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 Blood Heir (Blood Heir #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao.  This book underwent some controversy earlier this year due to sensitivity concerns.  The author pulled the book from publication, made some revisions, and it’s scheduled to be released later this month.  I’m nearly halfway through and captivated by the world-building and Ana’s quest to clear her name for her father’s murder.

This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father’s murder.

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

Over the weekend, I finished Reverie by Ryan La Sala.  Judging by other reviews, this is either a love it or hate it type of novel.  For me, it was a love.  Upon finishing the book, you may feel like you just finished a psychedelic trip on a bizarre carousel.

Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

Next, I’ll read Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater.  This is a spinoff of The Raven Cycle and one of my most anticipated reads this year.  I can’t wait to immerse myself in this world again.  Ronan Lynch is hands down one of the best characters I’ve come across in YA fiction.

The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .

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

  1. Beware Of The Reader

    Teri I am glad that you love Blood Heir especially after the (unjust?) controversy! I finished Call Down the hawk to day (review incoming today) and I hope you’ll love it!

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  2. I want to read Call Down the Hawk as well but first I think I need to read The Raven Cycle first. I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling and The Outsider by Stephen King. I’m not really sure what I will be reading after I finish those.

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    1. I recommend The Raven Cycle to every YA reader I meet. I’m so behind on my King books, it’s embarrassing – especially considering I’m a self-proclaimed fan. Hope you’re loving Harry Potter – again! (I’m just assuming it’s re-read).

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      1. I have the first book but I haven’t started it yet. I think it’s because I want to have all of the books before I start reading it. At this point I’ve probably read around 10 of Kings books maybe a few more. Yes Harry Potter is a reread for me.

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    1. I love seeing what other people are reading, also – but then I see books I want to add to my list, which is completely counterproductive to decreasing the TBR. I’ve come to the conclusion my TBR will be around long after I’m gone,lol.

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  3. I’m so excited to see that Blood Heir is going to be published soon! I was so disappointed when they pulled it and felt bad for the author. =/ The whole controversy thing was a mess.

    Oooh, I hope you love Call Down the Hawk! I still need to read The Raven Cycle, for sure. Talking about being behind. xD

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