WWW Wednesday!

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This is a weekly meme hosted at Taking On A World of Words.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Moon Called by Patricia Briggs!

I didn’t write a review for this because it came out in 2006- if I catch up to the more recent books in the series, I might do non-spoiler reviews for them, though! I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to people who think they might be interested in urban fantasy. Not a fan of the cover, though.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

What are you currently reading?

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong!

So excited about this one!! I’ve heard it can be very dark and heart-wrenching and I’m ready to get my heart broken.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren!

Not sure how I feel about this one yet. I’m listening to the audiobook and some parts of it get on my nerves- it’s partly the main character (who comes across as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to some extent, though hopefully this gets better as I read) and partly the male narrator’s voices for the female characters. I loooved The Unhoneymooners by the same authors, though, so I’m willing to give this one a fair shot.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca!

I’m so excited for this one!! I’ve heard rave reviews, and I love all things romcom and Ren Faire, so it sounds perfect for me. I think this will be my palette cleanser after These Violent Delights.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

Thanks for reading! What does your WWW Wednesday look like?

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