All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
And I'm back after my small hiatus after the New Year. This has left me with a small backlog of book and film reviews. So those will be getting more up to date over the next couple of days.
However, for the moment, I'll be taking you back to 31st December 2017- and the third and final book of my end of year round-up,, Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. I wanted to start 2018 with a clear 'Currently Reading' shelf on Goodreads, which I haven't managed in the last couple of years. But I finished it with about 15 minutes left of the year, which was my 66th book of 2017. :)
There may be some minor spoilers ahead, but I've tried not to.
Title: Ash and Quill
Author: Rachel Caine
Part of a trilogy: No, book 3 in the Great Library series
Original publication date: 11th July 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (Read December 2017)
The first thing I already loved going into this one is that these books are now a series and have been extended from the original plans for a trilogy. That means we get another two books filled with Jess and his friends and I'm more than up for that!
Speaking of Jess, we got to see him interact with his family more. As his parents are not the nicest, I was very happy to see more of Brendan after the few glimpses we got of him in book 2. Brendan has been affected by the decisions of his parents too and I wanted to hug him throughout this book.
As always, our main group got into lots of trouble, starting out in Burner territory in Philadelphia and ending up in England. They didn't end up in London, which Jess tries to explain when the others say he's home, that it isn't the same. As a side note, I expect this is something of the reverse whenever I tell non-Britons that I'm English and everyone just assumes I'm from London.
For the record, no I'm not. I live up north.
As always, Glain is terrifying and I don't understand why people would ever want to cross her, but there you go. She's the fierce mother protecting her kids, ok. :) Speaking of children, there is a fantastic moment when Wolfe and Santi refer to the group of their children and it made me so happy. They're too cute! No spoilers, but I hope what happens at the end doesn't stay that way for too long. It can't...
Naturally, Jess went around loving books and mentioning how should have books in their home, and Thomas went around being a genius as per usual. Can we actually just take a moment to appreciate all he's gone through* and he still goes ahead to create that printing press...Jess feeling way out of his depth was so relatable to these scenes. Watching his German friend working away was great.
*Though this hasn't come without a price, which is explored a bit more in this book.
One of the big things that stopped this read being more than four stars for me was that no one aside from Jess really seemed to care much about Morgan. She was using her powers and helping them a lot, draining herself and nearly dying once in the process, but no one seemed to think anything of it- even Wolfe. I was disappointed in this and hope this changes in book 4.
In all, I enjoyed this third instalment of the Great Library series and am glad it's been extended to five books. With the cliffhanger and so much danger still around, this is going to get even more tense and the stakes even higher.
What did you think if you've read it? Who are your favourite characters and do you think it was a good thing the series was extended? All the best.
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