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Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor and Park (Goodreads)
Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1250012570
Format: paperback (ARC)
Pages: 325

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Lincoln, Nebraska (1986)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: He’d stopped trying to bring her back.
I first heard about Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowel months before it was due to be released in the US from a friend who was dying for a copy and couldn’t wait for it. I was headed over to England where it was out and so I offered to bring her back a copy. Then later on I received a copy for review and yet I found that I couldn’t start it. All I had heard about Eleanor & Park  was how good it was and usually every time I hear that about a book I am horribly disappointed and feel like I was mislead somehow. Yet, I was still curious about this story and I finally allowed myself to be persuaded to read it on my way to Frankfurt recently for business. 
Once I started Eleanor & Park I couldn’t put it down. I was so grateful that I had several hours of uninterrupted reading time on my flight so I didn’t have to. I was also glad that the people around me slept on the flight over so that they didn’t see my smirks of laughter or the tears in my eyes as I flipped through the pages of this story. I really find it hard to put into words just how much I loved this story. I loved the setting and all the characters….oh how my heart broke during some scenes. But it didn’t just break, Eleanor & Park contained some of the best heart achy moments that I’ve felt in a good long while. 
I loved how this one was told from the POVs of both Eleanor and Park. I loved seeing inside both of their heads and their lives and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see where events would go next. When I did reach the end of the book I was filled with this deep sadness as I wasn’t ready to leave this world. There is still so much more that I want to know about these characters. I want to know every minute detail of what happens next and yet at the same time it was a very well done and beautiful ending. 
Eleanor & Park, simply put, is an epic book of awesome and I public apologies to all those who I doubted when they told me to drop everything and read it. I am ashamed of my doubts because this story lives up to all of their praise and more. This is by far one of the best books that I’ve read all year and its just the beginning of my love affair with Rainbow Rowell’s writing. This author could publish a book on grocery lists and I think I would read and love it. If you haven’t read this book yet then you are seriously missing out. Trust this doubting soul and learn from me, Eleanor & Park is a must read will appeal to teens and adults alike. If this book doesn’t break your heart and give you the warm fuzzies then you don’t have a soul.*

 

*I jest…not really…yes yes…I do 😉

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows

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Title: Asunder (Goodreads)

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062060783
Format: paperback (ARC)
Pages: 416

The Author on the Web:

Jodi Meadows – Official Site


Place(s) Traveled to: City of Heart // Range // Purple Rose Cottage

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): My life was a mistake.

Related Post(s): Friday Fragment – Asunder’s opening scene

New Souls Series Order
Book 1 – Incarnate
Book 2 – Asunder
Book 3 – Untitled (~2014)



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There are some books that are like a brilliant star, a bright spot of light that everyone seems to be talking about. And there there are books that are slower burning, no less brilliant, but they always seem to fly under the radar. Asunder by Jodi Meadows is more of a slow burn sort of book and its partly because of that that I love it so much. There are no big bangs or ZOMG moments in Asunder but there are lots of events that happen and even a few twists and turns that prevent the story line from becoming predictable. 

As a book 2, Asunder, could have have fallen into any one of a dozen different cliched traps and while it does serve as a transition novel to get to the climax scenes it doesn’t feel dull or cliched. The story picks up not long after the events of Incarnate end and Ana is struggling with her purpose as the full realization of that final night become clear to everyone in Heart. People are more suspicious of Ana and her life is a little more difficult but her spirit is still as strong as ever. 

I think I love Ana and Sam even more now at then I thought was possible after Incarnate. Though I was sad that there didn’t seem to be as many interactions with the other secondary characters that we grew to love. And those we did see, Stef, for example seemed to go through a total personality change. Maybe I’m not really remembering Stef from Incarnate but she just came across as an entirely different person this time around and it never meshed with my memory of her. Which made me sad as I recall liking her in the first book but I really didn’t care for her in this one. There were also moments that I wanted to shake Sam as well, but that was more because he doesn’t doing things that I wanted him to do. I’m hoping that in the final book he gets his act together and becomes more biddable to my ways.

The story line is engaging and while it didn’t always move as fast as I would have liked there was always something going on just around the corner and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I loved all the new secrets learned in this book and how it included more action than the first book but it wasn’t overwhelming. The story moves along a nice even pace and nothing every feels rushed or hurried. I liked how easy it was to slip back into this world and just enjoy discovering it along with Ana. I hate how its going to be at least a year before we find out what happens next as Asunder does end with a bit of a cliff hanger. I think that fans of Incarnate will enjoy this book as well. 


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

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Title: Something Like Normal (Goodreads)

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 19 Jun3 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1599908441
Format: ebook (ARC)
Pages: 244

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Ft. Myers, Florida

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): At the end of the concourse I can see a few kids from the high school marching bad playing the “Marines’ Hymn” and a couple old guys – their blues straining at the waist – acting as an unofficial color guard.

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This review is a long time in coming and its one that I’ve been wanting to write since the very first moment that I read Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Only every time I would open up a blank blog post page I would just stare at the blinking cursor at a complete loss of words on what to say. Something Like Normal is a book that kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. Its a book that touched my heart in so many ways that there really aren’t words to describe just how much I loved this story.

Something Like Normal is one of those books that I guess could fall into that New Adult category in that the main character, Travis, is out of high school and starting his career as a Marine. While on deployment his unit is attacked and he is deeply affected by the loss of some good friends. Travis is then sent home on leave in order to deal with the emotional pain  only there was a reason why he left home in the first place.

Travis’s journey is one that I think everyone should read. Its not a new story but its not one that you typically see in a Young Adult book. What I love about the changes in the YA world over the last decade or so is that authors aren’t afraid to tackle some tough issues. Trish Doller gives us an honest look at PTSD and how it can affect our young soldiers. She doesn’t shy away from the harshness of its effects on personal relationships.  

I loved getting to know Travis throughout this book. I loved his interactions with all those around him. I enjoyed his growing relationship with Harper from their first dynamic meeting until the last page. But Something like Normal is more than just the story of Travis and Harper. There are real issues in this book and I think its a book that everyone should read. Just make sure that you have plenty of time to set aside because this story is utterly unputdownable. Also, be sure to have a box of tissues nearby because Travis’s story is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Something Like Normal is an emotional roller coaster and its hard to believe that its a debut novel. 

This is a book that I’ve reread more times that I can count. Its one that every time I hit the last page I am sad that there isn’t more to the story. Its a book that I wish I could read again for the first time. It touched a part of my soul and the characters stayed with me long after I finished reading it the first time. With a story like this I can not wait to see what Doller comes up with in the future. Brilliant.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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Publisher: Avon Books

Source: NEIBA
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062068539
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 384
Websites:

Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1831)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Rules of Scoundrels Series Order
Book 1 – A Rogue By Any Other Name
Book 2 – One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
Book 3 – No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (27 Aug 2013)
Book 4 – Untitled (~2013/2014)

First Line: There were benefits to being the second son.

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From the moment I finished Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name I was desperate to get my hands on One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. The epilogue from Rogue held such promise that I was eager to see how poor Cross dealt with the particular brand of odd that is Pippa Marbury. Pippa as you may recall from Rogue is Penelope’s sister who is nearly engaged Lord Castleton because its the proper thing to do. But Pippa has a curious side and knack for finding things out so when she learn’s her new brother in law, Bourne, is owner of a gaming hell then Pippa decides she wants to flirt with scandal before settling down to a good and virtuous wife. 

Enter in Cross, Bourne’s business partner a rogue who is good with numbers and so very ill equipped to deal with one of the Marbury clan. One does have to give Cross credit though he really does try to resist Pippa. He tries so hard to get her to stop her experiments and go back to being nearly engaged and live a scandal free life. But as any romance reader knows he’d have a better chance at setting fire to rain than in dissuading a determined female.

What follows in One Good Earl is a serious of events that will have the reader laughing out loud and falling as deeply in love with Pippa and Cross as they do with each other. As with all of MacLean’s other books you will be put through a torturous ride where you lose track of the fact that you are reading a romance and you question if a happily ever after will happen for the hero and heroine. I delighted in how odd that Pippa was and feel as though I might have been her if I’d grown up in the 19th century. I am a bit of a science nerd myself though I think Pippa is far smarter than I’ll ever hope to be. 

Cross and Pippa are a wonderful pair and I adored their story. I also loved the little snippet/teaser that we get into Temple’s background. Though I have to admit that I am not as excited for his story. At least not yet. At least with Cross and Pippa we had the fun epilogue at the end of Rogue. Plus Temple has the sad place of having his story told right before Chase’s and on thing that One Good Earl does is make the reader hunger even more for his story. Chase is a meddlesome rogue and I feel that his friends are going to really enjoy making him squirm in payback for all that he has down while they were falling. 

The one real disappointment that I had with this story was that there weren’t enough cameos from Bourne and Penelope. I loved their story and so was hoping to see more of them here. But despite their lack of appearances I still delighted in this book and read it in just a few hours of it landing in my hands. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and got the odd look from passer bys as I’d laugh and gasp during my reading of it. (It should be noted that I read this book in a hotel lobby as I had time to kill between a conference and a dinner that night.) If you’ve read anything by Sarah MacLean then you are sure to enjoy this book. If this is your first experience reading MacLean then its sure to make you a life long fan. This book is a must read for me and I can’t recommend it enough. I loved it so much that just by writing this review makes me want to read it all over again so I think I’m going to go and do just that.


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Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

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PublisherPoint

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 01 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0545333024
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 304
The Author on the Web:
Place(s) Traveled to: Woodbridge, Massachusetts 
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Colby had a secret.
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I love a good mystery and I love Kim Harrington’s books so I was really excited to read her newest release The Dead and Buried. Not only is it a murder mystery but its also a standalone book and there are far too few of those (it seems) so its always refreshing to have just one book to worry about. The Dead and Buried starts after the murder that is the central plot has happened and the main character moves into the house of the dead girl. This sets her apart from the other kids at school. It also doesn’t help that she’s moving from a small town to a larger one towards the end of her time in high school. 

Overall, I really liked Jade as a character she was a little snarky but not as much as Clare from Kim’s other YA Mystery books Clarity and Perception. But then Jade hasn’t had to deal with the same issues in life as Clare and so doesn’t have as big a chip on her shoulder. I also liked the other characters that were in this book and think that fans of Kim’s previous books will enjoy will like this one as well. 

For me, the mystery in this book wasn’t super difficult to figure out but that doesn’t take away from the fun of the book. There are a few twists and turns in the story to fool the less experienced mystery reader but the lack of a hard to figure out mystery in no way detracts from this story. This is a book that I think all fans of Harrington’s previous books as well as mysteries in general will enjoy. I know I for one did and I am looking forward to the next bit of mystery

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Rayburn

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Title: Silent on the Sanctuary  
Publisher: Mira 

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 01 January 2008
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0778324923 
Format: ebook

The Author on the Web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Italy //Blessingstoke, England // London, England (1887)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Well, I suppose that settles it.

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Lady Julia Series Order
Book 2: Silent in the Sanctuary
Book 3: Silent on the Moors
Book 4: The Dark Road to Darjeeling
Book 5: The Dark Inquiry

Amateur detective Lady Julia is back! Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn picks up a few months after Silent in the Grave ends. The story opens with Lady Julia and her brothers on holiday in Italy until they are summoned home to the family estate for Christmas. (Seems no matter the year or how old you get parents will always have a pull on their children. lol) As with the first book I loved Lady Julia’s family. They are loud and eccentric and are far from normal but they all have a deep love for each other and embrace their oddities. Even though society doesn’t always do so. 

As with Silent in the Grave there is a murder to be solved and luckily Nicolas Brisbane is there to do so. Which is a good thing since Lady Julia does tend to bumble about even though her intentions are good. As with the first book there is lots of wonderful tension between Brisbane and Lady Julia as well as lots of witty dialogue. I really love these two together and I really love all of the crazy March clan. 

The mystery in this book is different than the one in the first book as there is a confession shortly after the crime. But things aren’t as cut and dry as that because if they were then we wouldn’t have a book. There are some twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and the end result is a plausible one. There are no WTF sort of reveals in this book. Just a well paced story contained in a well written book. I found that once I started to read this story that I had to see it through until the end. If you like smartly written mysteries and a good historical book then I highly recommend Deanna Raybourn’s books. They are delightfully delicious in every way.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab

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Title: The Opposite of Hallelujah (GoodReads)
Publisher: Delacorte 

Source: Publisher NetGalley
Publication Date: 09 October 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0385738366
Format: ebook
Pages: 464

The author on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Maple Grove, Illinois

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: When I was twelve, I started telling people at school that my older sister, Hannah, was dead.

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Anna Jarzab is one of those authors that I’ve interacted with online but haven’t actually read her books before. I have a copy of her first book on my shelf but like so many books that I own I just haven’t had the time to read it. So when I had the opportunity to check out her sophomore book, The Opposite of Hallelujah, I didn’t let it slip through my fingers. At first it took me a little bit to get into the story. The first chapter is a lot of background recap on where all the major players are coming from and I found myself easily distracted by other books. But once I sat down and gave just a little bit of attention to The Opposite of Hallelujah  I wasn’t able to put it down. 


I loved so many things about this book and think that it has so much to offer in terms of discussion. There are issues with faith, family, friendship, trust, relationships, and other issues. There are actions made and consequences for them. There are struggles and triumphs. There are poor decisions and good ones. There is also a strong sense of family, with involved parents. Parents who don’t always make the right choices either. There were times when I didn’t like Caro’s parents very much and then there were times when I loved them. Which pretty much happened with most characters in the book so they weren’t immune to my love-hate feelings. 

I really loved watching Caro navigate through so much stuff. I loved that she was smart and funny and not some weird social outcast who ends up being taken in by the hot popular jock. I loved her friendship with Reb and Erin. I liked her relationship with Hannah and could sympathize at times with things that she felt as I am a little sister as well. Then there were things I couldn’t connect with as I’d never think of telling people my sister was dead. But also, my sister never disappeared into a convent either so if I was in Caro’s place who knows what I would have done. I know Caro didn’t mean anything by some of the lies that she told about Hannah throughout the story. I can even understand them as sometimes the truth is harder to believe than a lie. One of my favorite characters in the story was Pawel. He was Polish and sweet and just a great yin to Caro’s yang. I really felt their chemistry and my heart would break and get all achey. It was just a wonderfully written romance and sets a high bar for other YA contemporaries. (And seriously, there need to be more Polish boys in books they are an underused gem.) 

One might think that because there is so much jammed into this story that it would be weighty and bogged down or feel disjointed and all over the place. But it isn’t far from it. The writing is very tight and solid and the pacing is just perfect for what needs to be told. The Opposite of Hallelujah is a story I didn’t know much about going in. I didn’t read the synopsis and I didn’t look at many reviews and I think because of that it allowed me to form my own opinions on everything as I really had no expectations. Its a book that I found really hard to put down once I really sat down with it. This is a story that I know that I will find myself re-reading and bullying people to read. Its one of my favorite books for the year and I really can’t recommend it highly enjoy. So if you haven’t picked this one up yet then know you are really missing out and need to grab yourself a copy today.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey

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Title: Demon Eyes (GoodReads)
Publisher: Flux

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 08 Oct 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0738726451 
Format: ebook (ARC)
Pages: 395
Websites:
Place(s) Traveled to: Belle DamWashington
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Witch Eyes Series Order
Book 1: Witch Eyes
Book 2: Demon Eyes
Book 3:  Phantom Eyes (Fall 2013)
First Line: “Power is a problem,” a dead man said to me.
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Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey is the second book in his Witch Eyes series and it picks up shortly after the ending of the first book. Braden, our main character, is dealing with a lot of issues including some strained relationships which leave him feeling a little isolated. As with most sequels there is a lot of transitioning in this book that will lead to the big climatic moments of the final book. But just because there is transitioning going on doesn’t mean that nothing happens in this book. 
Demon Eyes starts out with a bang and while its not a race to the finish there are many quick, fast paced and emotional roller coaster moments. My heart was often left aching when it came to Braden and his various relationships  I swear, Scott Tracey seems to delight in torturing the reader. That and I think he has a thing against happy, fluffy bunny moments because just when his characters seem to find a moment of peace he goes and tosses a grenade into things. 

There is much to like in Demon Eyes and if you liked Witch Eyes then you will like this book as well. Many of the same characters return and there is lots of snark, some mystery, some action, some romance, and a wee bit of heartbreak to keep the readers entertained. I do like that we got to see more of some characters that we first met in Witch Eyes but it seemed to come at the lessening of other characters rolls and that made me sad.
If I am honest, then there were some moments that seemed to drag in this book and for the bulk of it the story was a solid 4 star read. But then the ending just sort of exploded and jumped this star rating up. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and I do love it when an author can surprise me. What I don’t like are cliff hanger endings and the ending of Demon Eyes can fall into this category. This is especially tragic when the release of Phantom Eyes isn’t until sometime in 2013. *le sigh* That is so far to wait.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Audio Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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Title: Enclave (Goodreads)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio (Audio); Feiwel & Friends (Print)

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 12 April 2011 (Audio & Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1427211205 (Audio), 0312650086 (Hardcover)
Format: Audio
Audio Length:  ~8 hrs
Narrator: Emily Bauer

Websites:

Place(s) Traveled to: College Enclave // Nassau Enclave // The Tunnels // Gotham/Ruins // Sanctuary

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: I was born during the second holocaust.

Razorland Series Order

Book 1: Enclave

Book 1.5: Endurance (novella)
Book 2: Outpost
Book 3: Horde (~2013)


Enclave by Ann Aguirre was a book that I had heard about but wasn’t sure that I wanted to read until recently when it seemed to pop up on various blogs that I read. I became curious about it and so used one of my audible credits to download the audio. I was glad that I did and I do have to admit that I am not sure if I’d have enjoyed this one as much if I hadn’t listed to it. The narrator, Emily Bauer, does a fabulous job bring the complex nature of Deuce to life. For Deuce is both very mature for her age but also very naive.


Enclave is a fast-paced story that really sucks a read in. I loved the post-apocalyptic world that Aguirre created and I also loved that there was also an explanation for it. All too often, we as readers, are just supposed to accept that the world we know ended and fell to ruins but are never told why. Now while Aguirre doesn’t go into long details there is enough mentioned that there isn’t any blind acceptance and its a believable one as well. Deuce’s world isn’t pretty its dark and controlled and there is the constant danger of being attacked by a freak. Freaks are zombie-like creatures that live only to eat the flesh off of those few humans that live in the tunnels that make up Deuce’s home. 

When Deuce’s world is shifted and she finds herself leaving the enclave that she’s called home life becomes very uncertain. But Deuce isn’t alone, her partner and friend Fade leaves with her with his stories of life on the surface. A world that Deuce was always told meant certain death. There then comes many tense moments where the reader is left on the edge of their seat wondering if Deuce and Fade will survive to the end of the book. There are battles and discoveries and lots of personal growth for both Deuce and Fade. I loved their relationship and I loved that it wasn’t a romantic one. Yes there was an attraction between them but neither character sat and made mooney eyes at the other.

There was no insta-love and no long, obsessive inner monologues from Deuce whining over how her love is not returned and she’s not good enough and ZOMG does that wink mean he likes me? No, this book was more about Deuce and Fade learning to trust each other more than they’ve had to in the past and really building on their friendship. It was refreshing to “read” a book that wasn’t romantic-centric. 

As I mentioned above, Enclave on audio was a truly excellent performance. Emily Bauer does a fabulous job of bringing Deuce to life her toughness as well as all of her uncertainties. She brings just the right amount of tension to the story where tension is needed. She does a great job with differing voices and I never doubted who was speaking when. Her narration of the description portions of the story were also well done. Bauer is a narrator that I will be on the look out for because hers is a style that I really enjoyed. As with several of the audios that I’ve listened to and fallen in love with it makes me wonder on if I’d have enjoyed this one if I’d read it in print. Overall, this was an excellent read and I its one that I’d highly recommend to all. Especially those that love a good post-apocalyptic dystopian stories with a zombie-eske twist. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review: Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: Raven Boys
Publisher: Scholastic

Source: BEA 2012
Publication Date: 18 Sept 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0545424925
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 416

The author on the web:

Place(s) Traveled to: Henrietta, Virginia

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: It was freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrived.

Related Posts: Teaser from the Book 

Raven Cycle Series Order
Book 1: Raven Boys
Book 2: Untitled (Fall 2013)
Book 3: Untitled (Fall 2014)
If I am honest then I will tell you that I wasn’t planning on picking up Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because I really didn’t like Shiver (my review). But then a friend of mine kept insisting that I give it a try and so I did. At first I wasn’t seeing what the magic was about this book and found it a bit slow. But then I also had trouble focusing on reading at that point in time so that may have just been me. Because once I really sat down and started to read this book I was sucked into this world and mythology that Stiefvater created. 
There is no momumental twists or big bangs in this story and its more of a slow burn. Its a quiet sort of book and yet it contains so many layers. Some of which don’t really become clear until you hit the final page. The story is filled with lots of changing POVs and at times that got to be a bit chaotic and hard to follow. With a book like this I think it may have been helpful to have the character named added to the top of the chapter they were narrating. Although it wasn’t so chaotic that it was difficult to figure out whose POV you were in at any given moment.
As I said above I never expected to read another Maggie Stiefvater but I’m not ashamed to say that I was wrong in that belief. I fell head over heels in love with this story and the characters. This was very much a character driven story but the plot was also meaty enough to make me lust for more. The ending is a cliff hanger and yet its not. Raven Boys is just one of those stories that you really hate to end and I really can’t wait to see where Stiefvater goes with this story in book 2. There was so much wonderful set up in this book that I have high hopes that book 2 won’t fall into the middle book slump of being just a transition novel to the climax and where not much happens. 
Raven Boys is a story that takes an old concept, ley lines, and really makes it new. I’ve never read a story like this one before and I think that fans and new readers to Stiefvater will enjoy. If you’ve read her other books or have been on the fence about reading Maggie Stiefvater then I think that you should give this one a try. Its very well written and plotted out and the characters will all tug at your heart strings at one point or another. The friendship between Blue and the Raven Boys was realistic and I am torn in how I want her romantic storyline to go. Because there is a romance aspect though its not a traditional one as Blue isn’t supposed to fall in love. 

Raven Boys is filled with mystery and magic (though not the spell casting kind) and its a book that will stay with you when you hit the last page. I may have been reluctant to pick this one up but I’m definitely glad that I decided to give this book a shot.
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