WWW Wednesdays #163 – February 14th

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It is likely I’ll actually finish The Art Of French Kissing by Brianna R Shrum before this scheduled post goes up, since I don’t have all that many pages left… But as I’m typing this, I still haven’t finished it yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I needed something light and fluffy after Lilac Girls and picked up this title on a whim after browsing the NG Read Now section. YA contemporary romance isn’t really my genre, BUT I can really enjoy them if they are done right or if I’m in the right mood. And this one was definitely a perfect match for me. Sure, it’s a bit cheesy and there are cliches, but it’s easy to read, cute and there is a LOT of food talk involved. Basically, this book makes me crave all kind of delicious food! I also read a few pages of What Blooms From Dust by James Markert, which I will pick up again today. I’m mighty confused so far though!


1. Take The Key And Lock Her Up by Ally Carter (2,5/5 stars) REVIEW 18/02
Unfortunately, Take The Key And Lock Her Up is by far the weakest book of the trilogy and it’s sad to see a series end on this note as it started out so promising. One of the biggest problems I had was with the main character Grace. Her whole attitude, dialogue and actions seriously annoyed me and it was one of the reasons the final book didn’t work for me. I wasn’t 100% convinced by the writing either, but this is probably mostly related to Grace and her dialogue. And the whole love triangle and romance put a damper on things as well. As for the plot… If you look critically, nothing much is actually happening during this final adventure, or at least I missed the intensity and suspense.

2. Hollo by Devon Michael (4/5 stars) REVIEW 19/02
If you are looking for an endearing, whimsical and magical read, Hollo is a great choice. From the writing style to the worldbuilding, characters and descriptions; you will be enchanted by Hollo and her magical world of Thedes and enjoy her journey. Hollo is perfectly suited for the younger YA fantasy fans despite the magical battles and some details, and it has another bonus in the form of a romance-free story! I can definitely recommend this one.

3. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (4/5 stars) REVIEW 16/02
This was actually a buddyread with wonderful Nicki @ Secret Library. I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read this one! I can definitely understand the love for this historical fiction read now, although I do admit it left me with a huge book hangover. Especially the WWII holocaust camp scenes are intense and gruesome! My favorite POV of the three is definitely Kasia, although I did warm up to Caroline as well after a while. Her chapters were without doubt a welcome break in between the other two POVs… I really didn’t like Herta though, although I guess that is kind of natural with her being a camp doctor and doing the things she does? Her POV does add dept to the story. More in my review…


I’m SO excited that after my current reads I’ll be finally picking up my very first Karin Slaughter book The Good Daughter! I know I’m more than fashionably late to the party, but I’m having high hopes of becoming an instant fan of her work. I also need to read The Visitor by K.L. Slater, a title I have been looking forward to a LOT. I also should pick up The Last Star by Rick Yancey to get rid of another unfinished series on my list… I can’t say I was a fan of the first two books, so it will probably be a bit of a struggle reading that one though. And I have a new TBR jar pick after waaaay too long! *drumroll* Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. This one does have a low rating and a lot of mixed reviews, and this was definitely a cover buy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m curious what I will make of it though.


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20 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #163 – February 14th

    • Enjoy definitely seems like the wrong word here haha, but Lilac Girls is without doubt a fascinating read. I loved that it wasn’t just about WWII, but also showed the aftermath of the holocaust and how the victims have to deal with what happened during the years after… Very good. Happy reading!


  1. I’m still curious about Wink Poppy Midnight too even though it has a lot of mixed reviews and low rating. I may check it out from my library. Good luck with the Last Star. UGHH…still so upset about that book, because I actually liked the others.

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    • I kind of want to know what it is that makes people rate Wink Poppy Midnight that low? Looking forward to discovering that, and definitely not looking forward that much to The Last Star. I kind of only read it so I can cross off another series haha.

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  2. Glad you were finally able to pick up and enjoy The Lilac Girls! I actually did not care for Herta’s POV… I think the idea to include a “villain’s” perspective was good, but didn’t feel like Herta’s POV added to the story the way it COULD have.

    I am interested in seeing what you think about Wink Poppy Midnight! LOVE the cover, but yes, very mixed reviews.

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    • I agree that Herta’s POV didn’t reach it’s full potential. It just felt that her character and storyline in general lacked fleshing out compared to the other two (and especially Kasia).

      I’m in love with the Wink Poppy Midnight cover as well! I’m very curious to see what I’ll make of it.


    • I thought it wouldn’t be for me, but after Lilac Girls I really needed something light and fluffy and it was just the right time for it. It really made me crave all kinds of delicious food though, including the macarons!
      And I’ve been neglecting my TBR jar for months to be honest, but I’m hoping to get back on track this year. I haven’t added new titles for ages, but I guess at least this way I will truly get rid of the backlog haha.

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