Showing posts with label the raven boys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the raven boys. Show all posts

Sunday, May 7, 2017

11 Exciting 2017 YA Releases that Almost Flew Under My Radar feat. Lydia Kang, Malinda Lo & more



Sometimes books that you REALLY want to read almost slip past you. Fortunately I caught all of these before the release date.





LUCKY IN LOVE - Kasie West
This cover makes me so happy. It's unfortunately still so rare to see non-white love interests in YA, even less so on the cover! Ah! (July 25th 2017, Scholastic) Goodreads

YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR - Mitali Perkins
I only read #ownvoices Indian, sign me up for this pretty looking contemporary! (September 12th 2017, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Goodreads

GRACE AND THE FEVER - Zan Romanoff 
Everybody loves a good fandom book. In this one, Grace meets the singer of her favorite boy band and they fall in love. (May 16th 2017, Knopf) Goodreads



WE COME APART - Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
From my new favorite contemporary writer, a book about a Romanian emigrant. Yes. (February 9th, 2017, Bloomsbury Children's) Goodreads

THE NOVEMBER GIRL - Lydia Kang
Magical realism! Violence! Isolated island! Yes! (November 7th 2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS - Melissa Bashadourst
A feminist retelling of Snow White! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! (September 5th 2017, Flatiron) Goodreads



A LINE IN THE DARK - Malinda Lo
An f/f Chinese-American #ownvoices mystery by the savior of sapphic readers, Malinda Lo. Anything she writes, please. (October 17th 2017, Dutton) Goodreads

THE OTHER F WORD - Natasha Friend
Two teens conceived via in-vitro fertilization try to find their biological parents. (March 7th 2017, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) Goodreads

DARE MIGHTY THINGS - Heather Kaczynski
Teens going to space! Sign me up! (October 10th 2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

THE UNCROSSING - Melissa Eastlake
An m/m fantasy pitched as SHADOWSHARPER meets THE RAVEN BOYS? Oh my god? (October 2nd 2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

SECRETS OF SKIN AND STONE - Wendy Laine
Okay but I'm already obsessed with this one. True Blood meets BEAUTIFUL CREATURES in a southern gothic with a protagonist with OCD? Come to me! (June 5th 2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

Which 2017 releases did you almost miss?

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emotional Investment, Coolest Book Families, Characters Come to Life | Pixar Book TAG




Here's another lovely book tag, this time focusing on pixar movie inspired questions! Hope you enjoy!


Toy StoryA book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead. How I love, love, love this world.



A Bugs LifeA character who goes through a transformation.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle! If you love books about music, you'll adore this.

UpA book that quickly made you become emotionally invested.

THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember. I love this world and the characters. Bisexual mermaids!

Finding Nemo“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

I think I'll have to pass on this one, haha.

The Incredibles Coolest Book Family.

Um... probably The Thermopolis-Renaldos from THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot. I grew up with those weirdos, they're basically my extended family.

Monsters Inc.A strong character develops a soft side for someone.

Damon Black from the lovely LUX Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite alien jerk.

Cars 1, 2, 3A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. The sequels really aren't necessary. I mean, they're not even direct sequels but some weird kind of spin-off, why?!

Ratatouille A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

ALIVE by Scott Sigler. Can't tell you what the protagonist is exactly because I need everyone to read this fantastic dystopian mystery thingy.


BraveName a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship.

ANGELFALL by Susan Ee. I know this might be a little weird because they aren't all love-y dove-y because of the mother's mental illness and the actual apocalypse happening, but this is truly one of my favorite mother/daughter relationships. I dig weird stuff.

Inside OutName a book that could be one of your core memories.

EVERY DAY by David Levithan. C'mon here. My favorite.


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

[Review] The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) - Maggie Stiefvater: 2 Edgy 4 Me


In THE RAVEN BOYS, not-so-psychic girl Blue sees a ghost for the first time, in form of local, rich,"raven boy" Gansey. The only way a non-psychic can see a ghost is when they are their true love, or were killed by them.

What intrigued me: Nagging friends trying to force me to read this.

Do we really need Blue in the story?

The concept in itself is interesting, well though-out and could very much hold my attention. I do love a good psychic story, the great base frame is absolutely overshadowed by the annoying characters. The main dilemma of the novel is that Blue can never kiss Gansey, because then he'll die. Simple solution: Just don't kiss him?!

I didn't really get why Blue was in this story in the first place. As a reader self insert I suppose. It would have been way more interesting to simply read about the raven boys themselves, since they are a on a far more interesting side quest themselves that involves a lot less annoying teenage romance angst. Gansey and his friends are looking for a ghost themselves and I wish the whole book would have just been about this, rather than awkwardly trying to mesh the two storylines. It'll probably all get explained and make sense in future sequels (which I will not read).

Sometimes unique isn't good

It would be absolutely unfair and a blatant lie if I were to say that this is a poorly-written book. The characters are very well-developed (even though you could argue about everyone's right to exist in the story). The writing isn't bad by all means, the entirety of it clearly planned down to every detail. But when reading this, you can't help but feel like it's trying to be something that it's not. Every sentence wants to hold a deep meaning so badly and could as well be splattered on a wall as an inspirational quote. Some people like that. I do not. I find it annoying and very difficult to endure to have a cast of characters that basically speak in Bukowksi quotes.

And even worse, narration like that throw you out of the story and makes you focus more on the foreshadowing and ~deep meaning~ than the actual story. I had a tremendously hard time trying to connect to the narrative, even understanding what's going on because of this. The plot moves forward insanely slowly, switching POVs so often that trying to read this equals an erratic carnival ride. 

THE RAVEN BOYS didn't have a single character that even felt remotely like a real person. They are walking jars full of little quotes that someone thought up and then tried to weave a story around. Again, this isn't a reason to call this book bad, it's simply just not my cup of tea, and these kinds of novels will never be.

THE RAVEN BOYS has all the potential to be a masterfully-crafted novel with a literary feel that's more of an artwork than a book, but fails, simply because it's trying too hard to be exactly that.


Rating:

★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

It's not my thing, but it would be downright mean, ignorant, and unfair to give this any less than three stars. I can't stand overly poetic writing just for the sake of it and I am not a fan of self-insert narrators that don't do much, aside from awkwardly swooning over their love interest.

My rating is mostly this high because of the craft aspect - Stiefvater definitely did paint an impressive world, but somewhere along the way forgot that the story has to entertain, too. Maybe you'll feel differently.


Additional Info

Published: September 18th 2012
Pages: 416
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Ghosts
ISBN: 9780545424929

Synopsis:
"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,”  Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.(Source: Goodreads)


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

[Review] Wink Poppy Midnight - April Genevieve Tucholke: Fairytales, Liars, and Tarot Cards




In WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT, a boy is torn between the mean, conceited girl he loved all his life and the quirky carefree new girl next door that makes life a fairy tale.

What intrigued me: The weird title. It's really weird, I had to find out what this is about.

Poetic and very weird

I would've never in a million years expected to end up being so infatuated with this book. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is just your average contemporary with a love triangle. Sounds not so exciting, right? But April Genevieve Tucholke wrote this and you bet she put her stamp on it.

The writing is heavenly, beautifully poetic, but just that right amount that's balancing the tightrope between flowery and the magic of a children's book. It reads so easily, many reviewers compare this story to reading fairytales and it's just true. Tucholke writes these three POVs so effortlessly, and all three characters, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight have such strong voices that I'm just absolutely in awe. This isn't a novel, this reads like a poem in prose instead of verse.

Despite only being 250 pages, this is extremely dense reading and as much as I was immersed with the story and wanted to continue - don't binge this. Every sentence holds so much meaning in this that I'm just... how. How can she write like this. 

Truly, 100% unique - but there's a catch.

The big mystery isn't really the main focus until halfway into the book and I can hardly talk about the plot without spoiling anything. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a roller coaster of emotions, of crazy things and fairy tales and monsters and heroes. It's strange, unlike anything I've ever read, but so, so, so captivating and wonderful. 
It's very reminiscent of a Southern-inspired fairytale, it sort of reads like a cross between BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE with a side of the magic from THE RAVEN BOYS.

The one thing that negates all of the wonderful feelings this book gave me is that WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT contains a racial slur in the beginning (g*psy). It's never addressed and used casually. This unaccpetable and has no place in a book for teens. We need to speak up about books who make use of that kind of language. I definitely enjoyed WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT but finding this slur definitely turns my reading experience sour. 

Rating:

  ★★★☆



Overall: Do I Recommend?

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a magically poetic book that magical realism lovers and contemporary fans will enjoy. It combines the two flawlessly without being neither one nor the other. However, racial slurs are not okay and including them in your books is unacceptable.


Additional Info

Published: March 22nd 2016
Pages: 247
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780803740488

Synopsis:
"Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying."(Source: Goodreads)


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