WWW Wednesday: November 11, 2020

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I saw this post type first over on Ellie’s blog (Read to Ramble) and loved the concept. Since, I often end up re-reading the same books I haven’t been super active on here with new posts. I’m also doing a million things behind the scenes and participating in NaNoWriMo (a goal of writing 50K words during the month of November). I don’t know if I’m going to do a WWW Wednesday every single week, but I’ll try to post them every few at the very least.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words. WWW Wednesday is based on 3 questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I am currently reading Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, I’ve only made it to chapter three so far (page 40). I was supposed to have read this in October for book club, but I didn’t end up getting around to it. So, my goal is to get it done this month along with our actual book club book of the month.

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys.

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

I’ve also been re-reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, or at least starting from the second book. I’m on the third book at the moment, so I’m almost finished with the series. I was refreshing my memory in anticipation for the release of A Court of Silver Flames, which comes out in March 2021.

Recently Finished

I finished re-reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I decided to read it in a slightly different order by doing a tandem read of Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn. It’s an interesting and I would highly recommend it. If you haven’t done a tandem read of the two books, I would follow this guide from Chatting Chapters. As it states when to flip between the two books, since the events in the books overlap and you don’t have to try filling in the gaps on your own when certain things happened. Essentially making the two books, one massive book. I read them one after the other originally, and some things hit different when you read them in tandem. As Chaol makes mention to things happening in Empire of Storm or cause things to happen in that book.

Up Next

After I finish Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, I’m going to be reading Legendborn by Tracy Deonn which is my book club November book.

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

After that, I’m planning on reading Iron Heart by Nina Varela, which is the sequel to Crier’s War. I’m hoping this will be better than the first book (as in not as rushed), as well I liked that book it took me a while to get through it as I felt it was weak and rushed in some places. But I told myself when I had finished Crier’s War that I would finish the series. So, we’re going to be finishing it.

Critically acclaimed author Nina Varela delivers a stunning sequel to the richly imagined queer epic fantasy Crier’s War, which SLJ called “perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass.”

For too long, Automae have lorded over the kingdom of Rabu, oppressing its human citizens. But the human revolution has risen, and at its heart is Ayla. Once a handmaiden, now a fugitive, Ayla narrowly escaped the palace of Lady Crier, the girl she would’ve killed if she hadn’t fallen in love first. 

Now Ayla has pledged her allegiance to Queen Junn, who can help accomplish the human rebellion’s ultimate goal: destroy the Iron Heart. Without its power, the Automae will be weakened to the point of extinction. Ayla wants to succeed, but can’t shake the strong feelings she’s developed for Crier. And unbeknownst to her, Crier has also fled the palace, taking up among traveling rebels, determined to find and protect Ayla.

Even as their paths collide, nothing can prepare them for the dark secret underlying the Iron Heart.

That’s everything I have planned to read in November at the moment, but there are some other books on my shelf that I’ve been meaning to get to. I’ll keep you posted on how these three books go to begin with then we’ll see about the others.

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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4 Comments

  1. November 11, 2020 / 3:45 PM

    I love the cover of Cemetery Boys. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      November 11, 2020 / 3:49 PM

      Same, I love the artwork for the dust cover of this book. Hopefully, I’ll have the book complete soon. Enjoying it so far.
      ♥ Mae

  2. Brooke Carrington
    November 15, 2020 / 10:42 AM

    Good luck with all of your reading!

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      November 15, 2020 / 12:40 PM

      Thank you!
      ♥ Mae

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