WWW Wednesdays #140 – June 7th

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 FINALLY reading And I Darken by Kiersten White, a series I’ve been looking forward to for ages and somehow never actually picked up until now. I have an ARC of the sequel waiting as well, so if I like the first book I will probably binge-read both before continuing with the next Bookouture thriller. Guilty by Laura Elliot sounds like a great read though from what I could see from the first pages, so we’ll see what happens… I’ve also made progress with the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott since last week; I’m liking it so far, although I don’t LOVE it like most people seem to do. It kind of makes me feel bad.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil by Tim Symonds (4/5 stars) REVIEW 
I can always enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes retelling when well executed and that is without doubt the case with Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil. Both the setting and the descriptions are very well done and made me feel as if I were in the room along with the main characters. The outcoming might not have been all that surprising, but the plot twists are still well executed and feel very much like ‘Holmes’. All in all without doubt a very satisfying read.

2. Molly Bell And The Wishing Well by Bridget Geraghty (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW
Molly Bell And The Wishing Well is without doubt a quick read with a writing style that flows and will appear to the age group. I had some doubts about certain actions of the main characters and its credibility, but in general I really liked how this story portrayed how to deal with loss, grief and moving on after a traumatic event. The wishing well is used as part of this journey and the descriptions of the daily life on the farm will appeal to the younger readers as well.

3. The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro (2,5/5 stars)  REVIEW
I really wanted to enjoy this story and I still think the plot itself is both rich, provoking and fascinating, but unfortunately The Gypsy Moth Summer ended up being one of those titles that just isn’t for me. Literary fiction can go either way with me in general, so that might just have been the problem here; if you enjoy the genre I would suggest still giving this story a go. That said, I couldn’t ignore the chaotic feel of the storytelling, my lack of connection to the characters, certain elements that bothered me or the fact I couldn’t warm up to the writing style.

4. The Mayfly by James Hazel (4/5 stars) REVIEW TODAY!!
There is no doubt that The Mayfly is a fascinating story that will definitely appeal to psychological thriller fans. The flashbacks and connections to the Second World War added a whole different level to what was already an intriguing plot and definitely made me appreciate this story even more. I had a few minor doubts, but those are just that: minor. The writing style and pace turned The Mayfly into a superfast read and I will be looking forward to see more of Charlie Priest in the future!

5. Love, & You by Gretchen Gomez (5/5 stars) REVIEW 08/06
It’s been days since I devoured Love, & You in record time, and I still haven’t recovered from the emotion overload. Because to say it crudely: damn, that girl can write powerful poetry! Wonderful, emotional, raw, beautiful, powerful, strong, exceptional… Trust me, I can keep the adjectives going for a long time if you let me. This poetry bundle is all about her experience with a toxic relationship and her slow recovery from it. The poems are highly personal and it really feels you get to know her a lot better through her poems.

6. Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson (4/5 stars) REVIEW 10/06
I always have a weak spot for a good psychological thriller and this one without doubt delivered. It’s not just another well written suspense story with an engaging writing style, but it also has a whole different level added. One of the main characters has an eating disorder and it was really interesting to see how she deals with this on a daily basis while also being exposed to very stressful situations. Lots and lots of plot twists in this one and you will definitely not see the ending coming! I’m not sure the characters are actually likeable, but I enjoyed Two Sisters anyway.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

As I said, depending on how I will enjoy And I Darken I will start reading the sequel Now I Rise straight away… Especially since the publish date is coming closer. I also want to read the ARCs The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien and Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon; both sound like interesting reads. And I WILL pick up my very first Sharon Bolton book this month as well… I’ve decided to go with the first book of her Lacey Flint series: Now You See Me.


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25 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #140 – June 7th

    • Two Sisters was without doubt a great read! Suspense, but with a different angle as well as the main character has an eating disorder… Definitely adds a whole different level to the story. I hope you will ‘enjoy’ it! Happy reading. 🙂

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  1. Wow! Looks like you had a great week of reading! I really need to read And I Darken. It’s been on my TBR for quite awhile. I hope you like Little Women when you get farther into it. Ironically I’m wearing a Little Women shirt today haha.

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    • And I Darken is really good so far! I was a bit afraid after seeing so many mixed reviews and there is quite a hype as well, but I really like both the setting and characters (even though they are not exactly likeable haha). And I think it’s just not the right time for me for Little Women… It’s not that I don’t like it, but I was expecting more after so many people naming it one of their favorite classics.

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  2. Ah, I can’t wait to get my hands on love, & you!!! Heard only great things about that book! And I’m glad you enjoyed most of what you read the past week. 🙂

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    • I’m about a third into And I Darken and I can already see myself binge-reading the sequel as soon as I finish it! I’m still kicking myself for not picking up this series sooner haha. Happy reading!

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    • I’ve heard so many great things about Sharon Bolton’s books that I still can’t believe I haven’t read any of them… Definitely looking forward to that one. And I really should add more classics to my immediate TBR; I’ve been neglecting them terribly for too long already. 😉 Happy reading!

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  3. Phew that’s a lot of reading and reviewing. I’ve been doing ok on the reading front but I think I need to follow your example on reviews. I am more tempted though to follow your idea of binge reading a series. I just need to decide which one? 🙂

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    • It definitely sounds like a lot put together like that! But I guess two were really short and quick reads in the first place… I’ve been trying to review titles almost straight after finishing them and it seems to be working so far for me. No more piles of pending reviews! 😉 But like you said, binge reading series right now sounds a lot more tempting, especially since I’m enjoying And I Darken a lot. With so many series out there, it’s really hard to just pick one though!

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