WWW Wednesday: 19th July 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently ReadingThis Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

I started reading This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab yesterday and while I’m only around 15% in I am absolutely loving it. This is one of those books I’ve had lurking on my Kindle forever (ok probably around a year) so it’s good to be finally starting it, although I had reached the stage where I was a little bit scared to read it in case it didn’t live up to expectations. It’s Schwab though so I’m sure I’ll be fine (and pretty much all I’ve heard has been good).


Recently Finished

Daughter of the Burning City

Three books finished this week, the first of which was Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the Summer so I was very lucky to receive an ARC from NetGalley. It’s a murder mystery set in a magical carnival. It’s quite dark which I loved and the author has truly created a wonderful world with some very diverse characters. There are however some pacing issues and I did feel like maybe there was too much crammed in but I did enjoy it. You can read my full review here.

Big Sexy LoveI wandered off my reading plan with my second book this week. I’ve been a big fan of Kirsty Greenwood for a while so when I saw she had a new book out, Big Sexy Love I couldn’t resist. I was also in the mood for a rom com as I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy, horror and thrillers recently and this was perfect. It was just so funny, sweet and heartbreaking. I laughed a lot, I ugly cried and it just made me feel so good. Greenwood is a seriously under-rated author and I’d definitely recommend all rom com fans read this (and all of her other books). Reminded me a bit of Sophie Kinsella’s best works (Shopaholic, Got Your Number).

The Marriage Pact

The third and final book finished was The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. I started it on Sunday morning and found it very difficult to put down. It’s about a newly married couple who are offered the chance to join an exclusive and mysterious group known as the pact. The goal of the pact is to keep marriages happy and intact and all members are required to follow a set of rules. A lot of the rules seem sensible but the penalties for even relatively minor infringements are fairly severe.

I found this a totally addictive read. It’s all told from the point of view of the husband and his voice is instantly likable which definitely helps. The tension really builds throughout and I did find myself reading it at 3am one morning. Hopefully my review will be up later this week.


Reading Next

Next up I think I’ll continue with Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology with Our Dark Duet. If I manage to read it before coming across any spoilers it will be a miracle. Honestly I wandered onto a GoodReads thread “Chat to Victoria Schwab” and it was littered with spoilers (why do people do this???). Anyway I also got my hands on There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins and Artemis by Andy Weir last week so despite having a whole reading plan I may pick one of them up.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)There's Someone Inside Your HouseArtemis

Have you read any of the books on my list this week? Any others you’d recommend? As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 12th July 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently ReadingDaughter of the Burning City

I started reading Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody late on Monday night but I’ve been trying to catch up on a lot of other stuff so only really made it to chapter 3 despite loving what I’ve read so far. It’s a YA fantasy about a girl who works in a travelling circus/city as an illusion worker. She can create illusions that others can see, feel and touch and uses this ability to create something of a family for herself, and then one of her family is murdered.

It is early days but the writing so far has been brilliant and it’s a lot darker than I was expecting.  


Recently Finished

Close Enough to Touch

I’ve had another really great reading week with three books finished, the first of which was Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley. I really enjoyed this story about a woman who is allergic to other people and a man who’s struggling to connect with his children. As you can probably tell it’s quite a quirky story but it’s very sweet, funny and occasionally heartbreaking. Jubilee was a wonderful character and, with her love of books and knowledge of random facts, was a joy to read. My only slight niggle was that the ending felt a little bit rushed. Other than that would definitely recommend.

Roar (Stormheart, #1)The second book finished was Roar by Cora Carmack, a YA fantasy about a world where storms are the enemy and only the Stormlings can control them. With her lineage main character Princess Aurora is supposed to be one of the most powerful Stormlings but in reality has absolutely no abilities. To avoid an arranged marriage she fakes her own kidnapping and runs off with a group of stormhunters to try and find some powers of her own.

This was an easy and quick read and I loved the idea of the storm magic and even the world the author created but unfortunately there wasn’t enough to make it stand out from all of the other YA fantasies. Not helped by the fact it has all the usual tropes, journey/training, love triangle, insta love etc.

The Rome AffairThe final book read this week was The Rome Affair by Karen Swan which I received from NetGalley. I like Karen Swan’s books but have to admit was a little worried initially that it was going to be a rehash of her previous book The Paris Secret. However while there are some similarities, European city setting, secrets from the past being revealed while there’s a romance brewing in the present, I found it a very compelling read. I think I sat for about 6 hours straight unable to put it down. I loved the Rome setting but it also has flashbacks to the life of an American socialite in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s which made for some truly addictive reading. I should have a proper review up this week but would definitely recommend.


Reading Next

By some miracle I’m still sticking to the list I posted for Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout challenge (here) so based on release dates, author events etc I think my next reads will be one or more of the following:

The Marriage PactNow I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

My list is feeling a little YA fantasy heavy though so I may sneak a wee horror in there somewhere.

As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 5th July 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently Reading

Close Enough to TouchI started reading Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley yesterday and so far so good. It’s about a man and women in their twenties who have issues. Hers possibly being a bit more serious (and interesting) as she’s allergic to other people. I do like unique books and this definitely sounds a bit different from the norm 🙂

Unfortunately my audio book Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer returned itself to the library and I haven’t been able to get it back out so it’s on pause for the moment. I am kind of missing having an audio so if you have any recommendations please shout out. I have three free audible books to pick so all suggestions welcome. I was thinking about Game of Thrones to make the most of my freebie (it’s like 30+ hours) 🙂


Recently Finished

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)I’ve had another really great reading week with four books finished. First up, I’m very happy to say was  Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It was possibly just that I had a physical book and couldn’t cart it around with me but this seriously seemed to take me forever to read. It is slightly longer than my usual reads but it just felt really slow and drawn out. Yep, unpopular opinion time, I didn’t love it. There wasn’t anything particularly bad about it, I just found that I didn’t really care what happened. I also wish I’d known there were spoilers for The Infernal Devices trilogy which I haven’t finished. I do have the next book so I’ll keep going but I may swing back and finish TID first.

Two Nights

Second book finished was Kathy Reich’s latest release Two Nights which I received from NetGalley. I hadn’t read any of Reich’s other books or watched the TV show so I can’t compare but I liked this a lot. It’s been a while since I’ve read this type of book and I’d forgotten what I was missing. This is supposed to be a stand alone with a new main character but I’m kind of hoping she changes her mind and turns this into a series. I liked Sunday Night (yes, that is her name) a lot and while she is a little cliched (bit of an attitude, doesn’t like authority, gets into trouble) I would like to see more of her.

The Duet

Looking for something a lot lighter, and not involving murder or terrorism, my next book was The Duet by R.S. Grey. It’s a contemporary romance about two singers who are forced by their record label to collaborate on a duet for an awards show. As you can probably guess they initially clash before things get hot and steamy. It’s probably not going to win any prizes for literary greatness but I enjoyed it and it was the kind of book I was in the mood for. I do like to alternate between different genres.

Don't Close Your EyesFourth and final book finished this week was psychological thriller Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon. I still haven’t figured out the reason for the title as it’s about twin sisters and their seriously dysfunctional families and relationships but it’s definitely one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a while. I found it completely addictive reading and while it’s not necessarily edge of the seat and action packed it just drew me in completely. I did think the ending was a little bit of a let down (it was all over too quickly) but the writing was brilliant and it had a surprising amount of emotion in it.


Reading Next

I posted my reading list for the Summer TBR Wipeout challenge hosted by Candid Cover at the weekend (here) so whatever book I read next will definitely come from there (well probably). I’m thinking most likely one of these.

Roar (Stormheart, #1)The Rome AffairWaiting For Columbus

It should really be Waiting for Columbus as that’s my RL book club book and the meeting is next Friday but I just don’t fancy it and the reviews are less than encouraging (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Mills and Boon). If anyone has read it and wouldn’t mind giving me details of exactly what happens so I can fake it that would be great 🙂

As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 28th June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently Reading

Two Nights

I started on Kathy Reichs newest book Two Nights on Monday morning but haven’t made a lot of progress as my train buddy is back and he expects me to talk to him rather than sit reading on our commute 🙂 It does seem a bit cliched (troubled PI trying to deal with their demons by helping others) but I don’t mind that provided it’s done well and there have been some nice one liners which are always good.

I haven’t made a huge amount of progress on my audio book Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer, mostly because I haven’t been doing much driving and when I have there has either been someone else in the car or I’ve been using the satnav (satnav and audio books are a bad combination. I have however made quite a bit of progress on Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It’s a big heavy hardback so I’m only really reading at weekends and evenings but only around 150 30 pages left so should finish in the next couple of days tonight.


Recently Finished

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sand

This has been a pretty good week for me with three books finished and most of them very enjoyable. The first of these was  The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French. It’s a light and fluffy summer read about three thirty something women who, when their lives go a bit pear shaped, end up buying a B&B on a little known Greek Island. It’s a nice read and perfect for lying on the beach or beside the pool. I’m not sure having three separate storylines worked for me (I would have preferred the focus on just one) but I loved the way the author depicted the island and the locals. You can read my full review here.

Ginny MoonAfter the Bed and Breakfast on the beach I abandoned my original plan of reading a thriller next and decided on Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. I’d received this a couple of months ago but put off reading it as it was a little out of my comfort zone, as the whole story is told from the pov of autistic, 14 year old Ginny. I knew I’d either love it or hate it and thankfully it was the former. Considering this is the author’s first book it is truly incredible. It’s completely unique, addictive, frustrating, funny and a little bit heartbreaking. Definitely one I’d recommend.

When Dimple Met RishiThe third book finished, When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is one that had been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for ages but I was lucky enough to get from NetGalley. I think I possibly built this up a bit too much as while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. It is quite a cute read but it wanders into “afternoon special” at times and Dimple is not the most likeable of characters. I do have to applaud it however for bringing some cultural diversity into a YA contemporary romance. How accurate its depiction of Indian culture is I have no idea (I suspect not completely based on some of the reviews I’ve seen) but it definitely made a change.


Reading Next

I think my reading next list is more or less the same as last week’s due to my wandering off course so I plan to read one of the following.

Yesterday: The thriller of the summerDon't Close Your EyesDaughter of the Burning City

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below. I may be a little bit slow in responding and visiting everyone’s posts this week as internet on my phone isn’t working so apologies in advance.

I will also be dragging my poor cat to the vet this evening to get him checked out after an asthma attack at the weekend 😦

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 21st June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently Reading

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sand

I started The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kitty French on Friday and I suspect I will probably finish it today. It’s a romantic comedy about three thirty something year old women who, needing a change, buy a Bed and Breakfast on a secluded Greek Island. I received this from NetGalley and it’s proving to be perfect summer reading. Definitely one for the beach or beside the pool.

Not much progress with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare or Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer. I’m not very good at juggling a few books at the same time so my focus has been on my ebooks.


Recently Finished

Stillhouse Lake

Another relatively slow reading week for me with only two books finished. The first of these was thriller Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine which I received free through Kindle First. It’s about a woman who’s forced to go into hiding with her children after she discovers her husband of many years was actually a serial killer.

I really, really liked this book. It has the feel of quite a traditional who dunnit but brought right up to date with internet trolls, social media etc. It definitely kept me guessing (which is rare with the number of murder mysteries I’ve read/watched) and I really liked main character Gwen/Gina which I did not expect. You can read my review here.

The Foxe & the HoundThe second book finished this week was romance The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey. Grey’s books are a fairly recent discovery for me but they are fast becoming my go to when I’m looking for something light, funny and steamy to get me out of a reading funk. This one is possibly my favourite so far. A clumsy mess of a heroine with a giant out of control puppy and an attractive vet make it my perfect read. I think I read the whole thing with a smile on my face.


Reading Next

Not sure what I’m in the mood for next but given my recent light and fluffy spree I think it’ll be something a bit more serious. Possibly one of the following.

Yesterday: The thriller of the summerTwo NightsDon't Close Your EyesDaughter of the Burning City

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 14th June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently Reading

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)I think I might be in a bit of a reading slump at the moment as I’m juggling a few different books and not making a huge amount of progress on any of them. I started Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare at the weekend and have made it about a third of the way through before I had to park it for a bit. I have the hardback version and it’s huge so there’s no way I’m carrying it on my commute. Enjoyment wise it’s ok. I’ve seen quite a few rave reviews but so far I haven’t been wowed. It has been surprisingly easy to put down.

Stillhouse LakeAs I can’t carry Lady Midnight about with me I’ve started reading ebook thriller Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I joined Amazon Prime and got this as my freebie first read book. I quite like Caine and I think this is possibly the first adult thriller book of hers I’ve come across. It’s about a woman who discovers her husband was actually a serial killer and, when people don’t believe she wasn’t involved, she takes her children and goes into hiding. The first chapter of this was brilliant. Really hooked you in so I think it’ll be good.

Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World!The third and final book on the go at the moment is audio book Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer. I thought it was about time I tried a non fiction audio and I’ve been curious about this book since it was published earlier this year. I’ve only managed to get a couple of hours listening in so far but it is fascinating. Feminism and equality is something I’m interested in and it’s definitely making me question my belief that things aren’t really that bad as far as gender equality goes (or at least where I am it isn’t too bad).


Recently Finished

Perfect (Flawed, #2)

It’s been a slightly slower reading week for me (I blame Lady Midnight) so the only book finished this week was Perfect by Cecelia Ahern. This is the sequel to her debut YA book Flawed about a dystopian society where those who are found guilty of moral or ethical crimes are judged to be flawed and branded with a litter F.

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this as much as I hoped I would. I didn’t dislike it but it was just kinda ok. I felt like the main character who had developed really well in the first book reverted back to being naive and frustrating and there just wasn’t the tension or emotion the first book had.


Reading Next

Given my current slump I think I will be in need of some light and easy reading next. It would be good to get something off my NetGalley shelf too so I may pick up The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kitty French or The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sandThe Rome Affair

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 7th June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

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

Currently ReadingPerfect (Flawed, #2)

I started reading Perfect by Cecelia Ahern on Monday and am around 20% through. It’s the sequel to her debut YA book Flawed about a dystopian society where those who are found guilty of moral or ethical crimes are judged to be flawed and branded with a letter F. It’s definitely an interesting concept and Ahern’s writing is always good so I have high hopes. I do only have about four days to finish it though as it’s due back to the library.


Recently Finished

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)First book finished this week was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This was actually my first Laini Taylor but I very much doubt it will be my last. There is maybe a little too much imagery and description for me but the story, characters and world the author creates are wonderful. The ending in particular is stunning, edge of your seat stuff but has unfortunately left me wanting more (and with a bit of a book hangover). I’ll definitely be getting the second part of this duology. You can read my full review here.

His Kidnapper's ShoesThe second book finished was thriller, His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James. I probably wouldn’t have picked this myself but it’s this month’s real life book club choice so I gave it a go. The story is about a man discovering the woman who he thought was his mother had kidnapped him when he was four years old and the fall out from that discovery. Not sure if I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind but I found this just ok rather than good. It’s quite readable, I blasted through the whole thing in a day, but I didn’t really like any of the characters and thought the plot was a bit too far fetched at times (and I read a lot of YA fantasy). The Bone Knife

As a little bit of a reading palate cleanser I managed to slot in short story The Bone Knife by Intisar Khanani. I have to confess I’ve never read a full length novel by Khanani but there’s definitely something very likeable about her writing which makes me think I should as soon as possible. I get the impression she may be one of those seriously underrated authors.

 

The Devil's Colony

The final book finished this week was The Devil’s Colony (or Colon as I keep calling it 🙂 ) by Bill Schweigart. It’s the third and final book in a horror trilogy about a group who investigate cryptids (monsters in the woods). I’ve been absolutely loving this series so I’m a little sad it’s all over. While this book wasn’t quite as creepy as the first book in the series I think it may be my favorite and it’s definitely the biggest in terms of monster scale. The whole series has kind of reminded me of the James Herbert and Dean Koontz books I used to read in my teen years.

 


Reading Next

I’ve been very lucky at my local library recently and have managed to pick up a few books that I’ve been really looking forward to reading so hopefully I can make a start on one or more of the following before they’re due back.

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)The Boy on the BridgeMy Not So Perfect LifeDorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!