W… W… W… Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?
Elizabeth Chadwick – Shadows and Strongholds
I’ve not read much in the way of medieval historical fiction, but this has been languishing on Mount TBR for several years now and it’s about time I gave it a try!

What did you recently finish reading?
Julia Golding – Black Heart of Jamaica (Cat Royal 5) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Not quite as good as the last one. Once again we’re looking at slavery, but this time Cat experiences first hand how slaves are treated. There’s a smattering of piracy included, so a second sea voyage (however brief), but I would have preferred more of that to explore something a little different. Still good though!

Kevin Brookes – iBoy Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Young adult urban sci-fi thriller with a great concept. Fascinating study on moral right versus revenge and the responsibility of those who have power (a la Spiderman etc). Believable characters coupled with hard-hitting themes which are deftly handled. I’ll be looking out for this author in future!

YS Lee – A Spy in the House (The Agency 1) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
First in a series of young adult historical detective/mystery novels. Packed with intrigue and it doesn’t dumb down for the teen audience either. Definitely worth pursuing further.

Steven Preece – Wasted Resource (FOR REVIEW) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Full review HERE.

Lauren Kate – Fallen (Fallen 1) Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
First in a young adult urban fantasy series. Interesting characters and concept although nearer the end it started to jump around a fair bit which meant I marked it down a little when I finished it. I’ll be reading the other books too though.

Michael Cordy – The Colour of Death – ABANDONDED
I just couldn’t read this one because it’s written in the present tense. It doesn’t matter how good a story is, if it’s written in the present tense, I just can’t get on with it. It hurts my head too much. So, sadly, I shall be unable to read this novel, which is the last one I was sent from the Transworld Book Group. Such a shame, because the other three were all great reads.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I have absolutely no idea what I’ll read next. It really depends on what takes my fancy. It will be my birthday on Monday, so I’ll definitely be buying a few books then. Most likely one or more of the following:

  • Kelley Armstrong – Spellbound (WotOW 12)
  • Brian Michael Bendis – Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm (graphic novel)
  • Richard Castle – Heat Rises (Nikki Heat 3)
  • Philippa Gregory – The Lady of the Rivers (Cousins’ War 3)
  • Terry Pratchett – Snuff (Discworld 39)

I’ll also most likely visit the library some time next week and pick out a few more titles there…

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17 responses to “W… W… W… Wednesdays

  1. I really liked A Spy in the House…and it’s sequel.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You have some really great picks! I can’t wait to read Fallen. And what a beautiful post!! 🙂

    • Fallen was rather good – very enjoyable. I love urban/Gothic fantasy and the young adult section of the library seems to be filled with really excellent stuff of this genre. I always manage to find a few gorgeous covers that grab my attention. I know I should judge a book by its cover, but I usually find if I really love the cover, I love the contents too. 🙂

  3. reading rendezvous reviewz

    Black heart of Jamaica looks like my kind of read. its a series. I may have to look this one up. Happy reading to you!!

    • Definitely start at the beginning of the series as things happen in this novel that are a direct result of previous novels in the series, and it’s always great to have all the character history too:

      1. The Diamond of Drury Lane (2006)
      2. Cat Among the Pigeons (2006)
      3. Den of Thieves (2007)
      4. Cat O Nine Tails (2007)
      5. Black Heart of Jamaica (2008)
      6. Cat’s Cradle (2009)
      The Middle Passage (2010) – this one’s a novella that comes after the 6th book

      I’ll be picking up Cat’s Crade from the library as soon as possible…

  4. shadows of Strongholds sounds good
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  5. I want to read fallen, but will have to wait.
    Happy reading!
    Psique @ Book Travels

  6. I agree, I hate reading novels written in the present tense. Spellbound looks good. Will you be reviewing it when you are done?

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  7. You have a lot of books listed that I haven’t even heard of! Good to know your blog is a place I can learn about new-to-me books!

  8. Thank you for stopping by my WWW Wednesday post 🙂 Lots of these reads are new to me too, lots to investigate for future reads 🙂

  9. Oh, I loved Fallen! And I must read Spellbound, Waking the Witch ended so “Ineedtoreaditnowican’tlivewiththesuspenseofwhatsoingtohappennext!!!” Yep 🙂

  10. Wow, you finished a lot lately! It’s a shame Fallen wasn’t so hot. It sounds like it could be interesting.