WWW Wednesdays #160 – January 24th

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 a pending NG ARC: Best Friends by Carys Jones. It’s still early days since I didn’t have much time yesterday, but I’m having high hopes for it. I’m also about to start with Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, a story I have been looking forward to and has been highly recommended to me a couple of times.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The New Hunger by Isaac Marion (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 29/01
The New Hunger is a prequel novella and I think I actually enjoyed it better than the first book. It might have been because of the lack of romance in this one, but The New Hunger turned out to be quite an interesting read despite the fact I’m not really into zombie stories. The writing and pace make it into a superfast read and I enjoyed reading about the background of the Warm Bodiescharacters and how it is to survive in this dystopian world in the first place. Short, but sweet with a healthy dose of fresh brains.

2. The Silent Girls by Dylan Young (4/5 stars) REVIEW 
There is no doubt that The Silent Girls is a very promising start of a new detective series that will be on my radar from now on. From a flowing, engaging writing style, interesting plot, refreshing cold case angle to great characters and a healthy dose of suspense and creepy suspects; The Silent Girls has it all. I can definitely recommend this new series to fans of the genre. Detective Anna Gwynne is one to keep an eye on.

3. Stage Four by Sander Kollaard (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 26/01
I vowed to read more international authors/translations this year, and somehow this book spoke to me when I saw it mentioned. Stage Four is both a beautiful, tragic and heartbreaking love story of a couple trying to accept and live with the diagnose of stage IV lung cancer. The flashbacks to 1968 help build their characters and it was interesting to see their relationship evolve as well as how they deal with the progress of the disease. There are lots of descriptions of the Swedish destinations included, making it feel as if you were there yourself… A very intriguing read although the ending was quite shocking.

4. From Bad To Cursed by Katie Alender (3/5 stars) REVIEW 02/02
Sadly I wasn’t able to enjoy this sequel as much as I thought I would. I still love the writing style, which is engaging, flowing and makes you fly through the story. But I wasn’t so sure about the plot. The idea behind From Bad To Cursed is an interesting one and definitely involves a healthy dose of creepy, BUT I wasn’t so happy with all those high school cliches included as well as a lot of ‘perfect pretty girl’ cliches. A bunch of teenage girls playing perfect and bitching to others if they don’t dress perfectly, eat the right food and say the right things? No thank you.

5. Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan (4/5 stars) REVIEW 28/01
If you like dark, intense, action-packed thrillers, you will be in for a treat with Vanishing Girls. The case described in this first book of a new detective series is both disturbing and fascinating, and this story is not for the weak-hearted. Trigger warnings are in place for violence, abuse and graphic scenes! Vanishing Girls is without doubt my kind of thriller and I had a blast following this rollercoast ride. The plot is so packed with action and twisted that it’s on the border of credible, but there is no doubt you won’t find a boring minute while reading this one. The main character Josie Quinn is on fire in this one!

6. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (2,5/5 stars) REVIEW 02/02
I was fully expecting to be loving this read, but I ended up feeling the complete opposite. I don’t think my opinion has all that much to do with the fact I don’t really know her… It’s more that her writing style, crudy humor and sexual talk simply aren’t a right fit for me. I guess her humor and writing style either works for you, or it doesn’t. Unfortunately I belong to the second group, and honestly I kind of struggled making it to the last page. Oh well, we can’t like them all, can we?

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I really want to read The Camera Lies by AB Morgan after my current reads since the publish date is coming up soon… And after that I want to read my ARC copy of The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace because I’m in the mood for some good poetry. After that, I’ll probably read As Dead As It Gets by Katie Alender so I can cross off my first series of the year… I do hope it’s better than book two. My latest TBR jar pick is still Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. (I’ve been saying this for too long now; really have to kick my own butt and read it soon!)


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49 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #160 – January 24th

    • That’s such a fun fact! I actually enjoyed reading Best Friends; I wasn’t sure about the credibility, but the pace was fast and the writing engaging. The balance between characters and plot was a good one as well.

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      • Sure is. 🙂 🙂 hahaha…. I need to catch up with mysteries too.. Your blog seems to be a good place to decide what I should read next.. hahaha…looking firward to your reviews. And any recommendation? as long as it doesn’t involve cheating. 🙂 im ok with any story.

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      • It’s packed with thrillers on here, so lots to choose from haha. Just picking one or two titles is pretty darn difficult… But if you like intense serial killer thrillers, the Stillhouse Lake books are excellent. For psychological thrillers I can always turn to Megan Miranda, Shalini Boland, Louise Jensen, K.L. Slater to name a few… And I love Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster series. And that is just the mystery/thriller genre I’m talking about. xD

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      • Oh I already read the Stillhouse series.. I loved them a lot.. 🙂 🙂 And lol, there are plenty… I’m gonna check them out. Really appreciate the recommendation. btw, do you know a book that considered as Nordic Noire… Honestly I don’t understand that genre enough but I think it has something to do with thrillers too, 🙂

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      • Hmm I don’t really read noire myself, so I’m not really familiar with it… Swedish authors do seem to write very interesting thrillers, o so I’ve heard.

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      • Oh I already read the Stillhouse series.. I loved them a lot.. 🙂 🙂 And lol, there are plenty… I’m gonna check them out. Really appreciate the recommendation. btw, do you know a book that considered as Nordic Noire… Honestly I don’t understand that genre enough but I think it has something to do with thrillers too, 🙂

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  1. I JUST read a rave review for Born A Crime! I cant wait to see what you think. I need to look into if there is an audiobook version…

    Too bad about The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo… I can tolerate crude humor to a degree, but sometimes it can be too much and distasteful.

    I hope you enjoy The Lilac Girls. It is a very interesting take on WWII fiction. I didn’t care for one of the POVs in it, but other than that it was a decent read.

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    • Such a coincidence! I’m only about 12% into it, but I can understand the rave review… It is GOOD so far. The apartheid is an intriguing topic and Trevor Noah does an excellent job narrating his personal experience during the end of the apartheid as well as his mother’s experience as well. He also gives a lot of background information, which is extremely helpful as well as fascinating.

      And yeah, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo definitely wasn’t for me… It was as if she needed all that sex talk and crude humor to be funny, and that definitely doesn’t work with me.

      I’m curious what my own reaction to Lilac Girls will be! I have a weak spot for WWII historical fiction, so fingers crossed it will be a good one for me. Can’t wait to see if I can spot the POV that didn’t work for you.

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  2. Oh wow and you thought I finished a lot this week! But then you always seem to be flying through your reads. I’m sorry you had such a mixed bag. Hopefully your current reads will work out better.
    Happy reading!

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  3. I’ve had Born a Crime on my TBR I think since it came out. But I’ve seen it pop up on a couple of blogs I follow recently, which has reminded me I should try to get to it soon. I hope you enjoy it!

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