I figured it was time for another Library Update! I haven’t been utilising my Library as much this year. I have really just been trying to focus on my owned TBR which is creeping up there. However, there are still a few books that I am interested in but don’t want to commit to purchasing so I am still going to be borrowing books throughout the year! I currently only have two books on loan from the Library: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin which I loved (see my review HERE) and These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong which I have heard great things about but haven’t read yet.
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
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
This was great! For some reason because of all of the hype surrounding this book I thought I wasn’t going to like it. From what I heard about the blurb and what I thought this book was about it didn’t seem interesting to me, but once I actually sat down and started reading I was hooked! I can’t lie it was a slow start for me, it took me at least a hundred pages until I was fully immersed and understood what was going on.
Essun I wasn’t that invested in to be totally honest especially in comparison to the other two perspectives and I think it’s because her storyline involved a lot of travelling. Which is a good way to show the reader the world and gives us a sense of how dire the season’s are and how much preparation these people go through. But still reading about her trying to catch up to her husband and daughter didn’t really do a lot for me. However, once she joined with the other oregenes in the underground geode and we started to find out more about who she is and who her companions are I was a little shook!
Damaya I loved from the moment she was first introduced. I couldn’t help but sympathise with her and what she has had to go through because she is a ‘rogga’. Ostracised from her family and sold off like livestock, at such a young age would be so traumatising. Her strength and resilience she shows throughout the course of her storyline was noteworthy and I really enjoyed her perspective.
Syenite was by and far my favourite out of the three, from her relationship with Alabaster and the whole sequence of events that lead them to Meov. I had an overwhelming sense of foreboding throughout their stay there and to see her so happy with Innon and Corundum and how they managed to make a family only to have it ripped away killed me!
This was a wonderful introduction to this trilogy and I can see now why so many people love this book. The writing was descriptive and the world building was immaculate. All of the characters were distinctive and diverse and the way the storylines merged was masterful. I am kicking myself for putting off reading this book for so long and I am happy to have finally completed it. I have a feeling I am going to be continuing on very soon!