WWW Wednesdays #139 – May 31st

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 almost done with the Reading Alley ARC Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil by Tim Symonds, a Sherlock Holmes retelling set in China which is proving to be an interesting read and just the romance-free story I needed right now. I’ve also started with the ARC The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro, but the beginning felt a bit chaotic and I wasn’t in the mood for it… Hopefully I will like it better after having had a short break from it, especially since it’s due soon. I’ve also made progress with the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; I actually think I would have finished it already by now but I had to read a few pending ARCs first.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Last Valentine by Felix Alexander (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
The Last Valentine isn’t just another historical romance novel. The 1930s setting in Puerto Rico is without doubt well executed and helped set the right atmosphere, but it is the whole mystery around the Labyrinth of Love Letters and other secrets and conspiracies that will keep you intrigued until the very end. The dose of (sappy) romance cliches was a bit too high for me, but I did appreciate the many quotable references to romance in general. Romance fans will most likely love this story!

2. Feel Me Fall by James Morris (4/5 stars) REVIEW
Feel Me Fall is without doubt a superfast and entertaining read. I really liked the mix of Amazon survival/adventure chapters with contemporary high school flashbacks and those set in the hospital after Emily is rescued. It’s just the right balance and makes this story that much more interesting to read. I could have done without the cliches and love triangles, but overall this is definitely a great read. The writing style is very engaging!

3. Heartborn by Terry Maggert (2,5/5 stars)  REVIEW
I can’t deny there is a lot of potential in this story, and it’s a shame the fantasy world has been described only so briefly. An extra 100 pages or so would have helped develop their world better and that would probably help enjoying this story a lot better. I also had problems with the credibility of it all, mostly due to Livvy’s reactions to so many (for her) shocking details. The final part of the story also felt a bit rushed and the ending abrupt. All in all a lot of potential, but in the end it just didn’t work for me.

4. The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW UP TODAY!!
Although the title The Serial Killer’s Daughter is actually sort of a spoiler of what is to come, there is no doubt that this story is a well written character-driven psychological thriller with a sublime character development. The pace is a bit slow and there might not be as much action as you would suspect there to be in a serial killer thriller, but the story is full of twists and the characters more than make up for it. You will be able to meet one for the most twisted and creepy serial killers I’ve encountered with to this date and get to know him (almost too) intimately; definitely the stuff nightmares are made from.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I was actually going to pick up Love, & You, a poetry bundle written by fellow book blogger (ChicNerdReadsGretchen Gomez, last weekend but I had to read some ARCs first and didn’t want to rush it. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it and I can’t wait to finally read it myself! I want to read And I Darken by Kiersten White soon since I have the ARC sequel coming up… And the historical fiction ARC The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien is also on my list, as well as the ARC The Breakdown by B.A. Paris which I have been neglecting for way too long.


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25 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #139 – May 31st

    • The only way I’m able to read multiple books is if they belong to a completely different genre or at least have a very distintive plot… Trust me, I would have been mighty confused otherwise as well. 😉

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  1. mh.. I am curious about Serial Killer’s Daughter but about worried about the fact that you mentioned that its slow paced. I hope to read it in June though and I look forward to the twists. I also have The Break Down on my TBR. Looking forward to your review. Happy reading 🙂

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    • The Serial Killer’s Daughter is more of a character-driven story than a fast-paced thriller, but the characterization is very well done and the twists are satisfying. I hope you will ‘enjoy’ it! 🙂 Happy reading

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  2. I’m still very jealous that you have an ARC of Now I Rise. I want that book sooo much but haven’t heard anything on my request which is probably not a good sign.

    Hope you enjoy all of your upcoming reads.

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    • Oh shoot! I feel kind of bad I haven’t even read the first book yet because I know a lot of people want the sequel… I’m definitely picking it up soon though. I’ll keep my fingers crossed your request will come through!

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  3. I still need to read And I Darken as well! I’ve been seeing people speaking about the sequel and the excitement as me wishing I could throw it into my June TBR. Alas, it will have to wait for July ;P
    I’m intrigued by the Sherlock Holmes retelling and look forward to your review of it!
    Happy Reading 🙂

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    • The only reason I’m having it on my June TBR is that I need to read the sequel ARC before the publish date. 😉 The Sherlock Holmes retelling ended up being really good!

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    • I wasn’t completely sure about the series either but after my request for the sequel was somehow approved (a miracle on its own) I can’t wait to try out both books.

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    • The only way I can manage various books at a time is if they are from completely different genres or at least have a very distinct plot… I would end up confused any other way. 😉 And I can’t wait to finally start And I Darken! So many seem to love that series…

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    • It was definitely the perfect break from all those romance-‘infested’ stories! I’m reading The Mayfly by James Hazel right now which is really low on romance as well, so at least it’s another break from those scenes. 😉 Happy reading!

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