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review 2018-02-03 18:29
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

The other day I finished reading The Raven King. Like the first three books in the series, this was magical. Some of the story was dark, but much was just fascinating. I enjoyed finding out about the world and getting to know the main characters. The ending was satisfying. I have no complaints.

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url 2018-01-30 20:19
Checkout the authors attending Southern Kentucky Book Fest 2018
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 1-10) - Lemony Snicket
Sweet Tea and Sympathy - Molly Harper
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs - Molly Harper
All the Dirty Parts - Daniel Handler
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Direct links to some authors familiar to me:

 

 

 

Source: sokybookfest.org
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review 2018-01-30 13:39
Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

To be honest it took me a while to get into this book. For one I think I was in a reading slump, two I had a hard time connecting to the characters at first and lastly, the blurb was nothing like the story I was reading. It is a bit misleading.

 All that having been said I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought at first I would. Somewhere along the 50% mark I really started to get the character as we learned more about them and there motives and most importantly for me their backgrounds. Though this is one book I wish would not have so many POVs , which made it a bit more confusing than it already was at some parts.

The more I understood the world building the more I liked it but I think it is by far not all and we will see a lot more and new things in future books.

The story seemed dark and mysterious and sometimes sad. Really we don’t find out much by the end of the book if anything we are left hanging with even more questions than we started but somehow I really enjoyed that and it kept me clued to the pages/ (once I reached a certain point).

I can’t wait to finds out more about Blue, her family, including her father and the boys. I’m really curious to see what all will be uncovered in the next book.

I’m giving this book 3★ but only because I had a hard time getting it to it but I think the next book might be easier and therefore faster to read for me and I might enjoy it more.

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-12-27 06:51
Favorite books of 2017 part 1
Shameless - Gina L. Maxwell
If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon
Checkmate: This is War - Kennedy Fox
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel - Lisa Williamson
History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

Part  2 will be on the  31    what were some of your  favorites  this  year   :)

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text 2017-06-07 05:30
MaggieFest
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

I had a great time tonight at the Maggie Stiefvater book signing hosted by the Ocean City Public Library!  Rather than taking the time to write a detailed report, I'm just going to post a few pictures while basking in the afterglow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew I was in the right place when I saw this in the parking lot:

 

 

 

Maggie is an entertaining storyteller in person. I highly recommend trying to go to a signing if she is anywhere in your vicinity.

 

 

 

 

I ended up spending more money than I intended, and in addition to bringing home a signed copy of The Raven King, as I planned, I brought home a Tarot deck that I may or may not ever use.

 

 

 

 

I'm looking forward to reading All the Crooked Saints when it comes out in the fall.  I'm cautiously optimistic about the promise of more books about Ronan and the Lynch family, and a bit apprehensive about the idea of The Raven Boys as a TV series (it's been optioned, but who knows where it will go from there).

 

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