Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The Raven Boys (The Ravens Cycle #1) By: Maggie Stifvater

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: July 30th, 2013
Source: Bought
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads 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 the Shiver 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.

My Thoughts:

So it took me a really long time to read this book, not because I didn’t enjoy it but, it felt so heavy to me for some reason. The plot was very intricate and I tended to get a bit confused at times. In the beginning their was so many raven boys that at first I couldn’t keep straight who was who, once I got more into the story this got much easier. Between Blue and the Raven Boys the story has so many places to go and I felt like I really had to pay attention and concentrate to understand everything that was going. Maggie has a way of writing that I really feel is different from any other author that I have read, I can’t quite pin point why but, her books just have a different feel to them and The Raven Boys definitely did not disappoint me, I can’t wait to continue on with the series and find out what happens next.

Honestly I have no idea to write a summary for this book that won’t spoil or make more sense then the summary from goodreads does, so I think I just want to talk about the book in general. This book had a more dark feel, which I have come to enjoy from Stievater. Throughout the entire book I just felt this ominous prescence and I couldn’t shake it throughout the story. Blue our main character has definitely grown up different from any other teenager around. The Raven Boys eventually each became so different and they added to the story in a different way, each of them was important to the plot and I can’t wait to see how they are involved next. Gansey was the main Raven Boy that was focused on the most. He was obsessed with mythology of ley lines and figuring it all out. The one thing that still kind of confused me was the whole mythology behind this book, it was complicated and intricate and I hope to find out more as I continue on with the series. Gansey was definitely the leader and you could tell that he was the thread that held everyone together.

Overall, this review made not a lot of sense lol, but this book is one that I feel like you really have to read to experience and It is definitely something different in the YA world. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stacking The Shelves!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga's Reviews that is all about sharing the books that are being added to your shelves. It could be physical books, ebooks library books, or review books.

I am really bad about posting my hauls, they are so sporadic but, I am going to try harder to post each week, so enjoy!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares By: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

 Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn
Published: October 26th, 2010
Source: Bought
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My Thoughts:

This book was a cute and quick read. An overall adorable romance that had me laughing out loud at times. I had never read either of these authors so I was definitely curious because I know how popular he is. I am guessing of course but, each chapter alternates between the POV of Dash and Lily, I assume he wrote Dash and Rachel wrote Lily, the story was just plain fun and a bit of an adventure.

Lily’s brother and his boyfriend decide that they need to find her a boyfriend, so they take a notebook inviting a boy to begin with a series of dares and leave it in The Strand for someone to find, Dash finds the notebook which begins a friendship with Lily and Dash passing the notebook back and forth and leading them on all kinds of crazy adventures around New York.

Lily was such a fun character, I could picture her so vividly because of the way she is described. She loves Christmastime and it was so funny to see how much she could get into all of it. It made me want to go and visit New York at Christmas myself just to see all the wonder she found around every corner. Dash on the other hand was the complete opposite of Lily and as he left the notebook with different relatives they kept describing him as Snarly. But through the notebook Lily is taken out of her comfort zone and learns different things about herself and has so much fun.

Overall, this book was just plain fun, I enjoyed the story and it was definitely a good time for me to read this and just gave me what I needed a little romance and a lot of fun. It was so cute and who doesn’t like a cute romance every once in a while. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TBR Thursday!

So fellow awesome blogger Sarah, from Words With Sarah created her own meme to help cut down on her TBR pile by, featuring a book each week that she will be reading that has been on the bookshelf for three months or more. I love this idea because that is definitely an issue I have with books sitting on my shelf for way too long.

My read for this week is:

Title: Deadly Little Secret (Touch #1)
Author: Laurie Fauria Stolarz
Published: December 23rd, 2008
Goodreads Summary:

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.

My Thoughts:

I have had this book on my shelf for such a long time, I have heard some good things about the series and I am definitely in the mood for a paranormal romance so I hope to enjoy this one. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming book releases that everyone is waiting on.

This weeks selection is:

Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 3rd, 2015
Goodreads Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

My Thoughts:

I am a fan of Lauren Oliver although her latest YA release Panic wasn't one of my favorites I am still looking forward to seeing what this book is like. 

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