“The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven KingThe Raven King is the final installment in the Raven Boys series, a young-adult fantasy series by Maggie Stiefvater about a group of teenagers with psychic abilities searching for a dead Welsh king so they can wake him and ask for a wish.

I read the first novel in the series, The Raven Boys, last year and was immediately hooked on the story and Stiefvater’s lush writing. I then hopped to the second book, The Dream Thieves, which made the series edgier but bored me; and I read the third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, earlier this year but that too fell flat for me.

I began to think the series had lost its oomph or that my interest in it had diminished, so I didn’t bother to pick up Raven King when it was published in April. However, I decided to download it from my library’s online collection in September to have something to read while traveling. Once I started reading, I was hooked and was glad for it. The series had got back it’s energy.

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“Blue Lily, Lily Blue” by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
My favorite of all the covers in the series. Actually, this cover helped to spark my interest in the series.

This is one of three books I chose to read after doing the Try a Chapter tag. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third installment in a young-adult fantasy series by Maggie Stiefvater called Raven Boys, which is about a group of teenagers searching for the grave of an ancient Welsh king. I read the first book, The Raven Boys, last year as part of a readathon and enjoyed it. I read the second novel, The Dream Thieves, earlier this year but didn’t like it as much as I did the first. Blue Lily, Lily Blue isn’t as great as the first but it made me curious about how the story will end.

Quick overview:

The search for Glendower continues. I have to say that because, to me, the search paused in The Dream Thieves so Ronan could deal with his dreaming abilities and Adam could show that he’s an ass sometimes.

But in this installment, Ronan and Adam try to put a lid on their shit and not blow up all the time. Mallory hops the pond and joins Gansey and his friends on their search and the psychics try to be more helpful though their hints are still vague.

Noah still hangs around, but is a little creepy now, and Blue is trying navigate life as best she can despite her mom’s disappearance. Blue and the boys do succeed in waking someone, but the new villains also succeed in doing so too and now it’s anyone’s guess what the hell will happen in the end.

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Book Haul #22: Indie Bookstore Day & Free Comic Book Day

Book Haul #22 is an awesome one because it’s a bookhaul of firsts: the first time I went to Free Comic Book Day and the first time I visited an indie bookstore on Indie Bookstore Day. Plus, I won a wonderful giveaway so I dub this bookhaul one of my best. Let’s start with the giveaway.

Rachel at Life of a Female Bibliophile hosted a giveaway in early April that I won. I was so excited and thankful (THANKS RACHEL!!!). She sent me a box filled with books, bookish goodies, and TEA!!! I was so grateful. I love me some tea so that box was done within two weeks. Here’s some of what I got:

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“The Dream Thieves” by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves

Unfortunately, I was bored by this despite the fast cars, loud music, and drugs.

Quick summary:

The search for Glendower continues.

We focus on Ronan.

There is a new threat in the form of a Mr. Grey.

Anger sparks, feelings develop, dreaming, and Adam wanders aimlessly down a road.

My thoughts:

SPOILERS so skip to the Overall section below if you haven’t read the book.

It was an okay read. A solid 3 stars; but I was disappointed because I really enjoyed the first book and this installment didn’t match up to that one. This one starts out slow like the first, but this time the pace bored me and unfortunately, my interest didn’t rise much as the story progressed.

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