WWW Wednesday (7th October 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I absolutely love this book, and on this re-read I’m going slowly in order to take it all in. I’m a big fan of the protagonist, Alex Stern. She’s had such a rough life but is really doing the most. It is a. ADULT horror though, so don’t go into it without reading the trigger warnings as there’s plenty of graphic descriptions.

What did you recently finish reading?

Welcome to another of my favourite books of the year. It didn’t start too strongly for me but by the end it left me eagerly anticipating what happens next. The protagonist, El Higgins, is so easy to get behind. She’s got walls up for good reason, and she had really heart-warming character development during a tense, deadly plot. You can read my thoughts in my review, which has actually turned into one of my more popular reviews!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Okay, so I don’t often re-read books with this small of a gap in between, but I can’t help it with this one. Now I have a physical copy I am so excited to be absorbed in Addie and Henry’s world again. It’s also a Book Coven book club pick along with A Deadly Education so looking forward to discussing both of them with my friends.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

In other news, I do not have COVID, so I’m back at work loving life. Hope everyone is doing well.

Six for Sunday (Coffee Date!)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is on pumpkin spice goodness, and this week’s topic is: Characters/authors you’d like to go for coffee with. I’m going to stick with characters this time.

1) Henry Strauss from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue no question. I connected so much to this guy, just wow. Check out my review of the book and book inspired playlist!

2) Samiah Brooks from The Boyfriend Project. I want to go to coffee with Samiah, London and Taylor! Their friendship seems so fun (plus I want to quiz Samiah on being a woman in tech and on the events of the book).

3) Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’d probably not say a word from awe and intimidation but I love Evelyn so much and I would really love to meet her. I mean, Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote her so well she felt real!

4) Jasmine Santos from From Lukov with Love. So I absolutely love Mariana Zapatas characters and this is one of my fave books of hers. I’d love to quiz Jasmine on all things figure skating.

5) Sissix from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. To be honest all of the characters in this book are amazing, but I’d like to talk about Sissix to learn more the Aandrisks! You can read my Becky Chambers Spotlight post here for all the reasons why I love her books.

6) On to the last character! I think I’d like to take Galadriel ‘El’ Higgins from A Deadly Education for a coffee. I finished this book yesterday and I really empathised with this girl, I just want to be like an older sister to her. You can check out my review for some incoherent ramblings on this amazing start which I think will become one of my favourite series ever.

And there we have it, six characters I’d like to go and get coffee with (though I’d definitely be ordering tea). This was way more difficult than I thought it would be. Hope you are all well and having a great weekend (I am still waiting for my COVID test results, so still self-isolating. I think it’ll be negative because my cough is very nearly better).

Book Review: A Deadly Education

I am finished and I want MORE. After a rocky first chapter, I couldn’t put A Deadly Education down. I absolutely adore books set in magic schools and this one was so unique – I’ve never read anything like it before. No teachers, death around every corner and a cast of characters that I just loved, I’m already greatly anticipating book 2, especially after that ending!

Star rating: 5 stars

El Higgins is an outcast in the Scholomance. It’s a school with no teachers, where being a loner can get you killed. But now in her Junior year, El has worked out what it takes for her to survive on her own – she’s meticulous, cautious and slightly paranoid, which along with the power she has kept hidden from her classmates, has kept her alive.

That is until Orion Lake is drawn to her. The gifted kid in the class who has kept way more students alive than in any year, Orion is special. El treats him with the same casual rudeness she treats everybody else, which Orion finds refreshing. The two form a unique friendship in a system where kids that grew up in Enclaves, like Orion, have greater odds than those that don’t.

In the mix of all the monster-fighting madness is a whole lot of emotional depth. El is lonely, she is angry, she is craving real friendships. Her affinity for mass destruction isolates her, and it was heart-warming to see her from real friendships for the first time in her life.

This book is so unique – its setting, its magic system…they are brilliantly creative. I love El so much, I just want to protect her from all the manipulative Enclave kids that reside in this school. There are so many conflicts that had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end. And the end…there’s a suitable time period for calm before what I can only imagine will be a dramatic second book.

Overall, this was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 – and after I got through the first chapter it really didn’t disappoint.

Have you read A Deadly Education yet? You absolutely should!

Other reviews you should check out:

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Janel Allison