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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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Cheers! 

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Book Review: Lament: The Faerie Queen”s Deception (Books of Faerie #1)

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA

Summary (goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey

Review: Well, if you’ve been here before you may have heard me mentioned that I absolutely love Maggie Stiefvater. I had been meaning to read this book for a while and finally have (first on my Nook, as well). I strongly believe that writers (every single one of us) gets better with every story. And she is not an exception to this rule.

Though I enjoyed the story, I seem differences in her writing from this book to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy to The Scorpio Races and finally to The Raven Boys. Boy has she really developed an amazing talent to create such real worlds.

Lament was wonderful, I enjoyed the story. But the things that popped out at me were how underdeveloped certain aspects of her writing (the ones that I adore and admire) were. Which both bothered me and gave me hope that I will eventually be able to write better stories.

Anyway, to the review!

I liked the ending. I was very happy to see that her first published book had the same quality of ending, in that she doesn’t allow her characters to get away unscathed. No one ever lives 100% “happily ever after”. There may be silver linings laying around, however. She also had a very strong female character (which I expected and was given). The emotion built throughout the book and by the end I cared about the main character, which (as I’ve said before) is the whole point.

I disliked that there were so many “musical sessions”. i understand that the main character is awesome with the harp, but I had no idea how to imagine the songs she was playing. That being said, this aspect didn’t completely take me out of the story. I was still about to come up with something to imagine. This is due to the great description Maggie wrote. 

Recommendation: If you’re a Maggie fan, read it! If not, but you love faeries or harps, read it! If neither, maybe borrow it and see how the first few chapters treat you.

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Cheers!

 

Finally have a Nook!

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I finally have an ereader! And better yet, it was gifted to me! I’m sure all you broke and bookish nerds out there can relate to the utter happiness I feel!
So what’s the first book I will read on my Nook?
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater!
I’ve been meaning to read this for a while. Pretty much ever since I was interludes to her books and became a huge fan. Sooo excited!
What’re your thoughts on ereaders? Positive or negative, I’d like to know! I’m trying it out, but I’m still on the fence.
Cheers!

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Book Review: The Raven Boys (Cycle 1)

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The first book finished and reviewed in 2013 is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! 

Genre: Young Adult

Summary (from Goodreads): “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Review: I loved the characters! All of them. Including the few adults in the book. It’s not often that I like side characters and want to know more about them! The pacing was great. And the characters are very well developed. I wish the other books were out already!

I can’t say that I have any dislikes. Maggie is a great writer and I believe her strengths are in character development and pacing. She knows how to get the story out there but also how to make you feel the story. No info dumps or pages that seemed to go on and on. 

Recommendation: Buy it and read it now! (No. Seriously.)Image