A Writer's Musings

As you know I don’t do many tags, but since I use Goodreads a lot and since my tbr list has grown ridiculously since I joined, I thought this was a good one to do! I found it on Donna’s amazing blog, and had to make a note for later. (this was weeks and weeks ago, of course…)

1. What is the last book you marked as read:

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The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

2. What are you currently reading? 

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Thrown to the Blue

I was really excited to receive an ARC for this ❤ Its release date is November 11th, so expect my review to be out in time for that!

Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

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The Last Day of Captain Lincoln

I was also thrilled to receive a review copy of this! It’s been on my tbr list for a little while now, so my day was made when the author asked me if I’d like a free copy for review. (Does anyone ever say no to that??)

Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

3. What is the last book you marked as to be read?

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The Finite

I received a free copy for review of this as well, so I’ll read it next. The reviews on Goodreads aren’t great, but I’ll keep an open mind. The cover is lovely, and the blurb is what originally got me excited, so I’m looking forward to it!

Claudia lives in the hoop, a space city that orbits around earth. She follows the rules her society built for everyone. Just like everyone in her society, perfection is essential to maintain a peaceful society. Without war, or destruction. Claudia discovers that people gone missing. There were wicked plans for the abducted people. She meets Ricky Maxwell from earth, and starts an alliance with people she met from earth. She and her friends sit to find the missing families, and try to stop wars between planets.

 

4. What book do you plan to read next?

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Visions of Zarua

I recently bought the kindle edition of this and will likely read it next (after The Finite). A few of my fellow readers who have similar tastes to me have rated this quite high, so I’m all the more excited for it!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do! You can look up my policy here.

6. Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

No. I don’t want reading to start feeling like a chore just to hit my goal, so I read when I have time. I will take a look at the end of this year to see how many books I’ve read since January, out of curiosity, but I don’t think I’ll make it a goal for next year.

7. Do you have a wish list?

My tbr list doubles as my wishlist. When friends and family ask me what I want for my birthday or Christmas, I send them my Goodreads list. Plenty of ideas on there!

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

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Crescent Moon is out at the end of this month (just in time for Halloween!) and I’m really excited for it. I loved the first book in the series and its sarcastic protagonist Phoebe so much that I’ll ignore my no-more-books-until-you’ve-read-the-ones-you-already-have policy! I don’t want to spoil anything for Book 1 if you haven’t read that one, so here’s the blurb for Hell’s Teeth instead:

New Oxford.

A third of the human population has been lost.

The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.

In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.

But society had become fractured – humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.

The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.

Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to change…

When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.

And all that is left behind: her teeth.

Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someone’s prey herself…

But she is not alone – on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before it’s too late…

Hell’s Teeth is the gripping first instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes to share?

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” 

Maya Angelou

10. Who are your favourite authors?

My list on Goodreads in incomplete (remind me to work on that – I always forget to update it), but right now these six people are on it:

Karen Miller

Kathryn Evans

Leigh Bardugo

Patrick Rothfuss

Neil Gaiman

N. K. Jemisin

11. Have you joined any groups?

I have, but I’m terrible at sticking to any of them. Not because they aren’t well hosted or not fun or anything like that; I just can’t seem to find the time.

12. Are there any questions you would want to add? 

Nope! Just this: If you fancy doing this tag, go ahead 🙂 I won’t tag anyone because I’m so late doing this, but please, help yourself!

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