This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is characters from books that I would love to be besties with! I really had to narrow down my list because I think I would love to be besties with any of the characters from all the books I’ve read. I kind of went by the plot of the story and who I would want to tag along with as they have their adventures!
Alex from Red, White & Royal Blue – we would have a lot of fun!
Gansey from The Raven Cycle – I would love to integrate into their friend group!
Nona from Book of Ancestor Series – she is deadly and super dedicated to her friends!
Harry, Ron & Hermione from the Harry Potter Series– can I be the fourth best friend?
Safi & Iseult from The Witchlands Series– I want to be the third thread sister!
Daisy from Daisy Jones & the Six – Would be a trip … (lol)
Stevie from Truly Devious – I want to go to Ellingham Academy and help Stevie solve the mystery!
Mila from Undead Girl Gang – we can start our own coven!
Felicity Montague from The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – I just think we would really get along.
Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series – Because she’s such a badass!
I am super stoked with what I’ve managed to accomplish this month reading wise! I ended up completing nine of the ten books that I had on my TBR for this month as well as one extra from last month that I didn’t end up finishing, which comes to 10 books! And I also completed my Good Reads Reading Goal for the year…so yay me! I have reviews on all the books I’ve read this month so feel free to click on the titles and check them out!
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Fire Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
The Dream Theives by Maggie Steifvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️3/5 stars
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – ⭐️4/5 stars
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 Stars
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️5/5 stars
This took a turn to the unexpected!
I really couldn’t guess what was going to happen in this final book of the series.
There was a really slow build-up of pace in The Raven King. There was kind of just a whole lot of drama and confusion in the first half of the book and then everything kind of happened all at once. It was a little unclear for me in certain sections. I had to kind of go back and reread paragraphs or sentences because I thought I had missed something…but I hadn’t and yeah that kind of threw me off a couple times.
That being said I did still really love the storyline. How these characters have progressed from The Raven Boys til now has been great to read. I think Blue has really come into her own in this book. She is refusing to accept the future she sees for herself and is trying to work out a way to change the outcomes she eventually sees for herself and I think that’s very relatable. Even amidst all of this magic and drama and danger she is still thinking about her future and what she wants out of life and that’s admirable.
Gansey is just one of those characters that are always so much fun to read. He is so multifaceted and complex and yet his wants and needs are so simple. I find he’s managed to become more self-aware and present in this last book than the previous. We get some really emotional scenes from him and he’s a lot more honest and open with Adam and Ronan in this book and that’s something that I loved about this series was their camaraderie.
Can I just talk about Ronan and Adam for a second because I was really caught by surprise! When we were reading from Ronan’s perspective there were ways that he phrased things while he was in Adam’s presence that kind of had me questioning whether or not he like liked him, but I didn’t get any reciprocal feelings back from Adam so I was kind of just like no… they’re just best friends. But then BAM! I loved this! I thought it was super cute and we see a side of Ronan that we have never seen before. He’s a lot more open and honest but still maintains that unapologetic bad boy vibes that he portrays constantly! It didn’t really compromise their friendship in any way either it just felt right!
The Raven King was definitely a lot darker than the other books, the tone was a lot more serious at times and the intrigue and anticipation grew steadily throughout. I was still deeply immersed in the book and highly invested in the characters and the plot to the point where I couldn’t put it down! I loved all of the books in the Raven Cycle and it definitely evolved from where I thought the plot was going to go which kept me interested in the series as I read them.
⭐️4/5 stars, captivating, entertaining, unexpected, what an ending!
Once again Maggie Stiefvater has taken the plot in a whole different direction to what I thought was going to happen. I honesty haven’t been able to predict anything in this series and that’s one of the qualities that I am really enjoying!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue starts about a month after Maura has disappeared underground. Blue is trying to adjust to life without her mom and the boys have renewed their attempts to try and find Glendower whilst dealing with their own personal issues in the meantime.
One thing I love about this series is how multifaceted the characters are. They all have some many layers and different sides to them that really help to convey their personalities that are all so different.
I enjoyed Blue a lot more in this book than The Dream Thieves. I thought she was a lot more vulnerable and showed a lot more emotion and anguish that we haven’t seen from her. We see her relationship with Gansey start to grow even though she knows what will become of it which is kind of exciting to read as we don’t know when or how or what will happen after so that’s keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Adam was a little up and down for me. I liked that he decided he wasn’t going to hold any grudges against Gansey and Blue and let everything go, simply because he still didn’t want to loose either of them. I thought that shown more maturity from him that we haven’t seen before. I think that has a lot to do with the Cabeswater and how much responsibility he has taken on listening and trying to interpret its needs. Ronan is showing more and more of his softer side as the series progresses. Even though he still has that hard outer shell that he wears constantly we are getting more glimpses of what I think is his true self. The caring, die-hard, loyal person I think he would have been had everything not happened with his dad. Gansey I think grew a lot more as a character in this story. He’s always been pretty well established but every now and then he displays these raw emotional scenes that really touches me. All of the scenes with him and Blue by themselves are so emotionally charged and the scene in the cave where he falls and he opens up to the rest of them was beautifully done.
There is still the end goal of finding Glendower but I find everything else that’s going on is sidetracking me. The pace of the story was a little slow in comparison to the other books. There was a really slow kind of build up to the final scene where everything was kind of jam packed in. There was a lot more intrigue in this book though and some plot twists that I definitely did not see coming! Ultimately I am deeply invested in the story and the characters, I now need to know what is going to happen next and I am excited to pick up the last book and read the conclusion.
⭐️4/5 stars I’m picking up The Raven King and reading it ASAP!
*Kind of a little spoilery*
I’m getting invested!
The ley lines around Cabeswater have officially been woken and now things really seem like they are coming together in their search of the Raven King. That is until an unknown Gray Man lurks into town in search of a Greywaren and seemingly interferes with everything.
Things have really taken a turn that I absolutely did not see coming! The developments of the characters are slight but impressive. We really get to delve deeper into their motives and how each of them entwine around the plot is so entrancing. I particularly enjoyed the psychics and the role they played. Maura, Calla and Persephone are so interesting and enigmatic and how they each have a distinctive voice is wonderful. Even though they are not the main protagonists in the story they are quite vital and each have scenes that I really enjoyed that explain why they are necessary.
I think that Ronan was really the star of Dream Thieves. I like that he’s kind of unlikeable but every now and then he shows a different side of him and you can catch a glimpse of his redeemable qualities that he shields within himself. I enjoy how much we get to see about his past and what happened with his father and how that affected his relationship with his brothers and Gansey. The introduction of his powers and the connection with Cabeswater was super clever and ties things together from the last book but also establishes new questions that I need answering thus ensuring my continuation of the series (which was inevitable anyways).
I think Dream Thieves although highly entertaining and action packed was just really setting up for the next two books in the series. I highly enjoyed the read and I am surprised and intrigued about everything that has gone on in the story. But I really feel that everything is building up and the hunt is really going to be on in Blue Lily, Lily Blue and then the crescendo at the end with Raven King. I honestly have no idea what is going to happen next, but after that ending I can really see things becoming a lot more frenzied and urgent, particularly in Blue’s case.
⭐️4/5 stars literally cannot predict what’s going to happen next!