WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

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

I’m currently reading The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck.  The world-building is unlike anything I’ve read, with an unexpected steampunk flavor to it.

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. 

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

I can’t say I recently finished this book, because it was a DNF for me.  This month’s selection for one of my book clubs was to read a popular book you never got around to reading, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas had been in my TBR for years.  I was expecting a badass female assassin, but over the 100 pages I read, she seemed more concerned with clothes and men.  I know it’s a tremendously popular series, but it just wasn’t for me.

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Next I’ll be reading The Echo Room by Parker Peeveyhouse.  I’m not sure what to expect.  The description sounds a little Groundhog Dayish with a twist of horror.

Rett wakes on the floor of a cold, dark room. He doesn’t know how he got there, only that he’s locked in. He’s not alone—a girl named Bryn is trapped in the room with him. When she finds a mysterious bloodstain and decides she doesn’t trust Rett, he tries to escape on his own—

Rett wakes on the floor of the same cold, dark room. He doesn’t trust Bryn, but he’ll have to work with her if he ever hopes to escape. They try to break out of the room—

Rett and Bryn hide in a cold, dark room. Safe from what’s outside.

But they’re not alone.

28 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

  1. I’ve had a few DNFs that were popular books too. Sometimes, I think it might be my mood, because I’ve gone back later to give them another try and enjoyed them. I normally ony read a chapter or two though before deciding if I’m going to stay with a book. At 100 pages, you gave Thorn of Glass a great try.

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  2. I’ve dnfed popular books before too, usually within the first two chapters or no more than 10 to 15 pages. But Throne of Glass is one of my favorites. it’s ya, however, and that’s not a label i agree upon, as there are really graphic scenes in there. and yes, she’s a badass assassin who loves men and fashion.
    i’ve never read the other two, but the lantern one seems interesting.

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    1. I usually don’t stick it out that long, Jina, but was trying to give a valiant effort for my book club, lol. I guess I didn’t make it to the graphic scenes by the time I quit reading. The Lantern’s Ember has been an enjoyable read – I’ve heard the ending is especially good. Have about 20% to go.

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  3. Oh that cover of The Lantern’s Ember is screaming at me.. I might buy it for the cover alone. hehe. Sorry ToG didn’t work for you. 🙂 I haven’t tried Maas’ books because I’m afraid I might not like them and they’re so popular. 🙂

    Have a great reading week. 🙂

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  4. Oh no, Teri! I was planning to read Maas’s Throne of Glass. I’ve heard so much hype about it. But I would have the same reaction to the “clothes and men” concerns as you did. UGH! I’ll read The Lantern’s Ember instead. 🙂

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    1. Several people have said the series improves after the first book, but I’m just not that patient with so many other books waiting for me. Just about to finish The Lantern’s Ember, and it’s been a fun read, Diana.

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  5. robbiecheadle

    An interesting collection of books, Teri. I have just finished Watching Glass Shatter by Jay Cudney, Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret and a child’s picture book. I am now reading Thin and I and The Beast Within by Jacquie Biggar.

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