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 Kate Quinn
I requested a copy of this from the publisher because I absolutely adored The Alice Network, and this one does not disappoint! The Huntress is a historical fiction novel set during WWII and told from 3 separate perspectives.
As Long as We Both Shall Live
by JoAnn Chaney
I won’t lie, if I weren’t already a little behind on my GoodReads goal, I would have DNF’d this one by now, but I didn’t want the time already spent on it to be a waste. Skip ahead to the next section if you don’t want spoilers. I should learn my lesson and stop reading domestic thrillers because they generally don’t work well for me; they tend to be so over-the-top and filled with horrible people. This one is no exception, but my main problem with it is that it wants to be Gone Girl so bad that I’m almost afraid the author is going to kidnap Rosamund Pike and force her to star in a film adaptation.
I recently finished reading…
by Omar El Akkad
I read this with my book club and, overall, I feel it’s one of those books that I enjoy a lot more in concept than in execution. It takes place in a future version of America ravaged by climate change, disease, and a second civil war.
Unfortunately, I felt like the world building was really thin and would have liked a lot more of an exploration of how our world got from where it is today to the dystopia Akkad envisions in this book. It did, however, do a really good job of exploring radicalization and the forces which can turn an otherwise normal person into a terrorist. Read my review here.
Daughter of Moloka’i
by Alan Brennert
(Full review to come.) This is the sequel to Moloka’i, and it didn’t live up to the first book for me. I will say that I seem to be in the minority opinion on this one, as most people on GoodReads are giving it very positive reviews. I’m still gathering my thoughts on it, but I’d probably rate it three stars. I got the impression that the author cared a lot more about the protagonist from the first book than he did about this one. This was supposed to be about Ruth, the daughter of Rachel, the first book’s main character, but it seemed like the author would take any excuse he could get to talk about Rachel rather than Ruth. Consequently, the book didn’t have the emotional depth that Moloka’i did for me.
by Martha Hall Kelly
(NetGalley ARC, coming 04/09/2019)
The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.
It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorker’s treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanov’s. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortuneteller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend.
From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigre’s who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history.