It’s that time of the week again where we ask the lovely blog owner: WHATCHA READIN’? In this weekly segment, I give a brief glimpse into the books that are currently occupying my spare time, as well as a little recap of the past seven days, overall.
So, Amber, whatcha readin’?
I can’t believe how quickly the last week blew by; this year is moving so fast and it is absolutely messing with my mind. It feels like just yesterday that 2015 started, but now we’re almost done with October? How is that fair? On top of spending lots of time preparing for Halloween by seeing scary movies — like Crimson Peak, which had me fucked up — and attending the local Haunted Hayride, I finished a few books and reviews to steadily whittle away at my miles-long tbr pile! Outspoken ended up being a fabulous tale that has me excited to see what more the author has in store in the future, while Stabbing in the Senate reminded me of the dog-eat-dog world of politics that I thrived in during college. I’m steadily finishing up some other books, maybe finishing one this morning before I head off to work, and added four more books from the library to just chill by my bed as I work through those. After almost two months of waiting (because I’m too cheap to justify shelling out $20 for the hardcover copy), I finally got my hands on The Heir by Kiera Cass, so I’m excited to start that as soon as I finish Sevara: Dawn of Hope. Additionally, I grabbed The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore from the library on a whim. Leggo.
I’m starting to notice a trend developing with how I read the books from the Marked series: I read the first little bit, get bored and put it down for other things I need to work on, then out of nowhere, I breeze through the rest of the thing as if I hadn’t put it down for several weeks on end. For some reason, I’m just really dedicated to not DNF’ing this series, as much as some of my instincts tell me to. Picking up where I left off the last time I sat down and read this book, our protagonist Aimee has finally decided to get to the root of the issue of her nightmares and moves in with Damien, noted Vampire King and ex-husband in a past life. After joining his court, she soon learns that she’s the first of her kind: not only is she a vampire, but Aimee also carries Life Elemental powers and has done so since her time as a human. Because of her status as a Life Elemental — which means she can manipulate and siphon life energy as she pleases — she soon assumes her role as Queen of the Fey. However, all is not well with the love of her life Marc, and she’s forced to decide whether his recent transgressions against her are worth punishing at her coronation. As convoluted as this plot line is turning out to be, I cannot find myself able to pull away for good. The drama is utterly palpable and I’m intrigued by Damien’s sudden Heel Face Turn while he helps Aimee get adjusted to her new life as queen alongside him. The sudden incorporation of werewolves and a high vampire council gives me major Twilight vibes, but I don’t make it a secret that I find Twilight to be as engaging as it is enraging, just like this series.
Holy multiple plot lines, Batman! While I’m not too much further in Sevara than I was last week — maybe about 20 or 30 pages more? — a lot certainly has happened within that short time frame. At her final auction, Sevara has the opportunity to leave behind her life of being an outcast and actually join society when she’s selected to become the Minister of Plexus’ son’s wife, however after a dicey confrontation where she is forced to reveal her real self, the deal ultimately falls through. As such, Sevara becomes an Unwanted, much like most of the older girls in her orphanage. One by one, the girls become of age and are sent out on their own to navigate the gritty world of Plexus, however, Sevara is nervous about when her time will come. On the side, a rebel sneaks out a mass of Unwanted girls through the war zone just outside of the city-state gates, but is ultimately caught and held for trial. Additionally, a seedy “doctor” tries to kidnap Sevara into slavery, but manages to escape with a different gaggle of girls, even though he didn’t get his intended prize. There is just so much going on within the first fifty or so pages, but I know I have lots more to go. Maybe everything is feeling so convoluted right now because it’s so early on and I’m just getting acclimated to the politics of Plexus, but, damn, people have literally gotten shredded so far. I have absolutely no idea where this is going at this point, however, I’m excited to find out. Hopefully things start making sense soon.