Looking back, I can’t imagine why and how this book took so long to be told! George R. R. Martin is creating a greatThis one was hard to get through.
Looking back, I can’t imagine why and how this book took so long to be told! George R. R. Martin is creating a great story, that’s not the problem. The problem is that everything felt so slow and that everything dragged on and on and on.
I started reading this in June and didn’t finish until September. WTF.
Anyway, another epic adventure of our beloved and most hated characters.
Ramble thought time: (view spoiler)[ Where do I begin? I admired Cersei and Daenerys a lot more in this book than the previous installments. Their courage and will was actually incredible. Cersei broke down halfway through that walk but still. I probably would have pooped myself (and everyone would have saw) if I were forced to trek that distance IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC naked. And I really admired how Daenerys gave up her love for Daario for peace. And then she fearlessly stood up to Drogon and ended up riding him! All rise for Queen Daenerys!! And then there’s Barristan Selmy! What an epic hero! I was so scared he was going to get cut in half by that whip. I cheered after Barristan slayed Khrazz. Speaking of things happening in Meeren, poor Quentyn Martell. I felt so bad for him, but at least he died trying, and I hope his father realizes that.
And somewhere else in Essos… Tyrion and Penny! I ship them, does anyone else? Tyrion’s adventures were the best part of the book. From King’s Landing to Magister Illyrio to Aegon Targaryen to becoming a slave and then a sellsword, only Tyrion would get away with things from his incredible snarky remarks.
THEON GREYJOY HOLY SHIT. He finally found himself, and he escaped Ramsay! Good job, I hope you never go back to Ramsay because FUCK that would suck.
Who else can I talk about? Jon Snow is not dead. I refuse to believe he is dead. Actually, I kind of ship him and Val together… but seriously, he can’t be dead. And another important character that I can’t forget to talk about is Aegon Targaryen and Jon Connington . I hope they win this game of thrones. I was rooting for House Tyrell but meh, move over, the real king is here. (hide spoiler)]
I would like more of this story, obviously. And Winds of Winter comes out…soon? I hope. I’ve been reading a new installment every summer since 2012. (Books 1-3 summer of 2012, book 4 summer of 2013 and book 5 now). WILL I BE ABLE TO READ WINDS OF WINTER NEXT SUMMER? Probably not.
A Dance with Dragons has just set up more suspense and climax for the EPICNESS that will soon resolve. I actually don’t know how this story will be told in 2 more books!
Long live the King!
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I couldn’t finish this book the first time I read it. Something about it was just so slow and so boring and so… dull? I can’t find the words to descriI couldn’t finish this book the first time I read it. Something about it was just so slow and so boring and so… dull? I can’t find the words to describe it because it’s not that nothing happens. It’s just that nothing spark-worthy happens. Nothing bothers me more than when a book becomes a chore to read. Come on friends, you know what I’m talking about. That feeling, that dreaded feeling you get when you have to do something you don’t want to do. You can feel your heavy heart slow down because even thinking about doing that dreaded thing makes you biologically dysfunctional. And then you procrastinate and find yourself being a couch potato because you would rather do nothing than do that dreaded thing. But then you feel frustrated because you hate doing nothing but you also hate doing that dreaded thing. And then you go crazy. I didn’t want to go crazy so I decided I wasn’t going to make myself do something I didn’t want to do. However, I did swear on my heart that I would finish it one day.
2 years later, (literally) I decide it’s time. I mean, I absolutely love the Wolves of Mercy Fall series! I absolutely love The Raven Boys series! I read the first two books and holy shit I was in love. (And I’m still in love. The third book comes out in October. AND FRIENDS, HAVE YOU SEEN THAT COVER???) So I thought to myself I just needed to read this book again! I needed to solidify my love for Stiefvater books.
But guess what? This book was still as boring and boring and boring as I last read it two years ago. Don’t get me wrong, Puck and Sean are very unique characters. In fact, Puck is ultimately very brave and goes through an incredible character development, so does Sean. And don’t get me started on George Holly. (view spoiler)[ His relationship with Sean was just precious (hide spoiler)]. Honestly, the last few chapters of the book made up for the first eighty percent of it because the first eighty percent of this book was fucked up and that ruined the whole story for me.
So why was it fucked up?
Two words: The development.
Stiefvater took her own sweet time to develop the characters and the world. Everything kept building and building and building. I can’t believe I’m saying this but less would have been more. Here’s an example. Let’s say you just came back from a road trip. And you launch into your story about the exciting adventure you and your friends went on. You tell your family how many apples you bought for the road, how many water bottles you bought for the road, which hotels you planned on staying in, which hotels you didn't plan on staying in, how you met the friends that you’re going on the road trip with, why you invited Taylor and not Alex. This list can go and on. News fucking flash. Your family doesn’t really care about that. They want to know happened on the road trip. Did Taylor hook up with Sam? Or did Rowan hook up with Sam? Or maybe Taylor, Sam and Rowan all hooked up with each other? We would like to get to the climax today. Not tomorrow.
I went into his novel thinking the race was going to take up the entirety of the book. Oh boy was I wrong! The entire race was written in a chapter. In the last 20 pages or so. More than three quarters of the book was used development. Too much development and not enough action. Development is good, but as I said, less would have been more. In the end, all the development and build-up was just boring and disinteresting and that equated to a bad story telling experience.
It pains me, seriously.
It pains me that I didn’t like this book because Maggie Stiefvater is, and probably will always be, my favorite young-adult author. There’s something incredible about the way she tells stories and her WRITING. GOD, THE WRITING is breathtaking and beautiful. SERIOUSLY.
It pains me that the best part of this book was the end. The end was so fucking good! It pains me that the ending made me so happy but the beginning was such a fucking drag and I hated it. I desperately wished the end could have been as good as the entire story.
I guess Stiefvater just fucked up on this one. The pacing on this book was just not good.
It fucking sucked balls.
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This book was okay. It seems great (there was actually a fantastic character development with Alec), but it was just okShort review because whatever.
This book was okay. It seems great (there was actually a fantastic character development with Alec), but it was just okay. The best part of this book was the fabricated animals vs robots.
Too many times Westerfeld used the word “barking.” Honestly, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of others words to use instead of “barking.” Yes, I understand “barking” is a substitute for “fucking,” but seriously?
Meh, probably not going to read the next book.
The hardcover for Leviathan is beautiful though.
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As in, I never expected to enjoy this book and its series as much as I did.
But, as usual, I didn’t find tThis entirely trilogy was just unbelievable.
As in, I never expected to enjoy this book and its series as much as I did.
But, as usual, I didn’t find the love/romance between the main character and our main hero interesting. I don’t know why, but the men in YA are just so fucking dull, boring and similar. Angsty egotistical boy? Or maybe it’s because I haven’t been reading any good young adult fiction with an ACTUAL good male character. Seriously, Gideon and Gwen were probably the most uninteresting thing that happened throughout this entire book/series (is it even possible to fall in love within a span of 3-5 days?). HOWEVER, I did not let that stop me from enjoying this series as a whole.
Besides Gideon and Gwen, I loved loved LOVED reading the relationship between every other character. Gideon and Raphael, Gwen and Xemerius, who by far, is my favorite, absolute most favorite character in this entire series (honestly, how did I even survive the first book without him?), Lesley and Gwen, Lesley and Cynthia, Cynthia and Gwen, Gwen and Charlotte, CHARLOTTE AND GIDEON. Jesus, there were so many great developments between all the characters.
Although Xemerius is my favorite character in the book, Gwen was a pretty great character too(besides the emotional boy drama, but who wouldn’t cry?). It’s pretty embarrassing to say, but I related a lot to her. Whenever she did something, I could clearly understand why she did it (aside from falling in love with Gideon). In fact, I’ve never related so much to a character in YA before.
The only reason why I’m not giving this book a 5 stars is because of the writing, or the lack of writing you can say. So many scenes were just skipped over and recapped afterward!
Example: I’m looking forward to going on this date tonight. I’m wearing this pretty dress and I really like this guy and he really likes me. I can’t wait! *** I woke up tired. Last night was crazy. This happened, that happened…
It’s a pretty bad way of storytelling if you ask me. I mean, what's the purpose of a recap? I want to know what’s going on! This completely destroyed developments between certain characters. (view spoiler)[ I mean, Lucy and Gwen? Lucy and Paul? What happened to them? I don't know enough, I didn’t get enough closure! (hide spoiler)]. It’s frustrating to have anticipated parts not happening.
Also, this book does a really bad job at concluding. It’s basically up to you to analyze the context and think of a conclusion yourself.
REGARDLESS, if you’re looking for a very easy and light-hearted book, this series is definitely for you. And if you’re looking for a cute romance, then don’t read this.
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You must, and I mean must, read this series. It's beautiful. Beautiful characters, beautiful writing, beautiful cars, beautGuys, please listen to me.
You must, and I mean must, read this series. It's beautiful. Beautiful characters, beautiful writing, beautiful cars, beautiful everything. This book will make you cry, laugh, shiver (see what I did there), etc, etc, etc.
And now I will list the reasons why I love this book. If you haven't read the book, well, sucks for you. Read it and come back to this review.
1. Ronan and Adam . Chapter 20. I ship Ronan and Adam so much. Adam's character grew on me! Like holy crap guys! Seriously. I was kind of disappointed that chapter 20 was the most important/lovely/amazing/SEXUAL RonanxAdam moment, but still. This book has made me love Ronan and Adam more. This book made me love them as a couple and also their individual characters. I love Ronan's charm more than anything. His "charm". Hands down Ronan is my favorite Raven Boy. And before chapter 20, when Ronan brought cream for Adam's hands. That was adorable, my heart was melting. My favorite favorite favorite line in chapter 20:
"As they moved through the old barn, Adam felt Ronan's eyes glance off him and away, his disinterest practiced but incomplete. Adam wondered if anyone else noticed. Part of him wished they did and immediately felt bad, because it was vanity, really: See, Adam Parrish is wantable, worthy of a crush, not just by anyone, someone like Ronan, who could want Gansey or anyone else and chose Adam for his hungry eyes. Maybe he was wrong. He could be wrong. I am unknowable, Ronan Lynch."
2. Gansey and Blue Their cuddles in the car late at night! Their phone calls late at night! Their almost kiss! No. Everything about that night before they found Gwenllian was perfect. Seriously, they were about to kiss! And all I was thinking was DO IT! FUCK, BLUE, DO IT! HE'S GOING TO DIE ANYWAY. At least, I would have kissed him. But then again, I make pretty emotional decisions that hurts me in the long run... Seriously, throughout that whole scene, my heart was fluttering.
3. Gwenllian. In Jesse's cave. In that tomb. Tat chapter freaked the FUCK out of me. Hair moving, creepy woman manically screaming and laughing? That was fucked. But it was good. It was fucking good. But it was fucking scary. Whatever, I loved it all the same.
4. Jesse Dittley! I was actually pretty upset he had to go. I thought he added a lot to the story--his character was so different and I really liked that.
Next time: please let there be more Adamx Ronan. Please, please, please? I don't think Adam's gay. But in reality, I have no idea. Adam is, to me, the most mysterious of the Raven boys. I can't get a good read on him. I just want Ronan to be happy, please.
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