Weekly Wrap Up: September 9 – 15, 2019

Hello!

Here’s our weekly wrap up from the WRFB crew =)

Sam’s Updates

I had such a weird week. I was so tired from work, and after the NEWTs, I wasn’t really feeling reading as much. I’m also emotionally exhausted by Darkdawn.

What I read this week:

Darkdawn

  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: I am destroyed by the end of this. While we knew the ending, it was still unexpectedly heartbreaking and beautiful.

What I’m currently reading:

 

  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte: Listening to this on audio. I feel like this was allll over BookNet for a while. I’m enjoying it so far but we’ll see.
  • Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel: This is the third book in the Themis Files. I was talking about this with Parker this week, while I LOVED book 1, and book 2 was alright, this one has shifted tone drastically. It’s not bad, just not what I want it to be.

Linz’s Updates

Work wasn’t even that bad this week, but we saw my parents off to Ireland — it’s my mom’s first trip abroad and she isn’t QUITE over her fear of flying so I’m still exhausted from that sendoff. Also, had to do all my meal prep and errands a day early so I could brunch. Adulting is terrible.

What Linz read

 

  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power: Minda reviewed it last month, but quick summary – an illness hits an all girls’ boarding school, and the school’s under quarantine while the government searches for a cure. When one student goes missing, her best friend Hetty will do anything to find out what happened to her–and finds out way more. VISCERAL descriptions, creepy world building, there were some things that left me a bit wanting but the overall writing was great.
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Coates’ first novel explores the life of a slave in Virginia. It’s epic and sweeping and gorgeous and I’ll write a review.

What Linz DNF

  • The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg: Eh. Ceony is a magic student is apprenticed to the magician Thane, whose specialty is Paper. She’s pissy because she thinks it’s a weak art, but starts to fall in love with Paper and duh starts crushing on Thane. 30% of the way through, Thane’s heart is literally stolen by a bad guy and Ceony decides to go get the heart and prevent Thane from dying. Just…eh. It’s weirdly paced, the world building wasn’t there for me, and Ceony kinda sucks.

What Linz is currently reading

this is how you lose the time war

  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone: THIS IS SO WEIRD I LOVE IT

Ginny’s Updates:

Whatsup All! I’ve had a ridiculously fun week, and this next week is gonna be great cause I have some amazing friends! I was tailgating this weekend and I forgot how much I loved hanging out with my tailgating family, but unsurprisingly I read maybe 20 pages? Luckily the rest of my week had a little time.

Currently Reading:

Half Off Ragnarock by Seanan McGuire: The third book in the InCryptid series (for which I have reviews) switches focus to Verity’s brother Alex. So far, one of his coworkers at the zoo has been murdered by being turned to stone and Alex is desperately trying to solve the murder. Gonna be a fun ride.

Trouble in Lafayette Square by Gil Klein: Gil was actually a professor of mine, as well as a family friend. When his book finally got published I made sure to buy a copy though it took me a while to get around to it. This book focuses on the history that happened in Lafayette Square. For those who don’t know, Lafayette Square is the public park right near the White House. It was the home of a number of early Senators, Vice Presidents, and other influential historical figures. So far the book details a murder, a few affairs, and an attempted murder. Pretty fun stuff.

My Best Friends Mardi Gras Wedding by Erin Nicholas: I have a mini-group with a few of my friends where we find free books on Amazon and boy do we have fun with them. So far this book has covered some “not like other girl”-itis, the main character clearly being in love with her best friend, some of the worst flirting I’ve ever seen and Im like 15% in. Gonna be fun to review.

Finished:

  • Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa: He’s an actor, she’s a personal trainer. They meet in Aruba and when she finds out he’s an actor she bolts. Plot happens and she ends up being his personal trainer and then they fall in love. There end up being a few parts of this I wasn’t thrilled about i.e. if someone is working for you DON’T FUCKING PUT THEM IN A WEIRD PLACE. They are your employee, stop pursuing them, full stop! I received an arc of one of the later books and thought it could be cute to start from the beginning but I don’t think I’m going to continue with the series. 2/5
  • No Judgements by Meg Cabot: I also received an arc of this for free. Bree is running away from some irritating people and ended up in cute sea-town where she meets been-there-forever-local Drew is who hot like burning. There’s a hurricane coming and far too many hints that something terrible would happen (untrue). That was a little irritating, but overall the book was pretty cute. I liked the characters on the island but thought the buildup to the hurricane was a little overblown for how things were after the fact. 3.5/5
  • Stripped  by Zoey Castile: Robyn is in a rut, in a job she doesn’t like and feeling like she’s losing herself, until she meets her neighbor who turns out to be a male stripper. There are sparks and they decide to date knowing it will have to end at the end of the summer. There’s a decent amount of drama as Robyn ends up bringing Zac to her best friends wedding. There’s a subplot about a shitty school principal and then way too easy a wrap up, but otherwise had some fun moments. 3/5
  • City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett: The third book in the trilogy, this book finally focuses on Sigrud. I’m planning on writing a review of this so I’ll just give basic background. It’s 17 years after the first book, and Sigrud hasn’t appeared to age while his friends all seem withered. A close friend is murdered and Sigrud takes it upon himself to go and try to save their daughter.

Minda’s Updates

What Minda finished this week

Dry

  • Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman – Done! Glad I picked this back up. Stay tuned for review.

What Minda is reading now:

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  • On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl – I got this one at ALA! Out in November, so figured I’d get a head start.

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