WWW Wednesday (13 Nov 2019)

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This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

20613764Red Nile by Robert Twigger. I am just a few pages in and really enjoying it so far. The book is basically the title which is a biography of the worlds greatest river. I bought this book at this years BBW (Big Bad Wolf sale) in Kuching with my best friend.

Recently Finished

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Science of the Magical by Matt Kaplan which I also bought at the BBW in Kuching. This book is really fascinating for me and a highly enjoyable read. I won’t say much here because I want to do a review on it but I do recommend it to everybody to read.

Reading Next

I think I want to have a more chill read and lay low on the non-fiction so I will probably read a historical romance or a romance book. My top books for these are:

Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Okay just putting it out there that I also made a BookTube review on this book so if you want to check that out click the link!

Let’s start with the positives first so not everything is a bad vibe. When I first saw this book in the library I was really intrigued by it because the cover looked really nice and the premise looked promising.

Unfortunately, that is all the positive things I have to say for this book as for me it started to go downhill as I read past chapter 2.

I really did not enjoy this book mainly because the main character Margot Lewis is such a difficult character to get behind. She is just so unlikable it was really hard for me to empathize with her or even care about her as a character. Margot is written to be this neurotic, highly paranoid and highly strung individual and we don’t know why she is like this up until the very end and whilst this is a usual ploy used to create suspense but here in this book is just pissed me off because I can’t understand why she is acting this way and by the time I found out I couldn’t care less because Margot was akin to nails on a chalkboard for me.

I do not mind reading about characters who are mentally unstable or people who have anxiety or does overthink because Hello! I am like that too but there must be a reason. I wish the author had done a red herring which might explain to the readers why Margot is acting this way without truly revealing anything. Plus, doing it this way might have made the plot more entertaining to read which leads me to my second point…

The plot. The plot you read on Goodreads is basically everything you need to know and its nothing else making the book so dull and boring and its only 300ish pages but felt like I was reading a book three times its page count.

Last but not least was the romance. Dear Lord did the romance came out of bloody effin nowhere. I think the author did try to insert some instances of where you’re supposed to pick up that they’re going to be together but I as the reader didn’t catch up on it because I didn’t know why they would be into each other.

Like it was not explained in the book as to why they would have romantic feelings for each other. I thought they were just work buddies in this mission to UNCOVER THE TRUTH! Even from Margot’s perspective the only thing I got from her regarding her feelings for Martin was that he was hot and she felt safe with him. Why? She felt safe with him nobody knows.

Will I recommend this book? No I would not.

Will I read something written by this author? Yes, yes I would. I see snippets of brilliance, it just needs to be buffed a bit more.

Day 13: blehh

Hello hello… Yes I havent blogged in awhile I have just been so exhausted lately that I just was bleh to blog.

But yesterday I went for a hike with my two friends and man it was great! Not so great today though because everything is so sore… Ugh…

Went to the library today to borrow three books

1) Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

2) An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

3) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Hopefully I finish reading them and review them… Wish me luck!

Review: Gone by Elisabeth Naughton

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Rating: 3/5

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.


REVIEW

I got this book AGES ago from Netgalley and only got round to reading it now because well I just felt like it so do take into consideration that my review is based on an ARC I received 2 years ago… I just checked my Netgalley account. Make that THREE years ago. Yikes!

Right off the bat I felt like the characters were very two dimensional as there was a lot of telling the readers about their past rather than showing it. Having the characters tell their past doesn’t allow the readers to fully engage in them or be as invested causing some of the drama that unfolds in the plot to fall flat.

Not all the emotional plot points fell flat though there were that did make me tear up thinking about the repercussions but that had more to do with the situation rather than the characters themselves. Anybody with a heart would cry imagining if their child was abducted and there was no news whatsoever.

Now that I think about it the male protagonist, Alec McClane, was seriously annoying. It was always about how he couldn’t handle the disappearance of his child , how he is still in pain, how he goes into shock and how he had the really shitty upbringing. Well BOO HOO! What about his wife? Did she not feel the pain of losing her child too? It’s not all about you sometimes okay Alec. It takes two to tango in a relationship like God! That guy got on my nerves. I don’t give a damn how hot you are, please have some heart and think about the other person who is also hurting by this horrific incident.

Plot wise, I felt that the pacing of the book was fast paced which I liked because I just went through the book in one night but I felt really confused as to the genre of the book but this I should have read the blurb or something first so my bad hahahah.

When I chose this those many moons ago, I thought it was going to be a nice thriller mystery type of book with a dash of romance and reading it now it read more like a romance with a dash of thriller and mystery although had I read the blurb I would’ve seen that it was a romance heavy book. I wish the sex scenes were more explicit because man I have not had any action in awhile and your girl is THIRSTY!

Oh! Before I forget (this links back to the plot thing), the execution of the plot twist and the reveal seriously fell flat for me. The plot twist and the reveal at the end I felt was great. It’s very predictable yes but it could have been better had the execution of it been great. These two things could’ve been improved had there been more breathing room for the readers to digest everything, all these revelations were revealed at super speed and the pacing just went off the charts from there and due to that the emotional punch that the author wanted to portray lost its zest

Day 7: Clarity

Sorry I didnt post day 6. I spent the whole day in the ER and was too exhausted to write anything.

My thoughts on day 6 was that as I spent the whole day in the ER and was a complete mess, crying my eyes out panicking out of my mind, I realized that at the end of the day no matter who your friends are no matter who your family members are you are on your own.

You have got to have your own resources to draw from when shit hits the fan because you might not be able to depend on your family. Im not saying that family members or friends will not help or dont want to help but what if they cant ya know?

You are not the only one that has a life or is in some deep shit. You cant just fully depend on somebody else to help you fix your problems.

Its great if they could but when they can’t, you have to someway somehow pick up your shattered pieces hot glue them together, move on and learn from the experience to be better.

Also another thought was that in attaining physical health we must not forget spiritual health. It doesnt matter if youre religious or dont believe in any religion, spiritual health is equally as important to ensure that your core self is centered. That you can weather any storms and not crack, like how I cracked.

I know it seemed like a small issue sending a family member to the ER but what you have to understand was I have never done it before ALONE. Doing all this alone had made me realize adulting isnt just about paying bills. Its about knowing what to do when serious shit happens, stick tk the decision and not losing your calm.

You cant help others when you yourself is an emotional wreck.

Well those are my thoughts these past few days.

Makes me realize now life isn’t all shit giggles no more.

For tomorrows post I will be posting a book review so check it out and leave a like!

Day 5: Moderation & Medical Insurance

If you read yesterdays post I talked about how my 15k challenge has been postponed due to me helping a very sick family member although I am probably just here helping out in the terms of giving moral support rather than doing anything much.

What can you do for somebody whose so sick and when meds from the hospital dont help.

Anyways seeing said family member in so much pain and so sick has made me realize we all must take good… Not just good but GREAT EXCELLENT care of our health.

WE MUST NOT TAKE OUR HEALTH FOR GRANTED PEOPLE!

We must exercise!

We must eat healthy!

We must prioritize health!

Be it physical health or mental health!

And also the importance of MODERATION!

Moderation in every aspect of your life because I honestly feel that is the best way for long term happiness, longevity and obviously health

Seeing said family member in pain has made me hasten my want to get medical insurance because at least with medical insurance I need not worry about how to pay my medical bills if I am ever admitted which is one less worry you need when you’re already in so much pain

So please I urge all my readers… All two of them (Lol I know) that we must ensure health so we won’t be in pain and please if you can invest in medical insurance

Day 4: An unexpected postponement

Hey guys I know yesterday I talked about how rest days are important well today’s entry is about how sometimes life can just jam their way into your fitness lifestyle and derail you from your course.

My derailment or what I like to call an unexpected postponement came in the form of a very sick family member.

So yeah.

I managed to reach half of my 15k goal so hey at least its something

Review: This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman

43263448The first book in a new Regency romance series, an heiress and a rogue accidentally end up in a secret marriage of convenience.

In a desperate bid to keep her fortune out of her cousin’s hands, shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed marries a condemned criminal in Newgate prison. The scoundrel’s first kiss is shockingly heated, but Georgie never expects to see her husband again. Until she spots him across a crowded ballroom. Notorious rogue Benedict Wylde never expected a wife. He was in Newgate undercover, working for Bow Street. To keep their marriage of convenience a secret, Wylde courts Georgie in public, but the more time they spend together, the more their attraction sparks. Could an heiress with the world at her feet find happiness with a penniless rake? Kate Bateman’s This Earl of Mine is a delightful start to the Bow Street Bachelors series, with witty banter, dynamic characters, and swoon-worthy romance.


It has been A LONG WHILE since I last read or reviewed a historical romance book so I wasn’t sure how my reaction was to be when reading this book and honestly first few pages I was already annoyed by how fast Benedict, the hero of the book got a boner for the heroine. 

Really? Like, really? Makes you seem a tad bit caveman-ish to immediately get turned on by Georgiana just because she is beautiful female and smelled nice.

But the more I read, the more I warmed up to the plot and hope started to blossom in the pit of the abyss I call my heart.

Eventually I started to really enjoy reading the plot of this book and how Benedict and Georgiana will carry out their secret missions and the like but in all honesty the book for me was forgettable.

Even as I am writing this review now, I keep getting the plot of the book confused with another historical romance book I had just recently finished.

There is nothing wrong per say with this book, it ticked all the right boxes of:

  1. Strong independent heroine
  2. Understanding gentleman lover
  3. Some nefarious plot
  4. Having either the hero or heroine be injured to illicit some sort of emotion

But that’s the thing that made the book quite forgettable for me, it is due to the book following a set template that is set for the historical romance genre. There was nothing new nor unique that this book can offer that might make it stand out to me.

Hence, why this review is not as in depth as I would like it to be because there’s nothing much to say that while it is an enjoyable read it is still a forgettable book.

ARC was provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

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Title: The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband

Author: Julia Quinn

Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary

While you were sleeping… 

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…

I told everyone I was your wife 

When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true… 

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Review

Man, I have not been lucky in my choices of books these days because like the others, the book is just okay for me. It isn’t as enjoyable as other Julia Quinn’s books that I have read but it was decent enough that I still had some fun reading it.

The plot was predictable and the romance again was predictable. There wasn’t much drama in the book, the heroine was the typical, brave sweet heroine borderline to being a saint and the hero was basically the same.

I was hoping that the whole Thomas issue would be some sort of undercover spy mission or that Edward was a rebel or like a spy and lost his memories and now needs the help from Cecilia to finish his mission but nope it didn’t happen. Everything was so humdrum.

Hence why I felt the book was just an okay read.

Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Title: The Wife Between Us

Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Published: 9 January 2018

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Rating: 3/5

Youtube review: https://youtu.be/jQengW1ofpI

Goodreads Summary

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement.

It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.

The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

You will be wrong.

Review

This book was decent for me nothing much for me to say about the plot nor the characters; they were okay, engaging enough to for me to be interested but not so much so that I was completely mind blown but the part I would like to discuss was the first part of the book (the book was split to three parts btw).

I truly felt that Part 1 of the book was the best because it truly bamboozled my mind and left me so off balance that #siswasshook.

In part 1, there are two POV coming from Nellie and Vanessa. Vanessa being Richard’s unhinged and unstable ex-wife and Nellie Richard’s beau and newly minted fiancee’. From Vanessa’s POV you get to see how she is struggling with her divorce from Richard and how is barely coping with her new job and is basically a shadow of her former self and with Nellie’s POV you get to see how she met Richard, how she fell in love with this guy who is practically a Prince Charming incarnate.

From Vanessa’s POV we understand that she has stalking tendencies and is stalking Richard’s new beau and the more you read the more you feel like Richard sure has a specific type of woman he likes as Nellie and Vanessa sound like a carbon copy of each other until towards the end of Part 1 where you realize holy shit you got everything wrong.

Nellie and Vanessa are the same person and the POV is not between two people but in actuality between two time lines. Nellie being Vanessa’s pet name by Richard when they first met and how they fell in love and Vanessa the woman she is in the present, all broken and suffering from PTSD and shit.

I don’t know about you but the writing style completely threw me off and from there I had high expectations that the consequent parts of the book would blow my mind as well but then part 2 dragged because I wanted answers. I wanted to know why Richard was such a threat to Vanessa. What exactly did the man do?

I mean, yes I understand what the authors were going for but really I was close to finishing the book and still I have yet to read why was Richard the antagonist and even when I did find out it wasn’t explained well. Like what was his motive? and what is up with him and his sister. She seems oddly obsessed with him all incest-y. Like whutttt???

And the plot twist at the end felt so ugh. At the moment when I read it, I was all for it because I thought it was so cool how Richard’s actual new beau (named Emma btw) was the daughter of the lecturer Vanessa had an affair with when she was younger and she stalked Vanessa to get revenge by stealing Vanessa’s husband and essentially ruining the picture perfect marriage that Vanessa supposedly had.

I genuinely thought it was interesting how Vanessa laid the plans for the affair to bloom between Richard and Emma so she can be free all the while Emma was also conspiring to take the husband anyway. Unknowing co-conspirators ya know but now in hindsight it is a bit much because like how even? I just felt like it it needed to be included it could’ve been written better.

But other than that, the book is still a pretty decent read.