Weekly Wrap-Up: Feb 24 – 29, 2020

Hey everyone!!

Someone tell me how their week was, you can check out how ours were below.

Sam’s Update

Hope you all had a great week! Mine was less stressful than usual, but I’m looking at my calendar… I’ve got a doozie comin up this week. This weekend was fun though. Had a Doctor Who night with Ginny and Parker… Bookclub… and went out with Minda last night. Was supes fun. I ALSO FINISHED BOOKS!

What Sam Finished:

  • The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: This story is about Tau and his revenge against the people who killed his father. In this world, there are pretty strict caste systems, and the only way up is by taking this test and rising through the military. Tau was all set to do that, marry the woman he loves, etc, but then some #noble up and killed his dad. I was excited for this, thinking it was gonna be mostly around dragons, but it wasn’t. It’s a military story. The middle was a slog but I liked the characters and the ending was entertaining. 2/5
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe: Our main man Corin is at magic school. Everyone at magic school has an attunement, which lets them access a certain type of manna to access their skills. Corin, poor thing, is made basically an engineer… not a battle dude at all. But he also may have accidentally let loose one of the Big Bads so. I liked this book. The end had me audibly gasping, but it needed to shed some literary weight (aka, make it shorter). There were a lot of pacing problems. Drunk review coming soon.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan: I AM SO EXCITED TO BE BACK IN THIS WORLD. If you haven’t heard me scream about MJ’s work yet, where have you been? This is the 5th book in the Legends of the First Empire series, so I can’t say much here. But just know, that my kids are currently, mostly alive and happy. I am live tweeting my reactions over on the WRFB twitter if you’re interested.
  • Fire by Kristen Cashore: Back at this. Almost done, loving every second of it. These books are delightful.

Ginny’s Update

Hello All. It’s been a busy week and I am due for some serious introvert time. Most of what I’ve read was snuck in between trains, and commuting, and waiting in a doctors office (nothing is wrong, just routine), though I did chunk out a solid bit of time (when I should have been sleeping) to finish the Secret Chapter. I’ve waited too long to read that one.

What Ginny Finished:

  • The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai: Rhi and Samson are pretty great. This book does a great job of showing giving them realistic faults and having them cause realistic problems. I enjoyed the way they ended up working through them. Definitely going to be reading the future books.
  • The Wedding Party by Jasmin Guillory: This book is a sequel, and I enjoyed the first book enough. AAAANd I just found out it’s the third book and I accidentally skipped book two. Hilariously, doesn’t matter much. The second book focused on a secondary character from the first book and a tertiary character from this one. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one because the two main characters knew each other for a decent amount of time. It’s a hate>love story where each side catches feelings and then doesn’t want to talk about it because they think they’re the only one. Give me that sweet, sweet pining.
  • The Rat-Catcher’s Daughter by K.J. Charles: This is a novella in a series that I’ve read, and honestly, it felt a bit shorter than a novella. My biggest problems with books of this length is that the story always feels a little rushed. Though the story being told here is meant to be limited, just the way that Christiana and Stan end up meeting, and together. It’s really incredibly sweet but you have to have read at least the first book in the series.
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca: This book was my absolute jam. There’s a not-so-meet-cute to set up a Renn Faire, miscommunication, ridiculous Renn-Faire antics, and a romance that doesn’t happen in a day or a week. My biggest problem is that this book felt super ‘safe’ in that it almost completely lacks diversity. My other reads this week included people of color, a trans-gendered individual, and more characters on an LGBT spectrum. It would have been nice to have a hint that there was at least one non-white person in town, or to have some background characters that didn’t seem like straight, white, cis-people.
  • The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman: Sigh, book six of this series. I can’t believe I have to wait another year. There will be a review.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick: This is an ARC that Sam picked up at ALA. I’m a little ways in and already ready. Single dad jumps off a bridge to help a woman that fell. He’s turned into the local hero even though he really doesn’t want to be. I love a reluctant hero.
  • Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh: Book 13. I started this maybe a year ago so I’ve been tearing through them. I love the way this series builds on itself. The romance is great, but I’m reading just as much to see how Silence falling affects the world. There are so many characters that I want to catch up with!
  • Hilariously Ever After by Various Authors: Yeah, still reading this. This book was NOT a priority this week.

Minda’s Update

No update from Minda this week – she’s gots a baby now.

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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