Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

GoodReads Summary:
The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.
And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .
Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer, #1)Review:
I liked The Raven Circle well enough. Call Down the Hawk was definitely better. It was darker. We follow Ronan and two others. I really liked Jordan Hennessy.
I was disappointed not to see more of Adam and the rest of the gang. We heard about them, but never really saw them. We got a bit of Adam, but not enough.
It was really interesting to see more of the process of dreaming as well as other dreamers and what they go through. I’m definitely intrigued to see how things go with the Lynch boys and the Hennessy girls. These four were definitely the best part of the book.
Then there’s Farooq-Lane. She was a very compelling character because she wasn’t totally sure she believed in the cause she was working for. She slowly starts to doubt because of the boy she is looking after.
Overall, this story was a bit confusing at times but still good. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator does such a great job of telling the story and giving unique voices to each of the characters. I’ll probably continue the series via audiobook as they come out.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater​

Summary:
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Review:
I am honestly so happy to finally have finished reading this series. The Raven Cycle series is so widely talked about. The books are either loved or hated. I feel that there are not very many in the middle opinions about this series because so many people don’t make it past the first book.
I listened to this series on audio because the narrator was incredible. He did an amazing job giving the characters different voices and differentiate between all of the characters. I will definitely be listening to other books with this narrator.
My problem with this series, its that the plot is very complicated. The third book ended with a big “oh shit” moment. But we didn’t pick back up on the info bomb we got until almost 50% of the way into The Raven King which really bothered me. How are you going to drop this huge plot twist at the end of a book and then not talk about it until halfway through the next book? I feel like because there were so many different characters and so many different things going on that the story wasn’t as clear as it could have been. There was a lot going on and I feel like some things got lost in the mess of everything else. I think the story was pretty interesting. There was just too much going on. I feel like this may be because the author plans to continue writing books in this world which is cool, but I think it could have been done differently.
I did absolutely love the characters. Four books later, I still love this little friend group. They have been through some shit at this point. I love the way they all have grown together. Though there was one relationshipy event that I did NOT see coming. I think I’m totally here for it, but I guess we will see once we get to the next series with these characters.
Overall, it was an interesting story with characters I found myself getting invested in. I understand the hype for this series, even if I’m not as crazy about it as some others may be.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

GoodReads Summary:
The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, number one New York Times best-selling author Maggie Stiefvater.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
Review:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in the Raven Cycle series. I have been slowly making my way through this series over the last few months to see what all the hype is about with this well loved (or hated) series. I find myself somewhere in the middle. I’m not totally in love with it, but I don’t hate it.
This book started off very slowly. I think the only reason I really got through the first half without DNFing was because of the narrator. I listened to this book and the narrator does such an incredible job. He gives voices to all the different characters and there were some singing parts that just gave me the chills.
By the end of the book I was pretty hooked, with the cliff hangar and the little bit of news we were given about a certain someone reappearing, I’m currently listening to the final book because I need to know what happens. So while the beginning of the story was a big slow, the end definitely made up for it with plenty of action and surprise.
The one thing that I really notice when thinking about this story is how inventive I feel I’ve become in these characters. I feel like I really know them and I’m invested in their well being and success of their quest. Between Blue and Gansey, Ronan and Adam, and Noah, sweet sweet Noah. Then there’s all the supporting characters like all the ladies that live with Blue, even the bad guys are pretty interesting.
Overall, this was not my favorite in the series and I’m not freaking out about how much I love these books like so many others. But I did like it. It was alright, entertaining and I’m interested to see where the story will go in the final book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary:
The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
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:
My latest audiobook listen, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. The second book in The Raven Cycle series. I’m liking this series more and more as I get more into it.
This book focuses more closes on Ronan, who is my personal favorite of the Raven boys. I love a mysterious boy with a messy backstory and Ronan certainly fits this bill. I enjoyed learning more about him and the things that made him into the moody sometimes mean boy that he is.
I listened to the audiobook. I have to say that the narrator did a great job. I tend to listen to more female narrators than male, but he did great telling the story.
The only complaint I have is that the various perspectives, Ronan, the Grey Man, Blue, Adam, etc. was a little confusing with the audio. I think I’ll continue reading the series instead of listening to it because I feel like I missed out because of the back and forth between characters.
I liked this book. It was an excellent follow up to The Raven Boys (Read my review here) I’m excited to see where this series goes next. I loved these characters still (and more.) The story was full of action and adventure and craziness. I flew through the story needing to know what happens next. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a story about some weirdness. This series would have been great for Halloween!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Halloween/Creepy Freebie. I’m going to make a list that I think is fitting for the spooky season.

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1. The Diviners by Libba Bray – All the spooky feels. Listening to this on audiobook gave me some serious chills.
2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – Weird, creepy and spooky all in one. I made the mistake of reading this at night and had some weiiiird dreams that night.
3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – This definitely wasn’t one of my favorites I’ve read lately but it’s definitely got the creepy Halloween vibes.
4. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – Accused witches coming back from the dead and drowning boys every summer, spooky season approved.
5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Magic isn’t always spooky but The Wood definitely adds a creep factor to this surprisingly dark story.
6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – The not knowing makes this story a little spooky. Mr. Wednesday only lets us (and Shadow) know what he wants us to know when he wants us to know it.
7. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – The mystery factor is what makes this book spooky. That and the crazy ass monsters that Tea has under her control.
8. The Devouring by Simon Holt – This series is seriously spooky. An excellent read for the Halloween season.
9. Secret of McKinley Mansion by K.F. Breene – I actually had to watch a Disney movie after I finished this book. I made the mistake of reading it before bed and I was seriously creeped out.
10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m not finished with this series, but the first book is pretty spooky. Especially after learning what we did about Noah.

What books are you going to be reading this Halloween?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary:
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.”
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them-until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, and he’s 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven  Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Review: I’m going to keep this review pretty short because I just finished The Raven Boys despite the relentless crying of my very overtired daughter that is now asleep in my arms as I attempt to type this in my phone.
I liked this book. I liked Stiefvater’s other books too so liking The Raven Boys isn’t a surprise to me. The surprise is that I didn’t like it as much as I thought I was going to. I think I had some pretty high expectations because of the hype surrounding this series (though I’ve heard it gets way better in the next books.) I definitely liked it, but not as much as I thought I was going to.
The characters were my favorite part. The raven boys (as Blue calls them) were a great friend group. With Gansey being the glue that keeps them together, they each bring a very different personality and set of circumstances to the table. I think it’s because they’re all so different and unlikely to be friends that the dynamic works so well.
Blue is also great. She’s a girl that has grown up in a pretty weird household. Never knowing her father, living in a house filled with psychics, you’d think she might even be a little whiney about her circumstances but she isn’t. She accepts what she’s given and (mostly) goes after what she wants. She added yet another different and interesting personality to the group of raven boys.
I have to say, I really loved women that Blue lived with. A house full of psychics makes for some funny times. This was a fun and creative addition to the story for sure. It added a sense of family for Blue, just not in the usual way at all.
As for the plot, I’ve seen many reviews that said the reader didn’t really care about the storyline but I liked it. They found themselves on a quest to wake this mysterious king, except what they really find themselves in is so so much more. They get themselves into something where they really have no idea what’s going on and how dangerous it might be.
The book ended without giving the reader answers about a few things so I’m interested to see where the story goes and to get those answers when I read the next book. I will be continuing this series for sure. I’m excited to hear that it only gets better.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently listening to The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m currently reading Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy on my Kindle (thanks to NetGalley!) I’m also reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Captured By Magic by Linsey Hall.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently finished listening to Supernaturally by Kiersten White. I also recently finished reading Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Keep an eye out for my reviews!

Antonia- Most recently, I finished Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Check out my review here.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- Next I’ll be reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Also possibly City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

Antonia- I’m thinking I’ll read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile; it sounds like such an interesting story.

Thanks for reading our W’s this week. What are yours? Leave them in the comments or leave us a link to your post.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Books on My Fall 2018 TBR.
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1. The Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin – I’ve heard so many good things about these books. I bought them recently and I really want to get around to reading them.
2. The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead – The third and final book in The Glittering Court series I’m excited to pick this one up and see where Tamsin’s story takes us.
3. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – I’m rereading all of Clare’s books before Queen of Air and Darkness comes out in December.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – With all the bloggers that rant and rave about this book and the rest of the series I’m a little ashamed to say I haven’t read it yet. I have all of them but haven’t managed to pick them up for some reason.
5. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – Another book that my fellow bloggers have brought to my attention. It’s sitting on my shelf begging me to pick it up.
6. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – I’m rereading this series since buying the final book, War Storm. Glass Sword is next up for this series.
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I’m due for a reread of the series. I just had a baby so I think I’m going to read them out loud to my daughter, an attempt to make her a baby Potterhead.
8. The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas – I bought this book of novellas, finally. I’m not ready for the heartbreak it’s going to cause but it’s on the list.
9. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – Another book of novellas that I’m super excited to dive into.
10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Bookstagram led me to this series. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I really think I’m going to like it.

What books are on you TBR list for the upcoming season?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda-

ebook – Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I don’t know why I haven’t been able to fly through this book. It feels like I’ve been reading it forever. I think it’s because it’s full of Japanese mythology which is a topic unfamiliar to me so I’m reading slowly so I don’t miss anything important.
audiobookAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman. This book has been super hard to get through. It’s such a long audiobook and I actually had to return it and then put another hold on it from my library. I’ve made it about halfway through and I’m making more progress on it later today. It’s interesting but a lot of detail so it requires more of my focus than other audiobooks.
physical book – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. When the final book in this series came out I knew I was going to have to reread the whole series (I like to reread but I also only remembered a few basic details from this series). I’ve finally made the attempt to start the series reread but I plan to read other things and not binge read these books.

Antonia-

I’m currently reading If I Should Die by Amy Plum. This series has exceeded my expectations and I’m really excited to see how it ends.

What did you recently finish reading?

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audiobook – Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. It was fantastic and my review will be posting sometime in the next few weeks.
physical book – Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. I just finished reading this last night. I have already written the review and it will also be posted in the next few weeks.

Antonia-

I just finished Until I Die by Amy Plum. I’m really enjoying this series so far. You’ll see a review for this one tomorrow.

What do you think you will read next?

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ebook – Meant to be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow. I received this in return for an honest review. I’ve heard good things about it and the description sounds super interesting.
audiobookThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This has been on my TBR list forever so when I saw it was available to borrow from my library’s audiobook collection I made sure to grab it.
physical book – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This has been on my TBR list for at least a year and I’m trying to make a conscious effort to knock off some of the books that have been on there for a while.

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Next I think I’ll read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Amanda’s been yelling at me to read this series for forever and I’m excited to finally get around to it.

These are this week’s W’s! What’s your reading update for this week? Let us know your W’s in the comments and thanks for reading!

ABC Book Challenge |D|

This week we’re going to talk about books that have the letter D. For those of you that are new to this book challenge, we’re going through the alphabet and talking about memorable books and books still on our TBR lists. Each week we write another post with the next letter in the alphabet.

Read last week’s post here.

This week’s letter – D.

Most memorable books 

Amanda-

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – I love a good retelling and this series does not disappoint with a wild retelling of the Wizard of Oz.

Antonia-

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima – This was a book I got from the library because I had nothing better to read. I didn’t have high hopes for it but I ended up reading it straight through then making emergency trips to multiple libraries to try to find the rest of the series. It’s now one of my all time favorite books.

 

 

Books still on our TBR list

Amanda-

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. I haven’t started this series yet, but it’s on my list for this month to do as a buddy read with a bookish friend of mine.

Antonia-

Die for Me by Amy Plum – This is the first book in The Revenants series. I thought the concept sounded really unique and I was excited that it takes place in Paris which is a setting I haven’t often read about.

 

 

These are our picks for the letter D. What are your memorable books with this letter? Do you have any books that you’ve yet to read starting with D? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments!