Posted in Last Week / This Week in a Coulee, WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday, with What Happened Last Week / This Week in a Coulee #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsreads #bookbloggers

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WWW Wednesday! is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words where we answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses.

The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Let’s get started……….

What we are currently reading:

Web_L147-3_brunette_brown-eyes Dear Mrs. BirdDear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

Norma is starting Mrs. Bird with our Traveling Friends.  Lindsay and I will be joining in soon.

 

My Real Name Is HannaMy Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

img_6349Web_L149-2_blonde_blue-eyesBrenda and Lindsay are reading My Real Name is Hanna with our Traveling Sisters.

I have just started When the Lights Go Out and enjoying it so far.  The discussion is going on in the Traveling Sisters group.  I can’t wait to jump into the discussion.  Lindsay will be joining in soon.  Norma has already finished this one.

When the Lights Go Out    When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

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What we have finished:

The Death of Mrs. WestawayThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Lindsay finished this one with our Traveling Freinds and Norma and I joined in on the discussion.  This was such a fun one to read in a group. It was interesting to see the different thoughts everyone had on this one.

What we thought:

Overall the Friends really enjoyed this one and thought it was a fun, entertaining and fast-paced read.  When Norma and I read this one it left our heads spinning trying to keep track of the characters and how they were connected.  One friend pointed out to me she thought maybe one of the reasons it worked better for her was because she read it in one sitting and that helped her keep track of everyone.   It did seem like the friends and sisters who read this one in one or two sittings enjoyed it more than us.

3 out of 5 for a fun, and entertaining read

4 out 5 chance it will have your head spinning

4 out 5 chance it will give you a book hangover from reading it all night

4 out 5 for a fast-paced read to hold your attention

5 out of 5 for unlikable characters

Good chance you will either love this one or not at all!!!

Who we recommend to:

We recommend to readers who like a slower paced mystery, with some family and drama that needs you to pay attention and for anyone who likes a good atmospheric and gothic read.

The Other WomanThe Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman is a fun and entertaining domestic suspense thriller with some very unlikable characters.

What we thought:

We enjoyed the different take here with who the other woman is.  We liked the very unlikable characters who left us with a lot to discuss.  We had differing thoughts on what we thought of the ending and it separated us with how we felt about this story.

3 out of 5 for a fun, and entertaining read

4 out 5 for a different take on the other woman

5 out of 5 for unlikable characters

4 out of 5 for character development

Who we recommend to:

I recommend this one to readers looking for an entertaining and fun read with some very unlikable character and an ending that we will challenge your detective skills. There is some need to spend some disbelieve with some of the actions of these characters.

Not Her DaughterNot Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Not Her Daughter explores the lengths a woman goes to save a child from her mother.

What we thought:

We had some very different thoughts on this one.  Some of us really enjoyed this one and then some who had mixed feelings and some of us this story did not work for us.

Norma’s Stats: 
Cover: Eye-catching and an extremely fitting representation to the storyline.
Title: Drew us all in instantly & perfectly ties into the plot.
Writing/Prose: readable, straightforward
Ending: Maybe unrealistic but I felt it fit the story well and ended just the way I wanted it to.
Overall: A very good read for me but there were some aspects to this story in the way that a character was portrayed that didn’t sit well with me and for some of us TS and therefore interfered a little bit with our overall enjoyment towards this novel. And I found some areas much more engrossing than others.

Who we recommend this one to:

Would recommend to thriller fans looking for a unique approach to your usual kidnapping story.  However, it will require you to suspend disbelief as there is a lot of events and stereotypes to this story that really seemed implausible.

The Lightkeeper's DaughtersThe Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

Norma read this one with our Traveling Friends and everyone just loved this story.  It goes on our list as a huggable book that has become a favorite for us.

 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover:  Love that beautiful and eye-catching cover!
Title:  Fits the story well and had me totally intrigued.
Writing/Prose: Beautifully written, eloquent and spellbinding.
Plot:  Interesting, held my attention and loved everything about it.
Ending: Took me a little by surprise and loved how all the storylines came together. Moving, memorable and satisfying.
Overall: An outstanding read! Would highly recommend!

Who we recommend to:

We recommend to everyone!!!

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What will be starting this week

Her Mother's Grave (Detective Josie Quinn, #3)Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan

 

 

 

Truth and Lies (DI Amy Winter, #1)Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell

 

 

 

Have you read any of these titles?  What are you reading?  What have you just finished?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!!

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Posted in Last Week / This Week in a Coulee, WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday! with What Happened Last Week / This Week in a Coulee #travelingsistersread #bookbloggers

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Since Norma and I have been joining in on a meme almost everyday, we decided to join in on WWW Wednesday.

WWW Wednesday! is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words  where we answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses.

The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Let’s get started……….

What we are currently reading:

Norma is reading The Lightkeeper’s Daughters with our Traveling Friends.

The Lightkeeper's DaughtersThe Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

 

 

I am a little out of control and have a few books on the go.  I usually have three but right now I have about five, but really that is not reasonable for me and I am not really reading a couple of them.  I have only really started a couple but need to just focus on three of them to finish.  So the three I am currently reading are:

I am reading The Home for Unwanted Girls with my Traveling Friends.  Norma and Lindsay have finished and both loved it.

The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

 

 

Lindsay and I are reading Not Her Daughter with our Traveling Sisters.  Norma has finished this one and it was a good one for her.

Not Her Daughter

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

 

 

Lindsay and I are also reading The Word is Murder with our Traveling Friends.

The Word Is Murder

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

 

 

Kristin has joined in writing part of this post with me.  She has written most of the content below.

What we have finished:

Beasts of Extraordinary CircumstanceBeasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

What we thought:

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a unique read with an atmospheric setting and whimsical plot. We got lost in the magic of this one, and fell in love with the entire cast of characters, namely the main protagonist, Weylyn, whose humility and genuine innocence pays tribute to the power of kindness.

Who we recommend to:

This one is recommended for readers who enjoy magical-realism, a shout out to nature, and vivid imagery in their fiction. It’s also a great introduction to magical-realism, for those who haven’t yet dabbled.

Norma and Kristin’s review

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and whimsical read

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

Rust & StardustRust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Our reviews

A heartbreaking, fictional depiction of the real-life abduction and abuse of Sally Horner. This author uses beautiful writing to tell a tragic story but is thankfully merciful with details and the omission of graphic descriptions. The content will easily dismantle you, but there are pockets of hope to be found inside the hearts of many of these characters. 

What we thought:

We all fell in love with Sally and our hearts went out to her.  We thought T. Greenwood wrote a beautiful story here while keeping details to a minimal.

Who we recommend to:

Would recommend to those unopposed to a gut-wrenching reading journey, and ones with no strong emotional triggers to abuse.  We highly recommend to reading groups, it was nice to have friends to discuss our feelings with.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for a heart-wrenching read

5 out 5 for a well-done and sensitive read.

5 out of 5 for characters who crawled in our minds and didn’t leave us.

The WifeThe Wife by Alafair Burke

A fun, twisty ride with a gradual build-up of mystery and surprise. This domestic thriller takes a more gentle approach than those of the fast-paced variety, and zeros in on the declining relationship between a husband and wife. Deceit and betrayal make for some interesting drama, with clever little reveals lurking around each corner that you’re likely to never see coming.
Who we recommend it to:
Would recommend to readers who enjoy a layered plot and a slow-burning mystery, and of course, some good old-fashioned craziness!

Overall Review Rating Scale 

3 out of 5 for a fun, entertaining read

3 out 5 for a fast-paced read to hold your attention

4 out of 5 for unlikable characters

What we started this week:

The Lightkeeper's DaughtersThe Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

 

 

 

The Home for Unwanted GirlsThe Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

 

 

 

The Last Mrs. ParrishThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

 

 

 

Next Year in HavanaNext Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton