WWW Wednesdays #221 – May 8th

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 Circe by Madeline Miller, a book I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while and I’m really excited about. I’m also starting Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small as my blog tour stop is getting pretty close.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 12/05
Sweetheart has definitely reconfirmed my love for this series. What a delightfully disturbing and twisted read! I always love it when we get to see a serial killer up close and Gretchen Lowell is without doubt one to reckon with. This story has twists, turns and a healthy dose of action and suspense as well as an insight in the psychological aspects. You’ll be having a hard time putting this one down before you find out what happens, and the cliffhanger will most definitely leave you wanting for more.

2. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (DNF at 41%; 0 stars) REVIEW 
First of all I have to stress that I feel really bad about the decision to DNF, especially since I almost never have to resort to such a drastic decision and Middlegame is such a highly anticipated title. Trust me, I haven’t taken this decision lightly,and I have really tried to overcome my initial feelings and warm up to the story. But after a second, third and fourth chance, I had to throw in the towel at 41%. More about why I took the decision to DNF in my review.

3. Alice In Zombieland by Gene Showalter (1,5/5 stars) REVIEW 12/05
Unlike what you might guess from the pun in Alice In Zombieland, this first book of a series actually has very little to do with the original story. Wait, this isn’t a retelling? Nope, I would never consider calling it that. Why? Well, apart from the main character being called Alice and a white rabbit cloud appearing repeatedly, there are no references to or similarities between the classic and this concoction. Instead, we have a story about zombies where we encounter a different kind of unread this time around; they are basically spirits and a lot more difficult to fight than your regular brain eaters. This could have been a premise for a very bloody and disturbing read, but sadly the fighting scenes and horror have been taken over almost completely by an overdose of cheesy and sappy romance scenes, a very frustrating love triangle and a whole lot of high school drama.

4. The East End by Jason Allen (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 09/05
Look out for my thoughts on The East End during my blog tour stop tomorrow!

5. The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW  16/05
Finally a story that managed to convince me again! I’ve been meaning to read more Ruth Ware for a while now and I’m definitely glad I picked up my copy of The Death Of Mrs. Westaway. What a creepy and suspenseful read! The house in Cornwall is such an excellent setting for this story filled with secrets and lies… I admit I saw part of it coming, but I never guess the full truth.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I have a final May blog tour book I need to get to, which is also a title I’m really excited about: Breakers by Doug Johnstone. I also need to pick up my ARC of The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison,  which is another highly anticipated title. And my copy of Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech finally arrived! I can’t wait to read this story, so I’m probably going to ignore my May TBR and pick up this one ASAP. My latest TBR jar pick is still The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender.


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26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #221 – May 8th

  1. I keep hearing about Louise’s books, Call Me Star Girl looks very promising. I hope that you will enjoy all your books this week. Happy reading, Yvo.

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    • It will be my first experience with her work, but I’ve heard so many fantastic things that I have no doubt I will become an instant fan as well! I’ve been adviced to keep tissues closeby though. 😉 Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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  2. Sorry it’s been a bit of a disappointing reading week for you! (though a couple of good ones in there as well).

    Yours is the second negative review I’ve seen of Middlegame today from people who love Wayward Children and expected to love this, and I’m coming to the conclusion it’s not my cup of tea at all. I’ve still only read Every Heart a Doorway so I’ve got lots of other Wayward Children books to catch up on instead.

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Without such an obvious reference to Alice In Wonderland I wouldn’t have minded, but I think most people will feel cheated when they find out this isn’t a retelling at all.

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  3. I hope you love Circe! I gave it three stars, because it was hard for me to get into it at times. I have owned Alice in Zombieland for forever now and have yet to read it. Good to know it’s not really like a retelling, which is kind of a disappointment because that’s pretty much why I bought it. I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads.

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    • It’s still early days with Circe, but so far I am quite enjoying it… I can imagine most people being disappointed by Alice In Zombieland not actually being a retelling. I mean, the reference is so obvious that not having more of the original story is a real let down.

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    • That’s fantastic news! I can’t wait to read both Call Me Star Girl and Breakers… It will be great to be on an 4-5 star streak again after a few disappointments; so far The Death Of Mrs. Westaway and Circe have been excellent. Happy reading!

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    • Oh it’s definitely a great one to make time for! 😉 I’m hoping to pick up The Woman In Cabin 10 some time soon now as I’ve had that one on my TBR for ages.

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