W…W…W… Wednesday

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

 

what did you recently finish reading

 

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Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

During their senior year of college, in an NYU dorm tucked into the heart of the East Village, Grace and Matt struck up a friendship over Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, and the Ramones. She was going to be a world-class cellist and he was going to be a famous photographer, their paths destined to diverge after graduation.

Even after an afternoon pub crawl ended in their drunken, spontaneous wedding, their visions for the future never overlapped enough for them to be together. The summer after college, he left his “ex-wife” on good terms and went to Brazil to work for National Geographic. They vowed to stay in touch and see each other soon.

They never did.

Fifteen years later, back in New York City, Matt sees Grace as she boards the J train. They’re both different in a hundred ways, and yet they’re still the same. But just as they recognize each other, just as he understands what he left behind all those years ago, the train pulls away. His only recourse is to send a missed connections letter out in the world, and hope she remembers where to look.

This one wasn’t a real page turner, and I wasn’t dying to pick it up every chance I got. But, I still really enjoyed the story and can understand the hype surrounding it. Old loves finding each other again are one of my favorite types of romance novels.

 

what are you currently reading

 

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I finally had the intense urge to start this series last night, after having it on my TBR for way too long. I didn’t get very far, and all the bizarre names in the beginning took a little getting used to. But, what I’ve read so far is really good.

 

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Swerve by Vicki Petterson

It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.

This book is intense and gory. It’s definitely a page turner, but I put it aside to start Shadow and Bone last night. When a mood strikes, I go for it!

 

what will you read next

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

I’m only assuming if I love the first book, I’m going to want to jump right into the next one.

 

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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

I was really excited to wake up this morning and see I was approved for this book on Netgalley. I’m dying to read it – sounds so perfectly creepy!

 

*Subject to change due to the fact I’m an extremely moody reader!

 

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8 thoughts on “W…W…W… Wednesday

  1. Amy Couttas says:

    I’ve been excited to read The Dead House as well it sounds so spin tingling creepy. I may wait till Halloween time to read it! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 I’ve read the first two books in The Grisha series and I still get all confused with all the names and titles haha

  2. Running 'N' Reading says:

    Thanks for the honest opinion on Before We Were Strangers; I’ve been seeing this one all over the place and the description sounded pretty good, to me, but I was wondering whether it would pan out. I think I’ll wait on that one. Thanks, Brandie!

  3. Michelle says:

    I like gory. That makes me want to read Swerve now. And I cannot help but gush over The Dead House. If I wasn’t in a self-imposed book review requesting ban, I would be ALL over that one.

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