WWW Wednesday – 31 January 2018

Hello! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words where the goal is to answer the following questions:

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

I was a tad worried that my reading would go really slow and I would have the same answers to these questions as last week. Lucky for us I have a whole new set.

What are you currently reading?PandaBlog

At the moment, I’m making my way through American Panda by Gloria Chao. I hope to finish it tonight and make it my final read of January! 

AnnaBlogWhat did you recently finish reading?

Before writing this post, I finished the last 5 minutes of Anna Kendrick’s book, Scrappy Little Nobody. I love listening to the author’s read their own works of nonfiction because it feels so much more personal and means more than if they had just hired a random narrator. BTB

What do you think you’ll read next?

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn is next on my list! This novel is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, Persuasion. I’ve never read the classic, but the plot of this book has a lot of promise. 

QOTD: What is your current read?

Thanks for checking out the latest installment of WWW Wednesday. Write to you all soon. 


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives

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WWW Wednesday – 24 Jan 2018

Hello! I hope everyone who comes by this blog is doing well. Starting today I’ve decided to try my hand each week at the WWW Wednesday meme. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words where the goal is to answer the following questions:

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

LESMISWhat are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books.

Throughout the month of January, I have been making my way through all 1400+ pages of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This is more like 60 hours of audio as I’ve been listening to the audiobook, which I highly suggest. The x1.5 speed button is a gift from the reading gods on the Audible app.TGF

The second book I’m currently reading is The Gender Fall by Bella Forrest which is the 5th book in The Gender Game series. This series has been fantastic! I only have two more books after this one and I’m going to be sad to say goodbye.

What did you recently finish reading?ADSOM

My most recently finished book was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I loved this book and cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series. If you want to know more of  my thoughts on this book check out my review here:  A Darker Shade of Magic

What do you think you’ll read next?

Panda  OR  BTB

It’s up in the air. I currently have two ARCs that I’m deciding between and they are American Panda by Gloria Chao and By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. I’m hoping to put up reviews for both in the next couple weeks for their upcoming release on the sixth of February.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and I’ll write to you all again soon! 


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives




Book Review ~ A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of MagicADSOM
Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor – Tom Doherty Associates)
Published: 24 February 2015

Goodreads Summary

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Review

“It belongs in Black London,” he said. “I have to take it back.” – A Darker Shade of Magic

If you ask my friends and family what my favorite place in the world is the answer would most likely be London. This book lets me traverse through three very different versions of my favorite place. I loved every second of this crazy ride.

In A Darker Shade of Magic, Bell finds himself in trouble when an artifact of Black London falls into his hands. The artifacts presence proceeds to wreak havoc for Kell. The story follows Kell, as he races to save his city, Red London, while bearing the weight of his foolishness. Along the ride is Grey Londoner, Delilah Bard, whose thieving ways proceed to give her the perfect escape from the life she wants to leave behind.

I truly fell in love with this story. I would have thought it capable of being a stand-alone novel if I hadn’t already known it was a trilogy. The story held its own. I love to read books with elemental magic, and this book is steeping in it like a well brewed cup of tea. The magic in this story was perfectly executed for me. I appreciated its intricacies, but at the same time appreciated how simple it was to understand and follow.

Another plus for me were the settings and imagery. The settings brought you deeper into the story because you spend a decent amount of time running around each London with our protagonists. V.E. Schwab’s beautiful depictions bring you seamlessly through one London and into the next, whilst showing the beauty and terror of each city. The world building was truly incredible and I can’t wait to dive right back into this series with book two, A Gathering of Shadows, and book three, A Conjuring of Light.

I’m so glad I finally picked this book up off my shelf. My suggestion is that if you love magical and dangerous adventures that you give this book a read. I don’t think you will be disappointed! 

Thanks for reading this review and my blog! I’ll write to you all again soon!  


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives



January TBR – 2018

Hello to all you lovely people!

It’s two weeks into January and I’m just getting around to posting my TBR for this month. Here is a quick list of the books I’m hoping to complete this month! 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


After Sundown by Amanda Ashley


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


The Beast by J.R. Ward


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


QOTD: What books are you hoping to read this month? *let me know in the comments*

Happy Reading!


Kimberly – Whimsical Narratives

Book Review ~ The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)26032825
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2 January 2018

Goodreads Summary

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review

“You have only seen the least of what I can do” – The Cruel Prince

      I would not be the first to mention that author, Holly Black is the queen of Faerie! Her stories about the faerie dive deep and are so intricately woven that you will never want to put them down. Her novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest was quite literally glued to my hands for the 6 or 7 hours it took me to read it. Her new novel, The Cruel Prince, the first book in The Folk of the Air trilogy, was no different. The Cruel Prince takes you on a rollercoaster of deception. Twist and turns fuel this story and you never know what is going to happen next.

      The main character, Jude, a total girl, wants to be accepted by the Faerie world. A world in which she has grown up, but has never truly belonged. Jude shows great strength and courage throughout the novel.  The decisions she makes have consequences. Whether right or wrong she will do what she needs to in order to accomplish the tasks before her. These moments of precise decision and occasional impulse seamlessly move the plot along its twisting path.

      The book also provides us with a stunning case of character, where even the smallest role is given a name and a purpose. The light air of romance that fills the pages is subtle it adds mystery to the story. Most of all, I loved the descriptions of the faerie realm. Holly Black adds color, glamour, and intrigue in her beautiful depictions of buildings, clothing, and people who you encounter throughout the novel, that you see them so vividly in you mind’s eye. I love that I can truly envision what I am reading.

      I highly suggest picking up this book on your next trip to the bookstore! It’s a wonderful start to what I’m sure will be a deliciously dark and beautiful trilogy!

Coming Soon:
The Wicked King – The Folk of the Air #2 (expected publication 2019)
The Queen of Nothing – The Folk in the Air #3 (expected publication 2020)


      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my review of The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black. Our first review of 2018 is in the books!


Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives


P.S. I had the joy of attending Holly Black’s book signing when she stopped in Atlanta on Wednesday!  It was fantastic and it was such fun listening to her talk about faerie. If she has a tour stop near you, I highly suggest going.