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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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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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!