Book Review: The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Dream Thieves (2013)
Series: The Raven Cycle – Book 2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 437 pages
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.

Review

You guys… I think I’m falling madly in love with this series. I mean, I’ve always known that it’s likely my kind of thing, but I never knew just how much it is my kind of thing. This review might contain spoilers for that first book, so please proceed at your own risk.

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Book Review: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Raven Boys (2012)
Series: The Raven Cycle – Book 1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 464 pages
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.

But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.

This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

This is the year she will fall in love.

Review

This is actually my second read of The Raven Boys, the first being all the way back in 2012, right in the middle of my three-year reading slump. I loved it then, but I wasn’t much in the mood to read anything so I quickly forgot about it. It took me a while to want to pick it back up, but I am so, so glad I did.

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Book Review: The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Scorpio Races (2011)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 409 pages
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Description

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Review

Ah, The Scorpio Races. I buddy-read this book with the lovely Sara (Freadom Library) and Estefani (Fiction Jungle) a couple of weeks ago, and it’s actually funny because our opinions ended up at rather opposite ends of the spectrum. Note that I am the black sheep of us three — I ended up not enjoying this book whereas they did.

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Top Ten Music-Themed Young Adult Books

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First things first: this isn’t really a top ten list as much as it is just a list of ten. Unfortunately I had to make some concessions to fill all empty spots, but like anything else, tastes are plenty subjective and I’m sure some of you would agree (and disagree) with my picks. 😛

From Beethoven to Black Eyed Peas, Dvorak to Death Cab for Cutie, Tchaikovsky to Taylor Swift, here are ten young adult novels to do with music!

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Book Looks: Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

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In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, there is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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