Ok, first off let me just say WOW this book blew me away! The Raven Boys was amazing and awesome too, but this book, just…wow. I know I seem to use th...moreOk, first off let me just say WOW this book blew me away! The Raven Boys was amazing and awesome too, but this book, just…wow. I know I seem to use that word ‘wow’ a lot with this series, but honestly that’s the best word that comes to mind. The plot thickens and there are plenty of twists, including your perception of the bad guy, and the characters grow even more. That’s one thing I just love about Maggie Stiefvater is first of all her characters. Secondly is her descriptions and third her stories, but this is about characters right now. Ok so I’m just going to say that if I had to pick one fav, it’s Ronan, hands down. He’s just so sarcastic it’s hilarious! And also, I’m a sucker for the darker, complicated characters with torn pasts. But I also can’t help loving all of the other characters and I really can’t pick a favorite because they’re, well…you just can’t help not liking them! Gansey’s enthusiasm just can’t help being contagious, Adam (view spoiler)[ Wow. Just the whole thing about him being connected to the ley line now. That’s pretty intense and also super cool XD (hide spoiler)] just has you feeling for him and wishing you could comfort him and also tell him to stop being so proud and that it’s ok to let people help you, (that’s another thing I love about these characters, they have such realistic and understandable flaws that make it to where you can’t help feeling for the characters and loving them) Blue’s quirks are as awesome and she is as strong and cute as ever, and then Noah…he’s just so quiet and loveable! I know I’m using that word a lot as well, almost as much as ‘wow’, but you just can’t help it with this characters. And then there’s Ronan, which the story focuses on a little more in this book. I liked seeing things from his perspective and learning more of his background. And dreaming powers…cool right? But also creepy. There was on part where I was like “whoa! That is creepy and seriously cool! Didn’t see that coming, but awesome!!!” I hated Kavinsky. The Gray Man…well, that’s a secret…but darn ok…(view spoiler)[ At first I really didn’t care much for him. He was the typical type of mob villain and hit man. I figured he’d try to stop the other characters and eventually be defeated in the end…or be introduced as the villain for the rest of the series. But then he went to 300 Fox Lane and he started growing on me, and I liked the way his character slowly changed. And then in the end, when it turned out that he wasn’t the bad guy after all, I thought that was a very neat twist and one that people really wouldn’t see coming at first. Still a little miffed about him and Maura getting together, since I’m still holding out for Butternut’s return haha! (hide spoiler)] Really the only thing I didn’t like about the book, which really was just an “eh, really?” thing, was the cursing at times. (That Kavinsky…hate him.) And again, it’s really only a bit more than one ‘f’ word that gets to me. It’s really nothing more than a personal annoyance, but it didn’t ruin the story for me at all. I’m going to just rave a little about the writing and descriptions in this book. I just love reading books with rich descriptions, and this book is loaded with them! The way this author can just draw you into the worlds she has created is just amazing and a true work of art. I love it. Ok, raving over. And, before I end, I have to put another spoiler in. (view spoiler)[ Omg Noah and Blue!!! That was sooo sweet!!! Or, as Blue said, “that was super nice”. When Noah kissed her, I’m pretty sure a melted a little, and then I also laughed because it was super sweet in the way they were kinda awkward at first, but again, it was super sweet. And now I’m torn because I like Adam, Gansey, and Noah (sorry Ronan, but I don’t think you’re even considering Blue at all haha)…but I don’t know which one I want Blue to go with!!! I have to admit I’m holding out for Noah because of that scene, just wow, so sweet! And Noah has just got that shy adorableness to him that is just so cute! (hide spoiler)] Ok, ok, I’m going to wrap up now. Just, yeah, so far I’m loving the Raven Cycle. It’s dark, creepy and suspenseful, full of old-fashioned charm and sarcastic humor, plenty of plot twists, amazing characters that you just fall in love with, and surprisingly sweet despite the first half of the sentence. And the END!!! Gah!!! I need the next book now!!!!!!!!! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Haha! Yes! I was right! Dragons were involved in here somehow! Of course, not spelled the typical way because it's actually a drakon, but whatever. Sa...moreHaha! Yes! I was right! Dragons were involved in here somehow! Of course, not spelled the typical way because it's actually a drakon, but whatever. Same thing. Aaaannnyywayyy, without gushing much, I will just say that I totally LOVED this book. Not as good as some, but enough to be a keeper. Which in my books (haha, I just made a pun about books in a book review! I'm hilarious :P) is basically saying, "Yeah, I'd read this over and over because I think it's that good." (less)
One of those books that I couldn't put down. Stayed up till 2 reading this and wow!!! Holly Black has again created a world that just sweeps you off y...moreOne of those books that I couldn't put down. Stayed up till 2 reading this and wow!!! Holly Black has again created a world that just sweeps you off your feet with how real it is! Now, I'm really not a vampire fan, I'll say that, especially the books where vampires are romanticized...which this one, while there is a bit of it in there, it isn't what you would expect. And the word pictures, omigosh, just wow...amazing. I could almost literally feel, taste, smell, and see everything in my mind, it was so well described! And the characters, again, going to gush a little. They were so well done! I love well-developed and realistic characters, and I got them in this book! Only thing/person I didn't like was Aiden (he was super annoying and I was glad he was the ex-boyfriend). And there was some language, but like very little. Just some "s" here and there which, hey, I'll take that over other stuff. Last few thoughts: the romance was really sweet and yet just so darkly real at the same time, it's hard to describe it, but I liked it. I like those darker stories I'm finding, ok not finding, I know I like them, and this was a nice dark one :D Ok, I think I'm going to stop now before I start just jabbering about the book, so just go out and read it. If you're a vampire fan, you'll love this. If not, then you might want to read it just because it is a well written story with plenty of twists, amazing characters and setting, and honestly in my opinion, the author's best work yet. :)(less)
Wow. Just...wow. When I first started reading this, I was like, "ok, this is going to be just some story about a girl who is recovering from a plane a...moreWow. Just...wow. When I first started reading this, I was like, "ok, this is going to be just some story about a girl who is recovering from a plane accident and bammo end of story." Nope. So wrong. What ended up was my mind was blown away by the sheer awesomeness and just, what's the word, oh yeah...magic. The way the story was told just dragged me in, keeping me up until 2am when I finally had to put it down because I was starting to fall asleep from sheer exhaustion, not because the book was so boring. I'm really not a big fan of physic books I'll say that, but certain books, not matter the story or genre, just grab at me and don't let go, and this is one of those books. And the PLOT TWIST AT THE END!!!!!!!! I LOVE unexpected twist in the story, the ones you don't see coming, and I for sure didn't see this coming! I think it had me reeling almost as much as Tavia...just wow. So, this is one of those books that I probably won't ever forget and will heartily recommend to readers looking for an intriguing read full of twists and turns of both emotion and plot.(less)
For some reason this book just got me. I don't know what it was...maybe the way Araby clung to life even though she hated it at first (because of the...moreFor some reason this book just got me. I don't know what it was...maybe the way Araby clung to life even though she hated it at first (because of the death of her twin brother), the descriptions, characters...the story. I guess a bit of all of that. But this book is one of the few that I've read this year that I was just like "wow. Awesome." at.
First off, there are a few things I didn't care for, but they were "small" enough I didn't mind them. The Debauchery Club title had me kinda cringing for a few chapters, but then it was more Araby just going and getting drugged and falling into a coma, so at that I was like "phew...nothing....lewd thank goodness!" >:P And then the small hints of a fallen society where survival is first-off above anyone's moral standards it seems, there really wasn't anything that turned me off. Which is hard to find in most YA books nowadays. So I was happy.
So a little rambling about the book itself and characters, plot...etc.
Will. *facepalm* Why do so many awesome characters have to be named Will??? First Infernal Devices and now this book. I think I'm going to die. Lol. Elliot...meh. Yeah, you're hurting and all, and you might like Araby....but seriously...telling someone that they can't trust you because you're just going to use them isn't the best pick-up line. Nope. Sorry. You may grow on me in the sequel, but for right now, I could care less. Ok, I care a little, but not enough to be in a bit of a slump if you die. There. Araby. She was an interesting, twisted character...full of doubts and longings...and a strict vow to ignore those longings. Talk about story conflict. Vow of never doing anything her bro would have done while in the same room with Will/Ellliot? Yeah right...ain't gonna hold together long. And I was right XD Oops...that might have been a spoiler there *gasp* but if you've read as much YA these days...you know there's always gonna be a kiss somewhere, be it long or short.
The whole city, the way the author just described it as normal, not sitting down and typing out huge descriptions and loading you down with a view....but instead giving little details here and there and letting you imagine the rest...I liked that XD Create a boundary, and then turn the readers loose. What more can you ask for in a book? And the plague....*shudder* I am soooo glad it's merely a story and not in real life, because wow...
So all in all: Good book, worth a read if you like steampunk/dystopian books and don't mind a bit of romance...oh yeah and love triangles. -_- But hey, guess we're used to them now.
Def looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel XD(less)