WWW Wednesday #21

Hey friends! I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

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

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

I actually have not finished any books since last week. It’s been a busy week and I haven’t made much progress on the book I’m reading, We Hunt the Flame. I also reviewed The Wicked King on Monday (find my review here).

That’s it for this Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll have finished WHtF by next Wednesday. What are you reading? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

The Wicked King by Holly Black – Review

Welcome to another book review my dear friends!! Today, we’ll be reviewing The Wicked King by Holly Black. This was so much better than The Cruel Prince. Jude and Cardan were a lot more interesting, and the plot twists were amazing.

Book: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Other book in the series: The Cruel Prince (Review)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


Quote: “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder.

*Cardan. Sassy, lazy, and an absolute jerk, but I love him! His smug arrogance and constant bickering with Jude was awesome. I also like that he is actually a broken guy with a good heart but it is the anger and blame placed on him that makes him hurt others. It makes his character a lot more complex. The things he did to save Jude, and the last few chapters made me love him – while simultaneously hating him for that ending – even more.

*Jude. She improved in this book and I felt she was more relate-able. Her struggle with power and making the right decisions were also very realistic. I think that as the story progressed, she grew more power hungry and too harsh on herself especially since she tried to solve every crisis by herself. She was also kind of an anti-hero, since her reasons for controlling Cardan are a lot deeper than just to keep the throne for Oak (that’s what I’m guessing).

*Jurdan?? Cardan and Jude were great. Their fascination with each other was amusing, and I was very happy that they were making some progress to not-hating-each-other-so-much until that catastrophic ending.

*Plot and Character. This was great. I didn’t anticipate many of the plot twists, and I didn’t guess correctly who was behind any of the betrayals. The many alliances and oaths that Jude had made were now catching up to her. The many different problems caused by Locke and Cardan was also very fun to read and I loved the other side characters. I’m not sure if it’s a spoiler to mention who was in this book, so I’ll stay on the safe side and just say they were all great.

*The Ending. The ending also took a different turn than I anticipated. I was so shocked and definitely not expecting anything like that to happen. However, it was realistic and plausible. I can’t wait for book 3!


Quote: “Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.” 

*Taryn, Locke, and Vivi. Taryn’s such an evil and cruel sister. I can’t imagine that she could do that to her own twin. I also passionately hate Locke, especially after the first book, and my feelings about him only intensified in this one. Vivi isn’t necessarily bad, but she made some very very questionable decisions, that I thought were cruel. I think she deserved what happened to her at the end. I originally kind of liked her, but now, not so much.

*Memorable. After two weeks, I was unable to remember the smaller bits of the story. The major plot twists and the ending, I definitely remembered, but not some of the smaller twists. I just think that is a little disappointing that it was so easy for me to forget.


Quote: “If he thought I was bad, I would be worse. If he thought I was cruel, I would be horrifying.” 

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot more than book one, and I’m so excited for the third book. The characters were more likable for me, and the plot wasn’t I’d definitely recommend it, and I hope you love it if you read it!

One sentence summary: A surprising political fantasy with great characters.

Overall, 4 stars

★★★★☆

Have you read The Wicked King? What did you think? Did you enjoy The Cruel Prince better than TWK? Are you excited for The Queen of Nothing? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #20

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

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

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I finished Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens in one day after pushing myself to just get through it. It was pretty slow, but I got through and still enjoyed it. I reviewed it here.

The Wicked King by Holly Black. This was so. much. more. enjoyable than The Cruel Prince. I felt much more connected to Jude. I also loved her relationship with Cardan. Review to come.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is probably my favorite book so far of 2019. The plot wasn’t anything major, but the characters were awesome. I loved Kaz, and Inej, and Jesper, and Wylan, Nina and Matthias not as much, but still the crew was amazing. Review to come.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I finished this last week, and though at first I didn’t like The Husband’s POV, I still overall enjoyed the story. The plot, however, was pretty similar to another book I’ve read (I’m not going to spoil it!). Review to come.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m 17% into We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and so far so good. I feel though that it is a bit cliché and I think I can guess some of the plot twists already, so hopefully it will surprise me.

What I Plan To Read Next:

Next up is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve heard a lot about this so I’m super excited to read it!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any books by Taylor Jenkins Reid? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

WWW Wednesday #13

Hello and welcome back to WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

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

Let’s get started!

What I just Finished:

Images are from Goodreads | Links lead to my reviews

Since I didn’t do a WWW for last week, here are the two books that I read then. I finished Truly Devious and was lucky that my library had my hold for The Vanishing Stair ready because that cliffhanger ending was way too much for me to handle. And now I still have to wait for book three coming NEXT YEAR.

I finished The Cruel Prince over the past weekend and even thought it was amazing, I was a little underwhelmed. I’m not sure how or what to rate it. My review for it should be up next week.

My Review of Truly Devious | My Review of The Vanishing Stair

What I’m Currently Reading:

Image is from Goodreads | Links lead to its Goodreads page

I’m reading Vicious as a group buddy read on Goodreads. My review should be up in a few weeks.

What I Want to Read Next:

Images are from Goodreads | Links lead to their respective Goodreads pages

I want to read The Wicked King and Vengeful next since they are the second books in their series. But I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get hold of them right away.

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any of the books mentioned? What did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments! (Be sure to link to your WWW)