Sunday, December 21, 2014

#94: The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


  • Kindle: 26394 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (September 18, 2012)
  • ASIN: B0096T5P7O


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AUTHOR BIO:
After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, Maggie Stiefvater is now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.
She is also an award-winning colored pencil artist, plays several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and recently acquired a race car.


REVIEW:
An intricate tale.
For the first half of the book, I wasn't sure what was going on or where it was supposed to be going. Then it all started to fall into place and those things I didn't understand, suddenly became very clear.
Blue. What an interesting girl. I still don't know exactly what she is or what you would call her, but man, is she ever cool. Her family is too, and while you would think this book is about some boys based on the title, I felt the book was really about this ley line and Blue. Most importantly though, this book is about friendship. The bods between the boys and Blue are completely evident at the end.
I can't wait to read The Dream Thieves now and see what happens next.


3.5/5


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

#93: High Witch - Mona Hanna

Brayden dreams for thirty nights, tortured by the vision of a beautiful woman. When Ariel Williams walks into his inn, he sees that she's the one he's been obsessed with in his night time journeys. But Ariel is fleeing an arranged marriage and keeps shyly to herself, until the worst happens and by mistake she casts a spell on a guest. Brayden works with Ariel to help her control her magic but discovers she's a High Witch - one of only three witches in the world with a rare kind of power. 

Immediately the two must flee; evil warlock Julius wants to enslave Ariel - mind, heart and body. Julius and his lover the High Witch Nadia will stop at nothing to capture Ariel, and the danger threatens to tear Ariel apart from Brayden. Ariel's only hope is that her love for Brayden and her newly-discovered powers are strong enough to save them. 



  • Kindle: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • ASIN: B00A1XBIH0




AUTHOR BIO:
Mona Hanna is an author of fantasy/romance books. She enjoys writing about love, magic, conflict, trials and the joy of overcoming them. Mona enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and adores cats. She hopes to release many more fantasy books in the years to come.


REVIEW:
Not at all what I expected.
I thought this would be a story all about a High Witch, and it was, but it was mostly a romance novel.
The relationship and romance between Ariel and Brayden is sweet. Keep in mind Ariel is the High Witch, so it also has its' share of adventure along the way too.
I really liked the unpredictable ending. Not at all what I anticipated, but that was good.
Lots fo paranormal romance fans will think this is a solid read. It is good, just not great.
Maybe with the second book, Witch Emerging, it will be a little more exciting. I look forward to finding out.


3/5


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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 207!

We had our memeversary last week, and the winner is, Sherry@fundimental! Congrats to her!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


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My shoulders were all rolled forward and my arms just dangled there, hanging as low as they could go.
Slow as a slug, I made my way to the next room, never taking my droopy eyes off Mama and Daddy and my troublemaking Memaw's back.











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