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review 2017-05-28 20:15
The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Houve uma altura na minha vida em que achava imensa piada a livros ou séries para jovens adultos (YA ou Young Adult, no original). Isto porque achava (e ainda acho), que os autores deste tipo de livros têm de se esforçar mais para manterem os seus públicos interessados porque... bem, como sabemos, os livros competem, hoje em dia, com a televisão e os jogos de computador.
 
Mais tarde, depois de ler um número considerável de livros para esta faixa etária (entre os 14-20 anos, mais ou menos), descobri que muitos partilham dos mesmos elementos e que isso parece ser mais ou menos suficiente para cativar as massas adolescentes.
 
O que muitos destes livros têm, quer sejam contemporâneos, históricos ou fantásticos é uma história de amor dramática à qual é dada muita proeminência.
 
Com o passar do tempo, fui desistindo um pouco da literatura YA, mas há alturas em que volto a elas. Como nesta ocasião, para ler o primeiro livro na aclamada série de Maggie Stiefvater, "The Raven Cycle". 
 
Blue Sargeant vive numa casa cheia de mulheres. A mãe, as tias, as amigas da mãe. Todas entram e saem das diferentes divisões da casa e todas têm algo em comum: um dom para a profecia e clarividência. Exceto Blue, claro. Blue não tem premonições e não consegue ver fantasmas; a única coisa que ela faz é amplificar o poder dos outros, pelo que é sempre conveniente tê-la por perto quando se faz uma leitura para um cliente.
 
Gansey é um dos "Raven Boys", nome dado aos alunos ricos de uma escola privada na cidade de Henrietta. Gansey tem dinheiro, charme e beleza e poder-se-ia pensar que era o rapaz mais feliz da cidade; mas Gansey tem uma obsessão pelo sobrenatural e pela busca de um antigo rei galês. Com ele, arrasta um estranho grupo de amigos: Ronan, igualmente rico, mas atormentado e arruaceiro; Adam, inteligente mas envergonhado da sua situação familiar e económica; e Noah, calado e misterioso.
 
Quando uma das profecias da mãe de Blue e um encontro com um espírito fazem com que o caminho dos Raven Boys e de Blue se cruzem, vão ver-se a braços com um mistério sobrenatural e perigoso: por que é que Henrietta é uma cidade tão boa para quem tem poderes sobrenaturais? E estará o rei galês realmente nos Estados Unidos?
 
Confesso que uma das coisas que me impediu de começar a leitura mais cedo foi o medo do "insta-love". Afinal parece ser algo comum nestes livros e é também algo de que estou um bocado farta nas minhas leituras (não há nada de errado em não haver romance e atração num livro, na minha humilde opinião). No entanto, apesar do livro começar logo com a profecia da mãe de Blue, que diz que o beijo dela matará o seu verdadeiro amor, relações adolescentes não são o foco do livro, felizmente.
 
Aliás, quase não há romance. A autora começa por explorar um pouco as personagens e o que as motiva. Gansey, querendo ser mais do que o sucessor do seu pai; Ronan, amargurado pela morte misteriosa do seu pai; Adam, um aluno bolseiro numa escola de ricos, com uma vida familiar complicada; e Blue que é a única na família sem um talento sobrenatural.
 
Gostei das personagens, mas não achei que Blue e Gansey, os supostos protagonistas, tivessem gozado de uma caracterização especial (e penso que deviam ter). O mistério começou interessante, mas depressa se tornou algo confuso, com a personagens a andarem de um lado para o outro e com a investigação sobre o paradeiro do rei galês a acontecer em segundo plano. Depois, houve a descoberta de Cabeswater, que tornou o sistema de magia do livro bastante confuso: passou de realismo mágico para "Alice no País das Maravilhas" (Cabeswater é um local completamente absurdo, portanto).
 
No geral, foi um bom livro introdutório, mas pareceu-me um bocado confuso e muito foi deixado por explorar. Espero que livros futuros tragam um maior desenvolvimento do mundo e das personagens.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-25 08:38
Book Review : The Raven king Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

April 26- May 21 All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. 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. Review : The final book in the raven cycle I loved it one of my favorite Series . Gansey knows he's going to die . Cabeswater is having problems Noah almost killed Blue . The Character Henry I didn't like him at first but he grew on me he's an odd character . Blue and Gansey at the toga party was funny . Gansey tells Adam and Ronan about him and Blue I'm glad he did so they can be open with each other . Ronan's dream person came out Orphan girl . OH my god Ronan kissed Adam I'm so freaking happy for them and Adam kissed him back ahhhhhhh . They found Gledower and he's just dead that was disapointing there is this demon they have to get rid of . Gansey goes to the place where he dies and Blue kisses him and he dies but Cabeswater brings him back . Noah finally moves on I cried I loved this book I cried I laughed this series is one of my favorites I loved the characters and the storyline .

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“His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he'd let them overflow and now there wasn't a damn place in the ocean that wouldn't catch fire if he dropped a match.” 
 
When Adam kissed him, it was every mile per hour Ronan had ever gone over the speed limit. It was every window-down, goose-bumps-on-skin, teeth-chattering-cold night drive. It was Adam’s ribs under Ronan’s hands and Adam’s mouth on his mouth, again and again and again. It was stubble on his lips and Ronan having to stop, to get his breath, to restart his heart. They were both hungry animals, but Adam had been starving for far longer.”
 
 
No homework. I got suspended,” Blue replied.
“Get the fuck out,” Ronan said, but with admiration. “Sargent, you asshole
 
You're asking me to define an abstract concept that no one has managed to explain since time began. You sort of sprang it on me," Gansey said. "Why do we breathe air? Because we love air? Because we don't want to suffocate. Why do we eat? Because we don't want to starve. How do I know I love her? Because I can sleep after I talk to her. Why?” 
 
 
Trees in your eyes ... Stars in your heart.”
 
“It'll be OK. I'm ready. Blue, kiss me.” 
 
He wordlessly crossed the floor and sat beside Adam on the mattress. When he held out his hand, Adam put the model into it.
“This old thing,” Ronan said. He turned the front tyre, and again the music played out of it. They sat like that for a few minutes, as Ronan examined the car and turned each wheel to play a different tune. Adam watched how intently Ronan studied the seams, his eyelashes low over his light eyes. Ronan let out a breath, put the model down on the bed beside him, and kissed Adam.
Once, when Adam had still lived in the trailer park, he had been pushing the lawn mower around the scraggly side yard when he realized that it was raining a mile away. He could smell it, the earthy scent of rain on dirt, but also the electric, restless smell of ozone. And he could see it: a hazy gray sheet of water blocking his view of the mountains. He could track the line of rain travelling across the vast dry field towards him. It was heavy and dark, and he knew he would get drenched if he stayed outside. It was coming from so far away that he had plenty of time to put the mower away and get under cover. Instead, though, he just stood there and watched it approach. Even at the last minute, as he heard the rain pounding the grass flat, he just stood there. He closed his eyes and let the storm soak him.
That was this kiss.
They kissed again. Adam felt it in more than his lips.
Ronan sat back, his eyes closed, swallowing. Adam watched his chest rise and fall, his eyebrows furrow. He felt as bright and dreamy and imaginary as the light through the window.
He did not understand anything.
It was a long moment before Ronan opened his eyes, and when he did, his expression was complicated. He stood up. He was still looking at Adam, and Adam was looking back, but neither said anything. Probably Ronan wanted something from him, but Adam didn’t know what to say. He was a magician, Persephone had said, and his magic was making connections between disparate things. Only now he was too full of white, fuzzy light to make any sort of logical connections. He knew that of all the options in the world, Ronan Lynch was the most difficult version of any of them. He knew that Ronan was not a thing to be experimented with. He knew his mouth still felt warm. He knew he had started his entire time at Aglionby certain that all he wanted to do was get as far away from this state and everything in it as possible.
He was pretty sure he had just been Ronan’s first kiss.” 
 
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text 2017-05-21 09:16
Reading progress update: I've read 438 out of 438 pages.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

I loved this series and these characters .

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text 2017-05-19 06:05
Friday reads
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater
A Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria Schwab
The Foxhole Court - Nora Sakavic
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-16 10:25
Reading progress update: I've read 245 out of 438 pages.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

RONAN AND ADAM KISS

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