November Wrap Up

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

The Stone Sky Review

*SPOILERS BELOW*

This is the way the world ends… for the last time. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

Essun in this final instalment of the series fell a little bit flat for me. Although we see her breakthrough and really start to become more invested in her Comm I found the majority of her storyline travelling with them to be tedious. She is unable to wield her powers as much as she could previous because she was turning to stone and I found when she is finally reunited with Nassun she could of tried harder to stop her instead of giving in.

Nassun’s character is quite morally grey but again she is only 10 years old for the majority of the storyline and was quite indoctrined by Schaffa. She puts her love for him above everything else and is willing to risk all of humanity just to keep him alive. I feel as if she should have more of an emotional connection to her mother than what is shown when they do reunite.

I think the twist with the Stone Eaters was a great addition to the storyline and gave us that much needed context as to why they keep popping up and are so invested in Essun and Nassun. I honestly can’t blame them for what they did and it was gratifying to see how their story came full circle and we understand why.

Overall I was still highly invested in the storyline and wanted to know how it was all going to wrap up and honestly I can say I was content! I just wish there was a little more action to make it more gripping. It was still just a lot of history and terminology to wrap my mind around. Loved the twists and all my questions pretty much got answered which is all I can ask for!

⭐️4/5 stars Solid ending to this great series!!

5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

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.”

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

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One by One by Ruth Ware

“It’s not just the snow; it’s a hundredweight of unwelcome memories bearing down on me.”

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The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

“Being useful to others is not the same thing as being equal.”

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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.”

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Library Update

It’s been a few months since I’ve done a library update so I figured now was the time! I have been really trying to utilise the library more this year and consistently borrow books that I’m interested in but not willing to buy. I currently five six books on loan from the Library: The Obelisk Gate & The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, The Gilded Ones by Namina Forner, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. I have yet to read any of these books but I am very excited by my current selection!