Archive | September, 2021

WWW Wednesday, 29-September-2021

29 Sep

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Ghost

Currently reading: I made some steps forward with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson again. It’s a good way to pass time with a sleeping baby on my chest when I know they’re going to wake up again soon. I’m actually feeling like I can finish this one now.
I’m getting a few pages in at a time with True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I don’t get a lot of time in the evening to enjoy it right now. Once my baby is asleep, it’s a mad dash to join them in dreamland. We never know how long it’s going to last!
I was able to start The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir and make some good progress! I must have read this book before because a few scenes have been very familiar. Possibly I read it in middle school. I don’t remember how it ends at all so I’ll push forward.

Crows

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray last week and even wrote my review which posted on Monday. I haven’t finished a series in a while so this one felt good. I had some issues with the pacing on this last book, but I still enjoyed it and felt like it wrapped up pretty well. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars. I’d recommend the series overall.

Stranger

Reading next: I’m going to guess I’ll fly through Cormier and will need a new audiobook sooner than anything. I went through my TBR and my library’s digital offerings and found a lot that were available that I wasn’t aware of before. Next up for me will be The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. This is one my sister in law gave me for Christmas and I hadn’t had time to pick up yet. I’m looking forward to a thriller!

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Book Review: The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray (4/5)

27 Sep

When I started this series in 2015, I wasn’t aware that it was unfinished. I picked up the books as I found time and really enjoyed each one. I didn’t give myself very long between book 3 and this one since I was so excited to see how it would end! I haven’t enjoyed a book series in a long time so this was a really welcome option.

CrowsThe King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray

Other books by Bray reviewed on this blog:

The Diviners
Lair of Dreams (Diviners #2)
Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners #3)

Summary from Amazon:

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners’ help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe’s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow’s plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.

But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.

In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe…

This was a very satisfying conclusion to the series. There was a lot of loose ends to tie up and I think Bray did it well. The book did seem to languish in the middle for a bit as the group made their way to Nebraska. Some of it provided good character development, such as Jericho’s time with Lupe and the development of Sam and Evie’s relationship. However, other characters didn’t grow much, like Henry and Isiah. The end brought everyone together, though, and I adored it. I kept making time to listen to the story so I could see how Bray would wrap it up.

Bray’s characters shine in this series. She does an amazing job of giving them unique motivations and showing a wide variety of people who are going to have different experiences because of who they are. The characters all had unique depth to them. These depths weren’t ignored, either. Sam’s Jewish heritage and Henry’s homosexuality became rather major parts of the story. She’s a great example of using diversity to enrich a story.

I liked so many of the characters that it’s hard to say which were my favorites. I think I’d have to say Ling if pushed. She’s very strong and independent while also being a loyal friend and daughter. She cares a lot about her parents and thinks of them often. She fights for her relationship with Alma when it gets difficult and doesn’t compromise what makes her comfortable and what she wants. Her thirst for knowledge is also really admirable.

There was something in each character that I could relate to, though Evie was the easiest. Her aversion to her hometown and wanting to feel like she’d changed or improved in some way resonated with me. I didn’t enjoy school and where I grew up. I always felt like I was different from my classmates in some way that I couldn’t describe. Once I graduated, I didn’t want to go back and didn’t keep in contact with many of those I knew. Her anxieties about going to Zenith with the circus resonated with me.

Bray

Libba Bray Author image via BookPage

The time the Diviners spent in Bountiful was my favorite part. They came together and grew very quickly. There was a lot of character development in that part of the book without seeming rushed. I thought the truth about Sarah Beth was a little obvious, but I can give Isiah for not figuring it out because of his age. I was a bit sad it came to an end so quickly, but it was a really enjoyable stretch of the book.

The amount of time the Diviners spent split up was a bit of a drag for me. It didn’t feel like a lot was developing and changing. It took a lot longer than I would have liked to see because it very much felt like a stop-gap until anything more exciting happened.

January LaVoy did the audio and she was absolutely amazing. She had different voices for each character that were unique and appropriate for them. She didn’t make anyone sound like a joke or that I shouldn’t take them seriously. I’d listen to other books by her in a heartbeat. She did a great job with this long series and really impressed me.

Bray talks in the afterward about how she had to come to terms with America’s troubled past in this book series. She started the series ten years before it was finished and didn’t realize she’d be writing the ending during such a different time. It’s published 2020, so I have to assume she was writing it during Trump’s election and presidency. A common response to his campaign slogan of ‘Make America Great Again’ was asking who it had been great for. She address in her afterward how the 1920s, known as a golden age, had a lot of dark sides that repressed minorities and how the golden age image is a memory of the majority. Even when history lets us think America was great, there’s a lot that needed to be fixed and that we don’t want to repeat. (I’ll get off my soap box now.)

Writer’s Takeaway: When I write, I’m often nervous to write a character who’s different from me in any way. I get nervous writing someone from a different part of the country, let alone a different gender, race, family background, sexuality, etc. Bray’s shown me that I should embrace it. The diversity of her characters made the series richer and more exciting and I loved every minute of it. If I want my readers to enjoy my story, I should do the same.

A great ending to an amazing series. Looking forward to more by this author. Four out of Five Stars.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Related Posts: 
The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) Review (Audiobook) | BookLoversBlog 
Book review: The King of Crows by Libba Bray | One Thousand and One Books 
The King of Crows Review | Journey Into Books 
Mini Audio Book Review: The King of Crows (Diviners #4) | MetalPhantasmReads 
The King of Crows by Libba Bray: It broke me but not in a good way | Delicate Eternity

WWW Wednesday, 22-September-2021

22 Sep

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Crows

Currently reading: I’ve made so much progress on The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray! I’m optimistic in thinking I can finish this week. It would feel really good to finish a book, especially one that’s so long!
No progress with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson but I’m optimistic I will make some more here in the near future. It’s so easy to have an ebook on my phone to pick up when I have a few minutes. It’s got a fast paced plot that’s helping me move through it, too.
Small steps forward on True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey but steps forward none the less. I’m enjoying the voice that Carey gives Ned and I’m looking forward to pushing forward in this one.

Recently finished: Nothing yet but I have a feeling there will be something here soon!

81vZZPOsZ8L

Reading next: It seems I’ll be ready to start The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir soon! I’m excited to get to a book so many of you say you’ve enjoyed before.

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

WWW Wednesday, 15-September-2021

15 Sep

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Kelly

Currently reading: I was able to start running again which means The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray is getting some play time! It feels great to get out, even if it’s just a mile for now. I decided I want to do a 5K on Thanksgiving so I’ll be keeping it up!
I found a chunk of time to read The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson when the Baby was sleeping so I’m moving forward with this still. Slow going, but it’s taken a turn that I’m excited to explore.
I started making some good progress on True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey again. I’m focusing on it now so I’m hoping this will continue to move forward. I’ve liked what I ready so far.

Recently finished: No surprise, nothing here.

81vZZPOsZ8L

Reading next: I’ll get to The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir someday…

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

WWW Wednesday, 8-September-2021

8 Sep

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Ghost

Currently reading: Right now, The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray is the only book I’m making much progress with. I try to get out for a 1-2 mile walk each day. Sometimes, my husband keeps the Baby and I’m able to listen which is a treat.
I think I finished a chapter of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson but not much more than that. It’s moving pretty fast so I’m curious how long this book would take if I really dedicated some time to it. I might have to do an experiment this week.
I’ve been slacking with True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I have some early childhood books that I’m skimming and it’s taking time away from reading this one. I only grab enough time for a few pages before my eyes close so once I am dedicated to it, it may still be slow going.

Recently finished: Nothing again this week. I’m honestly not expecting anything for a while. Baby has really slowed me down!

81vZZPOsZ8L

Reading next: I’ll keep The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir on the backburner. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually!

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

WWW Wednesday, 1-September-2021

1 Sep

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


Crows

Currently reading: I keep pushing forward with The King of Crows (Diviners #4) by Libba Bray. Washing dishes and some nursing times get dedicated to this which had kept me moving pretty steadily. I should finish in the next month before the service is discontinued. I’m being optimistic.
I wasn’t able to grab any time for The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. I thought having a sleeping baby on my chest would be a good time for ebooks, but my arms have been too tired. We’ll see if I can find some more time next week.
I haven’t read much of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I used to read a lot in bed before sleeping but that’s changed a bit in the past month. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday, but it might be a while first.

Recently finished: Nothing new this week. I did manage to get my review of The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona D. Chivenko posted on Monday. As I said last week, this book wasn’t for me. I ended up giving it only One out of Five Stars.

81vZZPOsZ8LReading next: I’ll probably need an audiobook next. I think a short one will be welcomed and next up on my list is The Chocolate War by Robert Cormeir. It will be good to get some more YA into my rotation. It tends to be fast paced which is good for me right now.

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.