Book Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle: Book 4)

the-raven-kingRating: 3/5 stars.

I am really confused by my feelings for this book. In some ways it felt pretty fulfilling, in other ways I felt ripped off.Read More »

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Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle: Book 3)

Blue-Lily-Lily-BlueRating: 4/5 stars.

Oh, oh…this was amazing and so intriguing. Agh! How is this series going to end?

Blue has become so close to these Raven Boys. Neither the Raven Boys or Blue could imagine one without the other. Among all the things she may have discovered with these Raven Boys, sadly the one thing she never wanted to come true is: she is finding her true love. But she is also learning that what you have you can lose so easily, like mothers, lives, friends, and certainties. Will she be able to find any of them again?

These characters are really growing. Ronan is turning over a new leaf. He is slowly learning to be a bit more like he was before his dad died. He is a bit more kind and caring, especially to Blue and Adam. Adam is ever changing and I don’t think I’ll ever truly know him now, but he’s learning not to take every as charity and pity. He’s is accepting truth and friendship for what it is. Gansey and Blue’s relationship grows, but their differences may also break them apart. Gansey is struggling and is fearful in a way his friends haven’t seen before. I love seeing this new side of him, even if it is terrible and sad at the same time. Poor, poor Gansey! Blue is tired of holding her secret from Gansey any longer. She misses her mom and she wants to be able to kiss someone. Then there’s Noah. What is going on with Noah?! I’m freaking out over here! Don’t leave please!

This series never ceases to surprise me. Every book I’m learning some new secret, whether it is about someone’s past or about a person’s being in general. I probably could read this whole series and find out so many things that I missed the first time.

I felt like I could tell what the plot was in this one, so that was a relief. But I still just can’t comprehend it all. There is so much underneath the surface that you can miss if you’re not looking close enough. It’s beautiful in that way. The buildup leading to the end was very intense. The end was even more intense and exciting. Oh my goodness,  I can’t believe everything that is happening.

It is funny how normal this world feels at one moment, then how magical and supernatural it feels in the next moment. I have loved it. It is so paranormal. Ronan’s abilities are so interesting. Adam’s connection to Cabeswater is hard to decipher. Noah, strange things are always happening to Noah. Blue I think we’re still learning more about.

There was plenty of language again, including: f***, d***, s***, a**, and a few others. Though there definitely wasn’t as much language as the last book. So that was good. There were some gay references, but without anyone ever saying the word gay. So at times I couldn’t tell when they were talking about it or what the intention was. A married couple in this book were mentioned as hardly wearing any clothes while in their house, but nothing came of it. It was just said and that was it.

I really enjoyed this. The writing is stupendous! I need the next book now! How is it all going to end? It can’t end happily, and it’s worrying me like crazy. If you can handle the language, go read this now. This is so unique.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle: Book 2)

dream-thievesRating: 4/5 stars.

I loved this book!  But I must say, I’m not sure if I got the plot (or the point) to this book. Maybe I’ll get this as I read the rest of the series.

Ronan has secrets. Some he keeps from others and some he keeps from himself. One secret is that he can bring things out of his dreams. What comes out is not always what he wanted, but there are others who want those things. Blue and the Raven Boys are on the search for the Welsh King Glendower. Gansey’s obsession with Glendower has infected all the boys and Blue. They feel that they are getting closer to finding Glendower. The secrets and the way to Glendower are now coming out of the dark. The only thing that’s certain is that this will bring change.

Oh man, I just have fallen in love with these characters. They are each so different and so special in their own uncommon way. Blue just defies the world with her style of clothes and by just being herself. She is so torn in this one. Ah, I’m heartbroken for her. It was so sweet what Noah did with Blue, but I don’t think it was the most appropriate thing, but it was done out of kindness and curiosity. Adam’s changed and I don’t even think I know the half of it. Those choices that Adam made…I think they are starting to have an impact. Gansey you’re trying to keep the gang together, but sometimes you just have no clue. Other times, oh my goodness you’re the best person ever! Then there’s Ronan which was who the book mainly focused on. Learning about his past and his gift was so intriguing.

I love how this is written. I love the way things are said and not said but understood all the same. It is just so neat. The character development is perfect. These characters might just be the death of me.

Because it did focus on Ronan, there was more language than the last book. F*** and s*** were probably the ones most used. There was a bad hand gesture thrown in about two times. The use of God’s name in vain was there. Ronan drinks until he’s like drunk while trying to accomplish something important. One person I think was asking another if he was gay without really saying the word gay for a moment. There were a few kisses shared (not gay kisses). One time it was said that two people (not married and not central characters) were laying in bed together before a phone call and then it moved on from there.

This one didn’t have much psychic stuff in this book, but there was plenty of intrigue and action. It had a few really intense and crazy moments (What just happened to the normal world?). There were these creepy night horrors (scary monsters pretty much) and just a few fight scenes that I could tell were bloody, but it didn’t go into detail.

Even with its faults, I just loved this. I’m recommending this series to older teens. It’s such a unique read that you won’t find anywhere else.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle: Book 1)

81iFWnYVpTLRating: 4/5 stars.

My first thoughts on this was that this was not what I was expecting, but I don’t really know what I was expecting.

Every year Blue Sargent and her mother watch the dead walk past and for the first time Blue sees a boy. Blue has always been told that she will be the cause of her true love’s death, but when she sees the dead boy, she must find him. His name is Gansey and he is a rich student at Aglionby. He and his three friends are on a search for something amazing. Their Raven Boys, which means trouble. But Blue is drawn to these boys and their search. She never believed in true love, at least, until now.

I have to say that these characters were some of the most unique and well written characters that I have ever read. Oh my word, these characters are so gripping. I loved them all for different reasons. Blue was bold in a way. She stuck out as different purposely. Her style of clothes was so her. Once she set her sights on doing something, she followed through with it. The Raven Boys were so great. Gansey was a person you just liked right away. He had two sides. One was vulnerable and fearful and worried. The other excluded confidence and showed just how rich he was. Adam, oh I loved him. He worked so hard to be where he was. He was poor, but he was his own man. He was quiet, but not really shy. Ronan was gruff and angry (I don’t think I really knew a moment when he wasn’t in some way angry), but he had this surprising kind and protective side. Noah was quiet and shy. He was kind of in the background of the book for a bit more than halfway through then you find out something shocking. Woah…I wasn’t expecting it at all.

This was set in our own world, but it had some very fantasy and mystical elements. There was a lot of psychic stuff (well, it seems all of Blue’s family are psychics) like predictions and fortune telling and even a few rituals. There was a little bit of speaking with the dead (or more like ghosts) and much discussion on ley lines. So I advise caution for those who don’t like to to get into magic and the like.

It was such an exciting book. I loved every moment of it. There was always something new to learn and discover either about the characters or the “quest” the Raven Boys were on. There was also a fair share of intense and shock moments especially towards the end. Ther was some violence and it was a bit bloody, but I didn’t think that it was really described. This was just one of those books that held your attention even if it wasn’t an exciting moment.

I loved the way this was written. There was a ton of times when the boys would say something and you knew there was another underlining meaning to it. Then you’d have to think for a moment to get it and sometimes you didn’t get it until later. It switched the points of view and I loved it and was frustrated by it when it cut off an exciting part.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the language. It was probably the most bad language I’ve read, though I haven’t read many books with bad language. It had f*** a few times along with d*** , s***, and a** among a few other choice words. There was a few mentions of really bad cursing, but they didn’t say the language. There was also a bad hand sign or two and the book also included use of God’s name in vain which quite disturbed me.

I will still definitely be reading the next one! All things considered, it was fantastic! This is great for people who read fantasy and contemporary. I’m recommending this for older teens and up.

-G. Paige