Books I Am Reading This Week – January 11, 2023 #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived 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!

  • What am I currently reading?
  • What did I just finish?
  • What am I reading next?

I will be starting The Devil You Know by P.J. Tracy this morning (or I may have read a little bit overnight if sleep was an issue). I’m not sure how this one is going to go. Normally thrillers can be read as stand-alone but I saw the beginning of a review where the person felt like that wasn’t the case for this book, and I haven’t read the other two in the series. I’m usually pretty good at being able to pick up the story out of order but we will soon see if that’s the case this time.

Genre: Crime Thriller

Pages: 294 pages

Publisher: Minotaur books (St. Martin’s Press)

Publication Date: January 17, 2023

Darkness is nothing new to LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan, but in P.J. Tracy’s The Devil You Know, even she isn’t prepared for the scandalous deception of deadly proportions that shakes the very foundation of Hollywood and its untouchables…and leaves her entangled in its rotten core. Los Angeles has many faces: the real LA where regular people live and work, the degenerate underbelly of any big city, and the rarefied world of wealth, power, and celebrity. LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan’s latest case plunges her into this insular realm of privilege, and gives her a glimpse of the decay behind the glitter. Beloved actor Evan Hobbes is found in the rubble of a Malibu rockslide, a day after a fake video ruins his career. It’s not clear to Nolan if it’s an accident, a suicide, or a murder, and things get murkier as the investigation expands to his luminary friends and colleagues. Meanwhile, Hobbes’s agent is dealing with damage control, his psychotic boss, and a woman he’s scorned.

Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame by Meg Long is the second in a series, and I did read and love the first one – Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves. I don’t think this one was as compelling as the first – there just isn’t the huge emotional plot thread that the first one had. But, I still enjoyed it. The world-building is exceptional.

  • Genre: SciFy Thriller (YA)
  • Pages: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2023
A girl hellbent on finding the friend she lost. A planet on the brink of total destruction. Only one way to find answers amidst the chaos: team up with a traitor to stage a revolution, in Meg Long’s Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame. After a mission gone awry two years ago, Remy Castell has been desperately searching across worlds to find the friend she failed to save—the friend who changed her life by helping her overcome the brainwashing she was subjected to as a genetically engineered corporate agent. Since then, she’s been chasing the only lead she has: fellow genopath Kiran Lore, the same secretive ex-squadmate who left her for dead when she compromised that mission. She nearly caught up to him on Tundar before joining the infamous sled race alongside outcast Sena and her wolf companion Iska. Now, all three of them have tracked Kiran back to Maraas, the jungle planet where Remy lost everything. But nothing on Maraas is how it was two years ago. Syndicates and scavvers alike are now trying to overthrow a megalomaniac corpo director, which Remy wants nothing to do with; fighting against corpos is as useless as trying to stay dry in the middle of the giant hellstorm that encircles the planet. But the storm—and the rebellion—are growing stronger by the minute. When Remy finds Kiran, he doesn’t run away like she expects. Instead, he offers her a deal: help with the revolution and he’ll reunite her with her friend. But can she really trust the boy who betrayed her once before? With the entire planet on the edge of all-out war, Remy will have to decide just how far she’s willing to go to save one girl before the impending storm drowns them all.

It sounds like Begin Again by Emma Lord is an opposites attract romantic comedy which I typically like. It’s very interesting that this story is about college students yet Amazon lists the age range for readers at the younger YA end. I’m not sure what to make of that, but I will be finding out.

  • Genre: Romantic Comedy (YA)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2023
Filled with a friend group that feels like family, an empowering journey of finding your own way, and a Just Kiss Already! romance, Emma Lord’s Begin Again is an unforgettable YA novel of love and starting again. As usual, Andie Rose has a plan: Transfer from community college to the hyper competitive Blue Ridge State, major in psychology, and maintain her lifelong goal of becoming an iconic self-help figure despite the nerves that have recently thrown her for a loop. All it will take is ruthless organization, hard work, and her trademark unrelenting enthusiasm to pull it all together. But the moment Andie arrives, the rest of her plans go off the rails. Her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Connor only gets more complicated when she discovers he transferred out of Blue Ridge to her community college. Her roommate Shay needs a major, and despite Andie’s impressive track record of being The Fixer, she’s stumped on how to help. And Milo, her coffee-guzzling grump of an R.A. with seafoam green eyes, is somehow disrupting all her ideas about love and relationships one sleep-deprived wisecrack at a time. But sometimes, when all your plans are in rubble at your feet, you find out what you’re made of. And when Andie starts to find the power of her voice as the anonymous Squire on the school’s legendary pirate radio station–the same one her mom founded, years before she passed away–Andie learns that not all the best laid plans are necessarily the right ones.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

22 Replies to “Books I Am Reading This Week – January 11, 2023 #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover”

  1. Happy reading, Tessa! I’m in between books right now, waiting for a release on Friday. Then I plan to read The Villa, thanks to your fantastic review 🙂

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  2. I received a widget for Swift the Storm, but I hadn’t read the first book. That’s odd about the age range for Begin Again. I recently finished a YA book containing graphic violence that was definitely upper YA, but the characters’ dialogue and behavior (other then when they were killing people) read more like MG. Strange combo.

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    1. I’m getting ready to start Begin Again so I will see. Maybe it’s just PG. And that is odd about that fantasy book – I agree.

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  3. Begin Again sounds good!! I hope you have a lovely week. Also, your graphics…. I’m freezing right now and it makes me feel all warm and happy. So, just want to point out that I love them! 🙂

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  4. I finished Begin Again last week, and I thought it was very cute. I hope you enjoy it, Tessa!

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  5. Just added Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame to my TBR. Curious to see what you think of Begin Again. I still haven’t read anything by Lord but I’ve heard positive things about her books. Happy reading 🙂

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  6. I hope The Devil You Know works as a stand-alone for you. Sounds like the Meg Long story suffers from second book syndrome. Was it a duet or is there more still to come?

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