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.
Are you a fruit, because Honeydew you know how fine you look right now?
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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In life, there’s your past, your present and your future.
You can’t control your past, but you can conObviously, everyone has this thing called life.
In life, there’s your past, your present and your future.
You can’t control your past, but you can control your future. And in the interim, there’s just space. You’re just doing, because every time you read the next word in this sentence, there’s the future.
Fuck, did I just mindblown your brains out?
That’s why I don’t like judging a sequel.
You can’t be disappointed in a sequel just like you can’t be disappointed with your future because sometimes, it’s just out of your control.
That’s the thing with The Dream Thieves.
I feel disappointed, but I know I shouldn’t be because what else was I supposed to expect? What else was supposed to happen? It’s the future! Shit happens!
The reason why I loved the The Raven Boys was because of the characters. Ronan, Noah, Gansey, Adam. The four of them just fit together so perfectly, and with Blue in the picture, they became more human and more real. They became more than characters—they became people. God, I loved reading about the boys in the first book. I loved reading about their relationships with each other, how they talked, how they argued, how they ate, how they acted around each other, what clothes they wore, whatever.
But in The Dream Thieves, that was just absent.
Noah was basically nonexistent throughout this whole book, and I loved him so much!
This book was focused on the one and only Ronan Lynch—he completely shadowed the other characters.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Ronan Lynch. I actually really like the kid. (view spoiler)[ And he’s gay for Gansey. Good. I loved that, fuck yeah! Let the fanfiction begin! Evil laughter mwahahaha. (hide spoiler)] I loved his character, and I really liked how we learned so much more about him in this book. The one thing I love most about Ronan is his relationship with Gansey. It was just so, so precious to me. I’ve never read anything like it before. It’s extremely rare to read these kinds of boy relationships, they’re just so absent in books, but Stiefvater does an incredible job forming their friendship together.
If only the author could focus on the other boys though, that would be great as well. Other than that, things are looking good. The plot was exciting and the writing in this book! Stiefvater has this beautiful writing style that I just fall into and come to admire so fucking much.
I cannot wait for the next book, man.
I’m so excited.
And for you readers who have read this book:
(view spoiler)[ The only character who was a big ass face was Adam. I think Adam’s evil. I hope he’s not, but I really think he will be. Or he might be one of those evil/not evil characters, just like real life. In real life, it’s hard to distinct the good from the bad, maybe he’ll be like that. Also! That scene with Blue and Noah! Holy fuck, that was adorable. Noah and his smudginess and cuteness. And who else guessed that Kavinsky was a dream thief? Honestly, I didn’t even know this guy was in the first book. I thought he was just a random ass character. I have nothing to say about the Gray Man and Maura. I think that was cute but again, random. Stievater just added another antagonist for the sake of adding another antagonist? But as I said, the future is just out of your control sometimes. (hide spoiler)]
And for you readers who have not yet read this book:
Go pick up The Dream Thieves because it will blow your mind away.
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Wait in Room X with your pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers! You won’t feel alone anymore! There are others willing to tear me aUnpopular opinion!
Wait in Room X with your pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers! You won’t feel alone anymore! There are others willing to tear me apart too!
I understand the appeal of this book! I really do! That’s why I chose this over PRODIGY! PRODIGY BY MARIE LU, PEOPLE! Come on, let’s be real here. Would I rather read about a boy swaggering around, fucking up a messed up government or a girl fucking (up) boys. (That is oversimplifying everything, but more or less). But I couldn’t resist the concept of Halle’s book! A bullied boy who turns into an Instant Orgasm because of his TALENT and ART? I love childhood crushes, it’s adorable, it’s cute. And art is that one thing about me that makes me squirm like a 13-year old One Direction/Justin Bieber fan. And con artists. Con artists equate to Neal Caffrey and White Collar, and that equates to me being in love.
I needed this book.
But all the characters were wrong in every way. Ellie and Camden were stupid. Yes, there are times in fiction in which I don’t like the characters but do end up loving the fiction, but this book wasn’t one of those cases. I didn’t like the characters. Simple as that. I couldn’t connect with them and couldn’t relate to them. It’s just a personality conflict. You know how sometimes you just don’t get along with that one classmate? And you can’t explain why? That’s what I have. It’s a personality clash.
I have personality clashes with Ellie and Camden, and although I could try to sympathize with them to an extent, I didn’t because I didn’t care. I didn’t care who they were. I didn’t care what they did.
How else can I say this?
I don’t give a shit.
And that’s primarily the reason why I didn’t like the book. I was just a third, invisible party going on whirlwind adventures with them. Just to observe, listen, and leave.
Yeah, the adventures were...well, adventurous! But the writing was alright, and…
The only reason why I even finished reading this book was because my 2013 Reading Challenge of 36 books told me I was falling behind, and I hate falling behind. And at that point, I was already a little bit more than half way done with the book so I sucked it up and read on.
I just can’t do contemporary/romantic fiction. I’m too heartless for it.
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It's a bit ridiculous actually, because I know they're full of adventure and lust and blood. If only I couldI almost always never remember my dreams.
It's a bit ridiculous actually, because I know they're full of adventure and lust and blood. If only I could remember them and write something really good and get a bijillion dollars from my precious work….
I only get flashes and bits and pieces of my dreams, like flying and soaring through the midnight sky and going through walls, being chased by creatures of the night while trying to maintain my invisibility, (you know, the usual) but that's it.
But reading Touch of Power was like having one of my magical dreams. The characters! The world! The breathtaking writing (Well there really is no writing in my dreams). Everything about this book was PERFECT.
The world-building was perfect, I love this fantastical world with all its mysterious creatures and magicians! There is no instalove. In fact, the novel takes over the course of several months. The content is a bit more mature, not aimed for girls with training bras, which I really loved. (SEXY TIME, fuck yeah!) The adventures all these characters go on make my heart GO INSANEEEE, actually. The plot is crazy! You will never be able to predict anything. Synder throws surprise after surprise after surprise that you're surprised you're still fucking being surprised. The writing never slowed down or rushed, but it still carried that fast-paced momentum that could have easily started a heart attack. Oh, and these characters! They are so real and understandable and they become so admirable and lovable. All I want to do is hug every single one of them. Seriously! The thrill you feel for them, the pain you feel for them, the happiness when you feel for them!
I did cry while reading this book.
Emotional me came out of her shell and I loved IT.
WHY didn't I give this book a complete five star out of five?
Well, ladies and gents, it's because of the romance! I know right?
There was something off about it. Something wrong. It was a wrongness (Haha! Yes, I totally just borrowed that description from Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone ). There was something so fucking weird about the love going on that I was just… cringing for a lack of a better word. I can't describe it. Yeah it was cute and yeah it was all this and that. But. It wasn't at the same time. Something off. Yeah. I'm probably making zero sense right now.
Hopefully, that mess will all work out in the second book. Please, though, because I am SO FUCKING excited for the rest of the series.
I LOVE YOU, MARIA V. SYNDER.
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I don't think I've ever been so grateful for a book to be written in first-person past tense. It's a personal thing, I know, but I just find it odd. (I don't think I've ever been so grateful for a book to be written in first-person past tense. It's a personal thing, I know, but I just find it odd. (No idea why, it's either because I've been exposed too much of it, or I haven't been exposed too much of it) But first-person past tense just worked SO WELL for this book.
You're invested in these characters--especially Percy (maybe only Percy….hmm)--and you don't want anything to happen to them (him), but you know they're (he's) going to be alright because this is written in past tense. YET, you still have the urge that everyone (Percy) needs to not fucking die.
GOOD JOB, RICK RIORDAN! I like you!
And the humor!
I don't think I've ever laughed so much in a book. Percy Jackson is honestly the most hilarious 12-year old I've ever met. The bravest, the most courageous, the most intelligent..
I can't imagine him being in sixth grade.
Let's be real here, can you?
Sixth grade! That time in your life when you realize girls have boobs and guys are dickheads. And all these on and off relationships make you think it's okay for a dating span to be from period 1 to 7. The year when you want all your clothes to be branded by labels such as Abercrombie and Hollister. Okay, I exaggerate.
But I don't. (This is America, bitchezz)
How is Percy only in sixth grade?!
This is beyond me.
Another thing I would like to point out is Annabeth. Why does Annabeth remind me of Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter book series..?
The Lightning Thief is a cute story, and it IS funny, and I DID enjoy it, but the plot was predictable and the only character I was invested in was Percy. No one else really mattered to me because they were uninteresting, one-dimensional, and boring.
I shall end this review on a happy note, though. Here's to one of the many hilarious quotes in the book:
"We shot off the highway, through half a dozen traffic lights, and ended up barreling down one of those New Jersey rural roads where you can't believe there's so much nothing right across the river from New York."
HAHA! That statement is true I have no idea how else to express it.
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"This story is everything. From dystopian, to contemporary, to zombies to magic to supernatural and pAs I wrote in a previous update/progress status:
"This story is everything. From dystopian, to contemporary, to zombies to magic to supernatural and paranormal shit, honestly there is so much going on. Maybe TOO much."
This is true. There was so much everything that there was not enough development for anything. However, that statement is not as true as the next update/progress status I wrote:
"Jackson is a terrible person. Terrible, terrible, terrible. What the FUCK was the author thinking. Why would she make someone like him the male lead? He's not a hero. Not at all."
This male lead.
I’m not a huge feminist that I think and rant about femininity and feminism or whatever every since time I read a book and write a review, respectively, but what the fuck was this author thinking? Kresely Cole, what the hell? Why would you make an intelligent girl like Evie make her fall in love with a monster like Jackson.
There are no words to say how bad of a person he is.
I read some GoodReads review, and I seriously cannot understand how any reader can go googly-eyed for Jackson. I can’t even understand how and why Evie likes him so much. Sure, the more time you spend with a person, the more you like them, but this is Jackson we’re talking about! He’s NOT a good person!
One quote from this text and you’ll understand how mean of a character he is. (I wish there was an adjective stronger than mean and less than evil, but I can’t find one. So far now we’ll use mean)
(PAGE 241 HARDCOVER): Evie: Did you save me just so I’d sleep with you? Jackson: The idea might’ve crossed my mind! Hell, Evie, you’re probably the last girl on earth for me. Would it kill you to put out?
…and then Jackson leaves the scene, angry because he’s not getting laid.
WOW! What a fucking character.
I have nothing else to say about this shithole guy.
DISREGARDING JACKSON, I enjoyed this book. It was quite original. Yeah, there could have been more development, but the ending makes you want to read the next book.
I don’t think I will though.
I don’t like Jackson at all.
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