Monthly Archives: October 2013

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA

Summary: Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. 

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. 

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Review: I love love love this book. Maggie is a genius writer. She crafts every paragraph and every sentence with a science. (Really, she does. She even talks about it on her blog).

This is a great second book of a series. Sometimes books can lag in the middle, but this one did not. Readers got to see more into Ronan’s life than in the first book. Maggie also kicks up the tension of the love story (near the end, thank goodness). 

This book is all action and suspense. And creepy magic things. 

Recommendation: GO. READ. NOW

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Book Review: Forever…

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Author: Judy Blume

Genre: YA

Summary: Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party. They’re attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love.

It’s the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine’s parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart…

“Forever” is written for an older age group than Judy Blume’s other novels for children. It caused a storm of controversy when it was first published because of its explicit sexual content. 

It was a book ahead of its time – and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage best-seller. America’s No. 1 children’s author has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues – family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement – with insight, sensitivity and honesty.

The response of readers all around the world continues to make her one of the best-loved writers ever published.

Review: Now, I’ve got to say, I think I missed the Judy Blume phase. I can read this book and, as a writer, tell you that it’s great! It’s absolutely wonderful…for a certain age.

This is the type of book that began the YA genre and what also made the majority of society think that YA was for 13 year girls getting their period and wanting to sleep around with boys.

While the writer in me can see how well crafted this book is, the book reviewer in me can only say that it’s good for a certain age. It is definitely not a cross-over book. 

Recommendation: Buy for the right person, and it is wonderful! Read as a writer, and it is wonderful!

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