I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, because life has gone crazy and have had barely time to read, let alone work on my blog. Today, for the sake of getting back in the game I’m doing a Book Tag I have been seeing a lot of people do: WWW WEDNESDAY (this was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words). I thought it would be fun, easy and like a little update of my reading.
This meme tries to answer the following Three Ws:
What are you currently reading?
What did you finish recently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
– What are you currently reading? –
Right now, I’m currently reading two books. I usually don’t do this, because I always end up focusing more in one book anyways, but the month is nearly over and I really need to tackle my TBR! Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
I’m actually reading this book for a book club, but I have to confess that I’m a little behind schedule, so far I’m really enjoying it though. I’m not usually that into Sci-Fi, so I was really surprise on how taken I was by the story, I have no doubt I’m going to be finishing this book before the end of the month, even sooner. Just give me a good day without work and I’ll be done.
Genre: YA, Fantasy, LGBT
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
Three words: Serious secondhand embarrassment. It was only one scene at the begging, but Gosh! I have still not fully recovered. Aside from that little detail, I’m nearly over with this book and really enjoying it. Lei, the main character, got on my nerves at some point, but I came to understand and really like her, as well as squeal excitedly with every cute romantic scene between her and Wren. Hopefully, I’ll be working on a more detailed review soon.
– What did you recently finish reading? –
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, LGBT
Rating: 4.5 /5
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”
This one is definitely one of my favorite reads of this month, I actually just did a review about this book, if you wanna check it out.
– What do you think you’ll read next? –
This question is really hard, I usually have a TBR list that I follow, but this month I started with a huge reading slump and it kind of went to the drain so is probably going to be between these books:
A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden (e-book)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia
A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.
I’m actually leaning more to A Touch of Death, because I have ben in a really “Dystopia” mood lately.
Genre: Classics, Fiction
Great Expectations, Dickens’ funny, frightening and tender portrayal of the orphan Pip’s journey of self-discovery, is one of his best-loved works. Showing how a young man’s life is transformed by a mysterious series of events – an encounter with an escaped prisoner; a visit to a black-hearted old woman and a beautiful girl; a fortune from a secret donor – Dickens’ late novel is a masterpiece of psychological and moral truth, and Pip among his greatest creations.
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (e-book)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBT
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
Hope you enjoy it! What’s your current read? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!