Now Quoting: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

13330943.jpgThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Doubleday on September 13th 2011

Page Count: 387

Genre(s): Adult, fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, romance

Format: Paperback, purchased

Would I recommend? Absolutely! I don’t read very many adult books because I tend to grow bored of them quite easily, but this one held my attention the entire time. The plot is so incredibly creative and unique and the author’s use of imagery and figurative language is absolutely astounding. I loved every second of it! I would especially recommend this novel to fans of Bone Gap and Challenger Deep.

My Rating: ★★★★☆


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

-Goodreads.com description

I just finished this book a few days ago, and I absolutely loved it! It did take me a bit of time for me to get into it at the beginning, but after I did, I was captivated. This book is one of the most beautifully-written novels I’ve read in a long, long time.

For those of you who don’t yet know, “Now Quoting” is a feature I try to do on my blog every week or two in which I share a quote from a recent read that particularly resonated with me and share my thoughts on it. I had a bit of a hard time choosing the quote from this book that I wanted to share with you guys because it contains so many amazing quotes, but I think I found my winner!


“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.” 2.jpg


I just loved this quote, especially the first line. “You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose…” This quote shows how stories can quite literally change someone’s life. Stories can teach you an important lesson, allow you to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and inspire you like you’ve never been inspired before.

I guess I just really related to this quote because while I may not be the best writer in the world, I feel like it’s my role and my gift to move people and drive people with my words. To educate them and empower them and inspire them. This is the reason why I get up early each morning and go to bed late each night to read and write. I want to change the world with my words.


Have you read The Night Circus? What did you think? What are some books that you’ve found particularly quotable lately?

Currently Reading: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

24934065.jpgRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

So, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re probably very, very surprised that I happen to be reading this book right now. You probably understand that about 97% of everything I read is contemporary, and that this percentage probably isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Anyway, I received a gorgeous hardcover copy of this book in my Uppercase subscription box last month (which I meant to write a review on….oops) and decided to give into the hype monster and read it. I started it a couple days ago, and now I’m on, like, chapter 6.

It’s not that it’s not an interesting concept, because it is. It just seems to be moving kind of slow, I guess? (Keep in mind that this is coming from a girl whose favorite books are super in-depth, slow-moving contemporaries.) I can’t really say much about the world-building because I’m only a few chapters in, but so far it seems kind of confusing. This might just be because I’m a contemporary girl and have trouble getting used to other genres, but I really don’t know.

I’m a really big fan of the writing style, though! The prose flows perfectly and seems to depict Amani’s emotions really well. It’s also really, really descriptive, and it kind of feels like an info-dump at times. This is probably why this book feels so slow-moving (and possibly kind of boring??) to me so far.

As far as characters go, I really like Amani. She’s super kick-ass and determined and sassy and reckless at times. I don’t know any of the side characters too well right now, but they seem kind of neutral to me so far.


Have you read Rebel of the Sands? What did you think? If you felt like the first part of the book was kind of slow-moving like I do, do you think it gets better? What are you currently reading?

Mini Reviews | March 2016 Edition

Yes, I do realize that it is no longer March. But I was hoping to do some sort of round-up of all the books I didn’t get to review in March….so I’m doing mini reviews! Grab your beverages and get cozy, guys, because this is going to be a long post.


11588.jpgThe Shining by Stephen King

This book took me a while to get through, because, you know…..I’m not that experienced with Adult books. I did love it though! I had extremely high expectations for this one because Stephen King is considered to be one of the greatest writers of modern times, and I was certainly not let down. The only thing I wasn’t really expecting – and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I don’t like to get too freaked out – is that it didn’t scare me as much as I expected it to. I’m not saying that I didn’t get scared at all, because I did. I’m just saying that although I was pretty scared while reading this book, it didn’t have much of an effect on me after I finished it. I think it’s just one of those “it’s not you, it’s me” situations.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


22205.jpg This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

I had pretty mixed feelings about this one. I mean, it is Sarah Desssen, so it was extremely well-written and quite adorable. I guess I was just let down a little bit by the plot. I guess it felt a little slow to me for the first half of the book, so I didn’t get into it until much later on. Also, the main character, Remy, really bugged me with all her negativity and selfishness. The plot seemed pretty cliche with the whole “girl who doesn’t believe in love meets boy who changes her life” trope. It was a cute book, though, and while I didn’t necessarily like the characters individually, I loved them together.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


228965514.jpgNone of the Above by I. W. Gregario

None of the Above is an extremely important book, and I’m so, so glad I read it. It centers on a teenage girl, Kristin, who has to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about herself after being told she was intersex. Admittedly, this book did make me a bit uncomfortable, but not because of the subject matter at hand. The way people reacted to Kristin’s situation and completely betrayed her just broke my heart. The sad thing is that before reading this book I had no idea what it meant to be intersex – and that is one of the reasons this book is so necessary. Lovely writing, realistic and fleshed-out characters, and unique, important subject matter. Highly recommend!

Rating: 4/5 Stars


22489107.jpgFairest by Marissa Meyer

This one was okay. I mean, I guess it was kind of interesting to learn about Levana’s background and how she became so evil and everything, but for the most part, I feel like it didn’t add much to the series. Readers that actually liked Levana’s character to begin with might enjoy this book, but I personally don’t see the appeal. Some parts felt more like a chore to get through than actually reading for pleasure.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars


6654313.jpg Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

I actually wrote a review on this book a few weeks ago, which you can view here. Basically, while the writing was still gorgeous and the story was somewhat enjoyable, I had some issues with the plot. By that, I mean: literally nothing happens throughout the course of the entire novel. Nothing. It was also pretty predictable, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the new characters that were introduced. Overall, a fast-paced, fun read, but I found it lacking in a few areas.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


12425532.jpgOf Poseidon by Anna Banks

I wasn’t a fan of this one at all! The premise sounded promising because I’ve hardly ever encountered any YA mermaid novels and I was in the mood for a good beach read, but unfortunately, it didn’t deliver. The writing style is what about 80% of my ratings are based off of, and I didn’t enjoy the writing style in this one at all. The sentences felt kind of choppy and contrived and there wasn’t much sentence variety, and it felt like the book was geared towards a much younger audience than “young adults.” I also had some serious issues with the characters, starting with Emma. Emma just seemed so whiny and naive, and she bugged me so much throughout the novel! Galen just seemed way too creepy and stalkerish and possesive for my taste. Insta-love is one of my least favorite romance tropes, and it was painfully present in this book. I could go on with all the things I didn’t like about this novel, but it’s supposed to be a “mini review,” so I’ll just stop right here….

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars


180442773.jpgThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Loved, loved, loved! The first 3/4 of the novel is really, really confusing, but the confusion is well worth it. This book centers on the lives of 3 teenage girls: Amber, Orianna, and Violet. It tells the stories of these super messed-up girls and the crimes they did or did not commit. The way Nova Ren Suma wove these stories together in such a beautiful, seamless way was honestly awe-inspiring. The lyrical writing was absolutely gorgeous – almost poetic. This book will seriously mess with your mind, and while I do admit that this book isn’t for everyone because of the dark subject matters at hand, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


 

13455498.jpgAnything But Ordinary by Lara Avery

I wrote a review on this one a few days ago, which you can view here. This book had lots of potential, but unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of the execution. I suppose the first half of the book was pretty enjoyable, but there were too many aspects in the latter half that left me rolling my eyes and wanting to throw the book across the room in frustration to overlook. The writing was okay, but nothing special. The characters were boring and felt pretty unrealistic. The plot was shockingly predictable, and the ending felt really cheap and unsatisfying. A quick, fast-paced read, but I definitely had some issues with it.

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars


 

16068341.jpgThe Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

For anyone who has ever been bullied, The Truth About Alice is an absolute must-read. This book explores the effects of an extreme case on the bullying spectrum in an incredibly honest and raw perspective. The book is in the POVs of four characters: Kelsie, Alice’s ex-best friend; Kurt, the boy next door; Elaine, who hosted the party and is the most popular girl at school; and Josh, the best friend of the boy who Alice supposedly “killed.” The writing was amazing and I loved how Mathieu used 4 unique perspectives to piece together what truly happened that night. The only issue I have with this book was the extremely stereotyped and cliche characters. These stereotypes included: “the nerd actually really likes Alice” and “the best friend betrays Alice to fit in with the popular crowd” etc., etc. This did get a bit annoying, but besides that, I didn’t have any issues.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


18806240.jpgBone Gap by Laura Ruby

This one was probably my favorite read of the month! I mean, I wasn’t MIND-BLOWN or anything, but I’m really, really glad I read it. The concept is so unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and it kept me on the edge my seat the whole time. I’ve read an embarrassingly small number of magical realism books, but of the ones I’ve read, this one certainly takes the cake. Oh, did I mention how incredibly unique and quirky and WEIRD the characters are?! I completely fell in love with all of them within the first few chapters. Also, the writing style is quite gorgeous.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Gosh darn it, that took a long time to write. Still no 5-star reads for me this year, but I have had some solid 4-stars. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed! 🙂

Let’s chat: Which of the books on this list have you read? What did you think? What was your favorite book you read in March?

Review: Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery

13455498.jpg Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery

Published by Hyperion Books on September 11th 2012

Page Count: 326

Genre(s): YA, contemporary, romance, paranormal

Format: Hardcover, borrowed from library

Would I recommend? Nope, definitely not. I suppose the first half of the book was kind of enjoyable, but there were just too many aspects in the latter half that left me rolling my eyes and wanting to throw this book across the room in frustration. The writing style is good, but nothing special. The characters were boring. The plot was predictable. The concept itself was unique, but poorly executed.

My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

An inspiring, bittersweet love story about making every day count.

Bryce remembers it like it was yesterday. The scent of chlorine. The blinding crack and flash of pain. Blood in the water.

When she wakes up in the hospital, all Bryce can think of is her disastrous Olympic diving trial. But everything is different now. Bryce still feels seventeen, so how can her little sister be seventeen, too? Life went on without her while Bryce lay in a coma for five years. Her best friend and boyfriend have just graduated from college. Her parents barely speak. And everything she once dreamed of doing—winning a gold medal, traveling the world, falling in love—seems beyond her reach.

But Bryce has changed too, in seemingly impossible ways. She knows things she shouldn’t. Things that happened while she was asleep. Things that haven’t even happened yet. During one luminous summer, as she comes to understand that her dreams have changed forever, Bryce learns to see life for what it truly is: extraordinary.

-Goodreads.com description

My Thoughts

This book had a lot of potential. Although I had never heard of it before the cover caught my eye in the library a few days ago, I was still looking forward to reading about this unique concept. I wanted so much to love this book…and while I did enjoy parts of it, I had several glaring issues that were too big to overlook.

The writing style was pretty good. It wasn’t crazy-beautiful or anything, but it wasn’t bad. This was one thing I was a bit worried about going into this novel because I felt like the writing in the first chapter  felt a bit forced and unnatural, but it definitely improved over the course of the novel. I did feel like the dialogue was a bit flat and contrived, but that might have just been because of my huge dislike for the characters.

This leads me to one of my biggest issues: the characters. This aspect bugged me so much! When I’m reading a book, I want to read about realistic, flawed, captivating characters. I want to meet characters that I can identify with and relate to their struggles. This, my friends, is the exact opposite of Bryce, our main character. Bryce is beautiful, smart, athletic, social, friendly, and funny. Bryce is also perfect in every way and all the guys like her. She has no problem fitting in to a crowd and appears to have no insecurities whatsoever.

Otherwise known as, Bryce is boring.

BOOOOO-RING!

And it’s not like Bryce is the only character like this. Her best friend Gabby is described as being beautiful, charismatic, intelligent, and popular. Both love interests are depicted as being sweet, smart, funny, and having gorgeous abs. It might be just me, but honestly….do you really think this is realistic?

I THINK NOT.

Another issue I had was that this book seemed extremely…..unorganized, to say the least. Between Bryce recovering from her accident, discovering her so-called “paranormal powers,” navigating her tricky love life (oh my gosh, two guys love me at the same time! What’s a girl to do?), fulfilling her high school bucket list, and weird uses of symbolism that I STILL don’t understand….I felt like this book had way too many concepts going on, with none of these concepts actually being explored and explained to their full potential.

The plot was also shockingly predictable. I mean, normally predictability isn’t a huge issue for me because it doesn’t take away much from my enjoyability of the book, but there is a point where it REALLY gets on my nerves. When I’m able to predict everything from the cliche dialogue to the major plot twists, I know there’s something wrong.

Another thing that bugged me were all the diving references. Like, I get that Bryce’s greatest passion is diving and I DO want to learn more about diving, but when Bryce is comparing her emotions to “drowning in a pool and having no one to pull her out” every other page, it does get a bit tiresome.

OH, and the ending? DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE ENDING. I can’t really tell you what happens if you haven’t read it yet because, you know, spoilers…..but just know that it caused me to physically throw the book across the room in frustration. And guys, trust me: I NEVER throw books.

Final Thought

A unique and original concept, but poorly executed. A fast-paced and somewhat-enjoyable read if you can get past the cliche plot twists and 2-dimensional characters. I read this book in one sitting in the span of about 3 hours….so if you’re looking for a book purely to get back on track of your Goodreads challenge, this book might be for you! Otherwise, don’t bother.

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars


Have you read Anything But Ordinary? What did you think? I’d love to hear what you guys have to say in the comments!

 

Currently Reading: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

18044277.jpgThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

So, you may have remembered how in an earlier post I mentioned how I have not yet read a single 5-star book in 2016.

Yup, you heard me right.

I have not read a single 5-star – or even 4.5 star – book in 2016.

In fact, the last 5-star book I read would have to be Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, which was way back in November.

Why haven’t I been reading any 5-star books lately? There are plenty of possible explanations for this, but that’s another topic for another time.

My point is, I think this book might be my breakthrough. It’s one of those books that I knew I was going to fall in love with just based off of the title, cover, and Goodreads synopsis. But for some strange reason, I didn’t end up reading it until now.

This book sucked me in from the first sentence. I mean, come on. There’s no way I couldn’t be instantly captivated by a book with an opening paragraph like this:

We went wild that hot night. We howled, we raged, we screamed. We were girls – some of us fourteen and fifteen; some sixteen, seventeen – but when the locks came undone, the doors of our cells gaping open and no one to shove us back in, we made the noise of savage animals, of men.

Sounds intriguing, no??

I honestly don’t know what genre this book is, and I’m not going to look it up, either, because that might be a spoiler. It’s giving me a kind of psychological-thriller feel, but I’m sensing that there may be some paranormal elements involved as well….I really don’t know. The Goodreads synopsis is pretty vague, so I went into this book knowing pretty much nothing. Which is definitely part of the reason why this book has kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time – because I have absolutely no idea what’s going on.

The writing is absolutely gorgeous as well. The prose flows so well that it almost seems poetic in some parts.

We were alive. I remember it that way. We were still alive, and we couldn’t see how close we were to the end.

Even now, my hands are literally itching to get my hands back on this novel. I’m definitely looking forward to (hopefully) having some of my many questions answered and reading the rest of Nova Ren Suma’s works!


So tell me: have you read The Walls Around Us? What did you think? Have you read any of Nova Ren Suma’s other books? What are you currently reading?

 

Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

6654313.jpg Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Published by Scholastic Press on June 13 2010

Page Count: 360

Genre(s): YA, fantasy, paranormal, romance

Format: Hardcover, library copy

Would I recommend? Um…I suppose so, if you’re a fan of the first book. I did have some issues with it, but the writing style is really beautiful and the story is still pretty enjoyable.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

-Goodreads.com description

My Thoughts

“She made her home in between the pages of books.”

Linger was a book I had super high hopes for. I mean, how couldn’t I? I absolutely fell in love with Shiver last year, and I’ve been desperate to get my hands on the sequel ever since. I had read some pretty mixed reviews on Linger, but my expectations were still through the roof because of how Shiver left me. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed and underwhelmed.

Don’t get me wrong; Linger isn’t a bad book. I mean, I’m still convinced Maggie Stiefvater is an absolute genius and can do no wrong. Almost everything was there that I normally look for in a novel: a gorgeous writing style, fleshed-out and realistic characters, a unique concept, a slow-burn romance. Which pretty much leaves out one thing: the plot. Which, in my experience, is a pretty important part in a good novel. Some say that it’s the most important thing, which I agree with, after the writing style. This is the area that I found Linger to be a little lacking in.

Our story is introduced right where Shiver left off, except this time there’s a new character introduced: Cole. I wasn’t a huge fan of the new POVs that were added in (Cole and Isabel) in addition to Grace and Sam. Also, the book sometimes changed POVs in the middle of a chapter, which really bugged me. I definitely preferred Shiver‘s format and the way it changed POVs every chapter.

“This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.

I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye.”

Cole kind of bugged me for the majority of the novel, but he kind of grew on me by the very end of it. I guess my main problem with him was that he wasn’t relatable at all, and I couldn’t fathom anyone thinking about or doing some of the things he did. I suppose Stiefvater was going for some major character development, but frankly, I just found it annoying and unrealistic. I guess that’s why I ended up not hating him as much in the end: he seemed way more….well, human.

My main issue with this book was the plot. I’m just going to be outright with my opinion on this: throughout the entire 360 pages, literally nothing happens. Stiefvater uses romance as a convenient way to get the nearly nonexistent plot rolling. And trust me, I’m not saying that I’m against romance – I love myself a good slow-burn romance. I loved Sam and Grace’s romance in Shiver because they were just getting to know each other and they were so adorable together. I was looking forward to learning more about the world Stiefvater created and also to having some of my questions answered, but I was pretty let down in this aspect.

Another part of this book that kind of bugged me was the predictability of it all. We were literally told what was wrong with Grace within the first couple of chapters, and then we were expected to be shocked by it at the end after the “big reveal.” This aspect didn’t taint my enjoyment of the book too much because it isn’t one of the main things I look for in a book, but it is an area that I think Stiefvater could have improved on.

“And some days I just can’t live with that. But I do. Because that’s life, Cole. Life’s pain. You just have to get over as much of it as you can.”

Alrighty, enough with the negativity! I may have emphasized a little too much on my negative opinions on this book in the first part of my review, but honestly, 3 stars is still a pretty good rating. Although I did definitely have some things that bugged me, it was an enjoyable read overall. There were many parts of this book that I absolutely loved. Like, for instance, Cole and Isabel’s relationship. While I wasn’t necessarily a huge fan of either of these characters individually, their relationship was quite adorable and pretty realistic. Also, Stiefvater’s writing style was as beautiful as ever. Her prose reads so smoothly and beautifully; it’s almost like poetry.

Similarly to Shiver, I also really appreciated Stiefvater’s unique take on the whole werewolf thing. I haven’t really read any werewolf books unless you count Twilight, but I really liked how she incorporated the paranormal aspect with her lyrical prose and her extremely character-driven plot, which isn’t something you see too much of it YA fantasy.

Final Thought

Overall, a solid and fairly entertaining read but not too memorable for me. I will definitely be finishing up the series, but my seemingly-endless TBR pile might fall over and squash me in my sleep before I ever get to that point – oops.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

17675462The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Published by Scholastic Press on September 18th 2012

Pages: 416

Genre(s): YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Source: Purchased

Rating: 3.5 stars

“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.

-Goodreads.com description

GUYS, I finally did it. I READ A MAGGIE STIEFVATER BOOK. Aren’t you proud of me? 😉

And I gave it 3.5 stars.

Not that that’s a bad rating or anything; it’s actually a really good rating for me. Everything was on point: the amazing writing style, the complex characters, the creative plot twists. My expectations were SO HIGH for this book, but unfortunately, my overall reaction didn’t live up to it.

The Characters: I loved the characters soooo much. They were all so complex and unique and flawed, and their thoughts and actions felt really believable and realistic to me. I especially loved and related to Blue, the main character, with all her personality quirks and emotions she felt throughout the story. I also really liked how Stiefvater gave each character a backstory, and described them well enough that I was able to picture them in my mind. The way she presented the characters felt like I could relate to all of them in one way or another, and that is a truly amazing concept.

The Plot: This sounded EXACTLY like the kind of book I would rate 5 stars. Everything in the synopsis sounded incredibly interesting! I mean, come on. Psychics, dead people, forbidden romance? Count me in!

It wasn’t that there was anything specifically wrong with the plot – it just felt really slow to me. I do have a pretty short attention span when it comes to books (or anything, really XD), and I just didn’t really get into this novel as much as I wanted to. Which is always really disappointing to me, because in my opinion, the best books are always the ones that make you really feel things, whether it’s hurt, joy, anger, or grief. And this book just didn’t deliver these feelings like I expected or wanted it to.

I was also really looking forward to the “forbidden romance” part of this book, which never really ended up happening. I guess there’s always the next book in the series, though….and the next…..and the next…..and, well, you get the idea. 😉

There were definitely positives, though – like the incredibly creative world-building. There were dozens of times while reading this that I stopped and wondered, How do people even come up with these things? I applaud Stiefvater for her creativity and originality when it came to the plot.

The Writing Style: I was seriously blown away when it came to the writing style in this book! I had heard so many amazing things about her writing, but I didn’t really understand it until now. Her descriptions were so vivid and imaginative, and I could picture everything in the book really clearly, which is pretty rare for me.

Quotes:

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

***

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

***

“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.”

***

“The way Gansey saw it was this: if you had a special knack for finding things, it meant you owed the world to look.”

Final Thought: Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, though I was a bit disappointed with the final product. I loved the writing style, the characters, and originality, but I wasn’t blown away by this book the way I wanted to be. Based on the review above, I would rate this book a solid 3.5 stars.

What were your thoughts on The Raven Boys? Was I really the only one who was left slightly disappointed? Does the series get better or worse as it goes on? Oh, and tell me: When does the romance happen? Let me know in the comments, and happy reading! 🙂