WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday March 7, 2018


I LOVE Wednesdays and I j’adore WWW Wednesdays. This is not only my most social day, checking in on other participants, but I come out the other side of my post organized and enthusiastic about reading and blogging. What’s not to love?

So, in the off chance you aren’t familiar (or because I haven’t gotten to participate in too long!) here is how it works. You just post about the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Then you can link your post or post your reading list in my comments section and then head over to Taking on a World of Words to see the host Sam’s WWW list and all the other participant’s great posts.

So, here we go (in chronological order because….I can’t help myself)

What did I recently finish reading?


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! After my massive reading dry spell due to my giant test I finally got to read the book everyone seems to be talking about. You can read my review here.

What am I currently reading?

I am still working through the massive Iron Gold which I had put aside to study. So far, I am really enjoying the thrill of being back with Darrow and the crew but I am having trouble not being sad that they are, once again, at war (not a spoiler, I swear the fighting started at the beginning of the book).

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert I started recently to alleviate the stress Darrow was putting me through but this book is terrifying! I cannot wait to see how it all ends but it is too scary for me to read at night.

Thank goodness the ever delightful Penny Reid released Marriage of Inconvenience! I love her books and have been waiting forever to read the story of Dan and Kat.

What do I think I will read next?

I have a pile of books almost as tall as my dog sitting right next to my desk. There is nothing quite as thrilling as a huge pile of books I am looking forward to reading. So, I picked up the top two, The Book Jumper and The Wish Granter to try first. I also know that The Book of Joy has been featured on my “next” list for far too long and I am determined to start it this week.

Tell me, please!

Have you read anything on my lists? Any thoughts?

Feel free to share your WWW or anything else in the comments below!

Fantasy · fiction · YA

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince has been everywhere. I love Holly Black and I was thrilled that she had a new book. But, I made a New Year’s Resolution that I wouldn’t buy any new books. Sigh. I resigned myself to waiting until after the backlog of books was taken care of and then I would zoom out and purchase it right away.

Then, I received an OwlCrate Subscription for Christmas. And in one of my delightful boxes…The Cruel Prince! I put it aside to read after my test and it was well worth the wait. Plus, just look at the gorgeous OwlCrate exclusive cover. So pretty.

I have loved Holly Black since The Spiderwick Chronicles and I will pick up anything with her name on it. She has a way with magical stories that never fails to engage and surprise me. Her tone varies depending on her target audience but her writing is always tight and masterful. There have been books of hers I have adored and there are others than I appreciated but did not fall in love with completely.

The Cruel Prince is difficult to discuss without spoilers and, truthfully, it has been so hyped that at this point I will be surprised if anyone doesn’t know the basic plot line. Still, for readers venturing outside of their preferred genre into YA – here goes.

It is safe to say that the main character, Jude Duarte, and her twin sister Taryn are human. Their older sister Vivi is half human, half fae and the three of them are taken from their human home and spirited away to live with the Fae by Vivi’s Fae Father. There Jude and Taryn are raised among the Fae with access to the Court but their humanity always sets them apart. They are humans under the protection of the same powerful man that stole them from their home. They are commoners being educated amounts royalty. They live in fear of their present safety and neither girl has any guarantee of a future at all.

Admittedly, for at least the first half of the book I was unengaged. Wait, that is not right. Rather, I felt removed from the action. I felt apart from the story and off-kilter. Approximately half way through the book the threads started to weave together and I realized that my off-kilter matched Jude’s inner turmoil. And when Jude found her purpose I was with her stride for stride.

In the end, I loved The Cruel Prince because it was so much more than a dark Fairy Tale.

Tell me, please!

If you read the book, which character was your favorite?



February Stunk

I took my test. 1000 hours of studying, an equal number of notecards and 15 hours of testing later, I am done. I don’t get the results for a couple of months but, for now, I have a reprieve. A break. And all I want to do is read!

How I have missed new books. During February I read only one new book. Old books I visited for comfort but anything new was a bit overwhelming. My brain was so consumed with the information for my test that I dared not enter into any new worlds or new relationships with characters unknown to me. But I missed my bookish adventures and there are no words to describe the job of reading for pleasure again!

I have just finished reading The Cruel Prince and it is just as good as everyone promised. The review will go up soon but I just wanted to post a little “hello” after a month of quiet!

Tell me, please!

Have you ever been too stressed to read new books? What did you do?