#WWW Wednesday – 16 January 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?

Sad to say I ended up DNFnig The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. This was a real disappointment as it sounded like something I would really love  but just nothing about it worked for me. Since it’s a DNF, I didn’t review it as such, but I wrote some thoughts on my GoodReads. But don’t take my word for it, as there are 277 five-star reviews and onlyl 41 two-star. It was released yesterday so go find yourself a copy if it sounds like your thing!

While that was the closest I came to finishing something this week, I did post my review of Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart A Doorway, which you can read here.

What are you currently reading?

Still going with  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor on audio. It’s 18 hours long and I’m around the 9 hour mark! I’m actually tempted to return the audio book and buy the ebook, maybe with WhisperSync included. I’m not good at long audio books! Plus I’m not doinig a lot of solo driving and it’s too hot to go walking at the moment.

I have started re-reading The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean. I gave this five stars when I read it in 2015 and was gushing all over it. It’s possibly closer to a four star read for me now? But I really love Jeanjean’s world-building and the characters are very strong. I’ve always found steampunk books a bit hard to get into but I never had that problem with this series.

What do you think you will read next?

I’ll move onto The Black Orchid, which is the second book in the The Viper and the Urchin series by Celine Jeanjean. After that, I’m not sure!

What are you reading this week?

“You’re nobody’s rainbow. You’re nobody’s princess. You’re nobody’s doorway but your own…” // Review of “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire

Title: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Historical fiction
Intended audience: YA
Date Read: 03/01/19 – 06/01/19
Rating: ★★★

Review:

This is one of  those books where I can see why other people rate it so highly, but that just didn’t quite work for me. I found the idea interesting but just didn’t love the execution.

In a very superficial way, it reminded me of Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here, which turns an adventure story’s background characters into the main ones. In this story, we see the characters who have gone to fantastic worlds trying to cope after having returned for whatever reason, and I think partly my dissatisfaction stems from being more interested in the worlds they’d come from than the characters themselves.

… Yes, I realise to feel this way is to kind of miss the point of the entire book.

I found the characters to be the strong point. Or at least, most of them. I really loved the MC Nancy, and her two friends, Sumi and Kade, and I found the head of the School for Wayward Children, Eleanor West, also interesting. But beyond that, I didn’t really feel like I got to know the other characters. That includes the antagonist, which made her motivations fairly weak to me.

In fact, to be honest, I felt the entire murder mystery subplot felt a bit weak, and I think I possibly would have enjoyed the story more if it had just been a character-driven exploration of “what comes after happily ever after”.

Having said all of that, I know that at least some of the Wayward Children books are set in the past when the characters first discover their doors. McGuire’s writing is very good, so I’m interested to try a couple more books in the series to see if they are closer to my preferences.


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