I feel like at this point anything I say about The Raven Boys and Maggie Stiefvater will just be reiteration. I adore her writing and The Raven Boys iI feel like at this point anything I say about The Raven Boys and Maggie Stiefvater will just be reiteration. I adore her writing and The Raven Boys is probably the best thing she’s written so far. And I can say that because I’ve read all her other books.
Where do I start with this one? There was honestly not a single thing about it that I didn’t like. The characters, the writing, the setting, the story, every last thing about it was completely perfect. I’ve always had a bit of an issue getting into Maggie Stiefvater’s books because while her writing is gorgeous it is a little weighty at times. I didn’t find myself having that issue with The Raven Boys. The story was so captivating that I was hooked from the very start.
The characters in The Raven Boys are some of the quirkiest characters I have ever read about and I mean that in the best possible way. Blue and her family are psychics. Well, technically Blue’s family is full of psychics, she just has this weird power to amplify all their supernatural energy. Growing up in her family made Blue far from normal and she loved to seek out other things and people that were not exactly normal. I loved that about her. Her family cracked me up. Maura was a very chill mom but she definitely looked out for her daughter. Calla was volatile but fun. Persephone was just plain odd. As for Neeve, she was a mystery. To be honest, all of Blue’s family was a bit of a mystery.
As for the Raven Boys, I honestly don’t know which one I love the most. Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah were all such intricate, amazing characters. Gansey was a little entitled but he meant well most of the time. Ronan was a badass but I loved him. He definitely had some attitude problems but he intrigued me from the start. Adam was such a sweetheart and my heart broke for him. Noah was a bit of a mystery but he was such a cutie. They were a group of guys I never would have expected to be friends but they all worked together.
The story was so intricate and I never had a clue what was going to happen next. There is mythology mixed in and magic and romance and so many awesome things I couldn’t help but love. The Welsh mythology about Owen Glendower was something I knew nothing about and while there wasn’t a whole lot of information about it, it added just another great layer to the story.
Overall, The Raven Boys deserves every bit of hype that it has gotten so far. I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it but I’m also sad that I don’t have all the books in the series to devour in one epic binge-reading session....more
While planning out my winter break TBR, someone on Twitter suggested I read Party Girl. I was hoping to get some books from my TBR read but after checWhile planning out my winter break TBR, someone on Twitter suggested I read Party Girl. I was hoping to get some books from my TBR read but after checking out some reviews and the synopsis, I decided Party Girl might just be the perfect read to start off my break. It certainly had some flaws but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I’m so glad I gave it a shot.
Landon is a bit of a country mouse. She’s from Texas (like me) and shew as raised as a true southern girl with all the manners and charms you would expect. To be completely honest, I thought the southern charm was a little overdone at points but not throughout the whole book. Otherwise, I loved how Landon’s upbringing played a role in everything she did. She was a little naive when she arrived in LA and landed her internship but she looked at life in a very positive way. I don’t know if I could have dealt with all the crap she had to put up with. Her family and their role in her life actually ended up helping her through tough times and helped her bond with some of the people she came in contact with. She used every aspect of her life to help her get ahead in her job.
The characters were by far my favorite part of Party Girl. Landon was charming and sweet and I loved her even with her overly positive attitude and naivete. She was open to new things and new people. She didn’t let first impressions affect whether or not she got to know someone. Her roommate, Max, was kind of like a porcupine. She definitely had some defenses up outwardly but underneath it all she was really great. She was funny and smart and very driven. She had some secrets that she kept from Landon but she had a good heart and good motives. Miko, Landon’s friend and coworker, was definitely the funniest character. She had such an amazing personality. She took charge but she always had fun. She was a great asset to Landon, both outside of work and at work. There was also the possibility of a love triangle but it luckily never amounted to anything. Taylor was a sweetheart but he seemed like he could be a bit of a player. I also just always saw him as nothing more than a friend to Landon. Brody, on the other hand, brought out the flutters. He was so cute. Sure there were times when I thought he was a pompous asshole but he eventually grew on me. He had a soft side to him that Landon brought out and she had an awkward side to her that he brought out. Points to Rachel Hollis for having a totally awkward character that I couldn’t help but relate to.
The party planning aspect played a huge role in the book and Rachel Hollis definitely knew what she was writing about. The details were intense but not overdone. I loved getting a look into the lives of party planners and all the stuff they have to deal with when planning a party that only lasts a few hours. Every aspect of the book was centered on party planning and it was a totally unique story. If it didn’t seem like such a demanding job, I’d totally look into being a party planner!
Overall, Party Girl is the perfect read if you’re looking for something fun and flirty. The romance was just right, the characters provided laughs, and the story itself had me hooked. I look forward to reading more in this series....more
Last Will and Testament has been on my TBR for a while. Y’all know me, I’m a sucker for new adult novels. This one was no exception. I was hooked fromLast Will and Testament has been on my TBR for a while. Y’all know me, I’m a sucker for new adult novels. This one was no exception. I was hooked from the start. In fact, I was so hooked I actually missed my train because I was paying no attention to anything but the book.
One thing that always gets me hooked is humor and Last Will and Testament was definitely not lacking in that department. While it starts off on a more somber note, it definitely contains humor to balance the sadness. Lizzie’s sense of humor is perfect. She is snarky and witty and so easy to like. There were times when I just wanted to applaud her for her ability to stay so humorous even after everything. The banter between her and Connor was also perfect. Connor did seem like a bit of a stick in the mud at first but once he opened up a bit more to Lizzie I started to like him. Who could possibly go wrong with a sexy history nerd?
Lizzie and Connor definitely had their problems though. They had a lot of back and forth going on for a while. This was mainly on Connor’s part but Lizzie definitely helped it along. One day Connor would be all over Lizzie and the next day he’d tell her they could never have a relationship. The next day he’d be all over her again. I understand where he was coming from but it was a little annoying. Like I said, Lizzie didn’t help matters though because she was always showing up at his office or texting him. I could see why he might be confused.
The romance was beyond steamy. I had just gotten to a really good part when I missed my train and once you read the book you’ll understand why I might have been a little distracted. Connor and Lizzie have some serious chemistry between them. They might not always like each other but they can’t deny that. They also built up a pretty great friendship after everything they went through. There was some serious drama with the two of them but they made it work.
The custody situation was an interesting aspect of the story. I wasn’t all that impressed with how Lizzie handled taking care of her brothers but she was young and not equipped for a situation like that. Tyler was 13 and Max was 7 and they both had issues that they needed adults to help with. I was a bit disappointed with how much Lizzie left them alone. I get that she had a lot going on in her life and Tyler was capable of babysitting but she left him in charge quite often, even when she was home with them. I wanted to see her mature to a point where she was really there for both of her brothers and I don’t think she ever reached that point.
Overall, Last Will and Testament kept me hooked from beginning to end and definitely left me wanting more. I’m eager to continue this new adult series. I would highly recommend this one....more