WWW Wednesday- Feb 8,2017

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by the bloggers over at Taking on a World of WordsThis wonderful blogger explains it best:

“Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily img_1384-0Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!”

I’m finally satisfied with how my blog is set up (for now) so I decided to join in!

The three W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What are you planning on reading next?

Brace yourselves!


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One of the books I’m reading at the moment is an advance copy of Quests of the Kings by  Robert Evert. I’m about halfway through, and so far, I’m enjoying it! It was a little slow getting started, and every once in a while I catch myself thinking, “A man definitely wrote this female protagonist,” but so far, I enjoy the plot and most of the characters, even when they say kind of cheesy things. I’ll be posting my review later this week, and give you guys my full thoughts on the book.

30226723Another book I’m reading is King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. When I say “reading,” I mean I’ve only read the first chapter, but I’ve been waiting for this book for sooo long, and finally, the third book in the Red Queen series arrived at my house yesterday. I’ll admit, I am a little nervous; I really enjoyed Book #1, but then I was a little disappointed by book #2, so I’m hoping King’s Cage will restore my love of the series. I’ll probably end up reading (devouring) the rest of it over the weekend, and give you guys my review by early next week.


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One of the books I recently finished was Final Girls by Mira Grant, a sci-fi/horror mash-up
that was a middle-of-the-line book for me; I didn’t hate it, but it also won’t top my reading list. The plot was fun and fast-paced, and it was pretty easy to read, but the characters were pretty underdeveloped, and I’m someone who needs great characters to really love a book. You can check out my full review if you want more details.

32334099The other book I finished super recently (yesterday, in fact) was Neon Souls by Alexandra Elle. This was the first poetry book I read for this year, and it had such high ratings on Goodreads. Unfortunately, I was left incredibly disappointed. There was A LOT of poetry in this book. For some reference, one of my favorite poetry books has 70 pages worth of poems, this book had 143, which wouldn’t have bothered me, except that so much of it seemed like it came straight from the Facebook page of an angsty teenager, rather than the pen of a professional and published poet. You can check out my full review for more, but you pretty much just read the short version.


What are you planning on reading next?

30375703I’m so glad you asked! The first one on the list (and the one it feels like I have been waiting ages for!) is The Valiant by Lesley Livingston. This book promises lady gladiators, Celtic princesses, and a bad-ass female protagonist. Since one of my favorite movies is Gladiator, my ancestors were Irish (and love Celtic music), and I’m always a sucker for awesome lady warriors, this synopsis has checked every box for me, and I have been dying to read it!! Amazon tells me it’ll be here on Valentine’s Day, but this will probably be the longest week of my life!

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Next on my TBR list is Filthy Labors by Lauren Schmidt. I have high hopes for this collection of poetry. There are only two ratings on Goodreads, but the cover and synopsis are so enticing. I’m expecting Walt Whitman references, religious undertones, and a whole lot about humanity’s struggle to take care of its own. Here’s hoping it’s a great collection of poetry! (And I know I already mentioned it, but doesn’t that cover just scream “I’m full of well-written, lyrical verses that will make you question how you’ve dealt with other human beings/the earth in general?”)


Thanks for powering through all of my book nerding! I’d love to hear what books you’ve finished, which ones you’re reading, or if there are any books that you just cannot wait for! Let me know in the comments below!

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Pristine Plot, Character Crash

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You can buy it at Amazon, B&N, or from Subterranean Press

Title: Final Girls
Aunthor: Mira Grant
Type: Fiction
Genre: Sci-fi; Novella
Length: 112 pages
Published by: Subterranean Press
Pub Date: April 30, 2017
Format: Digital
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

See other ratings and reviews at Goodreads,

Then, check out the author’s website!


The short version:

If you’re looking for a quick sci-fi read, I would keep an eye out for this book. It isn’t going to be my next favorite, but it was definitely a fun read!

The long version:

I won’t lie, I kind of judged this book by its cover. I’m usually more of a fantasy girl, but with a cover like that, this sci-fi drew me right in.

My summary:
Esther Hoffman is a reporter who lost her father because phony regression therapy brought false charges against him and ruined his life. Because of this, she has made it her life’s work to find and debunk anything she deems “pseudo-science.” So, when she hears that Dr. Jennifer Webb has created a company that uses Virtual Reality to heal relationships, resolve emotional trauma, and even cure phobias by essentially placing patients in horror stories, Esther is skeptical to say the least. But at Dr. Webb’s request, she agrees to try this virtual reality therapy in the hopes that it will end up being just another scientific fraud she can disprove. Soon, the things in her reality, both virtual and real, take a turn for the worse, and she may be forced to depend on the very person whose work she came to discredit.

Despite the fact that this is such a short book, the pacing is almost perfect. Aside from the ending, which I feel went by a little too quickly, nothing in the story drags on or feels too rushed, whether we’re in the “real world” learning about the VR process or in the very heart of the simulation watching Esther’s “therapy” unfold.

The difference between the real world and the virtual world is one of my favorite aspects of the novella. The VR scenarios are told in a present tense, and the real world is told in the past tense, which makes the virtual world seem that much more vivid and intense and, at times, almost more real than the real world.

On top of that, while the characters are in the virtual reality, the language is quite poetic. The VR sections are full of lines like, “Massachusetts has trees, but they’re wrong, more like bushes with delusions of grandeur than the comfortable, towering eucalyptus trees of her homeland. These are trees that show their bones. She doesn’t trust them. She would be a fool to trust them.” Lines like these work to simultaneously remind the reader that the scenario isn’t real, while the near-musicality of the language also lulls them into a false sense of security even within that lie. Outside the VR, the language is very clinical, focusing more on science and explanations, which can be a little jarring, but that shock reflects what the characters themselves face, and enhances certain aspects of the story.

Unfortunately, not every aspect of the story worked as well for me; I found myself wanting more. The novella is very plot-driven, and it was the intensity of the plot that kept me reading until the end. But I had a hard time really feeling for the characters because I just didn’t have enough time or information to grow attached to them. Even the villain(s) didn’t seem so intimidating because they felt like faceless actions instead of people with schemes and agendas. As I mentioned, I also wanted a little bit more from the end; I felt that I didn’t really get to see the full impact of the experience on the characters and finished with a half-completed resolution. As someone who is such a huge sucker for great characters, this was the main reason I couldn’t give this novella the full 4 stars.

One other disclaimer I feel I should make: there are elements of horror in this novella. The scenes didn’t go super in-depth and didn’t bother me much, but I know there are people who are vehemently against any kind of blood or gore. If you are one of these people, this book is probably not for you.

That being said, this book was still a fun read, so much so that I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime (till 3:30 am, in fact) to finish it. Long story short, if you like sci-fi, I would recommend reading Final Girls.

Overall, I gave Final Girls 3 Stars:

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Thanks for reading! If you plan on reading or have already read this book, let me know why and what you think in the comments below!