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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

22 Feb

The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle #1

author : maggie stiefvater [also wrote: the scorpio races; shiver]

pages : 409

memorable quote “My words are unerring tools of
destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

favorite characters : ronan & adam

summary :

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of theShiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

review :

This is the third book I’ve read by Maggie Stiefvater and I’m so glad that I kept trying her work! Shiver and The Scorpio Races just had little things about them that I couldn’t get over so I could enjoy the book, but The Raven Boys was fantastic! I loved the mystical setting, the mysterious predictions, the colorful cast of characters. I’m so glad that I’ve started the Raven Cycle, because now I can’t wait to read the next book!

Blue is an interesting character. I don’t know what it’d be like to know that you can’t really get close to anyone, because giving your true love a kiss will kill them. Blue’s been told that her entire life but it never really became a problem until she was old enough to become interested in boys and that’s where the store really begins. Although I really liked reading about the Raven Boys more than the chapters from Blue’s perspective, it was only from personal preference and not because there was something I truly disliked about her.

I love how I could never predict what was going to happen next! I think that this was what I really wanted to see in one of her books, something that moved at a faster pace. This took me a little while to get into but after the first third of the book I just couldn’t put it down! I really recommend this book for people who like surprises, a magical and paranormal element, and a group of characters you won’t forget!

4/5 stars

One Moment by Kristina McBride

14 Apr

 

One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

Pages [hardcover]: 272

Favorite Characters:
Adam & Maggie

Summary:

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below – dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

Review:

What would you do if one of your best friends died? This book tries to confront that, as well as reveal the ripple effect a person’s death can have on their friends and family. Especially a teenager’s. Maggie loses not only one of her closest friends but also her boyfriend of two years when Joey dies after a day out at the gorge. But . . how did he die? Did she have anything to do with his death? She’d love to tell people that she’s innocent, except she can’t remember anything about the incident. Her memories have been completely suppressed.

I loved following along with Maggie as she seeks to recover what she did know, and learn more about what she didn’t. Joey had many secrets, and the book seems like a mystery as she unlocks the clues that will bring her closer to understanding not only his death, but his life as well. Did she really even know him?

I loved the writing style of One Moment. At points very full of imagery, almost whimsical, and others direct and blunt, it shifted to suit the feel of the current setting perfectly. Because of this, there was never a dull moment, and I was left constantly wanting more. The build up to the ending was wonderful, and it made me want to read more by this author. Kristina McBride has a wonderful way with words and characterization that is both unique and brilliant.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

26 Apr

Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Pages [hardcover]: 383

Memorable Quote: It was so weird, because usually I was totally nervous talking to guys. But Eli was different. He made me want to say more, not less. Which was maybe not a good thing.

Favorite Characters: Maggie & Auden

Summary:

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Review:

I love all of Sarah Dessen’s books, and this is one of the few that I haven’t read yet. Along for the Ride is as sweet, funny, romantic, and fun as every other novel written by this author.

I really liked how Auden wasn’t the only one who needed her life to change for the better. Eli is still attempting to pick up the pieces of his life, and one summer of sleepless nights with Auden could help him heal. They both rely on each other evenly.

This book didn’t put as much emphasis on the minor characters as others by Sarah Dessen have. Instead, the plot circles around Auden, focusing on the miniscule changes in her life. I like how the reader can see each step of her transformation, even when that step is backwards.

I really enjoyed Along for the Ride and already have another Sarah Dessen book lined up on my to be read pile. I recommend this for any previous fans of her work or anyone looking for a light, fun summer read or romance. I give it 5/5 stars.

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