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!
*Kind of Spoilery… tried my best not to be*
Not what I was expecting…
I honestly didn’t know too much about The Raven Boys going into it. I had heard everyone raving about this series but the synopsis didn’t really capture my attention you know what I mean. I basically only wanted to read it to see what everyone was going on about. I am pleasantly surprised.
This story follows a few different perspectives. But basically it’s about Blue the daughter of a psychic but isn’t a psychic herself she amplifies everyone’s powers around her. She lives with all her aunts and cousins (who are also psychics) in a town in rural Virginia that houses a prestigious all boys’ boarding school. Three boys who attend this school are on a quest to find a welsh king who is said to slumber on the ley lines that are found near the town. Blue somehow gets caught up in their quest and accompanies them and help them to accomplish their goal. This is really just the basics there is soooo much happening in this story it is really immersive.
I like Blue I find her to be very non-conformitive and has a mind of her own. The fact that she has this kind of prophecy held over her head for her entire life she still takes that chance and wants to live her life the way she wants regardless. I think she has guts and a kind of spirituality about her that I really enjoyed! Gansey I didn’t really know what to make of him. I liked how attuned he was to his friends and how far he would go to protect and help them in their own struggles. He did come off as a bit pretentious at times but that was well contrasted with his almost child-like obsession with the ley lines and the welsh king. The scene when he finally opened up about his past to Blue was really touching and really expressed a different side to him that I didn’t see before. Ronan bugged me a little bit as well but after we delved more into his backstory and the relationship he has with his brother it really explained a lot about his character and I am eager to find out what else could become of that in the future. Adam really had me in my feels for the second half of the book. We get an inkling in the start about how bad things are for him but it all really came to a head towards the end of the story and it really just made my heart bleed for him. Noah I really didn’t pay a lot of attention to throughout most of the book. The foreshadowing was very well played in this aspect and that twist really caught me by surprise…. That’s all I’m saying!
I loved all the mystical, otherworldly elements to the storyline; I thought it added great depth and enriched the world very nicely. I really could not anticipate anything that was about to happen in The Raven Boys and I enjoyed that immensely. It really kept me guessing which is something I highly enjoy. There are some seriously dark undertones to this book and a lot of real world problems weaved into this kind of fantasy double lives that these boys are using as an escape.
⭐️4/5 stars highly enjoyed didn’t think I would like it as much as I did!