I am very happy with my reading selections this month as they were all books that I was highly anticipating and I pretty much loved them all! It was a nice mix of thriller, fantasy and a bit of sci-fi as well so a successful reading month for me.
In November I completed:
One by One by Ruth Ware – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️5/5 stars
Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – ⭐️3/5 stars
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
“Evil is not the enemy, for without it, there can be no good. Chaos, however, is unstoppable.”
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”
One by One by Ruth Ware
“It’s not just the snow; it’s a hundredweight of unwelcome memories bearing down on me.”
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
“Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.”
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
“I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.”
*Definite spoilers below*
Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breath-taking vista, a cosy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your co-workers…and you can’t trust any of them?
I definitely preferred Erin over every other character in this book. I felt like she was the most fleshed out and we got more of a background with her and how she ended up at the chalet. I thought she was a very realistic character and all of the choices that she made would be the same if I was in that situation. I felt very sympathetic towards her and I liked the way she thinks and how she managed to figure out in the end who was behind it all!
Liz was written in a way that kind of forced sympathy from the reader on to her. Always being forgotten by the other Snoop employees and just disappearing into the background. In hindsight, there are definitely clues spread throughout the course of the plot that point to her but they weren’t so obvious to me. I don’t see how she thinks she’s the victim in all of this, sure she had something horrific happen to her and Eva really leaned on that and used it to manipulate her but to resort to killing people is just a bit of a stretch to me.
There was just a lot of characters and not enough time for me to get to know them all and differentiate between them. We got a little bit of history and background on each of them but not enough for me to remember each of them specifically. Usually I don’t really care for learning too much about each of the characters but when we are in a forced proximity setting I would like to be able to recognise each of them.
Other than that I really enjoyed the story and how the plot unfolded. The pace was on the slower side for the majority of the book but once the avalanche happens things really speed up and I was on the edge of my seat from there. I’m still quite new to the mystery/thriller genre so a lot of the plot twists and tropes I haven’t come across yet and everything is still fresh and exciting for me and I thought the same for this book!
⭐️4/5 stars Atmospheric and suspenseful!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Summer/Winter vibes and since we are coming into winter here in Australia I thought it would be nice to list some of the books I have read over the last year that give me wintry/cold/blustery/frigid vibes!!
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware