Review : Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

17378508 Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: October 21, 2014

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

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So Blue Lily, Lily Blue picks up not so long after The Dream Thieves. Maura is still searching for Artemus underground and Blue is trying to be the best she can be without her mother. The boys are still very much themselves and Blue and Gansey begin to get much closer and I need more of the two of them in my life.

I always feel a bit bitter sweet in regards to The Raven Cycle books. I more than appreciate Maggie Stiefvater’s writing and even more so appreciate her being so spot on with everything in regards to lay lines, supernatural powers, Glendower etc. (I was talking to my sister-in-law about this series and she was super surprised to hear about how in depth it was and that Maggie Stiefvater knew a lot about the topics within the book). But anyway, I always feel a bit bittersweet reading these books because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the writing, but I always feel so let down when there’s such a build up and no true action climax. I feel like I keep getting let on.

But quite honestly, the writing does make up for it. I don’t think I’ve read something quite like this ever before, and I really do appreciate the beauty of her writing. I most definitely will be reading The Raven King because I need to know what happens with Blue and Gansey. I demand to know about Artemus. I’m more than happy that Maura is back,I think she’s one of my favorite characters.

Other than that, I DEMAND I see more Ronan and Adam. I’m kind of mad I didn’t get more of them! I sound like a child having a tantrum but I there’s so much that I want out of this series and I hope to get it in The Raven King.

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

13455782Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published : October 2, 2012

“Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”

I was super excited to begin reading this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it and it totally lived up to it in my eyes. I loved all the characters and all the kind of gut feelings and guessing about what was going on.

I think Mafi wrote this well enough that it just sucked me in and had me running to get through it from the beginning, with only the thought of having to read the second book right away in mind. I wasn’t annoyed with Juliette as I would be with a lot of female protagonists in books like these which was refreshing to me.  And I think it was because of Mafi’s GREAT writing style. The voice she gave Juliette was great and all of her writing was completely poetic. Although i DID listen to the second half of this book on audio, I don’t regret it. It gave Juliet more of a voice and I could envision her a lot better than I could while simply reading.

And I think the fact that none of these characters are so perfect makes it a lot more relatable. All the characters have great strengths and big weaknesses that work alongside the strength. Overall, this book was great. Something that really fed into my interests and kept me going and hungry for more!

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