#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – May 25, 2022

  • What am I currently reading?
  • What did I just finish?
  • What am I reading next?

I just started The Favor by Nora Murphy. I love that cover and fingers-crossed I will also like the story. ❤️

  • Genre: Domestic Thriller
  • Pages: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Leaving would be dangerous. Staying could be worse. Leah and McKenna have never met, though they have parallel lives. They don’t—ever—find themselves in the same train carriage or meet accidentally at the gym or the coffee shop. They don’t—ever—discuss their problems and find common ground. They don’t—ever—acknowledge to each other that although their lives have all the trappings of success, wealth and happiness, they are, in fact, trapped. Leah understands that what’s inside a home can be far more dangerous than what’s outside. So when she notices someone else who may be starting down the same path she’s on, she pays attention. She watches over McKenna from afar. Until one night she sees more than she bargained for. Leah knows she can’t save herself, but perhaps she can save McKenna.

It’s so cool that Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman came up on my reading schedule the very same week that I happened to be vacationing in the area where the story is set. I think that coincidence really added to my enjoyment of the story.

  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • Pages: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Both suspenseful and deeply moving, Carolina Moonset is an engrossing novel about family, memories both golden and terrible, and secrets too dangerous to stay hidden forever, from New York Times bestselling and Emmy Award-winning author, Matt Goldman. Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green’s short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backwards in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy. At first this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grows increasingly anxious as his father’s hallucinatory arguments with figures from his youth begin to hint at deadly secrets, scandals, and suspicions long buried and forgotten. Resurfacing from decades past are mysteries that still have the power to shatter lives—and change everything Joey thought he knew. Especially when a new murder brings the police to his door…

I am actually almost 30% into Ordinary Monsters. It’s so long that I have been reading a few chapters here and there as I had some time in between scheduled reads. I will be giving it dedicated time this weekend and finishing it. I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s very original and set in the Victorian age.

  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Pages: 658 pages
  • Publisher: FlatironBooks
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2022
MOST ANTICIPATED SFF BOOK of 2022 by Tor, The Nerd Daily, CrimeReads, BookBub and more! “Ordinary Monsters is a towering achievement: a dazzling mountain of wild invention, Dickensian eccentrics, supernatural horrors, and gripping suspense. Be warned… once you step into this penny dreadful to end all penny dreadfuls, you’ll never want to leave.” —Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Firemanand Heart-Shaped Box. A STUNNING NEW WORK OF HISTORICAL FANTASY, J. M. MIRO’S ORDINARY MONSTERS INTRODUCES READERS TO THE DARK, LABYRINTHINE WORLD OF THE TALENTS. England, 1882. In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness—a man made of smoke. Sixteen-year-old Charlie Ovid, despite a brutal childhood in Mississippi, doesn’t have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. When Alice Quicke, a jaded detective with her own troubled past, is recruited to escort them to safety, all three begin a journey into the nature of difference and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous. What follows is a story of wonder and betrayal, from the gaslit streets of London, and the wooden theaters of Meiji-era Tokyo, to an eerie estate outside Edinburgh where other children with gifts—like Komako, a witch-child and twister of dust, and Ribs, a girl who cloaks herself in invisibility—are forced to combat the forces that threaten their safety. There, the world of the dead and the world of the living threaten to collide. And as secrets within the Institute unfurl, Komako, Marlowe, Charlie, Ribs, and the rest of the talents will discover the truth about their abilities, and the nature of what is stalking them: that the worst monsters sometimes come bearing the sweetest gifts. Riveting in its scope, exquisitely written, Ordinary Monsters presents a catastrophic vision of the Victorian world—and of the gifted, broken children who must save it.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

21 Replies to “#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – May 25, 2022”

  1. I’ve been curious about Ordinary Monsters so I can’t wait for your review!
    And I hope you enjoy The Favor, I hear it’s a good one!

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  2. I positively loved Carolina Moonset. I bet vacationing in the area really added to the enjoyment.
    I’m intrigued by Ordinary Monsters. I love the era and locale in which it’s set!

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    1. It was a happy coincidence being near Beaufort while I read it. That just immersed me that much more. Ordinary Monsters is very good so far. Kind of has a Dickens feel with magic.

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  3. All of these sound good, Tessa, Ordinary Monsters captured my attention with its reference to Penny Dreadful Victorian England. I’m looking forward to your review. 🙂

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    1. It’s so good. Now I have to find a way of putting that into words. It’s one of those books that’s just so wow that it’s hard to find words to adequately express your reading experience.


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