God. Heartbreaking, heart wrenching, beautiful writing, beautiful characters. Some super super quick initial thoughts:
(view spoiler)[ I CRIED AND CRIGod. Heartbreaking, heart wrenching, beautiful writing, beautiful characters. Some super super quick initial thoughts:
(view spoiler)[ I CRIED AND CRIED AND CRIED WHEN BUURU LEFT YUKIKO. CRIED SO HARD IT HURT. CRIED CAUSE HE'S SO BRAVE. CAUSE THEIR FRIENDSHIP MEANT THE WORLD TO THEM. CRIED BECAUSE EVERYTHING THEY EXPERIENCED SUCH AN INCREDIBLE BOND. AND YOSHI! I honestly started liking Yoshi so much in the book, and I loved his personality, his entire character. Him being a hero/not hero. There was only thing I wanted more! And it was more KIN AND YUKIKO. I swear, they only had about 30 minutes worth of reading-time. But it's okay - it's okay because I really, honestly, wholeheartedly love Kin a lot a lot. (hide spoiler)]
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Kind of disappointed. Kind of liked it. Kind of uncertain. Kind of wish I could just dream up an alternate reality where everything is just Adam and RKind of disappointed. Kind of liked it. Kind of uncertain. Kind of wish I could just dream up an alternate reality where everything is just Adam and Ronan and Noah because who really cares about everyone else? LAWL.
Here are some initial thoughts because I seriously can't get this whole story out of my head: (view spoiler)[ Was that really just it? I'm pretty sure 90% - 98% into the book, I was wondering how Stiefvater was going to wrap this all up because there were barley any pages left. But in short, I don't think she really did. This book was pushed back FOR A REALLY LONG TIME and I'm not sure why this is all we got?! I'm sorry, Maggie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. I met you in person, I follow you on twitter, your tumblr posts are hilarious and I adore your writing so much, but this story fell short for me. You will still continue to be my favorite YA author and I still love your books very much, which is why I CANNOT bring myself to give this book a lower star. But honestly, I am stumped, disappointed, and hungry for more and hungry for food.
So here we go:
1. WHERE THE FUCK WAS NOAH? - I really really really like Noah. He was one of my favorites right from the beginning and I wished we had more "read-time" from him. He is ONE of the FOUR Raven Boys so why was he nonexistent in the book? I don't get it? Why did it seem like EVERYONE forgot about him? - Noah and Blue shared a kiss before. And now that Blue and Gansey are together, Noah just never said anything? Blue never even thought about Noah? I thought Blue and Noah had a special friendship, but clearly NOT. Where the fuck was he??!?!? Almost dead? Almost dead to the point that Blue doesn't think about him anymore? Doesn't wish for his company? Why did no one think about Noah? That is really the overall question, because it seemed that Maggie forgot he was a character and everyone else did too. - I have one really interesting question that needs to be answered: Why and how and when was Noah EVER interested in Glendower? Because why did he whisper those lines to Gansey? WHAT?!?!?!
2. GLENDOWER WAS ALWAYS DEAD? - WHAT? The point of this story was just about a FUN adventure? What was the point of "Make way for the raven king?" What was the point of Gansey's powerful command? What purpose did it serve? Why was Gansey even magical? I thought that was because of Glendower!
3. RANDOM CHARACTERS/NOT SO RANDOM CHARACTERS? - There were a lot of characters that I personally think were interesting and could have been expanded on much more: Grey Man (what happened to him??), the rest of the 300 Fox Way women (what happened to them???), NOAH (did he remain undead????) - There were a lot of characters that I personally think had useless back stories that did nothing to the plot and only wasted lines: Piper, Lauminor (spelling?!??!), Henry's mother, BLUE'S FATHER, and HENRY. Instead of wasting time on these said characters, we should have focused MORE on existing ones such as the characters listed in the above bullet (is that even a bullet?) OR, Maggie could have made their role more important because honestly, it was a big WHY AM I READING ABOUT THESE PEOPLE. - I don't where Neeve fits in those two categories. She could have played a more important role, but she didn't. It left me wondering WHY she was even in this story at all. - Honestly, WHO THE FUCK IS HENRY? Did anyone remember who Henry was from the previous book?? Because I certainly didn't. His presence was just completely unnecessary and out of the blue and again, WHERE'S NOAH??
4. Blue - She is probably my least liked character out of all FIVE of them (I'm NOT including Henry).
5. Adam and Ronan - I loved them. So I will end these thoughts with Adam and Ronan because they are OTP and I am really really happy they are together.
So what can we conclude from this? I don't know. I really don't know how to feel. I could talk about Gansey's death-not death, 6:21, Cabeswater dying for Gansey, but I can't be bothered because, as I said, I don't know how to feel. All I know is that these three stars are most likely for Stiefvater and her initial idea for the story, the writing (because it's pretty good), and ADAM AND RONAN <3
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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