Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading…
by Earik Beann
This is an ARC of a January 1st release. As you can see I’ve just started it, so I haven’t really formed an opinion yet. This novel takes place in a futuristic society where virtually everyone has chips implanted which allow them to access virtual reality, which seems to increasingly take the place of actual reality. A small portion of the population, for varying reasons such as genetic anomalies or brain injuries, is unable to have these chips. The protagonist, Jimmy Mahoney, is one such person.
Nine Perfect Strangers
by Liane Moriarty
This is the newest release from the author of Big Little Lies. It has kind of mixed reviews, so I was a little unsure going into it, but I’m glad I picked it up. It took me a little longer than I would have liked to get into it, but I’m loving watching this ridiculous cast of characters in this ridiculous, somewhat unsettling scenario. It takes place at a health resort with rather… unconventional methods.
I recently finished reading…
The Gilded Wolves (ARC – Pub. date: 01/15/2019)
by Roshani Chokshi
A full review of this will be up closer to the publication date, but for now I’ll say it was really interesting. It’s a YA fantasy novel with an interesting magic system, secret societies, and a heist. And it looks to be the first installment of a new series, so I can’t wait to see where it’s going.
Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
Review to come. The short version is this: if you’re familiar with the musical, there won’t be a ton of surprises in store here, obviously, but the author has made some changes and additions. I liked this and went through it pretty quickly, but I’m not sure the novel was the best format for this story, and I think it works better as a musical.
The Night Olivia Fell (ARC – Pub. date: 02/05/2019)
by Christina McDonald
Again, I’m waiting until closer to the release date to put up my full review, but this one really fell flat for me. Full disclosure: I seem to be in the minority opinion in that regard, as it has a 4.47 Goodreads rating right now. I part of my issue with this is simply that it bore far too many similarities to Reconstructing Amelia. I honestly felt like I was reading the same novel all over again at times. If you haven’t read Reconstructing Amelia, you’ll probably get a lot more enjoyment out of this than I did.
by Maria Hummel
And another dud for me. Full review will be up tomorrow. This novel revolves around the disappearance of a famous artist on the night her new exhibition opens. The setup had a lot of potential to do some interesting things thematically and then the author just… didn’t. The pace was slow, the characters felt flat, and I found myself not even caring about solving the mystery.
Maybe in Another Life
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Full review here.) This was my third Taylor Jenkins Reid novel (plus one short story) and I’ve liked all of her work that I’ve read so far. Maybe in Another Life is about the “what ifs” in life, and follows through two vary different story lines for the protagonist, each hinging on one seemingly minor decision. The paths widely diverge as Reid explores the domino effect and the concepts of fate and soulmates.
The Lost Man
by Jane Harper
This is an ARC I received through NetGalley. Jane Harper is the author of The Dry and Force of Nature, both of which I really enjoyed, so I requested this one without even reading the blurb first.
“Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper
They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated next book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature.”