WWW Wednesday #15

WWW Wednesday #15
A weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer 3 simple questions…

What are you currently reading?

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

What have you recently finished reading?

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Kiss, Marry, or Cliff Book Tag

Kiss, Marry, or Cliff Book Tag

It feels like I haven’t done a book tag in a while. I’ve seen this floating around the internet for years, and I finally sat down and did it. It’s a super simple and fun tag and I had a lot of fun doing it. Some rounds were harder than others.

THE RULES:

  1. Put your Goodreads shelf on random and pick the first book
  2. Open to a random page and select the first character you see
  3. If you don’t remember the book/character just reshuffle and try again!

Let’s do this!
Round One

  1. Kiss – Barrons from Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning: This was a really easy choice, and let me tell you I’d want to do a lot more than kiss him.
  2. Marry – Julian from The Hunter by L.J. Smith: I think marrying a villain would end horribly, but it’d be fun while it lasted.

  3. Cliff – Marc from Stray by Rachel Vincent: Yeah, he’s a dick lol. I will happily throw him off the cliff.

Round Two

  1. Kiss – Saint from Something About You by Riley Hart: Saint is confident, outgoing, and sexy. This was a no brainer.
  2. Marry – Veritas from Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost: She’s full of secrets and doesn’t take any shit from anyone. I love her.
  3. Cliff – Carson from Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley: I don’t remember much about him, however I’ve read a few KA books and I always hate her characters.

Round Three

  1. Kiss – Jay from Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway: I hate this choice. This was a such a tough one, I went back and forth on it. Jay Fields is mysterious and funny, I adore him. I’d marry him so fast, however there’s one other worthy character in this round.
  2. Marry – Grace from How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake: One of my all time favorite characters. For that alone, I have to marry her.
  3. Cliff – Meg from Written in Red by Anne Bishop: While there’s nothing specifically wrong with Meg, she’s also not very memorable or exciting. So… sorry, Meg!

Round Four

  1. Kiss – Charley from First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones: Charley is fun. She can be a bit much sometimes, which is why I’m not marrying her, but she’s cool.
  2. Marry – Adam from Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Adam is basically one of the few broody male characters I can stand. Maybe it’s because I 100% get where he’s coming from. I’d marry him in a heartbeat.
  3. Cliff – Drew from Tangled by Emma Chase: LOL. I’m sorry, but process of elimination and all that.

Round Five

  1. Kiss – Dimitri from  Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: While I’m not dying to kiss Dimitri, there’s no way in hell I’m not throwing Miles off the cliff.
  2. Marry – Sam from The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune: One of the most delightful characters I’ve ever read. My life would never be boring.
  3. Cliff – Miles from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: He’s the worst and one of the many broody male characters I hate. Easiest choice in the game.

Round Six

  1. Kiss – Allison from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: She’s a badass, a cynic, and absolutely spellbinding.
  2. Marry – Luka from Infini by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie: They say the perfect man doesn’t exist. False. Luka Kotova is right there.
  3. Cliff – Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Nothing personal, but the other two characters are too amazing to throw off a cliff.

Round One

  1. Kiss – Evie from The Diviners by Libba Bray: She’s the life of the party. I could never throw her off the cliff.
  2. Marry -Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: Girl, don’t I wish. Henry is prickly, uptight, and kind. I love him with all my heart. He’s gay, so our marriage wouldn’t be a traditional one, but it’d be exciting to marry a royal and spend my life with someone like Henry.
  3. Cliff – Claire from Glass House by Rachel Caine: Claire is a wallflower, and a forgettable one at that. Down the cliff you go.

I tag anyone who wants to do this. Have fun!

Top Ten Tropes

Top Ten Tropes

Hey! This was my suggestion (this blog used to be called Books for Muse 😂)

1. Age gap

I love it, a lot of the time one half of the couple will be super grump, WHICH IS BASICALLY MY KINK OK. 8/10

Recommendations:

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2. Opposites Attract

There’s something about this dynamic that just gets to me. It’s kind of a vague trope, but I adore it. 10/10

Recommendations:

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3. Best friend’s brother or Brother’s best friend

These are different, but I lumped them together because I feel the same way about both. They’re a bit overdone, but you can find some really good ones. 6/10

Recommendations:

1 2 3 4

4. Fake dating

Sometimes this trope can be a bit ridiculous. I mean, what situation is someone in that they need a fake partner? I still love it though. Most of the times it’s fun to read about and the situations they’re put in are hilarious. 9/10

Recommendations:

1 1 2 3 3

5. Forbidden love

I really, really like this trope. *grins* This trope is usually filled with so much tension. You can practically feel the angst coming off every page. (Age gap should probably be a part of this, but I love it so much and it deserved it’s own category.) 9/10

Recommendations:

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6. Friends to lovers

This is one of my favorites because it forces the author to actually show us the couple’s relationship beyond the physical stuff. This is usually always devoid of insta-lust / insta-love and the relationship is usually more solid. 10/10

Recommendations:

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7. Enemies to lovers / hate to love

Ahh, this one is hard. I think authors tend to skirt the line between enemies to lovers and just being borderline abusive and hateful. But if they steer clear of that line then this tends to become ONE OF MY FAVORITE TROPES. 7/10

Recommendations:

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8. Second chance love

This one is usually always a hit or miss for me. Mostly because I usually think the reason they split apart is dumb, or could have easily been avoided if they communicated more. If the reason they broke up isn’t too annoying or unrealistic, I don’t mind this trope at all. 6/10

Recommendations:

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9. Single Parent

Book with these tropes have the tendency to be really sweet and romantic. I’m a fan. 8/10

Recommendations:

1 2 4 2 4

10. Hurt Comfort

I need to be in the right mood to enjoy this trope. While heartbreaking, these can make you feel so hopeful as well. 7/10

Recommendations:

1 2 4

What are some of your favorites tropes?