WWW Wednesday – 24 April 2019

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

What have you recently finished reading?

I spent Friday reading Romanov by Nadine Brandes and for a while I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Part of that was because I was expecting it to be something it was not, but also in and of itself, there were things I had issues with. But I found myself thinking about the true story of the Romanovs a lot as a result, so it obviously got under my skin. Here’s my full review.

Then I read The Winter  Freak Show by Daniel Parsons, which has been on my TBR since about 2015! I want to give it the benefit of the doubt and say I’m just a bit old for it… but honestly, I think it was just not the best written book. I just never felt involved.

Last but not least, I finished my early copy of The Doll Maker, which is the fourth book in Celine Jeanjean’s The Viper and the Urchin steampunk series (she hasn’t got it up on GoodReads itself yet). I liked this more than the third book! I think because the conflicts were more personal to the characters, rather than the sweeping effects on a whole nation in the last book.

I don’t usually mentioned DNFs on WWW posts, but a couple of people were interested in Changing Gear by Scot Gardner when I mentioned it last week. I read about 90 pages and it’s possible that it was going to pick up after I left off. But the main character just made a string of terrible decisions and I didn’t have any sympathy for him!

I also reviewed Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine this week. Click the title to read it.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve started P Is For Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones, which is next on the 2019 Children’s Book Council of the Year Award Notables list. It’s a contemporary, and the Aussie setting is really vivid and the teen characters actually seem realistic (with all the SFF I’ve been reading recently, everyone has seemed a bit older than their years). I’m not sure exactly what this one’s about but I’ve been warned to have the tissues handy.

Not much movement on Enchantee by Gita Trelease this week. To be honest, after finishing Romanov, I spent my solo driving time singing along with the Anastasia cast album,  so this got pushed aside.

What do you think you will read next?

I was scanning NetGalley the other day and Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb was available as a Read Now. I already follow this author on Twitter and had been considering reading the book, so I snapped it up.

What are you reading this week? 🙂


8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 24 April 2019

  1. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    I actually just picked up Romanov … today. So I reserve my opinions on it, but I will say that it started slower than I expected and also seems to require a bit of knowledge going in. Which I do not have, so I’m just a teensy bit lost as far as what’s going on and working to catch up.

    Love the cover for Lucid! The blurb sounds great. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you think of it. :3

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post.

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    • Emily Wrayburn says:

      I saw some other reviews that said similar things about there being a lot of assumed knowledge! I have a very basic working knowledge (mostly from Wikipedia, lol!) of their imprisonment and execution, but I can see there would have been a lot of gaps for someone going in without that. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts once you finish it!

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      • Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

        I’m 25% of the way in, and I did read a few reviews. It’s been a bit slow for me so far. I was expecting a bit more … action, I guess? I feel like she captures the setting really well, but since I don’t know much about the history, I’m a teensy bit confused about certain aspects of it. Hoping the story picks up soon, though.


    • Emily Wrayburn says:

      People seem to be appreciating my review so I’m glad for that! 🙂 I did have to adjust my expectations a bit so hopefully I can help others do the same before they are a quarter of the way through it like I was!

      Haha, I know a lot of people go mad on NetGalley requesting everything, but I am pretty picky, which helps me keep my ratio up.

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  2. Yvo says:

    I’m reading your Romanov review next as I’m reading it soon and your experience doesn’t sound all that promising. xD I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

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