her own rules. Rule number one? Trust no one. But when a friend s daughter goes missing, Liv is bound by a potent magical oath. She can’t rest until the child is safe. And that means trusting her dangerous ex, Cam.

A sinister prophecy tells that she and Cam will be the death of each other, yet Liv s tired of being a slave to destiny. She s ready to play the forces controlling her world at their own game. No matter what the cost.

 

11 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday #23 – 9th December 2015

  1. I haven’t started reading The Selection myself, but I’ve heard a lot of similar complaints about America… Kind of makes me want to pospone picking it up myself a while longer.

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.

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  2. One day I’m going to get around to reading some Brandon Sanderson. It’s just his books are SO EPIC. Though I see in your reply to Claire above that this one is quite short. I might need to check it out.

    I read Heat Wave back when it was first released and I wasn’t the biggest fan. I always got the impression watching Castle that Rick was a formidable name in the crime genre… whereas Heat Wave felt so trashy and pulpy. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things, but it wasn’t what I expected from those books.

    Here’s my WWW for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/www-wednesday-09-december-2015/

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  3. I’ve been pondering reading The Selection for a while but was put off by a plot which sounded a bit like Mean Girls meets a series of reality TV shows. I’m glad it’s growing on you. Looking forward to hear what you make of it when you finish.
    The blurb for The Emperor’s Soul is really intriguing and original. I hope you continue to enjoy it.
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/www-wednesday-9th-december-2015/

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    1. The Emperor’s Soul is £1.99 on Amazon at the moment I think, it’s only about 180+ pages so not long but it’s really good.
      The Selection – like yourself – I was thinking about for a really long time, I thought it was going to be one of those overly hyped books that I’d be disappointed in but once I got past the first 15% it improved.

      Happy reading!

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