WWW Wednesdays #216 – April 3rd

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 two books for the #OWLsReadathon2019 challenge, the first a backlist title and the second an ARC. I’ve heard mixed things about Release by Patrick Ness so I’ve gone in with low expectations and I’ll be crossing my fingers… And I’m excited to be reading another Carol Wyer title and to be meeting Detective Natalie Ward again in The Dare.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
Tell The Wolves I’m Home is a (recent) historical fiction slash contemporary story with a focus on family, AIDS and death. Tough themes that are very tricky to get right and sometimes not that easy to talk about, but the 1987 setting made for a very interesting backdrop for this story. I can’t put my finger on the why, but while I did find the Tell The Wolves I’m Home a very interesting read, there was also something about it that didn’t work for me. Part of this might have to do with the main characters…

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 08/04
With this new story she has once again proven to me she belongs on my list of favorite authors. What a read! What really stands out for me is the uniqueness of the format of Daisy Jones & The Six. The story is told through a series of interviews with the different members of the band and a few others close to them. This is done in a way that you start wondering if your memory failed you and there really was a band called Daisy Jones & The Six in the seventies… The different characters really came alive for me and it felt like a real biography of a rock band with a very colorful history.

3. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (4/5 stars) REVIEW 07/04
While I don’t feel Wolfhunter River was as good as the previous two books, I can’t deny I still highly enjoyed my time with this serial killer thriller. Suspenseful, twisted, explosive and lightning fast: once you get past the first few chapters and the setting changes to Wolfhunter, it will be really hard to stop reading before you reach that final page. I had some doubts about the credibility of the plot and the way things wrapped up was a bit too convenient to my taste, but the story has a lot of promise for what it yet to come and I’ll definitely be looking forward to the next book.

4. The Blue by Lucy Clarke (4/5 stars) REVIEW 08/04
The Blue turns out to have been an excellent choice. As someone who has been lucky enough to travel quite a bit in the past, I love reading travel related stories. Add a destination I haven’t been able to visit myself and that is another bonus… And if you combine it with one of my favorite genres (suspense), the book and me most likely are going to get along. This is exactly what happened with The Blue.

5. The Silver Ladies Of Penny Lane by Dee MacDonald (2/5 stars) REVIEW 11/04
I was really looking forward to this one as I loved The Getaway Girls last year, but I guess it wasn’t ment to be… I had quite a few issues with this story and surprisingly none had to do with the fact that contemporary romance normally isn’t for me. I’m going to try to keep things easy in my review, but it might turn out into a rant… You’ve been warned.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I need to get a few ARCs in before the due date, so both Song Of Sacrifice by Janell Rhiannon and The Murmur Of Bees by Sofia Segovia are up next. They both fit the prompts for the #OWLsReadathon2019 challenge so that is a bonus. 😉 I’m also picking up The Guernsey Literary And Potato Pee Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows for the same challenge. My TBR jar pick is still Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain… I’m hoping to read that one once my ARC schedule has cleared up a bit.


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29 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #216 – April 3rd

  1. I’ve just started Wolfhunter River today! It’s off to a strong start.

    I’ll be really interested to see your thoughts on Release. If it wasn’t by Patrick Ness I would probably not be intersted in it at all, and as it is, some of his books I love and others I am less fussed on. So I’ve been torn about Release ever since it was, er, released. XD

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • I hope you’ll have a good experience with Wolfhunter River!

      I turned out having mixed thoughts about Release… Something similar happened as with The Rest Of Us Just Live Here; I mostly enjoyed one POV (Adam) and wasn’t sure about the other more fantastical one (Katie). I probably wouldn’t have continued reading after my first experience with Katie’s POV if it wouldn’t have been Patrick Ness though. xD

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  2. I’m so glad you loved Daisy! I felt the same way about Tell the Wolves…I couldn’t like any of the characters and it didn’t work for me at all. I enjoyed Guernsey – hope you do, too!

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    • Good to hear we had similar feelings about Tell The Wolves I’m Home… There were things I liked, but overall the story failed to convince me completely. I can’t wait to read Guernsey though!

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  3. You have no idea how happy I am to see you enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six! There have been so many mixed reviews for it, so I’ve been pretty nervous. I am #1 on my library’s hold list, so I will probably read it next month 🙂

    I have no idea what Song Of Sacrifice or The Murmur Of Bees is all about, but those covers have me intrigued! Looking forward to seeing what you think.

    The Guernsey Literary And Potato Pee Pie Society has been sitting on my shelves for YEARS! So many people have recommended it to me… AND I want to see the adaptation on Netflix soon, so I did move it to my TBR cart lol That’s a step in the right direction!

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    • I hope Daisy Jones is a good one for you! It’s a format that will either work for you or it doesn’t, but when it does it will greatly enhance the story.

      I’m really excited about both Song Of Sacrifice an The Murmur Of Bees! The first is a mythology retelling set during the Troyan war and the second a historical fiction translation set in 1918 Mexico…

      I’m exactly the same when it comes to Guernsey! I’ve been meaning to read it for years and I want to watch the adaptation soon, so that is a great excuse to finally pick it up. Moving it to your TBR cart is a great step ahead! 😉

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      • I finished The Murmur Of Bees today and it was excellent! It has a bit of a Garcia Marquez feel… I’m starting with Song Of Sacrifice tonight and I can’t wait to dive into a mythology story again.

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  4. I’m so happy you enjoyed Wolfhunter River. I need to hurry up and pick that ARC up. I’m also excited for you to read that Chelsea Cain book. I think I own that book maybe or another of hers… I have wanted to read more of her books since reading One Kick.

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    • I ended up having mixed feelings as well! I liked Adam’s POV mostly, but I wasn’t really convinced by the other POV (Katie). Both were so extremely different in tone and even genre that they mostly just clashed for me. I had something similar happening in The Rest Of Us Just Live Here (although that was with the chapter introductions if I remember right), so maybe this particular style just isn’t for me.

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  5. Tell the Wolves I’m Home is intriguing me.

    Guernsey is so lovely. I read it a while back based on a recommendation from my grandmother and enjoyed it so much. I had the chance to check Daisy out from the library today and I had to pass, because I’m already SO backed up, but I want to read it so badly! It was so difficult to walk away.

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    • I’m looking forward to Guernsey! And I can imagine it being hard to pass on Daisy Jones, but having too many other titles to read already does sound familiar. I hope you’ll be able to read it soon! 🙂

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