This should be called confusing and strange. A good read but a bit disappointing since it has so many five star reviews. This book was obvious and a mThis should be called confusing and strange. A good read but a bit disappointing since it has so many five star reviews. This book was obvious and a mystery at the same time. The werewolf aspect was a bit confusing for me, since that was also a mystery and I went in thinking this was a straight psychological thriller. There were a couple of themes in here that left a bad taste in my mouth - not just because they were generally terrible events/actions - but because I wasn't sure what the author was trying to insinuate about them. (view spoiler)[ Particularly Drew/Winston thinking he was going grow up bad. I can't understand whether the children had a suicide pact because they were afraid of growing up like their father or because they were just so traumatised from abuse. Maybe both. (hide spoiler)]. The ending pulled at my heart strings a little bit though. ...more
Beautifully written but not sure why it has so many five star reviews. I think my psychology degree makes me view this differently to everyone else. IBeautifully written but not sure why it has so many five star reviews. I think my psychology degree makes me view this differently to everyone else. I certainly saw the sexual tension and chemistry that Lochlan and Maya had but the abuse they both suffered and Lochlan's mental issues especially make me side eye the old relationship. Yes it made me sad but more in a way 'this is sad because everyone is abused and fucked up' way rather than 'oh their love is so tragic and why can't anyone understand'. ...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 adored the first book mainly because of Kestrel - I love an intelligent and manipulative female character - and managed to tolerate the l 3.5 Stars
I adored the first book mainly because of Kestrel - I love an intelligent and manipulative female character - and managed to tolerate the love story because it was set to an interesting and tension filled background. However, the adoration did not carry over to this book. Did I enjoy it? Yes, but not as much as the first for a couple of reasons.
They key reason I didn't like it as much as the first was the lack of schemes and political plotting. Oh, Kestrel uses her trademark manipulation and skill but much of scheming adds up to nothing. One of key decisions with the emperor in the book really only serves to create even more tension between her and Arin. Furthermore, a lot of the court spying and scheming seemed to lead to absolutely no where. Particularly about the wedding dress, which didn't even make any sense to me in the first place.
Another reason is that, while there is less romance than the first book there is a hell of a lot more pining for one another. Kestrel and Arin spend most of their time away from one another but spend most of their time thinking about the other. It dragged down the whole plot as every political notion and scheme was frequently interrupted by love sick thoughts. And Arin, as much as I try to like the guy I just find him plain boring but at times full of himself and far too rash and unreliable for a governor.
I did like something though - I particularly liked the relationship between Jess and Kestrel in this book and actually found that more heartbreaking than anything between Kestrel and Arin. Of course, I enjoyed Kestrel and her schemes particularly her scene with Maris and the riddle. Prince Verex also was a nice character and I hope we see more of him. Plus, that ending, totally worth the rest of the book!
Ps. my copy has the cover with the red dress and it is absolutely stunning. I actually don't want to put it away because it is so lovely....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