WWW Wednesdays | My Bookish Week of 2/19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived 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

Genre: Fantasy
Review Post Date: 3/12/20

Book Description

Two worlds. One destiny.

Dóta has dwelled sixteen years among the trolls. She knows nothing but the darkness of her family’s cave. Her mother says humans are beasts who would slay them all. Yet the gods of Asgard whisper in the night: Dóta is a child of men, a monster unto monsters.

To discover her human side, Dóta must take up her bone knife and step into the light above. Secrets await her in the human realm—beauty, terror, the love of a princess.

Soon Dóta must choose between her clan and humankind, or both worlds will be devoured in fire and war.
A monster sheds no tears.

Norse mythology meets historical fantasy in TOOTH AND BLADE. Step into a realm of haunted meres, iron and magic.

My Thoughts

Imagine a human raised by trolls and you have the opening to Tooth and Blade. It is a very intriguing premise and I have loved the world building so far.

Just Finished

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Review post date: 3/10/20

Book Description

Summer has come to Atlantic City but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, the casino lights have dimmed, and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel, just west of town. Only one person even knows they’re there.

Meanwhile, Clara, a young boardwalk psychic, struggles to attract clients for the tarot readings that pay her rent. When she begins to experience very real and disturbing visions, she suspects they could be related to the recent cases of women gone missing in town. When Clara meets Lily, an ex-Soho art gallery girl who is working at a desolate casino spa and reeling from a personal tragedy, she thinks Lily may be able to help her. But Lily has her own demons to face. If they can put the pieces together in time, they may save another lost girl—so long as their efforts don’t attract perilous attention first. Can they break the ill-fated cycle, or will they join the other victims?

Evocative, eerie, and compelling, Please See Us is a fast-paced psychological thriller that explores the intersection of womanhood, power, and violence.

My Thoughts

Wow! This is not your typical psychological thriller. I literally stayed up until 3am because I couldn’t sleep until I knew how it ended. It was kind of difficult to write a review for though since the ending was what I wanted to talk about most. Hopefully I will find inspiration by the time I edit the rough draft.

Reading Next

Genre: Fantasy Retelling
Review Post Date: 3/17/20

Book Description

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

My Thoughts

I’ve enjoyed movie retellings of Hansel and Gretal, so I’m looking forward to this novel. I’ve been very disappointed in almost all of the retellings I’ve read in the last year, but maybe this one will give me hope again.

Tell me about what you are reading this week.

13 Replies to “WWW Wednesdays | My Bookish Week of 2/19”

  1. I’m generally leery about fairytale retellings too, Tessa, but I do like the cover of The Shrike, The Shadows. I’m a sucker for a great cover! I’m curious to hear what you think of it.

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  2. I have read The Shrike and The Shadows. It was fine but most retellings lack for me.

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  3. Please See Us is all over my reading radar, though it may be a while until I can get to it.
    I started The Other Mrs. last night and am thoroughly engrossed. Really loving it so far!

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    1. Please see us is very different than The Other Mrs. Darker and grittier – well, it’s set in Atlantic City, so…. I think you would like the paranormal element which is intriguing. But for overall satisfying read, I would say The Other Mrs. wins.

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      1. I like the setting of Please See Us, and a paranormal element is a plus. I guess I’ll just have to read that one too so I can compare 🙂

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  4. That’s an absolutely gorgeous cover for The Shrike & The Shadows! 😍 I hadn’t heard of it but will definitely check it out! Happy reading 🙂

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  5. Someone featured The Shrike and the Shadow on their TTT post yesterday, and I was just talking about how it sounded really good and I should check it out. xD How timely. Welp, it came highly recommended from … some other book blogger … because wow I cannot remember names. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you think!

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