The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: September 18th, 2012

Rating: 4/5

The Raven Boys is the first book in The Raven Cycle, about four boys and a girl. The girl, Blue, is part of a family of psychics, being the only girl who is not. And she ends up meeting four boys: Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Gansey. This book is about their adventure seeking a long lost king.

I listened to this book on audiobook, and I really enjoyed Will Paton’s narration of the story! He really added a flavor to it, I ended up using the audiobook rather than the physical. When I started reading the book, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it so I didn’t get very far in it. So I had to switch to audio. But I had to admit that I really felt it made the reading experience so much better. Highly recommend using it!

But this story was really really good! I got so invested and involved in this story.  I loved following them on their journey in this first book. The magical elements in this story were so great, and really added to the story!

Each character was unique, had their own flaws as well as personality traits. I really didn’t expect to love each character so much!

Blue is such a unique, person and I loved reading her parts. She was just so funny, witty, and I love her storyline.

Gansey is just so cute, adorable, and he makes me wish he was real because I want a Gansey!

Ronan is always very interesting, because he’s always so angry and can be a bit scary. But either way he’s a cool person to read about.

Adam is a precious angel! He is a bit frustrating at times but at the same time, you just want to wrap him up in a hug and hold him forever.

Lastly, Noah is a cutie pie and he must be kept in a fortress to be protected forever. He’s just adorable, and I couldn’t help but love him!

I highly recommend this book to everyone! It’s a fun book with a magical journey. I am almost halfway through the audiobook for the second book and I can already tell I’ll love it just as much as this one, maybe even more!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read it (or listened to it), and what your thoughts are!

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The Winner’s Crime

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Published: March 3rd, 2015

Rating: 5/5

The Winner’s Crime is the story following The Winner’s Curse, which basically means I can’t say much about the plot since it’ll give things away! But it still follows Arin and Kestrel.

I always get nervous when a trilogy or series moves onto the second book. Authors sometimes don’t do as well with the second book as with the first and third but I absolutely loved this second installment so much! This really added to the story so much, and I loved the direction it took. There was so much growth with the characters, and the plot.

This was a very political second book, and while I normally wouldn’t get into books like this, this one was completely different! It had me hooked, and I would try so hard to get through it to see what happens next. My feels were out of this world! I could not put it down, and I love those types of books!

I will mention that I screamed and freaked out as the ending happened. Not ashamed to admit it honestly! I am so attached to the characters, and I really cannot wait to dive into the next and last book.

In the first book, Kestrel was so strong, stubborn, and wickedly smart. It definitely shows in this book, and I love reading how her mind works. She just thinks of things in such a different way, as well as process situations so uniquely! While she doesn’t want to be part of the military, her mind is definitely a military mind, while also embracing her femininity. It was nice and refreshing to see a girl who knows how to punch, but also loves wearing dresses.

Let me just say, there are times I just want to smack Arin, and leave him and Kestrel in a room alone! Because they have so many issues to settle, and whenever it seems like things are working out, something comes around to mess it up!

I just know that the last book will basically mess up my emotions, so if I’m absent for a few days it’s because I’m emotionally unstable!

Let me know your thoughts on this book, as well as the trilogy! Are you just as attached as I am?! Let me know below!