#5Books: Book recs and that time a book didn’t live up to the hype in my head

#5Books for the week ending 3 December

You know how you read book one of a series, and you fall hopelessly in love with the atmosphere, the characters and just everything, so that by the end of it you’re like


And then you wait, and wait and WAIT and book 2 comes out and you’re like:


I’m crushed you guys. CRUSHED. There are bits where my interest is piqued, but then the boring bits come — two timelines, and I swear, I’ve been coming around to them, but this is just deadly boring.

Do I keep listening? Maybe it’s me? I don’t want to give up on it, my patience is running thin. Sighs.

Did I mention I’m crushed???

I’ve been focusing on other things instead to make me not want to cry in frustration.

Love, Hate and other filters

Maya is the kind of girl I can identify with — someone whose parents have her life planned out, even though she has other things she wants to do — like film school. She’s also Indian-American and a Muslim and shares the last name of a suicide bomber. So what happens when the community around her is inflamed by hatred and fear? Nothing good I think. This is a story that takes something we take for granted — having the same last name as someone else — and turns it into something else entirely. Whether you’re a Jones, Habib, Singh or Smith.

The Wife

Angela and Jason meet, fall in love and have the life she’s always wanted —  a life in which she can start again, and leave her past behind — whatever it may be, because I’m not that lucky to find out what she’s running from. And then, when Jason’s career takes off, shit hits the fan, as it does when things get good. Two women come forward with allegations against Jason, and then one disappears. At this point, Jason asks her to defend him in court and she realises that she might find out things about him he would not want her to know. This creeps me out because well, Jason. But what is Angela trying to forget about in her past as well?


Look, I might have a thing for domestic noir alright – I fully admit that because here’s another husband and wife — though technically woman and fiance thing. This sounds like an absolute mind-f**k. A woman finds herself in a house, waking up to a man she doesn’t recognise. He says he’s her fiance, but how can she believe him? There’s nothing in the house that says they’re in a relationship and she basically wants to stick a knife in him. Literally. And to add to this, they begin to realise someone is after them, but how the hell do they trust each other? Again, does this not sound like a mind-F**K?

An Unkindess of Magicians

I feel like I might’ve recced this before, but I am still waiting for Magicians Impossible to come out on Audibook, and cursging Audible for ignoring my numerous emails about it, and shifting the buck back onto the publisher who won’t make it available to Australia.

I digress. THIS is a book about Sydney, a magician with an incredible power who is going to save magic in this world of hers from the thing that is killing it dead. DEAD. Except for the slight problem that she wants to destroy the system in place controlling her world. Why? Because she comes from the House of Shadows, which controls magic through the help of sacrifices of magicians.

You know what’s interesting about this — it’s all about Sydney who wants to destroy everything. There are no — for what of a better word — good guys here to help Sydney understand her error of her ways, or help her with her plan of destruction. What is driving this story? Or opposing Sydney in this world?

The Woman in the Window

Something happened to Anna Fox, something so bad she hasn’t left her home in 10 months. But it’s her people watching, her window where she can watch her neighbours is what saves her — and that’s how she sees the Russells, who are the perfect picture of normality. Except, Anna is witness to something to do with the family — an attack, are they all dead? Who knows because the blurb won’t frigging SAY — and she wants to find out the truth about what happened. But whose going to believe her?… my question is, why wouldn’t they believe her? Did something happen to the family after all because missing or dead people are kind of a big giveaway that something is up. And why would she not be able to trust herself because that is the best most worst last line of a blurb. Ever.


And that’s what I’m looking forward to because what I’m reading now sucks. What do I dooooo???



  • Oh no!!!!!!!!! It’s always so deflating when a sequel doesn’t live up to your expectations isn’t it? So disappointing. I would probably push on if it were me… Because I can be such a waster of my own time! Is it a duology? Or a longer series?

    Strangers sounds like the trippiest book I’ve heard about in a while. Wow.

    I think I’ve heard about the Unkindness before… Possibly here? In any case I love the sound of it.

    Hope you have a great week!!!!

    • Verushka says:

      Given the huge success of the first one, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a series. I’ve got it on Audible, so I’m going to let it sit and try again. Strangers — I know right? I am DYING To know how the author pulls that off! I had to go and check if I’d recced Unkindness before, but nothing comes up on my blog search — thankfully whew!

  • Nina says:

    I hate it when that happens. Especially when the first book is really good and your excited to read the sequal..and then bam the book sucks! I hate that!

    • Verushka says:

      TELL ME ABOUT ITTTTT!!! I am crushed about it, so I am setting this aside to try again later because I was SO EXCITED about it. I want to give it a proper shot before I set it aside… depending how crushed I continue to be about it lol

  • Sorry your current read sucks. I’m always afraid to visit this feature every week because I just KNOW my wishlist will grow and you did it again. I’ve heard mixed things about An Unkindness of Magicians and while I think I’ll probably be reading it eventually, I will be waiting and grabbing it from the library.

    • Verushka says:

      I haven’t yet read a review about An Unkindness of Magicians so I will have to be a bit cautious about it given what you’ve said. I feel like I’m heading towards a rut reading wise. I don’t know if it’s the end of the year vibe or something else. We’ll see.

  • Ugh I hate when book 2 is a disappointment. An Unkindness of Magicians is one that sounds really good.

    • Verushka says:

      I hate it too! I can’t tell you how much I loved book one, so I am so dissappointed about two right now. I’ve resolved to put it side and try again later, and hope I feel better about it.

  • Rebecca says:

    Wait, what are you reading now that sucks? Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks for the book recs!

    • Verushka says:

      Force of Nature by Jane Harper, the second in her Aaron Falk series. The first in the series — I can’t tell you how good it was — seriously, utterly, completely brilliant. And then this book happened. I’m half convinced I might be the problem at this stage, I want to like this book so bad!

  • Aw, I’m so sorry you didn’t like your current read! That sucks that it was a sequel too and you loved the first one! thanks for all the recommendations.


  • It is always frustrating when you wait for so long and the book isn’t as good as the first. Ugh….

    Strangers sounds like my kinda read!

  • Sam@WLABB says:

    I hope to read Love, Hate, and Other Filters soon. My co-blogger read and loved it.

  • Sorry, it sucks when that happens with a book in a series 🙁 An Unkindness of Magicians does sound interesting, especially if the MC is kind of a bad guy?

  • Kelly says:

    Ahh the old middle book syndrome. It’s a bit shit isn’t it especially when you’ve been hanging to continue the storyline. Hopefully the next book you pick up pulls you out of that slump. Love, Hate and other Filters is one I’m really excited to read as well. The synopsis really has the potential to have the same effect that The Hate U Give has had on YA audiences and the toxic damage of stereotyping those of the Muslim faith has been strangely absent in YA. I love the direction it’s heading in, these stories need to be told.

  • Helena @ The Life of a Booknerd Addict says:

    😱Wait! What book are you reading?!😂 Talk about cliffhanger😂😂😂

    I totally know the feeling well. You wait a whole damn year and when it gets here, it’s a damn disaster.
    I’m really intrigued about An Unkindess of Magicians. Sounds like my kind of book. Great post and thanks for stopping by my blog.💖xoxo

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