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The Dream Thieves Book Review

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I finally finished The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater! Took me long enough didn’t it? I pretty much breezed through most of it while on my three day weekend at the lake house. As most of you know, I had the chance to go to Maggie’s book signing in early May. She asked me a question about her books: Did I cry while reading? My answer at the time was no, but boy did that change halfway through the second book in the Raven Cycle series.

Everyone has been going nuts over this series, and I was late to the party so to speak but I’m glad to be catching up without the delay of waiting for the next book to be published. I’m not going to lie, if I had to wait, I probably wouldn’t have finished this series. I’m not saying it’s a bad book series though, it’s actually very well written but it’s not my cup of tea as of right now. This series is plot driven and character driven to the tee! The only thing missing is my favorite troupe- love. Yes, there is love shadowing of sorts but not what I’m used to reading in other novels. If you’re looking for handholding, kissing, hugging and so on page after page, you won’t find it in this book. This book deals with friendship more than relationship love.

If you haven’t read this book/this series and you love paranormal young adult, I suggest you pick it up! In some places I lost interest, but Maggie does manage to pull you back in.

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Spoilers

Remember when I mentioned I cried? I wasn’t lying. During the part where Noah and Blue are hanging out alone in Monmouth Manufacturing and then they kiss (he’s already dead, she can’t kill him), and they kiss and Blue tells us it’s her first and last kiss. Oh. My. God! That was probably my favorite scene of the entire series so far.

What I didn’t like was not getting to see Blue in this book as much. It was cool to finally see Ronan some more but I missed Blue. Blue as a character even notices that she’s being pushed away from the Raven Boys, they stop telling her things. Why? I also stopped enjoying Adam’s character in this book because he starts to harass Blue about kissing. Blue doesn’t need to justify why she won’t kiss him, but when it does come out and Blue says Adam isn’t her true love and Adam gets upset. That made me ever more upset with him, especially when he asks her to prove it. I really couldn’t feel any sympathy for Adam like I did in the first book.

Let’s talk about the ending: Ronan’s sexual preference came out of no where for me (or did it, I’m not really sure). I must be the most oblivious person because I figured it was Kavinsky who was questioning his own sexual preference and taking that out on Ronan. Not the other way. Kavinsky kept giving these snarky comments about Ronan being ‘gay’ and always following Gansey around (or Adam). I feel bad for not even thinking Ronan as gay. Am I the only one who didn’t think he was gay? I honestly didn’t believe it until I watched a few booktube reviews on the book. I figured Kavinsky was just being a jerk (boys will be boys, right?)

All I have to say is I can’t wait to see what happens with Blue and Gansey!

Overall, I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was a well written book, there were a few amazing scenes but I wasn’t too pleased with most of it. I also didn’t like the weird relationship Maura is having with the Grey Man. What happened to Butternut? Are we over him? What makes Maura think it’s okay to date a hit man when there’s trouble brewing on the line!?

There won’t be a weekend discussion up this week due to my husband leaving for Germany in a few days. I want to spend as much time with him as possible so I’m not even opening my laptop and probably won’t open a book up either. We have a jammed packed weekend and I just want to enjoy it with him. We’ll be back to the normal post schedule on Book Tag Tuesday!

 

 

May Book Haul/June TBR

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I have failed you again. I only have about 100 pages left of The Dream Thieves but I won’t have a review for it until next Thursday. I’m really torn, I want to take my time reading the Raven Cycle but I also want to be able to post a review for you every Thursday! Once I finish the second book, I’m going to take some time off reading the series to read something else. So I figured I’d go ahead and do my May Book Haul and let you know what I plan on reading in June.

May Book Haul

This month, I only bought two books because I already have too many I need to read. I’m not the type of person who enjoys having a huge collection of TBR’s. Again, I received two coupons from Barnes and Noble for 20% off, so I used them to buy the next two Walking Dead books.

June TBR

I feel like June is going to be a real big reading and writing month for me, my goal is to finish three books and start one at least one. So here we go:

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love stories by Stephanie Perkins and more.

 I don’t want to read all of the short stories in this straight through, so I’ll probably break 25063781them up over two months. I’m pretty excited about this one since it’s all about Summer! I’ve heard some bad reviews on it, but it may just not be everyone’s cup of tea. I do plan on reviewing it all together though, but also separately in the same post.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The third book in Maggie’s most recent series. My goal is to finish the series before 17378508summer is over. I’ll concentrate on Blue Lily in the month of June. I’ve been turned off and on by this series. I like it so far but I don’t feel it’s as good as everyone claims it to be. In the second book, there have been many chapters that I felt were unnecessary and didn’t drive the plot along. I’m hoping the series picks up the pace.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Now, I don’t plan on reading this whole book in June but I do plan on starting it. I’m outlanderhonestly scared to read this series though. I’m terrified that I won’t be able to finish it because it’s such a long novel and not YA but also because I’m afraid I won’t love it like I love the television show. I started it last night randomly and plan on reading it while I’m at the lake this weekend.

I also plan to read some of the Walking Dead that I’ve recently purchased and reading at least the first book in my husbands series (he’s been nagging at me to read it) but again, his omnibus is 600+ pages and I’m terrified of that. I love breezing through books, not having the same one on my night stand for three months straight.

For me, this is a hefty amount of reading. I’m lucky if I read two books! Wish me luck!

 

I Met Maggie Stiefvater and Didn’t Fangirl

So this week, I went to my first ever YA author signing (yes, I’m 25 and just went to my first book signing). Maggie Stiefvater stopped in at Joseph Book-Sellers in Cincinnati on Monday as part of her book tour. I was so excited to go! My husband went with me and didn’t think he was going to enjoy it, but I caught him laughing at a few of Maggie’s jokes.

When we walked in, we were greeted by an employee who pointed us in the direction for me to pick up my book and I also picked up the third book in the series that I still needed. They gave me my pre-ordered book, my line ticket into the signing, her series dust jacket (they still have some at the bookstore) and a ley line sticker (I lost my sticker in the book store uhg).

Even though I showed up early (by an hour), it was packed with fans! I’m pretty sure a handful of them were cosplaying but I’m not too sure. When Maggie finally came out, she did about an hour long talk about how she got into writing and a Q&A. Maggie was hilarious! She discussed ‘ugly babies’, how awkward she feels about the Fan-Fic people write about her car and Gansey, the time she accidentally posted a picture of her favorite boob online and the time she didn’t actually set John Green on fire. Maggie had everyone laughing, she seemed like a very genuine person. My husband was cracking up most of the time too.

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Maggie during the discussion

 

Fun fact, she was actually staying at a B&B close to where I live! So cool!

Once the discussion was over, she went upstairs to begin signing books. They lined us up by letter (I was letter group D), so this gave people time to browse the store and not stand in line for hours and hours. In my opinion, the line went pretty fast but there were people who started to complain around 9 o’clock about having to wait so long, that their kids needed to be in bed for school the next day. At one point, the host employee let people who had kids jump the line (which I didn’t think was right at all), the best thing would have been for the event to start at 5 or 6 instead of 7.

Finally, I made it upstairs and signed her car cover (I wrote ‘Maggie is bae, love breannareadsberks haha). It was slightly weird seeing other fans interact with her, they were kneeling in front of her, crying, etc. Authors/celebrities/ musicians, they’re all human, no need to panic. Keep calm.

As for books, she was personalizing any books you bought from the bookstore (I had two of those) and signing any books of hers that you purchased elsewhere (my other two). She also signed the dust jackets they gave out. I wasn’t planning on getting my paperbacks signed but I waited so long and figured I might never get the chance again, so she signed all of them. Still bummed I didn’t have my Shiver series with me.

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Maggie was so cool! There were no ‘posed photos’ because they wanted the line to move quicker (bookstore closed at 9), so I didn’t get to get a picture with her, but this one turned out good! She asked me if I’ve read her books, I told her where I was in the series and that I loved Shiver. She asked if I cried during the books, and I said yes, even though it takes a lot for me to cry while reading. I asked her how she was enjoying the small town she was staying at for the day, she laughed and said it was cute. We made a decent bit of small talk, while she signed my books and I managed to play it cool.

Overall, I had a great experience and if you haven’t met Maggie, you need to! She’s still touring, try to make it out to see her. Here’s a list of the tour stops.

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The Raven Cycle Book Tag

As many of you know, Maggie Stiefvater recently released the final book in this series (I’m only on book two, shhh) and readers have been raving about this series for awhile now. And why wouldn’t they? The characters are fantastic and so is the plot! So this week, my blog is going to be jam-packed with Raven Boys posts. Look forward to my post on meeting Maggie this Thursday! You can find the original video of this tag here.

The Raven Cycle Book Tag

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1. In the books, Maura is the relaxed mom that is Blue’s friend more than an actual mother. Who is your favorite mom character?

Hmm, it’s hard to say considering that most books don’t touch on parents at all. If I had to choose someone other than Maura, it would be Rosalie in Breaking Dawn. Yes, I know she wasn’t the actual mom of Renesmee but she did make sure she and Bella were kept safe during the pregnancy and after.

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2. Adam wanted to go to Aglionby so he could one day escape where he came from. Have you ever dreamt of living somewhere else? Where?

Not so much a place, but I’m dying to live in a tiny house. Preferably off the grid, overlooking mountains. If we’re talking about a book location, Colby from the Sarah Dessen books. I could totally have a tiny house in Colby.

3. In the second book we meet the Gray Man. He is a hit man who loves poetry. Name a book that you thought was going to be one thing but turned out to be something else.

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover. First off, I thought this was going to be a full novel, didn’t realize that it was a novella. Second, holy crap, the amount of verbal abuse in a *supposed to be* New Adult romance. I couldn’t believe how the ‘couple’ in this just kept tearing each other down and calling one another names. 23587984.jpg

4. Gansey has searched most of his life for a buried king who is promised to grant one wish. What is one wish you would ask Glendower?

To pay off my school debt/ get me a well paying job in my field. Either of those would be fantastic.

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5. In this series you get to see Greenmantle as a fleshed out character but also as a villain. Name your favorite villain.

Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood, though we find that she’s not who she appears to be. Holy crap, did she scare the crap out of me!

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6. Blue’s got her Raven Boys. Who makes up your bookish team?

From books? Four (Divergent), Emmett (Twilight), Adam (If I Stay), I don’t know who would be my fourth! Maybe I’ll pick my Raven boy thus far? Gansey ❤

7. Ronan is a bad ass with a sensitive side. What book have you read that was action packed but had beautiful emotional scenes as well?

I’ll go with If I Stay for this one, yes it’s a movie about a girl who gets in a car accident, but it’s her constantly running around the hospital trying to figure out how to get back into her body, etc. Not many books can make me cry, but that one sure does. I just watched the movie again, and I cried the whole way through.

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8. Noah has a heart of gold. Who has touched your heart recently?

Well, that’s just a bit too sappy for me to answer…

9. Calla is a woman who speaks her mind and puts her foot down when necessary. Who is your favorite strong female character?

Probably Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. She’s such a badass that doesn’t take anyone’s crap!

10. Chainsaw is an awesome Raven boy pet. If you could have one “exotic” pet…what would it be? What would you name it?

A savannah cat! It’s semi-exotic. Ha.

 

 

The Raven boys Book Review

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For a very long time I debated on whether I wanted to read The Raven Cycle series, but 51zb1Ggd5VL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_finally I got around to it. I just finished the first book The Raven Boys and it was not what I expected! I won’t be doing my normal syllabus grading for this review because I think it surpasses the grading scale. Once you get over the slow pace of this book, you’ll soon fall in love with the characters… every single one of the characters. Well, all of them except for Whelk.

 

 

 

 

Blue the daughter of a psychic in the small town of Henrietta, she lives with her mom and three other colorful psychics. From a young age, her mother told her that when she kisses her true love, he will die. X-Men much?

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She’s also the only one she lives with who has never seen a spirit, that is until she sees an Aglionby student’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Will this be the person she kills with her kiss? The Raven Boys mean trouble, Blue tries to stay away from them until Gansey, Adam and Ronan show up for a reading.

To me, Gansey was Peter Pan and he was the leader of his own group of lost boys, Noah, Adam and Ronan. While Blue was definitely Wendy Darling. Taking care of the boys as they go on this adventure of finding the ley line.

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Am I the only one who felt like this book was very Peter Pan-esque?!?!

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Overall, I think these characters are developed really well and the story isn’t too slow or forced. I love all the characters, especially Adam and Gansey. The baby raven Ronan keeps as a pet is even a well planned character!

I’m also not a huge fan of putting more than four characters in a story but Maggie did great with shelling out each and every person mentioned in these books. I could really see the characters, not just the boys, but Blue’s family too.

I’m a big fan of romance in YA, this one isn’t one of those, but the ‘aw’ moments are there, and when they happen, it’s still cute. I was surprised at how well Maggie doesn’t let this turn into a full out love triangle like most books.

 

***Spoiler***

The plot twist with Noah actually took me by surprise! Holy crap, I couldn’t believe it! But then, I started adding everything up just like the characters and it all started to make sense! He wasn’t at the reading, he sat as far as possible away from Blue in the car, and he wasn’t always around when he should have been. Well played Miss. Stiefvater, well played.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. The only thing I’m worried about is this series hitting a wall. I read her Wolves of Mercy Falls series and loved the first book, but felt like the other two weren’t as good. I also can’t wait for next week! I’ll be going to a signing/book talk for Maggie Stiefvater, it will be the first book signing I’ve ever attended so I’m very excited.

The ending though, great set-up for the next book but it was so random. “I took Chainsaw out of my dreams.” What is that supposed to mean, Ronan?!

I also didn’t get why Gansey was so upset with Adam for letting Whelk be trampled. Whelk was a horrible person, he killed someone innocent, who cares about justice? An eye for an eye, right? I was very irritated that Gansey scolded Adam for that, that’s the only time in the book where I felt like Gansey was being a bit ridiculous.

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Now, onto The Dream Thieves! What should I expect from this one? I’ve heard it’s the best out of the series.

Favorite quote from the book: “Blue had two rules: Stay away from boys, because they’re trouble, and stay away from raven boys, because they were bastards.” Page 81

I’m not a huge fan of giving out five stars to books, but this one is obviously deserving of them.

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