A bit disappointing and kinda boring. I was really only interested in Infernal Devices references and found the introduction of Julian and Emma to beA bit disappointing and kinda boring. I was really only interested in Infernal Devices references and found the introduction of Julian and Emma to be sweet but I ultimately ended up skimming their chapters because I just didn't care. Ending was predictable but still satisfying.
All the perspectives sounded the same and there were far too many of them. I found it irritating that the adults in this series acted like children yet there was no fault in any of protagonists...
There were some good moments of course. I really liked Alec in this book and I also enjoyed Simon's storyline (view spoiler)[ even if I found the ending of his storyline to be a bit of a cop out (hide spoiler)]
I loved the first three of this series and I think maybe she should have ended it there. If it werent for Jem and Tessa references and the few good bits I might have given this book a 1.5.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
But probably 3.5, I'm not really sure. Probably my least favourite book out of the series which so disappointing. Still good though and some super cutBut probably 3.5, I'm not really sure. Probably my least favourite book out of the series which so disappointing. Still good though and some super cute moments. I personally just think that (view spoiler)[ it was too rushed and that the two perspectives made me feel like I never got a handle on either of Adrian and Sydney's situations. But mainly I missed the crew and Palm Springs setting but that being said all of Sydney's scenes in the centre were very good and very unsettling. (hide spoiler)]....more
Ugh I read this way too fast and I have a massive book hangover.
This is just as good as the first two but I only complaint is there wasn't enough MegUgh I read this way too fast and I have a massive book hangover.
This is just as good as the first two but I only complaint is there wasn't enough Meg and Simon POV's (the second book spoiled me a little bit and I now I would be happy to only hear from them) and too much police officer POV. ...more
I had a lot of pressure heaped on this book to be amazing and I think it mostly lived up it. I wasn't really sure what was going to happen 4.5 Stars
I had a lot of pressure heaped on this book to be amazing and I think it mostly lived up it. I wasn't really sure what was going to happen in this book but I did know that it probably wasn't going to be an exciting and plot driven as The Dream Thieves.I was right - this is The Raven Cycle's filler book, but don't let that scare you away because it is a very good filler book.
This is a mostly character driven book, with Gansey and Adam taking centre stage. However Blue also get her time in the spotlight and while Ronan doesn't have POV in this book he is still very present. (view spoiler)[ particularly in Adam's POV :P. (hide spoiler)] Personally, I think this book's biggest strengths are showing the after effects of the choices they made in TDT and the development of character relationships. My personal favourites were the explorations of Adam's character after his deal with Cabeswater, Blue's mixed feelings about her missing mother and the strengthening of Adam and Ronan's relationship (I could literally write my whole review on Adam/Ronan because they are my OTP but I will spare everyone from that emotional mess). Another area I really enjoyed was the growth in Gansey's character - I've never been a real big fan of his but it was nice to see a bit of fleshing out in his character arc. (view spoiler)[ By this I mean the introduction of Gansey being anxious and afraid of things - which I think humanises him a more (hide spoiler)]
The book also has it's little trademark funny moments. Maggie is really good at writing biting conversation - usually coming from Ronan and in this book Adam. And as always there are great discovers in the realm of Welsh kings and this book's villians are particularly interesting (view spoiler)[ I'm very interested to see where Piper goes after her actions at the end. (hide spoiler)]
There were a few faults. I still find Maggie's writing to sometimes be a bit confusing. I love her flowery descriptive language but sometimes I had to read things multiple times just to understand it and some I still don't understand. The most notable example I can think of is (view spoiler)[ Ronan's dream thing that he uses in The Barns with Adam, I have no idea what that was supposed to look like. However this was okay because it added to the mysterious aspect of the object but other times just didn't work for me. (hide spoiler)] Additionally, there were a lot of plot points that were touched upon and then never ever mentioned again. I'm hoping that this means they will be discussed or be relevant in the next book. I'm desperately dying to know (view spoiler)[ more about Matthew's origin - I found this a really weird point to explain and then never touch again because that whole scenario is clearly very upsetting for Ronan but he nor Adam never mention it again. I also want to know how Adam's court case when and what the hell Gansey was doing with the Principle that required so much secrecy! (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[ Another complaint is that everything was wrapped up so simply. I would have liked to see Maura and Blue discussed Maura's disappearance and the way it made Blue feel rather than just skipping to the next week. It may be touched in the next book though - at least I hope so. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I really enjoyed this for all its beautiful and heartbreaking character moments and I am eagerly awaiting the next and final (!) instalment! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Almost certain that the reason this only gets 3.5 is because I couldn't get past the idea of seal-wives. I enjoyed it and the writing is wond3.5 Stars
Almost certain that the reason this only gets 3.5 is because I couldn't get past the idea of seal-wives. I enjoyed it and the writing is wonderful but I kept waiting for the seal-wives to do something and it never happens. I kept waiting for Missk to become this terrifying witch but in reality she was just a bitter old woman with special seal powers. I kept waiting for the 'red' women to stand up and do something but no.
There isn't really anything beyond the idea of seals turning into beautiful women and entrancing men in this book, which is weird enough in itself.