This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my ten most recent books I have read and my thoughts on each book!
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – Underwhelming unfortunately
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – Just ok, will definitely be continuing on
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas – This was strange
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo – I was invested, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Poignant, relevant & impactful
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire – I really enjoyed this
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – the series is slowly getting better as I read through
Well Played by Jen DeLuca – was an enjoyable, romantic, fun read
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – lived up to the hype
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – Just an ok one for me
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 fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.
From what we learn about Katherine I can see why she would want to escape to the Goblin Market and how she would thrive in this world. She is very stubborn and I could see how her choices would affect her later on in the plot and they eventually did. She was both selfish running away from her family and coming back multiple times, she didn’t really understand how that could affect them, but also she would do just about anything to help Moon and stop her from becoming an owl, taking on her debt and paying it all off with no thought of the repercussions.
The world building wasn’t quite enough for me. There was definitely multiple discussions about the rules and debt and how giving fair value and not asking for too much was key in this world but the actual setting wasn’t explored enough for me. It lacked that depth I needed to become fully engaged and invested in the plot.
I felt like all of the action and adventure aspects in these books were just passed over. I wanted to know about all of the things Lundy got up to in the years she was in the Goblin Market instead of briefly being told them when she returns to her family. This is definitely more of a character driven series which explores the characters growth over their journey’s and their frame of minds throughout as opposed to what is actually happening within the worlds.
Overall I feel a bit ambivalent towards this book in particular. It was interesting sure, and seeing how Lundy interprets the rules and debts captured my attention but overall it just feels like something is missing in the story. And again like the rest of the series I think it was the fact that they are just so short and doesn’t give me enough substance.
⭐️3/5 stars Just an ok one for me…