WWW Wednesday – September 16, 2015

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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?

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Since I skipped last week’s post, I have a couple more than normal.  I read some great books in the last two weeks!  The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich was AWESOME!  The eARC had elements of the finished pages, which was meant to look like a singed journal with video screenshots, post its and emails.  But when I saw what the finalized pages really looked like I HAD to get my own physical copy.  It came in the mail yesterday and it is SO COOL!  I’ll post my Instagram photo of it at the bottom of this post.  The Demon in the Wood was a prequel short story of The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy.  It was pretty good.  Very interesting to get a look at The Darkling before he became The Darkling.  And of course Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows were both amazing!  I can’t wait for the next book.  Ruin and Rising I ended up reading in one day because I couldn’t put it down!

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Alas, I also had a couple of DNFs.  Both are from NetGalley.  A Thousand Nights was just so incredibly dull for me.  There was little dialogue, no character names or descriptions.  If you want to read a great retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, not this one.  Divided was a total mistake!  I saw a tweet from NetGalley about it and I clicked on the link wanting to see what the book was about… and apparently by clicking on that link I told them I wanted to read it so I was instantly approved.  So it didn’t start off great by me feeling like I had to read it even though I didn’t necessarily want to.  And then the story just couldn’t hold my interest.

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Currently I am reading Legend by Marie Lu on my Kindle.  I loved The Young Elites by her but this one is just turning out to be okay for me.  We’ll see how it goes as I get farther along.  On the other hand, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is so good!  I’m a little more than halfway through and am totally loving the story and the characters.  I definitely need to get the rest of the series asap.

And as for what’s up next….  I honestly have no idea at this point.  I may draw a few from my TBR jar and see how that goes.  Or I may draw a few from my rereads jar… I just really don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for next.  I do know that once October gets here, I will be good to go because I almost have my Halloweeny list finalized!  I’m so excited about it!

And as promised… my Instagram photo of The Dead House!

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I mean, just look at the book without the dust jacket on it!!  It’s even awesome underneath!  So cool!

So what have you been reading lately?

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

432 Pages

Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary: Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

Reivew: I knew a couple of people that were reading this and thought it was really good and super creepy.  I have been dying for another book to give me the creeps so I requested it on NetGalley and was approved.  I was a little surprised by the format at first but I really liked it and thought it really added to the effect.  There are newspaper clippings, diary entries, video discriptions (with a photo of one of the frames), and interview transcriptions.  There were so many times that I was reading this and got a little scared with a feeling that someone or something was watching me.  The first day I started reading it I made the mistake of reading right before bed.  I had such a hard time falling asleep that night because I couldn’t stop thinking about the book and feeling like something was there.  One of the most interesting things besides the creep factor was the thing with Carly and Kaitlyn.  I don’t want to give anything away because it pretty much makes up their entire characters.  Besides the creepiness factor, the mystery and thrill of this book makes it an exciting ride.  There was really only one development that I felt like could have added so much more to the story but it was pretty much dropped.  I won’t say anything about it besides the fact that it was about Naida, Carly’s best friend.  Overall I really liked this book and definitely see myself purchasing a copy in the future.

4/5 Stars

UPDATE: I just went on Amazon and did the Look Inside feature… You guys…. This book looks so AWESOME!!!!  The ebook copy doesn’t do it justice.  I totally just pre-ordered it.  It is that cool looking!

WWW Wednesday – September 2, 2015

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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?

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I received Darken the Stars from Netgalley.  I was so excited to read it because I love Amy A. Bartol (which you already knew if you’ve read my blog before).  I’m still reeling from the ending!  See my review that I posted yesterday here.  Then I read Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.  I had never heard of it before but my awesome #OTSPSecretSister sent it to me because she thought I would really like it and I did!  I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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I got both of these ARCs through NetGalley.  I am taking a break from A Thousand Nights because it is so similar to The Wrath and the Dawn but nowhere near as good.  It’s beautifully written but dull at the same time.  I may return to it, but I may DNF it.  I’m still on the fence.  The Dead House on the other hand is awesome!  I love the way it’s written through diary entries, newspaper articles, interviews, etc.  It is getting pretty creepy too!  I read before bed last night night, which was a mistake because it took me awhile to feel like there wasn’t some creepy girl watching me lol.

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And yesterday I got my pre-orders of the Heir of Fire paperback and the Queen of Shadows hardcover.  I have the rest of the series in paperback but I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait that long for Queen of Shadows to be released in paperback.  I started on the first chapter of Heir of Fire last night but decided I wanted to finish The Dead House before diving back in with Celaena so I’m not going to count it towards my currently reading.  I’ll probably start it over from the beginning again anyways to devote my full attention to it.

FOR THOSE OF YOU ALREADY READING QoS, NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!!!!!  

What have you been reading lately?  What are you looking forward to reading?