WWW Wednesdays #136 – May 10th

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 about to start Roses Of May by Dot Hutchison; another Netgalley ARC and a title I’ve been looking forward to. I read and loved The Butterfly Garden last year and I didn’t realize it was a series until I saw this sequel on NG… Can’t wait to dive into this disturbing story again! I also started reading Aurabel by Laura Dockrill, a NG fantasy ARC with mermaids, but I had to put it on hold after 5%. Why? I felt like I was reading a story written in a foreign language I could just barely understand. Things just didn’t make sense at all… And after investigating, this story apparently takes place in the same world as a previous book which I didn’t know about. That could probably explain the lack of worldbuilding, but does make it extremely difficult to properly enjoy it without reading that one first (which I don’t have time for xD ).

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

* The first book I finished since last week is Anything For Her by Jack Jordan, which turned out to be an excellent psychological thriller and even better than his other title My Girl. It’s fast, it’s entertaining and it manages to catch your attention right from the first page… And the whole mystery around ‘that night’ is intriguing and definitely makes you want to keep on reading. More in my review.
* I then read All The Good Things by Clare Fisher, another ARC I was really looking forward to. Unfortunately I ended up having mixed thoughts about it, mostly because I couldn’t connect to the main character Beth. Which is shame, because she’s a truly fascinating character and I really wanted to love this story. More about my mixed thoughts in my review.
* I actually wasn’t going to continue this series after my experience with book three, but I gave in since already had a copy on my kindle and it would mean I could cross off another series. Unfortunately, The Murder Of An Angel by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro continued down the same road as book three, and the only reason I made it to the end is that the prose at least reads superfast. Want to know why I didn’t like it? Here‘s why.
* After two mediocre reads, I decided to play it safe and pick up another Bookouture thriller. And I wasn’t wrong, because I’ve now added The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite to the growing list of Bookouture winners. This story started out strong and stayed that way until the very end. Not every character is all that likeable, but you will forget all about that as you find yourself trapped in the same web of lies and secrets as the rest of the town. Many many plot twists and a surprising ending! Find out more in my review which will be posted later today.
* I then continued Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw, a high fantasy read I had been posponing during the last few weeks due to its length and wordbuilding. I’m glad I finally continued it and I really like the idea behind this story. That said, I do think the story itself is overlong and would have been more enjoyable with more focus on the action and less on ‘insignificant’ details and dialogue. In fact, some of the main characters were starting to become really annoying; especially the bantering between Cassie and Andrea. I love that it’s a YA fantasy read with a glbt angle though; you don’t see that too often (or at least in the stories I’ve read so far…)
* The last book I was able to finish is Room by Emma Donoghue, which has been on my TBR for way too long. The worst part is that I kept hearing great things about it, but somehow I never actually picked it up… I’m regretting this now, because it was such an excellent read! I literally flew through the pages and finished it in less than a day. I love that it’s told from the POV of a 5-year-old; it makes the story that much more powerful (Think The Boy With The Striped Pajamas, which has a similar effect.)

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

After I finish my current reads, I’m planning to pick up the other titles on my Bout Of Books TBR. One of them is another one that has been collecting dust for way too long: Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It will be one of the exceptions were I’ve already seen the movie before reading the story, so we’ll see how that goes. The next ARC I’m picking up will be Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel, which I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to finally pick up. Also on the ARC list is Heartborn by Terry Maggert, which is another fantasy read. Last up is One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, which I requested after a recommendation and I’m really excited about. I wanted to pick up the thriller Be My Killer by Richard Parker first, but it doesn’t have a pagecount yet and I need that for it to count for the readathon. xD


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28 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #136 – May 10th

    • I agree; The Darkest Lies was strong from the very first page and those twists, lies and secrets definitely kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end… And I can’t wait to finally read Manipulated Lives! I kind of feel like a thriller right now, but I’m hoping Roses Of May will be suspense enough for me to pick up Manipulated Lives next. 😉 Happy reading! ❤

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    • I haven’t seen the movie yet (I try to always read the book first), but after your comment I’m not sure if I still want to see it haha. I hope you will enjoy The Darkest Lies! It’s definitely one with many surprising plot twists to look forward to. Happy reading!

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      • I try to read the book first too usually, I’ll hold off watching the film until I have. I’m glad I read the book first but it meant I had much higher expectations for the film which I felt pretty let down by – but I know other people who loved it so each to their own! 🙂

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      • Yeah I agree reading the book first can go either way… It happens to me as well that the movie let’s me down due to high expectations, but I prefer taking that risk. 😉

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  1. Loved Room! And The Darkest Lies as well. So glad you did too!

    My kindle doesn’t say how many pages Be My Killer has either. I was going to say it’s quite a quick read but that doesn’t really mean much, coming from me. 😄

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    • That’s great to hear! And I’m sure Be My Killer is a quick read; I literally fly through most bookouture thrillers in the first place. I actually have two lined up for review this month (the other is Secrets Of The Dead), but neither has a pagecount. xD

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  2. You finished so many books and a lot of them sound pretty good! I need to check them out. I have Room too and have been wanting to read it for awhile now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it at some point this year. I can’t wait to see what you think about One of Us Is Lying!

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    • Definitely try Room if you have some time this year! It’s actually quite a quick read and very good. And I can’t wait to pick up One Of Us Is Lying! I’m glad I saw your review in time to request a copy. 🙂

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  3. Room is a brilliant book, isn’t it? I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. I have One of Us is Lying on my TBR and hope to read it soon, it sounds great so fingers crossed that it is. I’m going to download The Darkest Lie on NG tonight as I can’t resist it any longer! Hope you enjoy all of the books that you read this week 🙂
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    • Definitely yes to Room! And you won’t be disappointed by The Darkest Lies; it’s a great read. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for One Of Us Is Lying as well! 😉 Happy reading.

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  4. Since I have a sensitivity with books that deal with child abuse/neglect, I doubt I will ever pick up Room… I can read books that touch upon these topics, but I struggle when it is the focus of the book.

    Pick up Stardust ASAP!!! Love that book 🙂

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    • Yeah I can understand why Room wouldn’t be for you then. There’s no actual child abuse, but you can say the way they have to live is neglect…
      Also, I’m picking up Stardust as soon as I finish my current read! I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

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