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 Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal.  I literally just started this, so I don’t have a feel for it yet.  But strange things are afoot, and I’m intrigued.

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking there—murderer, or monster?

 

I finished two books on Sunday  The first was an ARC of DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff.  The first book in this series, LIFEL1K3, was a mindblower, and I was keeping my fingers crossed I’d receive an ARC for the second.  Although there weren’t quite as many twists in this second book, it was an action-packed thrill of a ride.

Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world. 

The second book I finished was the audio book of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi for my book club.  It’s been in my TBR for too long, and with over 15K reviews and an average of over 4 stars on Goodreads, I couldn’t wait to read it.  And that cover – gorgeous!  Richly detailed world-building, and characters you’ll love.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

Next up is Recursion by Blake Crouch.  I’ve liked everything I’d read by this author, so I have no reason to think this novel will break that streak.

Memory makes reality. 

That’s what NYC cop Barry Sutton is learning, as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. 

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds, but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?

At once a relentless pageturner and an intricate science-fiction puzzlebox about time, identity, and memory, Recursion is a thriller as only Blake Crouch could imagine it—and his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.

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

  1. I like the sound of Recursion and Five Midnights. The cover for Five Midnights is really outstanding, too. It reminds me of a shot from a movie I saw as a kid, but I can’t remember the movie or what it was about, just that it terrified me and that image is seared into my head to this day, LOL.

    Sounds like some good reading lined up, Teri!

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    1. It was the cover that grabbed me, but once the word ‘monster’ was mentioned, I was a goner. Blake Crouch has become an auto read for me. He’s only got a couple of earlier ones I’ve missed.

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        1. No – I read Gone Girl for a book club several years back. In the past few years, I’ve stuck mostly to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, with the occasional thriller/mystery thrown in. Not saying I’m in a rut – yet.

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  2. Oooh, Five Midnights looks all dark and creepy and intriguing. I’m gonna have to give that one a read after it’s released, for sure!

    I need to read more Jay Kristoff. Aside from the Illuminae Files, I haven’t read any of his books yet, but I loved the writing in those, so color me intrigued! I do own the first two books of the Nevernight series. I’m just waiting for the third to release before I binge read them. xD

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    1. I’ve also read his Lifelike series, but Nevernight just wasn’t for me – not sure why, because from the description, it’s everything I’d enjoy. You have more patience than I, waiting for a whole series to be released, Sammie!

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      1. Not so much patience. I actually bought the first two books after Christmas last year and mentioned it in a blog post, and someone warned me that there was a killer cliffhanger at the end of book two. I’m about full up on killer cliffhangers eating at my soul right now, so waiting is more an act of self-preservation than anything. xD

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  3. booksandbabble

    Some really interesting books there! I really need to get around to reading Children of Blood and Bone, I’ve heard only good things about it. I’ve never heard of Five Midnights but its sounds incredibly compelling, definitely one to add to my never ending TBR!

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  4. Once again I’m gobsmacked at how much and how quickly you read, Teri. I wish I had that ability. “Children” has me really intrigued.
    Happy Hump Day. I hope it’s a smooth coast down the other side of the mid week hump! Hugs.

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    1. I wouldn’t have gotten through Blood and Bone if I hadn’t spent so much time in the car. Lately, reading has been slow, but when you have insomnia several times a week…you get the picture. Hugs, Teagan!

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      1. Ugh… I’m sorry. I’m all too familiar with insomnia… If I pick up a book to read though, sleep is completely out of the question. I’m wearing out my Kindle using it for Youtube “self hypnosis” and meditation videos to get to sleep. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.

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