WWW Wednesdays #220 – May 1st

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.


I never thought I was going to be typing this, but I’m really struggling with Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. So far I’m feeling mighty confused and nothing much is making sense… There are so many 5 star reviews already that I’m almost wondering if I’m reading the same story. I confess I’ve been picking up other titles instead… Including my long pending TBR jar pick Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain, which I’ll most likely finish  first as well.


1. The Murder On The Links by Agatha Christie (4/5 stars) REVIEW
I really enjoyed spending more time with Hercule Poirot. He is such an interesting character! I love the way he investigates by using what he calls using his grey cells, and deducts and discovers the truth by noticing things others might overlook. The writing makes it very easy to fly through this classic, and I had an excellent time trying to discover the hidden clues along with Poirot. Mr. Hastings can get quite annoying, but I tried not to focus on that and enjoy the investigation instead. I had a great time with this second book and I will definitely be looking forward to see more of Hercule Poirot in the future.

2. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
the story definitely lived up to expectations… What a read! After a string of reads that failed to blow me away completely, I finally found myself fully absorbed in a story again and posponed all plans until I had reached the final page. Before She Knew Him is well written, suspenseful and has an enormous plot twist bomb towards the end that will leave you with your mouth hanging wide open. I love it when a story is able to mislead me so well I actually yelled ‘WHAT?!?!’ when I stumbled across the reveal. If you enjoy the genre, Before She Knew Him is definitely a story not to miss.

3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (2/5 stars) REVIEW
There is one thing that is certain, and that is that These Broken Stars is oozing with sappy romance scenes. What I hoped would be an interesting science fiction story set in space, soon turned into a survival story on a foreign planet after only a few chapters… The survival angle could have been interesting enough once you get over the fact you won’t be getting more space actions or a true explanation behind the crash, but to be honest I was rather bored instead most of the time. For such an interesting setting, nothing much was actually happening. The story instead focuses almost completely on Lilac and Tarver and their complicated relationship. Romance fans who enjoy a forbidden romance story with a space setting will probably appreciate this first book of the Starbound series a lot more though.

4. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (4/5 stars) REVIEW
This retelling mixes historical facts and magic in an expert way and gives us a whole new take on the events set in 1918 Russia. While Romanov can mostly be considered and in fact mainly reads like a historical fiction story, there are also magical elements incorporated that give the story a little something extra. I enjoyed the writing style, although I do have to admit that the pace is considerably slow and this might be a turn off for those who don’t enjoy slower and more character driven historical fiction. Romanov focuses mostly on the characters and their development, and only gives you a healthy dose of action and magic more towards the ending.

5. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (1/5 stars) REVIEW 04/05
It’s true I wasn’t sure if this one would be for me, but I needed a graphic novel for my BTB Bingo challenge and my TBR choices were limited. I enjoy reading memoirs and the idea of reading a memoir in graphic novel form intrigued me. Sadly, I wasn’t able to connect to the tone or writing style of the author. The many many references to classic literature for me were, instead of an unexpected bonus, rather a hint to feelings of self-importance and superiority. I wasn’t a fan of how the whole lgbt aspect was handled nor how characters were portrayed. I honestly wish I would have just taken the decision to DNF, because I had a really hard time reaching that final page. This definitely wasn’t a story for me, although I should note others have highly enjoyed it so it could have been just me.

6. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 04/05
I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, especially since I want to watch the movie adaptation some time soon as well. The first thing that stood out for me was that this story has that The Fault In Our Stars and Everything, Everything vibe down to the terminal illness and cheesy romance. I’m still deciding whether that is a good or a bad thing, but there is one thing for sure: you will find yourself flying through this story. I literally finished it in less than a day, and a lot of this has to do with the writing style. I appreciated the focus and insight in CF and the impact of this disease on someone’s life. BUT. I’m not sure up to what point some aspects of the plot are exactly credible. More in my review, but it has to do with the unnecessary risk taking (something similar happened in Everything Everything). The romance itself was cheesy, but somehow I found myself liking it anyway. A story that will both make you smile and make your eyes water… Perfect if you enjoy the genre and don’t mind a pile of cliches and some inconsistencies.


I have a few May blogtour reads I need to get to ASAP, and The East End by Jason Allen and Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small are up first. I’m also finally picking up my copy of Circe by Madeline Miller (it’s already waiting for me next to my reading chair!). I’m having high hopes it will finally give me another 5 star read. I also have a new TBR jar pick! The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender… I have really enjoyed her books so far, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.


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33 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #220 – May 1st

  1. That’s interesting what you say about Middlegame – I have it on my TBR but I have wondered whether it is quite my cup of tea. I’ll look forward to your review.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Romanov! I still don’t know whether my 3.5 accurately reflects my feelings on it. Sometimes I think it was more of a 3, sometimes more of a 4… so I’ve left it splitting the difference for now. I’ll have to look up the Katie Alender book – I read Dead Famous earlier in the year and really enjoyed it!

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Middlegame seems to be one of those titles that most people seem to love, and then there are others who don’t get it at all? I fear I’m belonging to the second group, although I still hope things will improve later on. Otherwise I might just have to DNF as forcing myself to read 500+ pages I don’t like at all is a bit too much. 😉

      I do get what you mean with Romanov, as I liked some parts of it better than others and it can get a bit slow… Overall I really enjoyed it though. I enjoyed both Katie Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die triology and Famous Last Words, so I’m definitely looking forward to read more of her work.


    • I can highly recommend both Before She Knew Him and Romanov! I’m really looking forward to Bright Burning Stars as it’s been a while since I read a ballet inspired story. The cover does hint at something menacing…

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  2. Ahhh sucks that you’re struggling with Middlegame. I hate when that happens, especially when it’s getting so many five star reviews and you’re just like “what?? why is it getting all these five stars?” haha. Looks like you read so many books!! That’s pretty amazing. I hope you enjoy all of your upcoming reads! I had a love/hate for Circe. At the beginning I really liked it, then it slowed down so much until the last 30% of the book where it finally picked up again.

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    • Exactly! I was actually wondering if I was reading the same story… Until I saw some reviews with low ratings mentioning the same thing I’m experiencing, so I guess it’s just one of those stories you either get or not. xD
      I’m definitely curious about Circe now though.

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  3. I was very disappointed when my request for an ARC of Middlegame was denied but I’m now thinking this may not have been a bad thing. Have you read her Tobey Daye series? Just wondering if this new one is more along the lines or that than the Wayward Children.

    Circe is so good, albeit a little slow at times. I hope you enjoy.


    • I kind of wish my request was denied right now? Because I really want to just DNF and I feel bad doing so with an ARC and especially such a highly anticipated title. I have only tried her Wayward Children books (which I loved) so far, so I can’t really compare them to her other books though.

      I’ll keep the slow pace in mind for when I pick up Circe! Thanks for the warning.


  4. Sorry to hear that Middlegame isn’t going so well. I know that feeling when you aren’t into a book but it seems like everyone else is. Hopefully, the remaining chapters will get better for you. Happy reading.

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    • I’m hoping Middlegame will pick up soon! Otherwise I might have to DNF, as reading 500+ pages when I really don’t get it seems too far of a stretch…


    • Sweetheart is just that… I love a good serial killer thriller. 😉 Before She Knew Him was SO good! I love it when a story is able to surprise me like that. Happy reading! xx

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