WWW Wednesdays #132 – April 12th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently reading three books, although I’m going to finish the Netgalley ARC What Doesn’t Kill You by Ed James first. It’s the third book in a detective series and so far without doubt fast-paced and entertaining, although I feel part of the ‘spark’ of the previous two books is missing. The other two titles are ARCs as well. The first Life Sentence by Lily Luchesi, the third book in a paranormal romance series. It’s also probably the last time that I’m reading a vampire story, because this series has yet again confirmed me I seem to be allergic to those fanged creatures. Luckily this series has other creatures as well, but that doesn’t take away my feeling that these kind of books just aren’t for me and to keep reading them wouldn’t be fair to the authors. The other title I’m about to start is Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw, another fantasy read and a Reading Alley ARC.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

* The first title I finished since last week is The Color Purple by Alice Walker, a modern classic I decided to pick up for various challenges. I had high hopes for this one as I had heard a lot of things about it, but I guess this was another case of unpopular opinion for me. I struggled a lot with the writing style in the beginning; up to the point that I even considered DNFing it. The plot itself is without doubt both intriguing, shocking, in your face and full of raw emotions, but I had a hard time with Celie’s POV. Not because of the shocking/graphic elements, but because her dialogue was really hard to read with all those broken sentences, bad grammar etc. I know it’s because she is an uneducated child wife of the South and it does feel authentic, but it doesn’t take away I struggled a lot to keep reading.
* I then read Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell, the second book in the Detective Ruby Preston series. It took me some time to warm up to the main character in the first book, but I had no such problem in the sequel. I was hooked right from the start and it was one hell of a ride! Well written prose, interesting characters, twisted serial killer, possible Jack The Ripper reference, lots and lots of plot twists… What’s more to ask? I’ll definitely be waiting impatiently for the next Ruby Preston adventure.
* Afterwards I decided to pick up another pending ARC: Miranda’s Rights by Lily Luchesi. It’s also a sequel and a paranormal romance story with lots of supernatural creatures, although the main focus is on vampires. And those fanged creatures might be the main reason I liked this story less than most other readers… Although it does have a love triangle as well. It is a fast read though and fans of the genre will probably enjoy it a lot better than I did.
* The last book I finished is Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, another sequel and part of my Beat The Backlist challenge. To be honest, I enjoyed this sequel a lot less than I thought I would. I found it overlong, almost boring and the plot a bit thin. Basically it’s about Ruby trying to find someone and messing up a lot along the way, with various people betraying her or not being what they seem to be… Not at all as good as the first book (which I really enjoyed), and Ruby started to annoy me with the whole ‘I’m dangerous/I can’t be around others/I need to be alone’ thing. The writing style is as good as ever, but it sure took me a lot longer than expected to finish this one…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Next up are three more ARCs… All for the April ARC month. Among Friends: Travels In Cuba by Heather Murray was sent by the author and sounds like an intriguing travel read. Both Castle Of Water by Dane Huckelbridge and The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger are Netgalley ARCs and are a case of coverlove and intriguing blurb combined. I also still want to read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult; I’ve been mentioning this title for way too long now and I’m picking this up as soon as I finish this months Netgalley titles!


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24 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #132 – April 12th

  1. And it’s over, I need to read Sleep Tight! xD Thank you!! Haha!
    It’s always what I fear with series, that the spark of the previous books goes away and leaves me sad and orphan of characters I’ve followed for some time!
    Happy reading! xx

    • Haha sorry for messing up your TBR/ratio! 😉 😀 And yes, it always sucks when a sequel doesn’t live up to the previous books… It happened to me twice now in one week; NOT good. I’m afraid to read another sequel now. xD Happy reading!

  2. Yay! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed Sleep Tight since that is what I am reading next. I hope you get time to read Great Small Things. It seems like I won’t be able to read it this month due to all the ARCs but I am still hopeful. Happy reading 🙂

    • I hope you will enjoy Sleep Tight as well! Ruby has definitely grown on me. I have pretty much the same situation going on with Small Great Things; fingers crossed we will be able to pick it up soon. 😉 Happy reading!

  3. Ahh, that sucks that you didn’t like Never Fade! I hope it’s not a huge disappointment for me whenever I get to it, because I am actually really enjoying the Darkest Minds.

    • I enjoyed The Darkest Minds as well, so I wasn’t expecting this reaction to the sequel at all… Fingers crossed you will enjoy it better when you get to it. 🙂

    • I have to confess I never saw the movie, so I will definitely try to do just that. The story itself was without doubt fascinating, so that might just be the perfect solution.

    • Most people seem to love The Color Purple, so I would definitely give it a try at least… The second half is also a lot easier to read. 🙂

  4. I am allergic to vampires, too, I think. They just tend to annoy me so I try to avoid at all costs. That’s probably partially why I wasn’t so into Soulless in the end. Sorry to hear so many sequels have been underwhelming for you this week!

    • I’m definitely staying away from vampire stories completely now… I’ve had one or two that didn’t annoy me, but in general they are just frustrating. Good to hear I’m not the only one. 😉 And I’m really hoping something good will pop up soon! So far every read after Sleep Tight has been mediocre.

  5. The vampire thing is pretty old by now. I can take them in small doses if they aren’t the main focus of an urban fantasy novel, but I think they’re why I’m having trouble working up interest in going back to an unfinished series that I keep meaning to eventually read. And I’m sorry so many of your reads have been mediocre. Hopefully you’ll get some good ones soon!

    • One of the reasons I didn’t give up on the Paranormal Detective series is that it has other creatures as well… Although it’s definitely going to be the last for a looong time.

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