This week in books

This Week In Books (June 22nd 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ The Death Cure, James Dashner

the death cure

It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

This book reminded me why I am leery of series. When the first book of a series is awesome, it is natural to expect the next ones to be just as good, or even better. But when the first book of a series is awesome, it is harder to meet the reader’s expectations with the next ones. So the more awesome the first book, the harder the fall when the last one lets you down.
Long sentences for a short conviction: The Death Cure could have been so much more.

≈ Now ≈ The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater / Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas

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.

Who can resist those boys? It turns out I can’t! I forgot to write posts yesterday because I could not put this book down.

crown of midnight

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

I can’t stop laughing and/or rolling my eyes while reading this. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. I just simply can’t take it seriously. I have had quite a good laugh with some quotes and new … characters. I won’t say more because it would spoil the fun. Anyway, this story is perfect for some buddy-reading time.
I am only 38% in, so I will give Celaena a little more time, but she better hurry and show me her badass side once and for all!

∨ Next ∨ The Stepmother, Claire Seeber

the stepmother

The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…
Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.
No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.
And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.
But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.
Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending … doesn’t it?

There was no power strong enough on this Earth to prevent me from requesting this book. Look at that cover. Read that synopsis. Now tell me you don’t want to read it.

Have you read any of those books? What are you reading this week?:)
Do share in the comments!
Happy reading!

50 thoughts on “This Week In Books (June 22nd 2016)”

  1. Completely agree about The Death Cure. I was so disappointed. It felt like the very end was rushed and as if Dashner hadn’t thought it through at all 😦

    The entire Throne of Glass series walks along the border of ridiculous, but I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s so entertaining 🙂 I think book 2 is still my favourite just because there are so many Scooby Doo elements about it. And I love Chaol.

    While I love the Raven Boys, I think Blue’s family were my favourites 🙂

    Here’s my WWW:

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    1. Exactly! I wondered if Dashner had reached the last book and panicked because he had not thought about the ending at all. It felt rushed, superficial, and missing the elements that made The Maze Runner a great read.
      I couldn’t agree more on the Throne of Glass series! Meeting Mort killed me 😂 But I’m having a wonderful time laughing 🙂
      So true, I love the diversity of characters, and the personalities of Blue’s family. They’re so special, and not just because of their powers.
      Thank you for your link, as always! 🙂

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    1. I need to buy the rest of the series VERY FAST! I just got a major plot twist and I can’t stop reading. I’m so glad I scheduled that post, otherwise there would not have been a This Week In Books because of the boys, haha!

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  2. The Raven Boys is already waiting on my bookshelf! I won it in a giveaway and the cover was too pretty not to have ❤
    Sarah J. Mass' books have been on my tbr list for a while, too, but I've heard really mixed reviews so I'm not in a huge rush.

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  3. I agree with you on the ending of The Maze Runner series. I loved the first and second book and was so disappointed with the third one. The movies were also disappointing. I’m about 15% into The Raven Boys. I’m not super thrilled about it just yet. The third person narrative and view point flips are not working for me. But Gansey seems interesting. I can’t wait to see your snark review about Celaena. I love reading Liam’s posts about ToG.

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    1. Don’t get me started on the movies. Brrr. Even just thinking about it makes me angry.
      Noooo, I was really hoping you’d like this one! You’re too picky, haha!
      It seems to me that my review will be a rerun of the Throne of Glass one, I don’t see much difference! But I’ll make sure to talk about her new …. friends.

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      1. The Raven Boys is okay so far, nothing like Smut. I’m devouring that book. If Gansey was a hot British guy, then I’d be all over it. 😉 I think I’ve read too many fantasy novels in the past month. I’m kind of getting burned out. That’s why I switched back to romance, thinking it would help me refocus. I don’t think I’ll ever read ToG. Some people really seem to love it, but it doesn’t sound like something I can get into. And the books are too long. New friends? Haha! The knocker. Lol.

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        1. Smut, eh? xD Love that title. That’s why I make sure to read very different books now, I don’t want to get jaded with my favorite genres. The world will deeply miss your rant for ToG, but time is precious and books are legions so I forgive you xD
          The knocker was back last night!!!

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  4. I’m glad to see you’re liking The Raven Boys! I can’t wait to see your final thoughts on it. I’m hoping to read it next month.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 We’ll have to compare notes! 🙂 I have high expectations for The Stepmother.
      Thank you for your link, I’ll visit your post now


  5. I haven’t read any of these books, but I’ve been meaning to read the Maze Runner series for awhile now. Currently, I’m reading quite a few books:
    Anna Karenina (audio and ebook combo)
    Forty Rooms (hardcover)
    The Memory Palace (eBook)
    Rick and Pretty (hardcover)

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    1. I can only recommend The Maze Runner, even though the quality fades with every book. The first is really amazing.
      Anna Karenina is such an intimidating story. I should try audiobooks for classics, it might help. I hope your reads are great 🙂 I can never read lots of books at once.

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