The Raven Boys Review!

I have been hearing about The Raven Cycle for a long time now but haven’t wanted to give it a shot for two reasons. First, the cover of this book is not my cup of tea. If there wasn’t a million good reviews on this series I would have never tried out this book. I know, I know, “don’t judge a book by its cover”. But lets be real, the cover really is awful. Reason number two, I read (some) of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series and was extremely unimpressed. With that being said, I am SO glad I pushed myself to read The Raven Boys. It blew my expectations out of the water and did NOT disappoint.

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.

The first hundred pages of this book were slow and confusing for me. There were a lot of character introductions, strange supernatural occurrences, and little explanation. At first our main character Blue didn’t sit well with me, she seemed like every other whacky wall flower YA girl I’ve ever read about but I came to love her. Gansey, the rich Aglionby boy, and his friends Adam, Ronan, and Noah were equally irritating in the beginning. (Hello, I could smell that ridiculous love triangle within the first couple chapters ugh). As the story went on though I came to love all the characters. Stiefvater brilliantly gave her characters life, even small side characters, and the story line came together perfectly. (Noah was my everything). The setting was eerie, dark, spooky, but lovely. By the last page I was completely enveloped in this world and these characters.  Most of the plot was predictable but there were certainly enough plot twists to have me on the edge of my seat (OR SCREAMING). If you’re looking for a quick supernatural YA book that is character driven and ultimately remarkable, this is the book for you. I cannot wait to continue on with the series and find out where the story takes us. Bring on the strange, creepy, and otherworldly because I’m in this for the long haul. Also, give me Noah or give me death.

http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/

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Heartless Review!

DANG MARISSA MEYER, BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE DOPE RETELLINGS!

I’m already a huge Alice fan, the queen of hearts being one of my more favorable Disney villains, BUT THIS BOOK Y’ALL- I am queen of hearts obsessed now.

–SLOW CLAP FOR THE VICTORIAN ERA SETTING–

This story began with our main character Catherine being a lovable young girl, ready to pursue her modest dreams of owning a bakery with her best friend. It’s really incredible seeing the transition between Catherine the innocent into the ‘off with their heads’ Queen of Hearts.

Catherine begins as a very enjoyable character with a love of sweets, a big dream, and a mischievous Cheshire cat. When Catherine comes to find out that her parents are giving away her hand in marriage to the King of Hearts, she still doesn’t give up hope of owning her bakery, yet we start to see the temper of the Queen of Hearts shine through. Once Catherine strikes up an untimely romance with Jest, the court Joker, things get really interesting. I’m normally not one who is big on romance in my books but you guys, I SHIP CATHERINE AND JEST SO MUCH. Their relationship was witty, beautiful, adventurous, and ultimately heartbreaking.

Not only does this retelling have one of my favorite forbidden romances of all time, it offers everything you love about Wonderland in a new light. I was completely entranced by the setting, the Edgar Allen Poe references, and the SERIOUSLY CLEVER plot twists.It was also so magical getting a backstory on (lets be real the most important Wonderland character) the Mad Hatter. If I could live inside Marissa Meyer’s brain for the rest of my life I would.

Overall, I gave this book 5/5 stars. My only complaint is that this is a stand alone and I don’t get more Wonderland. Marissa Meyer, you just keep getting better and better. At this point I will purchase ANYTHING you write until the day I die. If the Lunar Chronicles didn’t already have me hooked, I’ve now become your most dedicated subject.

I will link the authors website below in case any of you are interested. Have you read Heartless yet? Are you planning on reading it? Let me know in the comments section!

http://www.marissameyer.com/

Emoji-a-thon TBR

I am taking part in my very first read-a-thon of the year, emoji-a-thon!

Emoji-a-thon is a month long readathon taking place during the entire month of February, and the rules are you only have to read 4 books! Sometimes readathons can be stressful for me, especially if they take place during a busy week. I am really excited to be a part of this leisurely readthon and knock out some books I’ve been looking forward to picking up.

I will list the emoji-a-thon hosts, and twitter down below so you can subscribe and check them out!

Dylanthereader5 – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxpHOP-SCTA0bQ7GZ3fLI0Q

NayaReadsandSmiles – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC52OEyEFO3p-5Qkahcv0REg

Mickey Between the Pages – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFcvOBbyQX05sMxopSFY08w/videos

Twitter – @emojiathon

LIST OF CHALLENGES

Each challenge is represented by a different emoji. You only need to pick four categories to participate.

guys holding hand: read a book about a marginalized group
gift emoji: read a book that was gifted to you
heart emoji: read a romance or contemporary
emoji with heart eyes:read a book you bought because of its cover
embarrassed emoji: read a book that makes you happy thinking about it
shocked face: read a horror or thriller
robot emoji: read a futuristic or sci-fi book
book stack emoji: freebie – any book you want
baby emoji: read a 2016/2017 release
cry emoji: read a cry worthy book
lots of teeth emoji: read an anticipated book
clock emoji: read a book in under 24 hours
eyeball emoji: read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
dancer emoji: buddy read a book

(I snagged this challenge list from one of my very favorite booktubers, Pages and Pens. Go show her some love!)

MY TBR!

Embarrassed emoji – For this challenge I’m picking Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m so excited to get to this book because Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles was my favorite series of 2016.

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Baby emoji – For this challenge I am choosing Rick Riordan’s newest novel in the Magnus Chase series, The Hammer of Thor. I am a huge Riordan fan (um hello, Percy Jackson is my life) and the Magnus Chase series thus far is giving me my Percy Jackson fix.

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Eyeball emoji – One book I have been seeing EVERYWHERE (but especially on Kaylas booktube Booksandlala) is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m not exactly sure what to expect from this book because I prefer to go into books blind but the hype is real you guys. I have high hopes for this one!

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Emoji with Heart eyes – A book I bought because of the cover is definitely Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I love the overall teal blue color on the book and the womans cartoon-ish face on the cover reminds me of Breakfast at Tiffanys. This book sounds like a family drama with a little mystery, which normally isn’t my cup of tea, but I’m going to give it a go!

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Robot emoji– As I was looking through my bookshelves for something futuristic, The Program by Suzanne Young immediately caught my eye. I’ve been wanting to read this for years now and the synopsis makes it seem right up my alley.

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If you are interested in any of the books on my TBR, I will list their goodreads pages below!

Heartless –  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584855-heartless?ac=1&from_search=true

Hammer of Thor – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27904311-the-hammer-of-thor?ac=1&from_search=true

The Raven Boys – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17675462-the-raven-boys?ac=1&from_search=true

Where’d you go, Bernadette – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13526165-where-d-you-go-bernadette?ac=1&from_search=true

The Program – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11366397-the-program?ac=1&from_search=true

Are any of you participating in emoji-a-thon this month? I’d love to hear what’s on your TBR, comment down below!