WWW Wednesdays #174 – June 13th

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 still reading Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris… Although I might have finished it by the time this post goes live (the power of scheduling posts 😉 ). I’m continuing with the 4MK sequel The Fifth To Die by J.D. Barker straight afterwards, because I’m dying to find out what happens next.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland (3/5 stars) REVIEW 18/06
On its own, The Lost For Words Bookshop seems to be having all the right elements. It has a lot of bookish references to fall in love with, complicated and well developed characters, suspense and a mysterious past, drama, a healthy dose of romance for the romance fans… I was expecting to love this one, but somehow I wasn’t completely convinced. Between the lack of connection to the characters, love triangle and past-present storyline switches that didn’t feel natural to me, I ended up taking a lot longer than I thought I would to finish this one. There were elements I loved of course, including the bookish elements and Archie’s character. And I’m positive most of you will enjoy this story a lot more than I did.

2. The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 25/06
What a read! I like my thrillers dark and twisted, and J.D. Barker has definitely created a very disturbing serial killer to follow in this story. We get a glimpse of his childhood through a diary, and hints at his previous ‘work’ as the plot develops. And you will encounter a few plot twist bombs along the way, surprises that will catch you unaware as you are too stunned by just how twisted things were back at the killer’s home or how the case develops in the present. Oh yes, The Fourth Monkey isn’t for those with a weak stomach and if you can’t handle graphic scenes and violence, I advice staying clear. Otherwise, if you have a twisted mind like me, you will have a great time meeting the 4MK Killer and his work.

3. The Unreading Of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara (2/5 stars) REVIEW 22/06
I still love the idea behind this story and I truly wish I could have enjoyed The Unbinding Of Mary Reade better. Unfortunately, I found the execution lacking in various ways, and I had a hard time finishing this one. Between the chaotic writing style that didn’t flow, a rather dull plot, bland characters, lack of action and a not so credible display of emotions, I can’t say I was impressed. Where were the pirates, were was the action? Why did we have to read so much about Mary’s past in London, if her life on the Caribbean Sea is what really counts for this story? Why wasn’t there more focus on Mary and Anne? Why the excessive amount of sexism, homophobia, transphobia and sexual assault? The tone for this supposedly YA rated story was completely off, especially since Mary felt younger than the age group during most of the story. All in all not the story I was hoping for.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m probably picking up The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli next, both because I have been wanting to for ages and because I’ll need a little break from the thriller genre. Afterwards I’m finally picking up the Kay Hunter sequel Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett in the hope to get through all five remaining books in the next month or so. I’m SO excited to be finally doing so! I also have a copy of the new Barbara Copperthwaite ARC waiting for me on my kindle: The Perfect Friend. My newest TBR jar pick is still When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore.


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29 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #174 – June 13th

    • I’ve tried her books before (The Darkest Lies and Her Last Secret) and I really enjoyed both of them! So I’m definitely looking forward to her newest title. 🙂 I liked Bring Me Back in the end, mostly because I went in with low expectations, but I can see why a lot complained about it.

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    • I ended up enjoying it better than I thought I would, but mostly because I went in with low expectations. It definitely has some flaws and the second half has some significant credibility issues.

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    • I know the feeling! I should stay away from Netgalley as well since I somehow ended up with 6!! new titles this week, mostly from browsing after I posted a review on NG. xD I’m looking forward to The Perfect Friend though!

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    • I’ve heard others loving The Lost For Words Bookshop so definitely give that one a chance! Bring Me Back has suffered a lot from the hype around it… It’s not a bad read, but not that great either since it has a few important issues. I’m looking forward to pick up When The Moon Was Ours! 🙂

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    • I’ll have a review up next week on the publish date! I ended up liking it better than I thought I would, but only because I kept my expectations low.

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  1. I have not read any of these, but I am on the hold list for Bring me Back. Most of the reviews I’ve read have said it’s not as good as that author’s previous work, but I haven’t read any of her books yet, so I’m hoping the lowered expectations will bode well for me.

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    • I only read The Breakdown myself (which is supposed to be not as good as Behind Closed Doors), and I think not having read her supposedly best work makes it easier for us to enjoy her other books. I went in with lower expectations and ended up enjoying it better than I thought I would. There were a few issues, but in general it was quite entertaining.

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