Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.
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One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen? Description Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. Fawkes Nadine Brandes. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate. As she discovers her family's dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people--or seeking the true reason behind her family's gift.
Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house. One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. It has an interesting starting point and the story is fun. The characters are pretty cliche and the author reminds you over and over again what each character is dealing with or their background.
But the story moves along well with plenty of twists and turns. There is some cool paranormal stuff, too. The whole concept of fate versus free will is also pretty cool, although it's never explicitly discussed in detail. I was worried the romance stuff would be way over the top. It wasn't.
Blue is a lot cooler than Katniss. God, who am I?
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Anyway, the story takes precedence over any sappy love story even though the whole point is that she is going to kiss and kill someone. It could have easily gotten all young adult mushy, but it didn't. It's good, alright? I enjoyed it. Its fun. I feel better. I put the second book in the series on hold at the library already.
So that happened. Maybe this time I'll walk in and out proudly, holding the book high in the air, singing its praises as I skip out of the library. View all 65 comments. Sep 06, Jessica Edwards rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , mystery , young-adult. What an enjoyable read this was. Blue, a teenage girl lives in a house full of psychic aunts and her mother. Ever since Blue was little, she was told that her true love will die if she kisses him. That's one way to scare a little child Mark's Eve, which is when the spirits of those who will die in the next twelve months come through.
Blue has no psychic ability, but she sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey. Aunt Neeve tells 4 Stars! Aunt Neeve tells her this is because Gansey is either her true love, or she will kill him. Blue eventually meets Gansey and his group of friends: Adam, Ronan and Noah. The boys go to Aglionby, which is a rich all-boys school, so typically Blue sees them as snobs.
Haha Blue slowly develops a friendship with them and joins them on their quest to find ley lines and the buried Welsh King, Glendower. Gasney's been trying to find the Welsh King since he was small and almost died of hornet stings. He refues to give up until he finds Glendower, but the boys and Blue aren't the only ones looking for the ley lines I liked Blue as a character.
I mean, she's a typical teenage girl, and to be honest I find her quite extraordinary too. She lives in a small town, argues with her mother and she hates going to school. Blue has knows since she was a child what will happen to her when she falls in love, and I don't think anyone would want that. Blue knows that her love life can't end well because her mother and her aunts are psychic. I'd find it pretty hard to live like a normal teenager if that were to happen to me.
When Blue meets Gansey for the first time, she isn't impressed by his confidence and handsome features. Her instant thought is that he's a rich snob and that she can't imagine to ever fall in love with him. Gansey has his own apartment, tries to pay people for their time and thinks nothing of a lot of money.
Overall this was a light read and I enjoyed it. View all 12 comments. Jul 15, emma rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , owned , reviewed , magical-realist-urban-whatever , 4-and-a-half-stars , recommend , fantasy , beautifully-written , couldn-t-wait-to-read. There are psychics and ghosts and very human characters and boys in private-school uniforms and ravens and magical places and sentient trees. In short, sososososo many things I am always thrilled to see.
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I hate paranormal romance. Because I would never in a million years categorize this as a romance. But I will force myself to digress. If you feel like it. Gansey has friends! Adam, who is on scholarship and who has a cruuuush on Blue; Ronan, who is an asshole with a dead dad; and Noah, who is small and cute. Oh wait also, if Blue kisses her true wuv then the kiss-ee dies. So those two scenarios are not exactly mutually exclusive. End synopsis.
I have a few small complaints about this book to get out of the way before we can fangirl more about it. To him?? Like, you know, every other YA male ever. This is quickly becoming one of my least favorite tropes. But I have a liiiiiittle more complaining to do first. I read Shiver and maybe its sequel? And this book manages to hate on girls in a way that is both subtle and jarring.
Because I so badly wanted to like this!! Can you just please be nice to girls. Some smaller issues I had: This book had to grow on me. The pacing was weird. I liked the language but sometimes the sentences were slightly wrong, which, again, subtle but jarring. Sometimes choppy or abrupt. I want to do that so badly. But goddamn I am extra ordinarily worried about that second one.
Occupational hazard, I guess. If the girl-hate lets up, that is. Like, Blue whining about wanting to kiss a cute boy, which would have made me want to scream at her that a steamy makeout sesh with a private school kid does not exactly equate to the value of a human life. But she never questions or even laments it, really.
Noah was really flat for about three-quarters of this book, but then he is the cutest smallest thing and I love him. This is Gansey. I love Gansey sosososo much. Even in fictional boyfriends I am practical. I feel like Adam is the most human of the characters. I like him. This book was just so fascinating and unique and great. Avoids a lot of the pitfalls of young adult books that make me hate them. I hope the next book is even better. Bottom line: Everyone should definitely give this book a try. Hurray for fantasy series with potential! View all 38 comments. What it was: a group of kids searching for a dead welsh king What we didn't know we needed in life: a group of kids searching for a dead welsh king What we got: a more than useless but frustratingly lovable orange car that drove a dead boy, a sarcastic asshole, a cinnamon role, a girl with a heart of sensible gold and Richard 'Dick' Gansey III.
Wherein these group of misfits, don't find the dead welsh king yet. But find so much more, within themselves, within each other and in the beautiful world that Ms. Stiefvater has blessed us with. I thought you were dead in a ditch. The only thing I'm going to start by saying is that the first half went a bit too slow for my liking, but straight after the halfway mark, I was so drawn in, if someone took the book out of my hand- I could have cut a bitch.
I annotated the hell out of this one, because everything was meaning dense. We didn't just get words for the sake of it being a book. We got words for the sake of the story's importance. That for me, defines great writing. He smelled like beer. But Parrish is here. I could feel how connected they were to themselves and their adventures. For the first book, the plot really got me hooked, but besides the point - if this book was whole-heartedly character driven. I would be there, sitting, reading with the biggest fucking grin on my face. I am an avid romance reader, and although romance is a sub theme within this book - it isn't the focus.
It gave me a really warm feeling in my chest, it reminded me so much of why I love YA, because no matter what age reads it - there's a message for everyone. Every single character minor or major in this book had an impact. To the extent, where we got not just characters playing an impact but objects, symbols, damn flora and fauna.
It's such a bittersweet feeling knowing that somewhere out there, there is always something waiting to be found or known. Everything and everyone in this book was reaching for it, for their own reason. We all have our own Owen Glendower. We all have our own St. Marks Day. We all have our own Fox Way.
That's the beauty of this book. It took such a fantastical and non-sensical escapade and turned it into a life lesson that nearly everyone can look at and learn from. For this reason, I find it a shame that some people don't read. Fuck knows, they are missing out. View all 67 comments. Aug 24, Maxwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: , favorites. Do I need to even explain myself? Well, I will anyway. This book has it all : The best characters. Maggie I feel like we're on a first name basis doesn't neglect developing any of the characters.
Whether they show up for one scene or are a main character, they are real, fleshed-out people. I have a hard time believing Blue and the Raven Boys aren't walking around somewhere in Virginia right now on their search. Perfect writing. It's almost frightening how accurately the writing fits the mood of Do I need to even explain myself? It's almost frightening how accurately the writing fits the mood of this book. It's dreamy and magical and moody, but still very real and honest and grounded in reality.
How she manages to combine to polar opposite things in such a well-executed way baffles me. Ex: "She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness. It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.
The most unique plot. Talking trees in a magical wood, dead Welsh kings, and fast orange cars. But it's set in rural Virginia in the present day, and it's all tackled by sixteen and seventeen-year-old students and psychic women. I don't even think that metaphor works, but I don't care because I can't write as well as Maggie anyway and you need to go read this book now. The more I return to this series, the more secrets I will uncover, I'm sure. And that is what makes it a 5 star book for me. I enjoyed this even more the second time around.
Shelves: young-adult , scholastic , release. I'm finally submitting to peer pressure. View all 17 comments. This book is in my top favorites list. Kinda wished I would've read it sooner because it had the perfect blend of magic, friendship, bad guys that should be either shot or kicked in a hole somewhere remote, unforgettable characters main characters or not and a awesome story plot, that didn't get off track. My absolute favorite character, even though he wasn't the main male character, is Ronan Lynch. It was love at first sarcastic comment.
Really can't wait to read the rest of this series and ho This book is in my top favorites list. Really can't wait to read the rest of this series and hopefully they're as good as or better than this one. View all 23 comments. Jul 17, Cindy Pham rated it really liked it. Bumping this up to 4 stars. I appreciated this story much more upon rereading it! I think when I first read this book, I had trouble comprehending the story and differentiating between the characters since so much was being introduced at once.
View all 10 comments. May 09, Lala BooksandLala rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , paranormal , fantasy. This is favourite series of all time. I can't even write a review about it, I would just end up copying the entire novel down verbatim and saying, "This is my favourite part. And this part. And that part. And that quote and these characters and all of it and everything forever and always.
Raven Boys turns out to be more interesting that I thought it would be. I was reluctant to start this series, not only that most of the hyped YA series always disappointed me, this one also seems like a book written specifically for girls. If I go to the front page of Raven Boys, out of my friend list right now around , of them has read and rated it.
Out of those , only 13 of them consists of male. She's determined to do so until she met the Raven Boys, the ones from the local private school and her determination started wavering. That is seriously more or less the blurb, the prologue and what seems like may be the entire story at the beginning. I mean, how in the world would that intrigued any dude? You might as well put 'Reverse Snow White' as the blurb. But, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.
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This book got so much better somewhere in the middle when ALL the main characters, this is Blue and the 4 Raven Boys, finally meet. Picture: The main characters of the series fanart by Cherryandsisters The plot became more interesting. However, my favorite part of the book definitely lies within its character interactions. I'm like a walking battery. Blue blinked. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Noah and Ronan all have different personality and Maggie knows how to write their feelings and interactions really well.
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Also, a plus for Ronan's love towards Chainsaw, his new raven pet. Overall, Raven Boys is a good book to start the series. This review is also featured on Booksprens where I'll be a guest reviewer for this series, check it out! View all 95 comments. Dec 29, L A i N E Y rated it it was amazing Shelves: humor-i-get , ya , favorites , precious-character , marvelous-writing , blurb-perfect , urban-fantasy , girl-crush-maximum , ooh-chemistry , reviewed.
Review with my funny face? Don't worry I was in my bedroom so no side eye whatsoever. I was simply enthralled. I've seen people said so and so is an 'atmospheric book' and I have never truly understood what they meant before. Until i picked this up. The Raven Boys was the definition of ambien and mystery. And I was simply lost to hours of intensely joyful read. I got so inv Review with my funny face?
I got so invested in these characters: I could read and read and read their stories. And loved. These five, ah, they just clicked and yes even with ronan on his bad days I think..? There was such genuine and easy comraderie between them that so refreshing to read about. The boys were already good friends from school yet when their gang expanded to include Blue, it was done so seamlessly almost like it was supposed to happen all along. She was supposed to come along and complete the group dynamic.
And I, for one, glad she did. I just loved Blue. The ladies at Fox Way - they knew how to be the best kind of eccentric: with class and warmth and near fatal humor. If you ever want to get lost in a book, in a world with so much care, so much charms and imaginations - I welcome you to my beloved Henrietta. View all 39 comments.
Mar 11, Regan rated it really liked it Shelves: books-owned-read. Apr 17, Navessa rated it really liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy , young-adult , , ghosts , paranormal. Because while I might not enjoy one book they wrote, I like to think that doesn't mean I'll hate everything they publish. Take Stiefvater. I tried to read Shiver a while back, and my review for it is literally just this gif: This book is also why I believe in mood reading. I picked it up a while ago and got about 50 pages in before setting it aside.
The opening is I mean, come on, hints of a love triangle, all that bullshit about fate which, sorry, not sorry, I don't believe in , and a bunch of spoiled, mysterious rich boys hmmm Oh, right!
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Every cliched YA book I've ever hated! Totally not my scene. But so many of my friends rave over this series that I just had to give it a second chance. And boy, am I happy that I did. Because aside from the richpeopleproblems this plot is pretty fucking original. Slumbering mythical heroes, living dead kids, a wood in which time is merely an illusion, and a female lead who, while slightly manic-pixie-dreamgirl-ish, has been raised to be her own person by a house full of eccentric women?
Yeah, sign me up for that shit.
All day long. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Reread this for a reading log View all 4 comments. Shelves: young-adult , slow-burn , fantasy , otp , favorites , paranormal , owned-physical , found-families , witches. Blue can't predict anything, though - she's just an energy amplifier for everyone and everything around here. Her future has been set in stone for years. She will fall in love, and she will kiss her first love, and he will die. It's hard enough, when Blue sees her first vision: the boy she will kiss and kill, a boy named Gansey.
The weirdness is only beginning, though, because Blue's paths will soon cross with Gansey's in his search for a dead king and magic, and she will be wrapped up into a whirlwind adventure even her psychic family couldn't have prepared her for. I am literally lamenting the fact that I have waited this long to begin this series - though, I'm also a little pleased, because I don't have to wait on book releases heh heh.
I'm just going to jump right into a breakdown of what I thought of this beautiful book. By the way, I'm starting a new review format with this one - let me know what you lovelies think! I feel so sorry for her about the fact that she's the only one in her family who isn't a psychic, but I love her little "amplifier" ordeal and her sass and witticisms are fantastic.
I love Gansey's self-awareness and awkwardness, as well as his ridiculous obsession that he manages to draw everyone else into. I love Noah's adorable smudgy self. I love Ronan's fierce protectiveness and his bitter attitude that is so obviously hiding this teddy bear interior. I love Adam's shyness and feelings of inadequacy. They're all just precious little cuties and I want to protect all of them. It's so fun to watch their little predictions unfold, too. And then there's Neeve, who I have very mixed feelings on Plus there are psychics and scrying and such?
Count me in. I really thought the plot for this was fantastic though admittedly a little bit confusing at the start for me, because I overthink things and spent the first few chapters wondering why it's so important to Gansey. A lot of my bookish friends had actually warned me that her prose was very lyrical and flowery, and to try to power through it, I guess? I could see where her writing could be unlikable by some standards, but I really enjoyed it! I found it to be just the right level of descriptive and vague, and I can't wait to read more of her work.
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I absolutely loved this book and have already purchased the second book in the series. I'm only sad that I have such a big pile of ARCs that The Dream Thieves will have to wait a couple of weeks, but I might end up caving and diving into it sooner, because I am just so in love with these characters already and I can't wait to find out where their adventure takes them next!
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