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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Algis Budrys
Alliance In Blood
Ariel Tachna
Progress: 86/210 pages
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
Connie Willis, Recorded Books LLC, Steven Crossley
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 281 out of 281 pages.

The Edge of the Abyss - Emily Skrutskie

I'm finally, finally done. OMG, I made it all the way to the end.


The first person present tense POV irked me less this time around, mostly because other things irked me more. Overall, even though this book featured more Reckoners and Reckoner battles, I'd say it was more boring than the first one. And I absolutely hated Cas and Swift's romance. The book started off with the two of them at odds (to put it mildly -

Cas found out that Swift personally injected Durga with the poison that slowly and painfully killed her

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). They'd take one step forward, things would be good for a couple pages, and then something would happen, usually to do with either Durga, Santa Elena, or Cas's feelings of self-loathing whenever she remembered that she was technically a traitor, and they'd end up two steps back. It was enormously unpleasant.


I can see how the ending would be good and satisfying for someone who actually enjoyed the first book and were rooting for Cas and Swift's romance. For me, the "good" moments were too little, too late. But hey, at least Bao survived. I still think Bao was one of the best things about this series. Cas didn't deserve him.