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 just started Under the Whispering Door over the weekend. This author’s The House in the Cerulean Sea will forever be a favorite, and I was ecstatic when I received an ARC of his newest release.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.

The Bones of Ruin started out with a bang, and I liked the direction it was headed. Things didn’t go so well after that. The pacing was off (and it’s a 500 page book) and it was difficult to keep up with this many characters.

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.

Magic, a menacing forest, missing siblings – sounds pretty promising to me. The reviews have been good for this author’s debut, so I’m hopeful.

When her siblings start to go missing, a girl must confront the dark thing that lives in the forest—and the growing darkness in herself—in this debut YA contemporary fantasy for fans of Wilder Girls.

Derry and her eight siblings live in an isolated house by the lake, separated from the rest of the world by an eerie and menacing forest. Frank, the man who raised them after their families abandoned them, says it’s for their own good. After all, the world isn’t safe for people with magic. And Derry feels safe—most of the time.

Until the night her eldest sister disappears. Jane and Derry swore to each other that they’d never go into the forest, not after their last trip ended in blood, but Derry is sure she saw Jane walk into the trees. When another sibling goes missing and Frank’s true colors start to show, feeling safe is no longer an option. Derry will risk anything to protect the family she has left. Even if that means returning to the forest that has started calling to Derry in her missing siblings’ voices.

As Derry spends more time amidst the trees, her magic grows more powerful . . . and so does the darkness inside her, the viciousness she wants to pretend doesn’t exist. But saving her siblings from the forest and from Frank might mean embracing the darkness. And that just might be the most dangerous thing of all. 

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

  1. Sorry the Bones of Ruin didn’t work out as expected. 500 pages is a lot of book to stick with when the pacing is off. Glad you’re having much better luck with Under the Whispering Door. That one sounds intriguing and I only heard good things about The House in the Cerulean Sea.

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  2. You’re reading a lot of books that I’ve had on my TBR this week! TJ Klune is one of my favorite authors thanks to reading The House on the Cerulean Sea. I can’t wait to read Under the Whispering Door. I got an ARC from the publisher and am excited for it. The Bones of Ruins sounds interesting too.

    This week I’ve been reading a lot of cooking and food theme books. Check out my post here when you get a chance:

    https://introvertinterruptedcom.wordpress.com/2021/08/25/mini-book-reviews-2/

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    1. Cerulean Sea will always hold a special place in my heart – I just adore that book. I’m kind of a foodie, but don’t read cookbooks. But I’ll admit to drooling over dishes the characters are enjoying when I read fiction, lol.

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