The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

the raven boys Maggie StiefvaterTitle: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: September 18th, 2012

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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.

This book. Oh my God. It was amazing. It was so good. A lot of people were like ‘yeah it’s boring’, it really is not. This book is the perfect book to pick up when you want to read Fantasy, but you want something new. Usually in fantasy books, there’s a chosen one or at least a villain that needs to be killed because they are so evil and are a threat to humanity.

Not in this case.

This book, is so refreshing. There is no villain, at least maybe not yet, but not in this book. There is no chosen one. And the characters. Oh my god the characters. You will never meet a more intriguing bunch than these characters. It still has the beauty of fantasy where you have, for the majority of the time, no idea what’s going on, but in such a good way.

Plus, the points of view? I cannot deal with the points of view. Maggie Stiefvater created such wonderful characters, they are not in the slightest bit a like. Usually you can see a sort of resemblance between the characters, not in this case. Plus, it was easy to understand in which point of view you were currently in, which is not always the case for other fantasy series.

And that ending though. Amazing. I want to buy and read the second part as soon as possible, and I may just have to. I am incredibly broke right now, but I can make it happen. There’s nothing holding me back.

I know there are a lot of people out there who have read this series, but I am going to recommend this series to everyone who hasn’t read it yet. I want everyone to experience the uniqueness of this book, I want to talk to more people about it. My friend is currently reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, and I have made her well aware of the fact that afterwards she is going to be reading The Raven Boys. I love making people read books I love. I think this series has something for everybody and I just want everyone to read it.

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I dabbed into the characters beforehand, but I’m just gonna do it again, because this is such a character driven story. We meet 5 characters, which are so amazing. I was so shook. We have Blue, the daughter of psychic, who has no powers, but is still amazing. We have Gansey, with the most hilarious name, who was reborn. Adam, such a sweetheart, I really love Adam. There’s Ronan, who can make things out of his dreams a reality. And last but not least, we have Noah, who is a goddamn ghost. I love how when they found Noah’s body, Gansey automatically connected the dots that he was a ghost and basically made no big deal out of it, like he was already so used to the weird stuff happening. And there’s a lot of weird stuff.

The things that happen in this book, I really have no idea what is going on most of the time. I love the magic in this world. It’s not your usual magic, it’s something much different and I am so in love with it.

Plus, I am scared for the next books. I have the feeling that Blue is slowly starting to see past Aglionby Gansey, and see the normal Gansey, who isn’t just money and everything. But, currently there is something happening between her and Adam, and because I love Adam so much, I don’t want something bad to happen to him. I also don’t want Maggie Stiefvater to create a love triangle, because I am honestly so sick of those. I am excited for Blue and Gansey, but I don’t want Adam getting hurt.

Then there’s Noah. What the hell even is Noah. One of my favorite parts of this book is where they have a funeral for Noah so that his family has closure and everything, and then afterwards they dig up his remains and burry him at a church, so that they can see him. I can’t even. I’m glad that Barrington Whelk is out of the picture. He was such a weird guy and he killed Noah. Noah is such a precious bean he seriously didn’t deserve to die.

The bigger question is what even is Ronan. He’s all up in the place, he knows secrets, he can do stuff with his dreams, which I don’t know that much about, but I will in the next book, and I am so excited to find out more. I’m honestly speechless.

I can’t wait to continue this series. Bye! 🤗🤗

Sunday Recommendation: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glassHey everybody, I am back today to recommend to you one of my favorite series of all time. Even though Harry Potter is without a doubt my favorite series, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is very high up on that list. If you’re looking for a high fantasy series, which is still easily understandable, pick up Throne of Glass. Throne of Glass is my favorite series for a variety of reasons.

  • It has an amazing female main character, who stands up for her values and is a fantastic role model for women.
  • The characters are insanely diverse and the magic system is entirely fresh and complex.
  • The world building, and in general the description of this completely new universe, is breathtaking
  • Speaking of breathtaking, so is Sarah J. Maas’s writing. She has an incomparable writing style which will leave you astonished. No one can write a story quite like Sarah J. Maas.
  • Usually with series you can kind of see what the ending will be like. You can easily picture a war scene being the last scene of the book, or a war/ uprising inevitably happening. It’s also like that with this series, but what happens in between is what makes it so unique. You think you know what’s going on, but in reality you have no idea because Sarah J. Maas is the queen of plot twists.
  • A TV adaption for the entire series of Throne of Glass is currently in the works and, if you are like me and you want to read the book before the adaptation comes out, I’d start now before the show starts, because the series is 6 books long, the 7th and final book coming out September 2018.

And that’s why it’s one of my favorite series of all time. It truly has something for everybody, I’ve recommended it already to a ton of my friends and they have also read and loved the story. I did write a review for Tower of Dawn, the most recent novel in this series, which you can find right here, but it isn’t as much help for people who haven’t read the series, because it is a spoiler filled review. And a summary of the first book can be found right here. But I hope that my post did inspire you to pick up Throne of Glass if you’ve had it on your shelf and haven’t picked it up or if you’ve never heard of it and are now interested. Bye! 🤗🤗

Top 10 books I want to finish before 2018

Hey people, I’m finally on autumn break, or well the english equivalent to it. I’m on break now until the 6th of November, so please enjoy my posts!

the raven boys Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“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.

I am currently reading this book, go me! I’m really enjoying it and it’s super fun and I finally have time to finish it, so maybe a review of this book will hopefully be going up on Monday!

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stonesevery last word cover

Goodreads summary: If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

I have been wanting to read this book for over 2 years, I finally added it into my amazon cart a couple of months ago (oops) and still haven’t gotten around to it. I am insanely interested in this book and really want to read it, because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and it’s very high on my to-read list.

lady midnight.jpgLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads summary: !! Safety first, the summary doesn’t neccessarily have spoilers for TMI but just in case, I’m not putting in a summary !!

It has been way to long. I keep talking about this series, I keep wanting to read it. My friend is currently reading it and she keeps telling me to read it and I will. I am going to. I’m super excited for new Cassandra Clare characters and new book experiences and I already own the sequel, it’s seriously time for me to read this series.

Zodiac by Romina Russellzodiac

Goodreads summary: At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

I have owned this for far too long. Over 2 years now, it’s time. I can’t make this a habit (although I already have, let’s be honest)

angelfall seriesAngelfall by Susan Ee

Goodreads summary: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

This series has also been sitting on my shelf for over two years now, my mom has read these books. I really want to get to them, but I don’t know if dystopian is really my thing, but I’m sincerely living for the angel theme. I’m conflicted and I will get to it.

The Dark Prophecy by Rick RiordanThe Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Goodreads summary: !! Second part in this series, No spoilers here !!

Why haven’t I read this yet? I loved the first book so much and I really want to read the sequel and buy it already. Why couldn’t I have bought it before my book buying ban!

a shadow bright and burningA Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Goodreads summary: I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

I started this book before summer vacation, and I really really enjoyed it, but I think I had to put it down because I had a lot of exams and A Court of Wings and Ruin just came out, so I had to sort out my priorities. I feel like it’s the perfect book for this time of year so I am super excited.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray a great and terrible beauty

Goodreads summary: In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India.

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

I bought this over a year ago, I started it over a year ago. I was in a pretty bad reading slump when I bought this book, but I remember it being good. And I do want to continue on with the series.

Crimson-Bound-sml.jpgCrimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Goodreads summary: When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

I don’t have a huge backstory for this book. I bought it a while ago, because I remember waiting for the paperback edition of it to come out. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a hot minute. I want to read it, because I really like Cruel Beauty and I seriously want to read more by Rosamund Hodge.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennardtruthwitch.jpg

Goodreads summary: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I preordered this book. In 2015. And I was super excited for it. I bought the sequel early 2017 because it was cheaper on amazon and it did make me excited for Truthwitch. But it’s nearly 2018 and it evidently didn’t work. I love the premise of this book, with the whole female friendship, so I am super excited!

So these are the books I’m hoping to get to before 2018. I probably won’t be getting to most of them, because after my break it’s exam season for me and I have really hard classes that I sadly have to pass. I hope I’m going to. So yeah, please let me know what you think of my picks, if there are any from my list I should read first. Bye! 🤗🤗

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

tower of dawnTitle: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: September 5th, 2017

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

!! Due to this being the 6th book in the series, this will be a spoiler filled review !!

Goodreads Summary: In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Ah yes, I am back with a book review for a book most people have probably already finished last month, and I too planned to put up my review for it 7 months ago, but here I am. #Iloveschool

This book took me a while to get into. It was hard for me to make the change from fluffy contemporaries where you hardly need your brain to read them, to hardcore high fantasy, written by the queen herself. It was also hard to find some time to read this book because honestly, school takes up so much time and at the end of the day when I want to read, I cannot, for the life of me, look at more words. I just need sims videos. And there was also the whole fallback where my iPhone broke and I got demoted to an iPhone 4 and I just couldn’t care for anything, I was in a terrible mindset.

But then things started looking up. I got a new phone and I was more active in the fandoms. I was spoiled for Tower of Dawn on nearly a daily basis thanks to Instagram posts. But the spoilers didn’t make me not want to read the series, it made me want to read the series even more. I was spoiled for Nesryn and Sartaq, and Chaol and Yrene getting married. But I loved the idea about Chaol and Yrene getting married it didn’t bother me. I only wanted to get to the part of Yrene and Chaols relationship.

About halfway through the book, Chaol and Nesryn split up because Nesryn went with Sartaq to the mountains on his ruk. Then, per usual Sarah J Maas fashion, we had chapters from their point of views. We did before that too, but they were together so I thought it wouldn’t be that bad. But I honestly could not care for Nesryns chapters. Yes, what she did was amazing and at the same time I was super interested in the Nesryn chapters, but at the same time I couldn’t shake the feeling that they felt exactly like the Manon chapters in Heir of Fire or Queen of Shadows. I only wanted to read about Chaol and Yrene and I am honestly their biggest shipper, I love them together, they are a great couple.

See, I don’t know how Sarah J Maas does it, but she somehow manages to give every single character in her stories a dramatic backstory, without ever repeating herself. Yrene Towers was introduced to us in this series and I honestly love her so much. Yrene is a very headstrong person and really stands to her morals. The scenes where she is with Chaol at the beginning and Chaol is still being stubborn, were so hilarious. Yrene and Chaol are both incredibly stubborn and once after one of the healing sessions, they were both so tired but still needed their tea and I I couldn’t handle it, it was so funny.

I love how Sarah J Maas can make you think you know whats going on, but in reality you are in the darkest of the dark. It’s always the last 100 pages of a book, they are all up in your face with plot twists and deaths and surprises, I honestly could not deal. The fact that Maeve is a Valg Queen from another dimension, has me so shook. The fact that Duva was inhabited by a Valg, had me pretty shook aswell. But the fact that after 600 pages of reading about Chaols recovery, and everything they had to do to get him to recover and even get him walking again, Valg Duva shoots him down with another darkness, which at first only took away his walking abilities, but then it actually killed him. Chaol was in the hands of death, but Yrene went in for a bargain to get him back, and she couldn’t care less because she was so in love with Chaol. Now they have this bond between them that relies on Yrenes abilities, and it honestly feels like a human mating bond to me. And Chaol asked her to marry him. I love Chaol and Yrene so much.

Sarah J Maas is this amazing author, but I am honestly terrified of the last book. I don’t want Aelin or Dorian to die, but these goddamn Valgs. I have such hatred towards the Valgs, this is all Maeves fault. Because of Maeve there was this whole magic problem and she’s making all these amazing Faes her slaves and Aelin and Rowan can’t be happy together and she put Aelin into a coffin? Plus, what was Fireheart? Everyone says their hearts broke in Fireheart because it was so dramatic, I honestly did not get it. I don’t think I fully understood Fireheart, because all they do is open Aelins coffin. I mean, we don’t know who ‘they’ are, but that’s all that happens. I highly doubt that ‘they’ are going to kill Aelin mostly because of what an important role she plays in everything, and everyone knows about that.

This book was such an emotional roller-coaster, I still haven’t fully recovered from it. I recommend Sarah J Maas books to everyone that I know and I honestly cannot stop because everyone should experience Sarah J Maas. I’m excited to find out more from her in the next part of Throne of Glass. On Wednesday I will be back and listing up the books I want to finish before the year ends, and I’m feeling very optimistic about it. Although I’ll probably only end up getting to like three of them, because who has time to balance school work and free time?