WWW Wednesday | What Am I Reading This Week 5/26/2021?

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?

My Reading Week

I did a lot of reading at the beach last week, including that very long SciFy novel that I reviewed on Sunday, Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Since I’ve been back my reading has been the books below.

I just finished Kill or Die which is the second book in the House of Killers series. You may remember from when I reviewed the first book that it is compared to Jason Bourne and Killing Eve. The second book is just as good as the first. It’s thrilling from start to finish without being graphically violent. I don’t even think there are curse words in it.

Now, I’m reading Better Together by Christine Riccio. The ratings are awful for this book, but I don’t think it’s that bad. I had no idea who Christine Riccio is until my daughter told me and I wonder if that played into the reviews any. So far, I find the book well edited and definitely readable, which on my scale would give it at least a 3. I’m not far enough done to have an idea of what I will rate it, but I know it’s already at least a 3. It’s just a cute older YA parent swap story (so far anyway).

Next, I’m reading Chasing the Lion. People on facebook have been going crazy over this book, so I’m very curious. I’ve never read an A.J. Tata book, so hopefully I’ll discover what all the hoopla is about.

What are you reading this week? Anything that you’re particularly excited about?

Origin of Lady Tessa

A few of you have noticed my new title. It’s legit a title that was given to me recently. Officially it’s Theresa Everton Pulyer, Lady of Ardmore or Lady Theresa Everton Pulyer, which I shortened to Lady Tessa. It’s all in good fun and I use it tongue in cheek, but I’ll explain how I came about the title in my Sunday post coming up.

Better Together by Christine Riccio

  • Genre: YA (Humorous)
  • Print Length: 438 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martins / Wednesday Books
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Jamie’s an aspiring standup comic in Los Angeles with a growing case of stage anxiety. Siri’s a stunning ballerina from New Jersey nursing a career-changing injury. They’ve both signed up for the same session at an off the grid Re-Discover Yourself Retreat in Colorado. When they run into each other, their worlds turn upside down.

Jamie and Siri are sisters, torn apart at a young age by their parent’s volatile divorce. They’ve grown up living completely separate lives: Jamie with their Dad and Siri with their Mom. Now, reunited after over a decade apart, they hatch a plot to switch places. It’s time they get to know and confront each of their estranged parents.

With an accidental assist from some fortuitous magic, Jamie arrives in New Jersey, looking to all the world like Siri, and Siri steps off her flight sporting a Jamie glamour.

The sisters unexpectedly find themselves stuck living in each other’s shoes. Soon Siri’s crushing on Jamie’s best friend Dawn. Jamie’s falling for the handsome New Yorker she keeps running into, Zarar. Alongside a parade of hijinks and budding romance, both girls work to navigate their broken family life and the stresses of impending adulthood.

Kill or Die by Samantha Lee Howe

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Print Length: 383 pgs
  • Publisher: Harper Collins UK (One More Chapter)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2021

Killing Eve meets Jason Bourne in the explosive second adventure of your new favourite spy thriller series…

An agent with an agenda. A killer with a conscience. A showdown that brought a global network to its knees…

For disgraced MI5 agent Michael Kensington, the events of the past year have exploded his life like a fist closing around a grenade.

For serial killer and career assassin Neva, they brutally exposed how hers had so irrevocably imploded.

She ran. He didn’t. But he refuses to give up on her.

With a power vacuum gaping at the heart of the conglomerate that almost silenced them and a deadly web of rogue operatives spinning out of control, they soon realise the fight for freedom has only just begun.

Chasing the Lion by A. J. Tata

  • Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
  • Print Length: 346 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2021

As a child, Dariush Parizad survived Iran’s Islamic uprising, becoming a symbol of the revolution. Named The Lion of Tabas by the ayatollah himself, Parizad rose through his nation’s military to become a lethal soldier and brilliant tactical commander. Now a general, he leads Quds Force, an extremist terrorist organization targeting America and its western allies.

The United States has just uncovered a biochemical weapon, Demon Rain, developed by Parizad’s group. A psychoactive viral agent, it attacks a person’s nervous system and renders them susceptible to mind control. Parizad plans to unleash Demon Rain within Washington D. C. on Inauguration Day during the swearing in of the country’s first female president to spread fear and chaos, turning civilians into weapons.  

Assigned to stop the terrorist strike are Army Lieutenant General Garrett Sinclair and his Joint Special Operations Command team. Across the Middle East, Europe, and the U. S., Sinclair pursues Parizad only to discover a deeper conspiracy—involving a disturbing revelation that his wife may not have died from cancer but was murdered as part of a plot against the president-elect. Separated from his teammates and unsure of who he can trust, Sinclair is on a mission not only to save his country, but to avenge his family against Parizad with extreme prejudice…

Don’t forget to tell to me about the book(s) you are reading this week (in the comments). I love hearing about them. ❤️

21 Replies to “WWW Wednesday | What Am I Reading This Week 5/26/2021?”

  1. Better Together and Kill or Die sound excellent. I’m not sure about the last one for me. It’s not normally one I’d pick up, but I can’t wait for your thoughts. Glad you be been able to fit in some good reading, Tessa! 🧡

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  2. I never heard of Christine Riccio, either. And that book doesn’t sound like it’s for me. The other two sound promising, though.

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    1. I don’t think you’d like Better Together either. But I do think you’d love Kill or Die and its predecessor- The House of Killers ❤️

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  3. Chasing the Lion sounds pretty good. It also sounds like it has film appeal.
    And I’m clueless about Christine Riccio, too, LOL.

    I just started reading Hairpin Bridge. Thought I’d love it because the author’s debut release, No Exit, was spectacular. I’m only about 30% into HB, but so far it’s just average. Hopefully, it’s going to pick up.

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    1. Lol. I noticed that my daughter had it marked on Goodreads as a book she wanted to read and when I asked her about it, she goes, “Well, you know who Christine Riccio is don’t you?” Uh, no 🤷🏻‍♀️ lol


  4. I also noticed the new name and am looking forward to hearing how it came about. I just started listening to When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain.

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