Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"What I'm Reading" Wednesday #52

Holy cow! It's been 52 weeks (1 Year) of these What I'm Reading Wednesday posts! Although this week is more of a "What I'm Still Reading" Wednesday post. 

Here's a recap of the book I started last week...

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

What I Think So Far:
So, I thought this book was going to be a slow one at the beginning but that was mainly because I was seriously busy last week - My grandmother took a minor fall so most of the week was spent trying to get her back to easier mobility - but you're not here to listen to that. Once I got some free time to get into my reading I was hooked! You'd think by me jumping into the series at book 5 when I haven't read 2-4 and only read the first 30 pages of book 1 that I'd be lost, but that is the good thing about Sarah J. Maas's writing. It's engrossing even if you aren't up to speed on the series. I quickly caught on, even though I'm a bit confused on the Manon part. Everyone told me she and Aelin were friends in the earlier books but I guess that hasn't been the case? I'm just past the halfway point in this book and I'm hoping to finish by the weekend. I love the story but for some reason, it's reminding me a lot of the ACOTAR series - not that they're exactly the same but they seem similar. The one thing I'm not sure I like is that the sections change between so many different characters. I wish the author would have just stuck to one or two characters and told the story through their perspectives instead of through the 7(?) perspectives it is being told in. 

Bonus: Waiting on Wednesday
Since this is a bit of a repetitive book post I'm adding a WOW section this week. Last week you heard all about the books I can't wait to read this winter. One of the most upcoming ones that I'm dying to read and hoping to borrow from a blogger friend is...

Freeks by Amanda Hocking
In a world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal life. But is that possible?

Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future.

She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town of Caudry, and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever. 

Why I'm Waiting:
This book seems more like paranormal romance than fantasy and since I've been reading so much fantasy lately I could use a change of pace. Not to mention, I may or may not have a significant other who once thought about running away to the carnival. 😉 Plus, isn't the idea of carnivals kind of a sexy, mysterious, alluring theme? 

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