The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
My Reading Week
Only 2 -3 more weeks of reading a book per 2 days, so the end of my “marathon” is near. Whew! I feel like I’ve been having okay reads and wonderful reads but not many in between – plain ole good reads. I’ve been wondering if I’ve just been more frank since I’m reading so much so fast. But, I don’t know 🤷🏻♀️
Yesterday, I started Jonathan Kellerman’s newest Dr. Alex Delaware book – Serpentine. I know I read at least one book from the series in the past, but I don’t remember any specifics. When you are from the very small state of Delaware, you tend to remember things like characters with the last name Delaware. I’m enjoying it very much. It has many components that I enjoy – murder mystery, an unsolved case from 30 years ago, psychology, and the lots and lots of misdirects and red herrings.
I finished This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria on Monday. It was okay. I think my expectations were too high and the story did lag in parts. But, I really loved the magic of the runes and the whole pirate plot-line.
Next, I’m reading The Project by Courtney Summers. I don’t get the chance to read many YA thrillers, so I’m excited to delve into this story. It definitely sounds like a potentially great read ❤️
So, that’s my reading week. What does yours look like?
Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman
- Genre: Mystery Thriller
- Publication Date : February 2, 2021
- Print Length: 355 pgs
- Publisher : Ballantine Books
LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a master detective. He has a near-perfect solve rate and he’s written his own rule book. Some of those successes—the toughest ones—have involved his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But Milo doesn’t call Alex in unless cases are “different.”
This murder warrants an immediate call. Milo’s independence has been compromised as never before, as the department pressures him to cater to the demands of a mogul: a hard-to-fathom, megarich young woman who is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases—the decades-old death of the mother she never knew.
The facts describe a likely loser: a mysterious woman found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the case and failed. But as Delaware and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. Too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats lurking in the present.
This is Delaware/Sturgis at their best: traversing the beautiful but forbidding place known as Los Angeles and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.
This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria
- Genre: Fantasy
- Print Length: 384 pgs
- Publisher: Inkyard Press
- Publication Date: February 2, 2021
Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.
In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible―she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father―their nation’s greatest traitor―once tried to destroy the automatons.
Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.
The Project by Courtney Summers
- Genre: YA Thriller
- Print Length: 339 pgs
- Publisher: Wednesday Books (St. Martins Press)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2021
“The Unity Project saved my life.”
Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.
“The Unity Project murdered my son.”
When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.
But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.
Welcome to The Unity Project.
Don’t forget to tell to me about the book(s) you are reading this week (in the comments). ✨ I love hearing about them. ❤️