This month I actually ended up reading a lot more than what I anticipated which was a nice surprise. Though I didn’t end up completing my TBR I wanted to read in February I did pick up some books that I have been wanting to read for a while now!
The books I completed in February are:
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – ⭐️3/5 stars
A Light in the Dusk by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton – ⭐️3/5 stars
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir – ⭐️5/5 stars
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️4/5 stars
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars
Well Played by Jen DeLuca – ⭐️4/5 stars
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️3/5 stars
This was definitely my favourite of the series so far!
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors. But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.
I think what I liked about this book above the rest was we have a bit more context in regards to these characters and the setting of the Moors that I was able to be more invested and connected to the narrative. Which is essentially what I missing from the rest of the series. They are all so short and don’t go into the minute details that I am so used to that I am just left feeling like something was missing but that wasn’t there this time. I already know most of these characters and we got to learn more about them and their motives behind some of their actions.
Jack really leaned into the narrative that she was a monster and not a nice person. I didn’t really think that way about her before but it was really emphasised throughout the course of the plot. I think it was fairly obvious that her sister would have to die and even though she goes through with it she does end up feeling remorseful that it had to happen. There is definitely no love lost between the two and I didn’t really enjoy Jill at all but like Jack said they are a result of their choices they made when they were too young to think of the consequences.
I am glad that we got to explore more of the Moors and find out more about it’s history and the rules of the world. I liked the different setting of the seaside and learning about the drowned gods and the high priest and his history as well. I can see how some of the logical worlds have sort of similar rules in place yet still differ in a way that distinguishes them from each other.
Everything just kind of works out a little too conveniently for them when they go on these quests. Sure Seanan McGuire is not shy about killing off characters in this series but all of the conflict and obstacles are resolved kind of easily. There are definitely some high stakes but I am never really worried about any of the characters, because most of the time they end up coming back somehow.
⭐️3/5 stars the series is slowly getting better as I read through
A few weeks ago now I revisited some 5 predictions I made last year after completing them all and now I figured it was time to make some new predictions for me to check in with next year!
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.
I really liked Stacey as our main protagonist. I thought she seemed very realistic and relatable. I can totally see how she would invest herself in this relationship with Dex online after being so lonely for so long. It was quite subtle and progressed I thought naturally to what it ended up being when she found out the truth. Had I been in the same situation I probably wouldn’t of forgave Daniel quite as quickly as she did but there connection was electric!
I knew immediately when Stacey had so many queries about whether or not this was the same Dex she had the flings with over the summer that it wasn’t him writing all of these emails. And they the only other male character that was introduced was Dan so it was kind of obvious that he was the one. But I was able to overlook the predictability of the plot because of the setting and the bond I have with the other character from the previous book.
The pacing was at times a little slow and repetitive but I was pretty much invested with these characters right from the start so it carried me through the story pretty quickly. I could of dealt with a little more sexy scenes in the book as well, it was definitely less smutty than the first book in this series but it was still pretty cute!
⭐️4/5 stars was an enjoyiable, romantic, fun read!