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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such beautiful and atmospheric writing, such an honorable friendships, and such a diverse and amazing cast of characters. And the POVs were so deep, you could feel each character individually. Rarely a book manages to pull that off.

When I picked this book up, all I knew was this is a novel with paranormal stuff happening and features a high school clique. To me, that’s equivalent of saying “sold!”But here is a little bit of summary,

the book follows a girl name Blue who doesn’t know about her father. Her mother and she live with bunch of other (all fun characters) ladies who all are psychics. Blue herself hasn’t seen supernatural yet but she is considered to be a battery of sorts, and her presence make supernatural readings more easier.

Than we have a private high school of all rich boys, where there is a clique of a rich kid with and obsession to treasure-hunt, Gansey, and three of his friends that just follow his whims because they love him.

They are searching a long dead Welsh king named Glendower, and it has something to do with strong spiritual lines found in the world, one is in Henrietta, a really strong one, where this story is based.

Blue sees her first ever supernatural vision about Gansey. Which implies he is about to die the following year, and she feels responsibility of approaching him to warn him off. But when she meet these guys, and find out about there treasure-hunt, she feels drawn in. With the mystery of it and the fact that this can be her very first actual contact with something supernatural.

And thus, their search and lots of amazing magical things begin to happen.

 

The way Stiefvater played with POVs was really interesting to read. For example, I didn’t much liked Adam throughout the book, but when Gansey was introduced through his POV I felt instantly drawn to charming yet deep Gansey.

And then, there was Blue, sweet, adorable but nonetheless mysterious. Even though she is one of the protagonist (yes there are multiple) I always felt mystified by her. The female protagonists in YA feels so tropy, and although Blue followed most of those tropes, Stiefvater’s deep POV style and some of Blue’s own quirkiness made her feel fresh.
As for Adam though I didn’t liked him much, but he was really understandable in all his flaws. That made him pretty deep character.
The setting was breathtaking, the prose adding such an amazing color.
And no focus but just hints of the story might taking a romantic turn in the future was kind of interesting (and that’s a girl who has hate for romantic fantasies talking). Not that I want this Glendower obsessed Gansey to get Blue obsessed. He will loose the edge he has in my list of likable traits in a character. But with Stiefvater’s writing style, I doubt I might end up liking their love story. Maybe I will find that direction just as relatable when the time comes.
But for the moment, I am enjoying treasure-hunt obsession and magical realism. And can’t deny the fact that Blue’s visions of future, although cheesy were spectacular and added such flavor to the experience.

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Shadow & Bone booktalk (with spoilers)

10194157If you are looking for a book with rich fantasy world-building, poetic voice and awesome cast of characters, look no further.

Starting from an orphanage with some shady character visiting every time a child is born for some sort of testing. The book immediately thrust us into a world with social classes justified by born-with power.

And both the children in the orphanage, one of whom we later realize is our protagonist Alina, are not powerful enough to gain their interest.

Or is it?

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Shadow & Bone review

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spot on world-building, romantic subplot that actually mattered and not only served as a plot device, likable characters (even the villain is in the list of my favorites).
Leigh Bardugo has a kind of imagination that I felt to intimate to me. Of all the fantasies I read, this felt closest to my dreams of world.
Castles and institutions, I know girls my age are mostly obsessed with paranormal romance, but I am paranormal schools kind of gal. So it had that too.
The pacing was leisurely enough to really see and enjoy the world.
And can I even start gushing about the characters. Starting with Alina, if you don’t like the strong female trope, still this character with her fear, and immense power given sheerly by look and uncertainty on how to use it correctly, and mostly cuteness… likable. But if you like tough female protag trope, than aren’t you up for a surprising trip?
Also, for the first time in this kind of book, the guy didn’t felt completely useless as it does in more female protag books. He is powerful and amazing but just thurst into a world where skills alone doesn’t matter.
I can talk about this book for hours, so I will just stop now and a full spoilery talk will be coming in my blog soon. 😀

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