WWW Wednesday: 22nd November 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

I’m currently reading an ARC of How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne. It’s not out until June next year (there’s not even a cover yet) so should probably be further down my reading list but it just sounded like the type of book I was in the mood for. It’s Bourne’s first adult novel (although I have to confess I haven’t read any of her YA books) and is about a 31 year old self help guru who’s life is not going as well as her bestselling book would suggest. I only started this late yesterday but finding it difficult to put down. The MC is not overly likeable but she’s a very real character and reminds me of more than one person I could name.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)I’m also still listening to the audio of  La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. As of writing this I’ve just started disc 7 of 10 (this whole CD thing is weird) and I’m still really enjoying it. Michael Sheen does the narration and he’s really, really good. There are a couple of things that are still bugging me a little about the story but they are the same things that bugged me about the original trilogy so I can’t really complain.


Recently Finished

Hold Back the StarsOnly two books finished this week as I ended up having a bit of a Netflix movie marathon over the weekend. Does it count if I watched Mockingjay? Anyway the first book finished was Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. I received this from NetGalley then realized I already had a copy which I’d found in a bargain bin (sorry) in the newsagents. I obviously really liked the sound of it but couldn’t remember its name.

I did really love the concept, that a couple are adrift in space with only 90mins of air left, but this is definitely a lot more romance than a sci fi as the focus is very much on their relationship. There were parts I loved, parts that made me cry and the world building is incredible. There were just a few things about it that didn’t feel right. I finished it feeling very confused about the whole thing and I’m still not sure whether I would say I enjoyed it or not.

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2)The second book finished was one of my most anticipated reads, Killman Creek by Rachel Caine, which I received from NetGalley. I read and absolutely loved Stillhouse Lake a few months ago so I was very happy to get my hands on the sequel. I’m not sure I would necessarily say it’s as good but I think that’s more because my expectations were higher rather than anything to do with the story. It’s a really gripping read, the stakes are even higher, and the conclusion is truly epic.


Reading Next

Miraculously I seem to have managed to get my NetGalley shelf under control (well almost) and my feedback is up to 80% so I think it’s time I read some of the bought books I haven’t had time to yet. Probably one of the following:

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)They Both Die at the EndWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)It Only Happens in the MoviesForest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Dr. Jekyll and Mr. SeekMemories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #2)The BreakLabyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

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!!!

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Teaser Tuesday: 21st November 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. This is a book I bought ages ago then accidentally requested on NetGalley and got approved. I read it at the end of last week as I was looking for something different and it’s definitely that. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. There were bits I loved and bits I didn’t. I’m so confused :/


My Teaser

‘Settling,’ scoffs Gwen. ‘We all settle. There isn’t a person alive who matches every element of the fantasy we wish for. Every person in a relationship has settled. What you choose to compromise on is up to you.’

~ 81% Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan


BlurbHold Back The Stars

‘We’re going to be fine.’ 
He looks around, but there’s nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious technicolour to their right.

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.
None of this was supposed to happen.
But, perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…
Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return.
For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?

Hold Back the Stars is a love story like no other.

WWW Wednesday: 15th November 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

I literally just finished a book five minutes before writing this post (on Tuesday evening) so while I’m sure I will have picked something to read on my commute this morning I’m not sure what that will be yet (I have plenty to choose from).

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)I do however have a new audio book on the go. I was wandering round the library (cos ya know, 400 books on my TBR is not enough) when I spotted some CDs one of which was La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. Needless to say I couldn’t resist. I do have the physical book but I just haven’t had the time to read it so this is working out really well.

I’m almost finished disc 3 of 10 and really enjoying it. It’s narrated by Michael Sheen who does an absolutely brilliant job at bringing the story to life. I will definitely be looking out for more books narrated by him.


Recently Finished

My house is an absolute disaster zone, I’ve had quite a few late nights and completely neglected my boys but it’s great news as it means I’ve finally got my reading mojo back. I finished three books over the last week and every one of them has been worth giving up sleep for (who needs it anyway).

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

The first book finished was YA superhero story Renegades by Marissa Meyer which I’d received from NetGalley. It reminded me a lot of X-Men with two groups of people with super powers battling it out for control. It’s full of all of the best superhero type cliches, secret identities, tragic backstory, development (or loss) of powers, high tech gadgets and a bit of betrayal. The highlight for me though was how Meyer had me constantly switching allegiance. She is brilliant at writing sympathetic villains and less than perfect heroes. It does suffer a little from too many characters and a lot of world building and back story but the second half in particular I couldn’t put down. You can read my full review here.

If There's No Tomorrow

Second book finished was another NetGalley pick, If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It’s a YA contemporary and in a not uncommon story is about a girl who makes a mistake that has life changing consequences for her and those around her. I started this on Sunday morning intending to read just a couple of chapters before I got up and ended up reading the whole thing in one go. I just couldn’t stop. It’s an incredibly emotional read and should probably come with a warning (or at least a box of tissues) but I really enjoyed it. It’s not wholly original in terms of plot so not a stand out read but still one I’d recommend if you like contemporary.

Copycat

The third and final book finished was Copycat by Alex Lake. I’d won this in a Goodreads giveaway and started it a couple of weeks ago but had to park it while I caught up on ARCs. I finally managed to get back into it on Monday and ended up blitzing my way through it. It’s about a woman who discovers someone else has set up a duplicate facebook account in her name and is sending emails to friends and family claiming to be her.

It is one of those books that’s kinda frustrating as the characters do silly things you want to shout at them for but it does keep you guessing. The ending was a little rushed and there were a couple of things that didn’t make sense but it was a very enjoyable read.


Reading Next

I finally managed to get a copy of Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (it’s Read Now on NetGalley) so I’m very tempted to read it straight away however having just finished a thriller I’m thinking I should read something else first. I should really be picking up Goodbye Perfect or My Side of the Diamond but I think I’m in the mood for a romance so any recommendations gratefully received.

My Side of the DiamondGoodbye, PerfectKillman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2)

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!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 14th November 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Copycat by Alex Lake, a book I had to put on the back burner while I caught up on ARCs but have finally managed to pick up again. I actually won this in a GoodReads giveaway. It’s a psychological thriller about a woman who someone has it in for. They set up a fake facebook profile in her name, send emails claiming to be from her…. It’s pretty creepy and does make you a bit paranoid about your online presence.


My Teaser

There was a strange paradox at the heart of it: she felt totally comfortable with him, trusted he loved her whatever she did, yet at the same time she still wanted to impress him, still wanted to show him she was a strong and intelligent and beautiful woman who merited his ongoing love and attention. She didn’t resent the feeling, because she didn’t think she had to do it.

~ Pg 83 Copycat by Alex Lake


BlurbCopycat

Your stalker is everywhere.
Your stalker knows everything.
But the real problem is that your stalker is you.

Sarah Havenant discovers–when an old friend points it out–that there are two Facebook profiles in her name.

One, she recognizes: it is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Recent photos of her and her friends, her and her husband, her and her kids. Even of her new kitchen. A photo taken inside her house.

She is bemused, angry, and worried. Who was able to do this? Any why?

But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning. It is only now–almost as though someone has been watching, waiting for her to find the profile–that her problems really start…

WWW Wednesday: 8th November 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 ReadingRenegades (Renegades, #1)

I started reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer yesterday morning and while I’m only about 5% in I am already loving it. I just really like her writing, it draws you instantly, and I’m a big fan of the whole superhero thing so this this is right up my street. Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations.

I also still have Copycat by Alex Lake on the go but have had to pretty much park it while I try to beat publication dates for some of the ARCs I have.


Recently Finished

I got a bit distracted by stalking Benedict Cumberbatch the filming that was going on in Glasgow last week (pic above from outside my office) but I managed to finish three books.

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

The first of these was YA thriller  Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten which I’d received from NetGalley. I’d previously read and loved the author’s previous book Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls but I think this might have been even better. Honestly it was so good I was picking it up at every possible opportunity.

It’s a dark and twisted story about girl who’s in love with her best friend and is trying to pluck up the courage to tell him when his cheating ex reappears in his life and starts trying to win him back. Girl sets up a fake email and insta to catfish the ex but it all goes disastrously wrong. I posted a raving review at the end of last week with all of my feelings but in summary I loved it and would definitely recommend if you like a good thriller.

Strange Weather

The second book finished this week was another NetGalley pick, Strange Weather by Joe Hill. It’s a collection of four short novels very loosely linked by bizarre weather events. This is the first full book I’ve read by Hill (I started the Fireman but still haven’t finished) and I really enjoyed it. I did prefer some stories to others but each one had something about it I loved. The shorter format was both brilliant and really annoying (I need to find out what happens next). It’s definitely encouraged me to go back and finish The Fireman and also read some of his other books.

 

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

The third and final book finished was The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr. I read and absolutely adored Barr’s previous novel The One Memory of Flora Banks so I was very excited to receive this from NetGalley a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately while it does have a lot of similarities in writing style I’m not sure I can really say I enjoyed this. There was one really disturbing incident pretty early on in the story that I just couldn’t get past and from there on in I think I was just looking for problems. Something that wasn’t too difficult as there were quite a few things about it that made it uncomfortable reading.

I’m still swithering over whether to review it here but you can find a draft with my initial thoughts over on GoodReads.


Reading Next

I discovered last week that the publication and archive dates for a lot of the books on my NetGalley shelf are a lot sooner than I thought (and than it says on the shelf) so I’ve had to rework my reading plan a lot. I can’t really complain when they’re some of my most anticipated reads 🙂 I think the following will be up next.

My Side of the DiamondIf There's No TomorrowGoodbye, Perfect

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!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 7th November 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Strange Weather by Joe Hill which I received from NetGalley. It’s a collection of four novellas (each around 100-150pgs) written at different points in Hill’s career each with some kind of weather link. I enjoyed some a little more than others (Aloft was my favorite) but all are brilliant.

My teaser is from the first story Snapshot about a Polaroid camera that erases memories with each picture it takes.


My Teaser

“Invent a way not to ged old,” he said. “It is a terrible goddem trick to play on someone. Gedding old is no way to stop being young.”

~ 3% Strange Weather by Joe Hill


BlurbStrange Weather

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill

“Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by “The Phoenician,” a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap.

A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in “Aloft.”

On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. “Rain” explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.

In “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.

WWW Wednesday: 1st November 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

CopycatI have two books on the go at the moment, the first of which is Copycat by Alex Lake. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of weeks ago and was in the mood for something different from all of the YA fantasy and sci fi I seem to have been reading lately. I’m not too far through (maybe 100 pages) but I am really enjoying it. It’s about a woman, Sarah, who discovers that someone has set up a Facebook profile in her name and is posting pictures of her and her family. They’re trying to get her attention but why?

It’s definitely one that makes you think about the information you put out there on social media.

Bad Girls with Perfect FacesThinking about this the second book I’m reading, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten has a very similar theme. It’s a YA thriller about a girl Sasha who catfishes her best friends ex girlfriend when she thinks they might be getting back together.

I received this from NetGalley and wasn’t planning on reading it yet but discovered yesterday that it was published that day (I thought it was a January publication). Anyway, I started it immediately and literally haven’t been able to put it down. I’m already about half way through and will probably have it finished either today or tomorrow. There’s something about the author’s writing which really draws you in.


Recently Finished

I’m pretty much back to full reading speed but have to admit I still feel a little bit off. The books I’ve been reading haven’t been gripping me the way they usually do and I don’t think it’s them. Despite this though I have managed to finish three books this week.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

The first of these was Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas which is book six in the Throne of Glass series. The story follows Chaol and Nesryn as they venture to the Southern continent to seek aid so it’s a lot simpler than the previous book. There are quite a few new characters but a couple of the characters from Assassin’s Blade also made an appearance which was sooo good.

I do think it’s longer than it needs to be, it seemed to take forever to read it and there’s a big chunk where not very much happens but it does have some absolutely brilliant moments. I do wish SJM would keep the language consistent though as it really started to get on my nerves. I have nothing against swearing in books but “not giving a sh*t” just doesn’t fit for me.

Cherish Hard (Hard Play, #1)

The second book finished (although technically I finished it before ToD) was Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh. I was in the mood for something light and completely different from all of the fantasy reads I seem to be surrounded with at the moment so when I got approved for this on NetGalley I thought why not.

I’ve only read one other book from this author so this was the first contemporary romance by her that I’ve picked up but I doubt it’ll be my last. I really enjoyed it and think it was just what I was needing. I would have liked a bit more struggle but it’s very sweet and funny so I’m not complaining too much.

The Empress (The Diabolic #2)The third and final book finished this week was The Empress by S.J. Kincaid. I have been desperate to read this ever since I heard The Diabolic was getting a sequel. I actually requested it on NetGalley ages ago but had given up all hope of getting a copy when I was suddenly approved at the end of last week.

I’m not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as The Diabolic but that could have been due to my expectations being higher (and this never ending slump). It is however brilliantly unpredictable, packed full of action and has one of my all time favorite characters Nemesis. She was created in a lab as a bodyguard and killing machine so isn’t always wholly human in her actions. She has very little empathy and next to no conscience. Basically kill first ask questions later. It’s very refreshing to have a main character who isn’t constantly thinking and worrying. In this story though she is starting to become more human and understand just what that means. It’s really good.


Reading Next

My reading next list is pretty much the same as last week’s as yet again I wandered off track. I do really need to pick up Strange Weather and My Side of the Diamond asap though as they’re both due for release. Goodbye Perfect is just one I got from NetGalley and think I might be in the mood for.

Strange WeatherGoodbye, PerfectMy Side of the Diamond

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!!!