The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a freakin’ awesome book reco from my Boss. I love it so much to the point that I was coming in to the office “lThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a freakin’ awesome book reco from my Boss. I love it so much to the point that I was coming in to the office “later than usual” (read: 9-ish am) while I was reading the book. My evenings and mornings were offered and sacrificed for the ley line (PUN INTENDED, OKAY).
Let’s go over the points why I love this pretty little weirdo dark thing:
- While paranormal books have had a share in my reading list, dealing with spirits and ghosts is a fresh realm for me. And it has gotten way more interesting when this book offered fearless teenagers.
- Okay, high school boys are my weakness. Especially good-looking and smart or rich high school boys. Deym, what I would not give just to hang with the Raven Boys?
- I like Blue. I like everything about her. Her perspective, her valor, her sight, her decision-making process… everything. I’m also very invested at her prophecy of killing her one true love through a kiss. It is what has gotten me to read the book. I mean, “kiss” as an archetype is to resurrect someone from the dead, not to take one’s life. Just amazingly interesting.
- So if I am still in high school, and I will rank the Raven Boys in terms of attractiveness, this will be my answer: 1. Ronan – because he has this bad boy vibe that I’m totally diggin’ (very Travis Maddox, minus the cutting-class part) 2. Gansey and Adam tie in the next spot – because they’re just incomparable — one’s so adorably classic (yes, that’s Gansey) and the other’s adorably smart and romantic (which gives us Adam) 3. Noah – because I will never get laid if he’s my boyfriend (PUN INTENDED)
- For some reason, I’ve always had dual feelings over fortune-telling: skeptic and crept out. But this book stripped all my judgment away. Blue’s bloodline of psychics rocks!
- I love the mystery. I love the searching. I love the revelation. Thank you, Glendower and the ley line for being so elusive. Haha!
- Had there been a SAG Award for books, The Raven Boys will win the Best Cast Ensemble category!!! Yes, I will include Chainsaw, Ronan’s weird little Raven pet, and Barry Welch, the now-dead weird Latin Professor, on the list of awardees.
I may not have fleshed out the technical parts of the book in this post, but I assure you, you’ll have lots of treasure-hunting-like plot. It’s grand. Incomparably awesome than most of the books I’ve read....more
In the streak of books that I’ve read for the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge, never have I thought that I will soon add John Green’s to the list. But duIn the streak of books that I’ve read for the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge, never have I thought that I will soon add John Green’s to the list. But during the recent Four-Day Avalanche-of-E-mails weekend (gawd, my work, it’s fckn crazy!!!!!!!!!!!), I gave in… to read The Fault in Our Stars.
And like the main characters in the book, I have stubborn issues — or you may just call them “Nash’s points-to-ponder.”
1. Seeing the story through Hazel Grace Lancaster’s eyes should have put me in the shoes of a thyroid cancer patient, but since she was sarcastically wittier and stronger than most people and fictional characters that I know, I treated her like a normal person with nose tubes and an oxygen cart.
2. This is what bothers me actually, and you may call me cynical for saying this, but is the concept of true love in this book can be called as pure as true love can be? If neither had a terminal disease, would they have still loved each other like the way they did in the book? If only one had a terminal disease, would their feelings have carried on to taking off their clothes, getting entangled with tubes? I’m raising these questions because Augustus Waters only professed his love (and even kissed etcetera etcetera) for Hazel when he found out that he had a recurrence. Because they were on the same level at that point, is that it?
3. Honestly, I liked the metaphors of Van Houten when he was being an asshat. Thing is, I couldn’t understand all of them as they are too intellectual for my tired brain. But this struck me the most — a character’s life ends with the book. It’s a reality of oblivion that we fear, and yet, it’s just there. It happens — in all means and purposes.
4. While I think I just bashed the quality of love or the hidden agenda of Augustus and Hazel’s feelings, I really liked it when she compared falling in love to falling asleep. You dip into it slowly then BAM! Next thing you know, tomorrow is already today. You already fell.
5. This is the most predictable thing to happen in the book, but I cried like a baby when Augustus Waters died. I wanted to shout “YOU CANNOT JUST WALK AWAY FROM MY LIFE, YOUNG MAN!” but then again, this isn’t escape fiction. It’s interpretive and it’s a slice of real life.
6. Quotes that made my heart self-destruct: a. "It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." – Gus, on falling in love with Hazel b. "But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful." – Hazel, on Gus’ pre-funeral c. "The only person I really wanted to talk to about August Waters’ death was Augustus Waters." – Hazel, on Gus’ death d. "The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with." – Hazel, on Gus’ death e. "You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers." – Gus, on his last letter to Peter Van Houten
I am in no position to question John Green because I think that the book was amazing as is — just the book itself with no additions nor subtractions (yay confidence points to you, John Green’s book!). There’s something hollow, there’s something weird, but after I turned onto the last page, I felt that it was beautifully written. I don’t know why, I just know it was.
P.S. I agree with you, Mr. Green. The Universe clearly wants to be noticed. Tsk, this flamboyant gigantic thing....more
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore is like a book of riddles. Admittedly, along with Queen Bitterblue, I was just so keen — borderline irritated — in findiBitterblue by Kristin Cashore is like a book of riddles. Admittedly, along with Queen Bitterblue, I was just so keen — borderline irritated — in finding out what the hell was going on in Monsea.
Damn you, Immiker (a.k.a. the late King Leck) and your stupid Grace! How awesome it was that Katsa killed you (in book 1) just to shut your gob!
There were just so many times when I would be so interested and hooked to the plot, but then the book would introduce new characters and play mind games with the reader, and then I would soon realize that it’s 40-plus chapters… it’s a goddamn long book, I must say. Or maybe there’s a difference if you’re reading hardbound. Anyway, my point is, I almost parked the book and entirely read another one. Say, for example, I was rereading Beautiful Disaster again while I was halfway through Bitterblue. That’s how tired my brain was — having to be drugged by Travis Maddox just to continue on my real reading track.
Perhaps, it’s safe to say that the remaining 1/3 of the book was massively riveting, with all the revelations that fell into place. With the all the mysteries unraveled and riddles answered. It was ultimately a good sequel to Graceling. I never could’ve asked for a different sequel, but if Ms. Cashore will write another book about Katsa and Po, I will most certainly welcome it with an exhilarated heart.
Apart from the puzzle pieces and the lies that needed to be fixed, I think what broke my heart in finishing this book is the fact that I fell in love with the characters so much, that I wish to be with them more than what was allowed in a trilogy.
I miss Katsa. I miss Po. I miss Katsa and Po together. I hated how Bitterblue pulled off her “HBIC” attitude and sent Katsa away to the tunnels to get Fire. I hated how Bitterblue asked Po to return to Monsea and help her with her goddamn royal duties. But fine, a queen’s gotta do what a queen’s gotta do just to save her queendom. Going back to my point, I miss Katsa and Po (couldn’t stress it enough). I utterly miss my favorite couple.
Uhm, I think I fell in love with Sapphire Birch. And I’m not sure how I feel about how the book ended with his situation like that. Fine, he could be absolved from the treason he just committed, but damn it, Ms. Cashore, how can you make me fall in love with a character and then take him away from me? Why are you doing this to me? How? Why? Just like that? *insert meltdown here*
There were so many characters which I truly liked (okay, loved) in this book. Like, Helda — everyone’s wish to be their Mum. Hava — damn girl, you werkin it! Lord Giddon — hell no, I’m calling you Lord, regardless of Randa. Raffin and Bann — they’re a package and I love them and all their medical discoveries. Teddy, Tilda and Bren — coolest geeks ever. Lastly, Death (rhymes with “teeth”) — you are the most brilliant and sarcastic librarian ever. We should be friends.
I cannot express enough how sad I am that the book already ended. I would have given anything just to read more books about these characters — provided that they’re in Katsa’s or Po’s POV. Hehe. Oh well, forward-thinking, says the queen. But thank you for the experience, Ms. Cashore....more