WAYRW #11

What Are You Reading Wednesday is a weekly reading post hosted by itsareadingthing. You can catch up with previous WAYRW posts here.

What Are You Reading Wednesday

As mentioned last week I’m modifying this meme to include the blurbs and anything of interest rather than directly quoting from page 34.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.
Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

I’m absolutely loving this read! I don’t understand why it isn’t rated more highly on Goodreads because And I Darken is everything I dared to hope for in an Anti-Princess narrative. It’s exactly what Lada is. She isn’t kind, beautiful, patience or obedient. She’s rude, arrogant, rebellious and beautifully flawed. If you’re expecting a warrior princess with a good heart, you’re not going to enjoy this but if you’re hoping for a rotten hearted woman who goes against everything expected of her, this is the book for you.

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The Heirs Of Lydin by Aidan Hennessy

Ever since the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of a cult, Bellaydin Ap’Lydin has spent his entire life as the only human in a land of elves. Here, he and his half-sister Polnygar are barely tolerated, especially by the arrogant Spellweaver Lord Ivellios with his dreams of a purified elven kingdom. But after Polnygar stows away on a visiting envoy’s ship, and Bellaydin is accused of murder, their whole world changes.
Far from home and each other, they form new alliances and face challenges of their own. Assassins and cultists trail the siblings’ every step in the name of their ancestor, General Lydin, and a lost artefact, the Tears of the Divine. As friends and family suffer death and misfortune, and the shadowy Horned God manipulates events from afar, the siblings are drawn into the prophecy of the Heir of Lydin. But is Bellaydin or Polnygar the Heir? Or is that a secret they should leave buried?

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. This read is going slowly – while I love the world building, it’s incredibly complex in terms of politics and I don’t feel like I’ve reached the main plotline yet. Still, I’m going to keep reading unless I find the pace becomes worse or anything particularly nasty comes up. Still, according to other reviewers it has similarities to the Shannara Chronicles – which I definitely agree with and remains one of my favourite fantasy TV adaptations.

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Rarity From The Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family? Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. This is such a strange novel. I can’t express how I feel about it right now, but I’m still reading despite the weirdness – according to other reviewers it becomes clearer and makes more sense after the first few chapters and in this case I’m prepared to wait it out.

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The Next Together by Lauren James

How many times can you lose the person you love? Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?  Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

I never thought I’d find something that combined time travel, science and romance. It’s great. I’m having to restrict how much I read this in order to make sure I read things I’ve been planning to read for longer (like my other read to review books).

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments!


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