WWW Wednesday 11th May 2016


This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.

1. What I’m reading at the moment

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel UK book coverI haven’t read any sci-fi for a while and I saw this recommended by a couple of trusted bloggers (thank you!). I didn’t think I’d be lucky enough to get it through NetGalley, but I was! Yay!

The blurb: 17 years ago, a young girl named Rose fell through the ground in the Black Hills and found herself in an underground chamber filled with gleaming symbols, lying in the palm of a giant metal hand. Now a physicist, Rose leads a research team struggling to determine the hand’s origins. When another giant limb is discovered, she quickly devises a method for unearthing the hidden pieces, convinced there is an entire body out there waiting to be found.

Halfway around the globe, Kara watches helplessly as her helicopter shuts down over a pistachio field in Turkey. That’ll leave a mark, but she’s about to crash her way into what might be the greatest endeavor in human history.

This is a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. Written as a series of interview transcripts, journal entries and mission logs, The Themis Files tells the tale of a handful of people whose lives are inexorably linked by the discovery of an alien device and the commotion that follows.

2. The last books I read

Flawed by Cecilia Ahern

Flawed by Cecilia Ahern book coverFlawed is a very good YA dystopia which I have no reservations recommending to anyone who enjoys the genre. I look forward to reading the second, concluding part of the story. Here’s my full review.

The blurb: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

AND… brace yourselves…

The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele; From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston; Shizzle, Inc by Ana Spoke

Three mini reviews

I did a post on Monday featuring three mini reviews for these books which I’ve read over the past few weeks.

I must say again that I would have liked to give them each their own review post – they certainly deserved one. It was just that my imagination let me down and I couldn’t think of anything more to write than, “this is good, read it if you like this sort of thing”.

3. What I’ll read next

The Rose and the Dagger (Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh book coverI was beyond delighted to win a giveaway run by the lovely Faith at aliasfaithrivens to receive a book of my choice. I’m hoping it arrives tomorrow so I can get started as soon as I finish Sleeping Giants 🙂 Thank you again Faith and hooray!

I’m really looking forward to it because the few reviews I’ve seen so far (skim reading them to avoid spoilers) have been incredibly positive.


Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂

And elsewhere on the blog…

White chocolate layer cake with raspberry buttercream filling easy to slice ideal party cake 4

Last week I made a white chocolate layer cake with raspberry buttercream. A great cake for a party 🙂


Claire Huston / Art and Soul




54 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 11th May 2016

  1. Firstly, that cake looks delicious!

    I literally just added Sleeping Giants to my TBR today after seeing some positive reviews from reviewers I follow on GoodReads. I think I had seen it on NetGalley but it wasn’t available in my region or something, so I’ll have to wait and see if the library gets a copy. Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. I’ll be interested to see what you think of Sleeping Giants. There seemed to be quite a bit of hype around it so I’d thought of requesting but I’m always suspicious of books with hype and tend to wait on the verdict coming in from reviewers.

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  3. I just finished The Rose and the Dagger last night… And I think I’m in the minority, because I didn’t like it as much as The Wrath and the Dawn. :/ I loved the first half of the book, but the second half was disappointing.

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    • I don’t think I’ve read any sci-fi since Illuminae at the end of last year, so I thought it was about time! Sleeping Giants is very good so far and I don’t think you’d need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it.
      I’ll visit your post now 🙂

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    • I’m rather relieved that The Rose and the Dagger is the conclusion to the series. Everything seems to come in trilogies or in sets of 4 and it’s just too much! If the new trend is twin sets I’ll be very happy 🙂
      I’ll visit your post now…


  4. Hi, I read and reviewed Sleeping Giants last week, and it sort of read like a script, interesting but dragged some. However, I heard its been picked up for a movie..so it was a script…but all in all I liked it, but its not for every reader..

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    • In that case, I think Sleeping Giants is a good one for you 🙂 It’s really good so far.
      I’d had a decent break from YA dystopia before I read Flawed, which I think helped. Otherwise they can all start to blend into one.
      I’ll visit your post now…

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  5. Sleeping Giants sounds great and I’m glad you liked Flawed, since I have recently gotten a copy as well. Lucky you for getting a copy of The Rose And The Dagger! The cover is so beautiful… And my kindle version definitely doesn’t do it justice. I hope you will get your copy in the mail soon! Happy reading. 🙂

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    • There are a few places where the 1-2-1 interviews in Sleeping Giants don’t work that well. Mostly because people have to say things that they’d never really say, mainly to fill us in on big chunks of plot! Overall, it’s good though 🙂
      I’ll visit your post now…


  6. Flawed has been tentatively on my tbr since I first heard about it. I love Cecilia Ahern’s other works but I’ve been waiting for some trusted reviews before I delve into her YA venture. 🙂 And Sleeping Giants sounds really intriguing 🙂

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  7. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Rose and the Dagger! I absolutely loved the first book! And Sleeping Giants sounds really interesting! I might have to check it out myself!

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  8. I received Sleeping Giants from Netgalley as well, but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. It sounds so interesting though, so I can’t wait to pick it up.
    Congrats on the giveaway win! Hopefully I’ll be reading The Rose and the Dagger in June. I want to do the reread (well audiobook this time) of The Wrath and the Dawn first.


    • Oh yes, there is quite a lot of grimness, including one rather toe-curling scene which is a hard read, but necessary to the plot and consistent with character. I’m looking forward to the next part of the story.


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