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
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
I think you are too old for these books when all you can think is why is this girl not getting proper psychological treatment. It's both a good portraI think you are too old for these books when all you can think is why is this girl not getting proper psychological treatment. It's both a good portrayal of mental illness and certain personality traits and also a terrible portrayal of mental illness and other sensitive topics.
That being said I read it all in two hours so I guess it wasnt all bad....more