The Raven Boys – Where I Finally Join the Bandwagon

★★★

3.5


 

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

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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

 

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Gray Wolf Island – ARC Review

★★★


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Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

 

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Turtles All the Way Down – A Surprisingly Good Book

★★★

3.5


 

“Spirals grow infinitely small the farther you follow them inward, but they also grow infinitely large the farther you follow them out.” 

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

 

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The Song of Achilles – A Book that Broke My Heart

★★★★


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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. 

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear. 

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There’s Someone Inside Your House – ARC Review

★★☆☆☆


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“One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.”

Have you ever wondered what would happen if YA contemporary romance writer turned to the dark side? Apparently, this is it, and I’m slightly disappointed.

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Brooding YA Hero – A Book Review

★★


33799449Ever since my friend showed me the Brooding YA Hero twitter page, I knew I had to read this.

This book is a satirical breakdown of how most YA novels are written and it brilliantly points out many topics that definitely need to be discussed.

It is a criticism on the harmful tropes authors use in YA, making fun of lazy writing and cliched development. It also speaks a lot about the stereotypes and plain lack of diversity that goes into writing YA, especially when most writers are white and straight and upper middle class. All of this done while not sounding condescending or hateful of young adult novels if anything, all was done while showing appreciation for it. And of course, let’s not forget, the book is hilarious.

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An Enchantment of Ravens – Meh

★★

2.5/5


30969741My original desire to read this book was based on 50% hype and 50% plot. Everyone was talking about it and I wanted to know what it was about. I was ready to jump on the bandwagon. Also, it has to do with faeries, which I love! Everywhere I turned there were five-star ratings and I wanted so badly to be one of those people gushing about it. But, as it turns out the actual content of the book is more like 75% hype and 25% plot, most of which is inta-love.

Think of this book as a mix between a PG version of ACOTAR and a road trip novel. And before you jump to conclusions, this is not an awful comparison. One might describe The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, a book close to my heart, in the same way (Although I must say that The Iron King was around way before ACOWAR!). The issue with this book is that it feels like so much happens, and yet at the same time, nothing happens at all.

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