Welcome to another edition of WWW Wednesday in which we answer the big book worm questions of the week – 1) What did you just finish? 2) What are you currently reading? and (the seemingly impossible), 3) What will you read next? This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman | Goodreads
For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.
From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.
The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.
While I’ve seen the film adaptation of Practical Magic, I’ve never read the book. However I heard so many good things about this prequel (and the cover was absolutely stunning) that I felt I had to give it a go. I ended up really enjoying it. It’s one of those very character driven stories that follows people through a chunk of their lives to allow you to get to know them, and share their ups and downs. Franny, Jet and Vincent are all very distinct characters and seeing them try to navigate adolescence and adulthood whilst dealing with the family curse in very different ways is more engaging than you’d expect. The writing is also absoutely lovely. If you enjoy magical realism, this is probably a good pick.
History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera | Goodreads
Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo’s new boyfriend.
But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on his future.
My first Adam Silvera book and not disappointing at all. I knew going into this one that it was going to be pretty sad and I was definitely not wrong. I love how well Adam is able to paint such a real picture of how grief feels. By giving us more and more information about Theo, Griffin’s dead ex, as the book goes on, our own sense of loss seems to increase, too. I also really like the fact that Adam seems to show that people can have flaws and mess up but still be likeable characters. It’s really comforting and relatable at the same time. I have a feeling the end of this one is going to hurt. Like a gaping hole in chest hurt.
A Reaper at the Gates (The Ember Quartet 3#) – Sabaa Tahir | Goodreads
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018. I bought it basically right after it was released and… as usual, I still haven’t read it. It’s pretty chunky so I’m expecting some major stuff to go down but I also need to find out what happens to Elias and my girl, Helene. Especially considering Elias’s “predicament” at the end of book 2. I have a feeling we’ll get some more magic and magical beings in this book so that’ll be interesting, too. Now, how do I fit this thing in my handbag without ruining it all to hell…?
And now you’re all caught up! There’s a bit over a week left in November (oh. my. gosh) so I’d love to end up finishing six books by the end of the month (aiming for 85 by the end of the year) but A Reaper at the Gates may prove a bit too long for that. I have a suspicion it’ll end up bumping over into early December but ah well. Still, things are going pretty good in the reading department and I’ve had quite a few enjoyable reads lately.
What are you currently reading and how’s it going? Is it living up to expectations?