WWW Wednesday – September 2, 2020

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday! This year has been so crazy and everything feels like it’s topsy turvy. All of my blog posts lately have been book reviews which is so weird for me! It’s been fun though because I have been reading some pretty good books including a new favorite that will be featured in today’s post.

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  • Fable by Adrienne Young – This novel was absolutely incredible. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of it and I loved every second of it. I preordered a finished copy and also preordered the sequel which is due to be published in March! Check out my review here!
  • Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo: Another advance copy that I ended up really loving! A super fun graphic novel of Beast Boy’s origin story. Definitely left me wanting more. Check out my review as well as a book trailer and sneak peak here!
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  • The Lost Queen by Signe Pike – The tagline for this book, not to mention the cover, had me totally hooked. “Outlander meets Camelot…” yep, I am there for it. I’m not too far into this but so far I am really liking it. I love the setting and the characters are definitely growing on me.
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  • The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike – The sequel to The Lost Queen. I have an eARC of this and it publishes on September 13th so I definitely want to dive right in after I finish The Lost Queen. Really looking forward to this one!

As far as anything else, I’m not really sure. These are both fairly dense books so I think they will pretty much take my entire focus over the next week or so. We will see though.

What have you been reading lately?

Teen Titans: Beast Boy

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Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo

Teen Titans #2

Published September 1, 2020 by DC Ink

208 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the 17-year-old with green streaks in his hair can’t find a way to stand out–and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn’t find a way to impress the Chosen Ones–the social elite at Bull Creek High School–he will never know what it’s like to matter. Gar’s best friends, Stella and Tank, don’t understand why he cares what other people think. They miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend.

Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the Chosen Ones and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops and, suddenly, he’s stronger and faster. He’s finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher.

When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself–and the people who truly matter–before his life spirals out of control.

Review: As I was going in to this graphic novel, I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about the Teen Titans but I was really excited for the opportunity to read this. This was such a fun origin story to read! Gar aka Beast Boy is a really funny guy with two great friends but is really insecure with his height and weight which is totally relatable. It is so refreshing to read about characters with insecurities, especially in a graphic novel. He has such a fun personality and I really enjoyed his shenanigans, especially saving the animals in the lab (Kong has my heart). I am so intrigued on where this is going to go next and loved the preview of the next installment which I won’t say anything about because nobody likes spoilers. In addition to really enjoying the plot and writing by Kami Garcia (love her), I also loved the artwork by Gabriel Picolo. For me the illustrations can make or break a graphic novel and in this case they totally worked and hooked me. I am going to go track down a copy of Teen Titans: Raven, the first book in this graphic novel series so I can be ready for the next installment coming in fall 2021. Check out the book trailer and a sneak peak below.

4.5 Stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Fable by Adrienne Young

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Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable #1

Expected publication: September 1, 2020 by Wednesday Books

368 Pages

Goodreads Summary: As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

Review: I had been seeing this book making the rounds on bookstagram and one of my good friends, Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition, also read an advanced copy and highly recommended it to me (click on the link to read her review) so I was super excited to be approved to read an advanced copy of Fable. The cover is so incredibly beautiful and just grips you the more you look at it… I mean, look closely and you will see a little glimpse about what happens in this book.

Almost right off the bat, I was hooked. Fable is stuck on the island of Jeval after her father abandoned her there after her mother tragically died. It’s a dangerous place for anyone let alone a young woman but so magical at the same time. Fable makes her living as a dredger – she dives down to the reefs and extracts stones called pyre. And this is where one of my second favorite characters enters… West. Every couple of weeks, West shows up on his ship, the Marigold, to buy pyre from Fable and Fable only. You can definitely tell that something was going to spark between them eventually. Fable is so close to getting enough copper to get herself off this island and go find her father when s*** hits the fan and she is forced to flee sooner than she had planned.

From that moment on, I did not want to put this book down. So many things happened and days after finishing it, I’m still thinking about it. I was completely captivated by this world and the characters in it. Especially Fable, West, and Willa. I kind of visualized the places as a cross between the different Pirates of the Caribbean ports and the lost boys village from Hook. There is a cliffhanger ending and I am dying to find out what happens next in the sequel, Namesake.

This book had absolutely everything I could want in an adventure novel – action, thrills, heroics, camaraderie, and a bit of romance. With the current state of things in the world today, this was exactly the kind of escape I needed. I have a copy of this book AND the sequel preordered already!

5 Stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

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The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

Published June 30th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

Review: I have read a couple of books by B.A. Paris that I have enjoyed so I was excited to get the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. From the very beginning you can tell that the majority of the book was going to take place within the course of about 24 hours. I don’t generally do well with plots like that. There never feels like enough time to fully grasp what is happening. That was not the case with this book though. The chapters bounce back and forth between Adam and Livia’s perspectives at different times throughout the day of Livia’s big 40th birthday party. At first you can tell that something is going on that Livia doesn’t want to tell Adam about but is psyching herself up to do it after her party. I started to have a theory and then that was blown, and then another theory which was again blown, etc. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was proven wrong. I loved that about this book. I was always kept guessing. When I found out what was actually going on, I was shook. Both Adam and Livia are struggling to tell one another about something involving their daughter, Marnie. Each one is very serious, one more so than the other. I felt so hard for Adam and what he had to keep to himself all day to give Livia just one more day of pure happiness before their lives as they knew it were over.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It could be a little long at times with the back and forth but it still kept my interest and kept me guessing until everything was revealed.

3.5 Stars

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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It’s that time again! Bout of Books week is coming up tomorrow! Bout of Books is a super low-key readathon where you have an entire week to read as much as you want to. I’ve lost count of how many Bout of Books that I have participated in officially and unofficially. Many of the past ones I have some conflicts that won’t allow me to fully take advantage of this week of reading and this round is no exception but I am still going to give it a go and read as much as I can, while I can. This coming weekend we are heading down to visit my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. I am SO excited for it so I probably won’t get much reading in on Friday through Sunday but I don’t care at all because I’ve been waiting so long to finally get the time to go down for a visit.

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges are completely optional. For Bout of Books 29 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I did put together a loose TBR for the week but am not fully committing myself to read these books and only these books. If my mood changes, then I will choose something else.

  • Until I Met You by Tari Faris (ARC from Revell Books)
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

I don’t really have any goals for this week beyond trying to read at least a little bit everyday even if it’s just 10 minutes before bed. I’m really looking forward to reading more this week though so I’m sure I’ll be able to read at least one book from start to finish.

Are you participating in Bout of Books 29?