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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
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 fro ...more
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I seem to have this habit. For the past couple of years, I've mostly been deliberately avoiding paranormal YA from authors I don't already love. The genre is a hard sell for me, filled with tropes that lead to low ratings and irritated reviews. But really, what tends to happen is this: the first book comes out and I avoid it, look the other way as other bloggers get excited and fangirl over the upcoming sequel.
Then t ...more
"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve, Blue. Either you're his true love...or you killed him."
With those chilling ...more
The book was very slow-moving for the first half or so, but I always found myself drawn in by the beautiful writing and the fabulous characters. This story is first and foremost about the characters, and I completely adored the friendship between the boys, and between Blue and the boys later on. Going into this, I thought it was going to be told solely from Blue's POV, and I am so glad that it wasn't. Getting to know the boys before they got to know Blue was a r ...more
It might be time for Maggie Stiefvater and I to part ways.
Truly, there's nothing actually ''wrong'' with her style; it simply does not appeal to me. But, this was the kind of story that I would feel would be read in a better way if written at the 1st person POV instead of 3rd. There was this possibility to feel connected to the protagonists... but a slim and invisible barrier seemed to block that connection every time. Even Ronan ...more
I've never read a book before where I love every single character equally.
Blue: she is everything i aspire to be and i just want to be bffs with her
Gansey: yes plz
Ronan: he's so scary and angry but you just know he secretly loves to watch cute cat videos
Adam: he must be wrapped in a warm blanket and protected at all costs
Noah: my precious cinnamon bun
PERO en sí me gustaron bastante los personajes y claro que seguiré leyendo la saga. La historia me parece original y muy mística, tiene ese aire mágico que me encanta leer.
This book has it all:
The best characters.
Maggie (I feel like we're on a first name basis) doesn't neglect developing any of the characters. Whether they show up for one scene or are a main character, they are real, fleshed-out people. I have a hard time believing Blue and the Raven Boys aren't walking around somewhere in Virginia right now on their search.
It's almost frightening how accurately the writing fits the mood of ...more
This book is why I give authors second, third, and sometimes even fourth chances (*cough* Colleen Hoover *cough*). Because while I might not enjoy one book they wrote, I like to think that doesn't mean I'll hate everything they publish.
Take Stiefvater. I tried to read Shiver a while back, and my review for it is literally just this gif:
This book is also why I believe in mood reading. I picked it up a while ago and got about 50 pages in before setting it aside. The opening is...not strong. I me ...more
Okay so....hm...how do I put it? MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR OF EVER. It's hard to explain all the reasons why, but her writing always just MESHES with ...more
I really enjoyed this! I came into this book not knowing anything about the plot, just that there were some weirdly named kids and something about ravens. It was a little difficult to get into as I had no idea where the plot would go and it was just overall pretty slow. However, halfway through it really picked up and surprised me! I will definitely be picking up the next book sometime in the near future.
The Raven Boys is slow and languorous and dramatic and sleepy. The c ...more
Ok. So maybe you can relate to this or not, but you know when you raged the night before and then you woke up the next morning and you have this stream of consciousness that goes a little like this:
1. Where am I?
2. I'm in my bed, good.
3. Wait, how did I get here?
4. What's going on?
Well, that's how I felt the majority of this book. I would be in the middle of the paragraph and think, "how did I get here?" Honestly, the writing and the pacing ...more
“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn't know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”
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After a third reread, I have to admit that the things that bothered me the first time, barely annoyed me. I'm falling hard for all the raven boys and even Blue's quirkiness has become sort of endearing rather than a pain in the ass.
At one store, Gansey had started to pay for...more
On feathered wings,
just truth no lies.
Out of the blue,
the raven flies.
dark woods grey vines,
the quest for favor
and ley lines.
so hot, so deep.
His raven dreams
don't bring him sleep.
Poor Adam's fate
lies in his hand.
He always wants
not to depend.
For Noah's arch
you need to hear.
Feel his pain,
but never fear.
And Blue, my Blue,
I wish you well.
Please guard your heart,
where ravens dwell.
Four boys, four stars,
when in the end,
and ravens blend.
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Before I start this off, I want to thank my fellow bookworms for making this reading experience 100x more entertaining with all the added hints and fun commentary. You guys definitely kept me on my toes the whole time reading this book. <3
I can't even begin to count how many times I've passed this series up. I read the synopsis and I wasn't really wowed or blown away by it. And I just found it so unnoteworthy that I would always have to read ...more
This series is so precious. The characters are very relatable and I love each one to bits. At first, I didn't love Gansey. Don't get me wrong, I really liked him, but I loved the others more. While I was reading this for the second time, I realised more what a good human being he is. He is the best friend you could ever wish for. I wish we got more Noah and Ronan in this book (or series in general) though.
There's quite a lot of foreshadowing (which you don't realise at fir ...more
“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness. It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.”
Blurb: Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.
Determined to ...more
When I first started this book many months ago, it fell right into not one, but TWO of my worst book dealbreakers. To quote myself from six months ago (because we all know how much I love to do that):
“Forbidden Love + YA
= No. I just can’t handle it anymore. I can’t handle whatever crazy-ass excuse (different classes, different species, he’s a murderer, he’s a sociopath, he’s a stalker but he’s oh so HOT anyway…) will be used to keep the love interests apart. And even MORE than that, I ...more
I plan to write a new review of this eventually, but my old review is under the spoiler below.
(view spoi ...more
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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech ...more
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