My first What Are You Reading Wednesday of the year! Remember, if you want to kick off the new year by taking part with your own What Are You Reading Wednesday, take a look at the guidelines here!
I’ve been quite good actually – I vowed that this year would be the Year of Longer Books, so I reduced my reading goal from 52 last year to 40 this year so I could finally get around to reading books like It and A Little Life without worrying I wasn’t going to meet my goal.
Anyway, for that reason, I vowed the first book I read this year would be A Conjuring of Light, the final installment in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, as it comes in at just over 600 pages, so I was putting it off last year even though I was dying to read it!
Why did you decide to pick up the book? Cover or content?
Definitely content! I actually really don’t like the UK covers available here in England, but I love the American covers, and thanks to my amazing friends Emily and Amber, I’ve been lucky enough to get a signed copy with my favourite cover, and a signed special edition! Best friends ever, right?!
Who’s your favourite character so far, and why?
Lila! I love how straight-talking and real she is. She’s not a bad guy, but she doesn’t try to always do the “right” thing – if she needs to do something, she doesn’t care about getting her hands (or her blades) dirty.
I think it’s really refreshing to have a character who is ultimately working for the greater good, but is a little more morally grey than some of the lead hero characters in books we often see. We’re always coming across characters who are willing to sacrifice themselves and become martyrs for their cause, whereas Lila’s more likely to find a sneaky way to kill the villain and say they shouldn’t give what they can’t take, and it’s tough if death comes to them at the end of her blade!
Will you finish this one?
This book reminds me of…
Hmm. Somewhere between The Lies of Locke Lamora and the later Harry Potter books, where there’s more grit, darker plot lines and a battle. It reminds me of The Lies of Locke Lamora because of its pace, settings, sassy characters, fast pace, and lack of fear around dropping f-bombs!
What kind of read is this? (Slow but interesting, can’t put it down…)
Can’t put it down! Devouring it! I’m kind of deliberately slowing myself down though, as I don’t want it to be my last book with these characters…I can see a book hangover on the horizon!
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