Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Wednesday Catch-Up 2nd March 2016

Every Wednesday we are linking up with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted at Taking on a World of Words and asks 3 questions: What are you currently reading?, What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you'll read next? 

Currently Reading:
These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)
I have only just started this in that I put my bookmark in it but I haven't actually read any of it yet! So I don't have much to say about this except that my expectations are sky high! This was one of my top ten most anticipated books of the year and I am very excited to finally be reading it!

Recently Finished:
Wolf WinterBeatrice and BenedickKitThe Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici FlorenceSong of the Sea MaidThe Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
The first book I finished this week was Wolf Winter which was a very surprising book in a lot of ways. There was a magical element that I hadn't expected and the characters were very complex and often unlikable but I always found myself rooting for them when it came down to it. I then read Beatrice & Benedick and Kit both by Marina Fiorato who is one of my favourite historical writers. I really enjoyed both of these in different ways. Beatrice & Benedick was more romantic in some ways and I really enjoyed the Shakespearian touch. But I loved the character of Kit, she was so strong and determined and I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. Elizabeth Loupas is another of my favourites so I decided to pick up The Red Lily Crown next which I thought was excellent. It was quite dark and twisted and I could see how much research had gone into writing it but it never felt stodgy, it raced along and I was keen to see how things would resolve. I was a bit underwhelmed by Song of the Sea Maid, I've seen a lot of great reviews so this may just be me but I thought it was fine I just didn't really love it. Found it hard to connect to any of the characters or the plot as a whole. I did however really enjoy The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School which was kind of Ransom Riggs mixed with Enid Blyton. Which sounds weird but it worked.

Planning to Read Next:
Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics, #1)Curio (Curio #1)The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)
I am going to continue the alternate history/steampunk theme and read Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson which I haven't heard much about, Curio by Evangeline Denmark which I have heard mixed things about but it sounds amazing and The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman which frankly sounds amazing and I haven't read a bad review yet!

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading


Barb said...

Another fan of The Dark Days Club. I read and ARC and was really surprised by how much I loved it. Only problem is I hate to wait for the next one. I also have Curio to read on my Kindle, but have been in the mood for some urban fantasy so it may wait a while.

Clare Stone said...

I went through an Urban Fantasy kick recently as well and have depleted all my stock of it so I may have to buy some more!

clairehuston said...

I really hope you enjoy These Vicious Masks. I have it on my TBR and also have very high expectations. If you don't like it I'll be crushed!

Here's my WWW:

Sam said...

Enjoy the Steampunk kick! I have a friend whose Steampunk novel is coming out soon so I'll be picking it up in the near future. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

Clare Stone said...

Hopefully neither of us will be let down!

Clare Stone said...

I'll definitely look out for it when you are reading it then! Thanks for visiting

Bookish Realm said...

You just gave me several books to add to my TBR especially from your "planning to read next" list. I haven't read anything that can be classified as steampunk historical fiction, but it sounds like it would be interesting. My WWW

Clare Stone said...

I find steampunk very hit and miss but I am hoping these will all be great! Thanks for visiting

Charlie Anderson said...

I see a lot of steampunk in your future! I also think I will have to check out Kit and most of those companions. I'm such a sucker for historical.

Clare Stone said...

I love historical, I definitely seem to veer towards the very dramatic historicals! Kit was really good as were the rest. I was quite lucky with my read this week.

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