Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater

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4stars

“Nothing was as cool as the Unicorns.”

Title: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Author: Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
Good things about this book: Unicorns.
Bad things about this book: Adults being adults (read: not helpful).
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a very cute little book.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Whoever knows me knows how much I love dragons. No, this series doesn’t have dragons, at least not yet, but it has magnificent magical creatures. Dragons are magical and beautiful and perfect and everything!!! So much love for dragons! This book may not have them yet but it has other majestic creatures such as Unicorns and I love them, too. First and second in my Top5 Favorite Magical Creatures list!

Pip is a little girl who is able to talk to magical creatures. She understands them and they understand her. It’s a wonderful gift but, being 9 years old, nobody believes her. Adults should really start listening and giving little ones the benefit of the doubt instead of shutting everything they say down immediately. Children have a lot of interesting things to say and we should listen.

Pip is spending the summer helping her aunt at her veterinary clinic for magical animals. She will meet all kinds of animals, each with their own personality and peculiarity. My favorite magical creature has to be Regent Maximus, the wonderful unicorn afraid of his own shadow and of almost everything on the planet. He reminded me a little bit of Gary, the hornless unicorn of the wonderful book called The Lightning-Struck Heart because they both have an over the top personality. They are opposites, though: Gary is a diva unicorn and everyone should worship him!

“I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to interesting things.”

Pip doesn’t only meet and makes friends with magical creatures but also with this boy called Tomas. Tomas has all the allergies, trust me he has them all! He is the voice of reason and he also knows how everything can hurt you or kill you and in how much time.

These two will take you to an adventure to save the city from little balls of fur that explode and burn everything. Fuzzles: little things with big eyes that apparently love underwear drawers.

I can’t wait to read the second book and find out more about Unicorns and all the other magical creatures with weird names and funny faces.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Why you should read this book: Because it is magical and it has a soul of its own.

Summary from Goodreads:

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 choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

“Does anyone ask you why you stay, Sean Kendrick?”
“They do.”
“And why do you?”
“The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr.”

Loving this book wasn’t really a surprise because I saw the impact it had on people and I knew I was ready for it to swallow me in its magic. It did and it did it perfectly and deeply. That ending was so perfect; I will keep it in my heart.

In my opinion horses are already magical creatures. They are majestic, elegant and beautiful. Any more qualities given to a horse would only upgrade it. That’s the Capaill Uisce to you. I still don’t know how to pronounce it. The singular is Capall, the plural is Capaill, said as Copple. Well, I will keep pronouncing it as it’s written but only in my head.

I trust Corr more than any of them.
I should not trust him at all.

The Capaill Uisce are water horses; enormous horses born in the sea. They eat blood and meat and are savage, they belong to the sea and it’s extremely hard to capture them and gain their trust. My new book crush, Sean Kendrick, is one of the luckiest boys on that tiny island. He understands horses and water horses and loves everything about them. He has a special connection with a red water horse called Corr. They are one, they belong to one another. Their bond is precious and it’s shown perfectly throughout the book. You read one line from Sean and you see the feelings of love for Corr. He may be quiet on the outside but inside he is bursting with feelings.

Corr can hold a thousand things in his heart and reveal only one of them on his face, like he did earlier today. He is so very like me.

Sean is also the winner of 4 Scorpio Races. These races are held on the first day of November and they are bloody, dangerous, people die, horses die, and tourists come from the mainland to see the slaughter. Is it worth it? Is one race worth all that suffering? It sure is fascinating to see those huge capaill uisce race because they are really fast, but at what cost? It’s tradition; maybe one day they will stop doing it, maybe they will do it forever.

“Tell me what it’s like. The race.”
“What it’s like is a battle. A mess of horses and men and blood. The fastest and strongest of what is left from two weeks of preparation on the sand. It’s the surf in your face, the deadly magic of November on your skin, the Scorpio drums in the place of your heartbeat. It’s speed, if you’re lucky. It’s life and it’s death or it’s both, and there’s nothing like it.”

Kate Connolly, aka Puck, is competing in the races for the first time. She is the first woman competing and, of course, the men are whining about it. It’s a man thing; it’s dangerous, go back and be a housewife, girl. How dare they? It’s so infuriating. I love how Kate is brave and he won’t be talk out of the race. She will enter it with her pony, sorry horse, Dove, and she is entering to win. She needs the money, even more now that her big brother is moving away to the mainland, leaving her and her other brother Finn by themselves with debts to be paid.

I’m quite happy for that smile, because Dad told me once you should be grateful for the gifts that are the rarest.

The island is another important character in the book. It seems that it gives you and it takes from you, the island changes you and makes you do things for it or for yourself. Thisby is not a big island, but it is an island that has a few things to offer. Not only the water horses that during storms come out from the sea to kill you. That’s interesting enough, but it also has beautiful beaches, cliffs, little towns and it has Sean. I can’t keep myself from loving him and his black and blue jacket, his rare smiles, his conversations without words.

This island is a cunning and secretive thing. I can’t say what it has planned for me.

This island cares nothing for love but it favors the brave.

Puck and Sean are destined to meet since they are both running in the races. Sean is fascinated by Puck and decides to help her with her training; at first because he wants to understand why she is competing, but then this curiosity transforms itself into something else. Something unsettling. Something a little too close to love. How I love them together, their interactions, how they start as merely acquaintances to be so much for each other that everything else just becomes background noise.

“I say, ‘I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.’
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, ‘It’s late for that, Puck.”

The magic in this book resides in its pace. It is slow, it has to make you part of the island, of the story. It takes you by hand to visit every corner of the island, meet its inhabitants; it makes you understand the way they think. It shows you good days and bad days. It shows you how nice people can be and it shows you how bad jealousy makes people act. It takes you to the capaill uisce, makes you a little bit scared of them, and makes your fear go away by showing how wonderful these creatures truly are. There is so much more and it leaves you wondering how many things can happen, how many possibilities there are for you to be happy. The book makes you understand so much about the life on the island so that you can also understand why so many people decide to leave it, how much they want to run away from it.

I’m so full of an unnamed wanting that I can’t bear it.

Everything is shown slowly so that you have time to immerse yourself in the story and not be thrown into it when you’re not ready. Things will happen when they’re supposed to happen and you are going to be filled with so many feelings it will feel be like you are riding a capaill uisce on the beach, hearing its heart beating against your legs, your hair in the wind.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it has so much to offer and it makes you happy.
Rate: 5/5

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater ☆

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“He was a king. This was the year he was going to die.”

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Why you should read this book: Fourth and last book of the series and it certainly will take your heart, shatter it a little, then give you feelings you didn’t know you needed.

“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”

It is really hard for me to write this review because it is the first time in a very long time that the release of a book has driven me almost insane. I woke up at 5 am, on a weekday, to start reading the ebook because I knew my paperback was never going to be here on time, and I am a spoilers magnet (95% of the times I am the one to look for spoilers, I’m not ashamed). At 9 I went to work and when I came back for lunch I kept reading until 7 pm, when I finished it. It was a wild day, I have never read a book faster in my life!

I started this series of books late, only a few months ago because I started following more tumblr blogs about books and there are so many posts about the raven boys and I wanted to know more about them. Then I saw how good were the reviews on goodreads so I decided to buy the first 3 books of the series.

One of the best decisions I could’ve made. The story is fantastic, magical but also contemporary, a tiny bit of drama, a tiny bit of romance and a tiny bit of everything else. I love books that are a perfect mix of everything I enjoy. Wouldn’t we love to discover dead kings, visit magical forests and take things from our dreams? I know that I would, for sure.

ATTENTION! FROM HERE ON THERE ARE SPOILERS!

After finishing Blue Lily, Lily Blue there were still a few weeks left until the release of The Raven King. I pre-ordered my paperback copy back in January but the more the release day approached the more I grew anxious and desperate to know what was going to happen!! Is Gansey really going to die? Is Blue going to find what she is going to do after high school? Is Adam going to accept who he is and stop whining? Is Ronan going to find out how to wake his father’s dreams? Is Noah going to follow the light and cross over?

So many questions that needed answers and, guess what? I got my answers, I was very satisfied by them, I got so many more beautiful things and, even if some things were left unanswered, I can’t say I’m not happy about how the book ended. Maggie couldn’t have answered every single thing because we are supposed to be left wondering what they are going to do, what they are going to see, who they are going to be. Knowing every detail of their lives would’ve taken a lot from us, we have to wonder, we have to imagine the future we want them to have. We are given inputs and we can work our imagination from there. I LOVE IT!

There is only one thing that I would have loved to see. I wanted Gansey to see the demon wasp, I wanted to see how he would react to the demon, I wanted to see him afraid but unafraid of it because Henry helped him manage his fear a little. That’s the only thing I think of. The rest was perfect!

Let’s talk a little bit about the characters, only a few of them or else this review will be Bible long.

“She was the only person who he could not dazzle, and he loved her for it.”

Gansey
Baby Gansey, our beautiful boy, our explorer and Glendower number 1 fanboy! He has always been brave but fragile, a few layers and a few masks to show to different audiences. He opens up a lot to Blue, they are perfect together and the fact that they can’t kiss amplifies a lot how they show affection to each other. He loves her so much it hurts because I want someone to look at me the way Gansey looks at Blue, a guy who thinks the world is a much better place with you in it, that every noise the outside makes is silenced when you are talking. Awww, sweetheart, you are perfect and it’s impossible not to love you. I can’t hide that I was extremely sad about the whole Glendower situation but I get it, maybe the hints were there all along and I didn’t pay attention.

“I thought you would be hairier”, she whispered.
“Sorry to disappoint. The legs have a bit more going on.”
“Mine too.”

Blue
Not loving Blue is impossible; she is smart, says what needs to be said, is brave, super strong. What’s not to love? I was in pain for her because she knew about Gansey, she knew how much she already loved him, she knew the day she had to say goodbye was near but she chose to stay with him and suffer all the way. She could’ve stayed away from him, spare him and her a little bit of pain but no, she chose to enjoy every single second they had together until the very end. Blue’s interactions with Ronan are one of the best things about this book; I can see a BFF necklace for the both of them in the near future.

“Look, Sargent,” Ronan retorted. “I was gonna dream you some eye cream last night since clearly modern medicine’s doing jack shit for you, but I nearly had my ass handed to me by a death snake from the fourth circle of dream hell, so you’re welcome.”

Noah
Creepy little boy, creepier that in the 3rd book, much creepier that in the 2nd book, and sooo much creepier that in the 1st book. It was a weird escalation of creepiness. I knew Noah was important even if a lot of times he wasn’t there, you couldn’t forget about him. He is dead, he is there one second and the next he is gone, sometimes for days. But where does he go? I don’t have many theories but, after what we learn at the end of the book, maybe he is a key member of the circular flow of time weirdness that is Cabeswater and the ley line, and without him a lot of things couldn’t have happened. When time is involved, everything becomes weird. Noah said something about that being the last time reviving Gansey in the past. Why the last time? How many times has he done that? Damned you, circular time, so hard to follow!! Is the last time reviving him in some way linked to Gansey reviving in our present, to the disappearance of Cabeswater? Is that why after that he just slips away? Why, Noah, why??? Why didn’t you tell us something? You just left and here I am in pain for you because, even if you were so much more, different, alive, you were still very much as dead. Poor baby! Wait a minute, WAIT A MINUTE!! Noah used his favour from Cabeswater to revive Gansey, okay, but was it really for Glendower or was it for something else that I’m not getting?? Please, people, let’s exchange theories, this is driving me crazy!! Besides my random rambling, I am still a little mad about the fact that we didn’t get to hear the boys and Blue say something about Noah. I wanted something to be said about him in the epilogue, something nice, a little something to know that they knew what he did, that they cared a lot about him and that they were sad because they didn’t get to say goodbye! I’m sad about Noah and will always be! WAIT A MINUTE!!!! What if by slipping away in time that last time he disappears also from the boys’ timeline in the present, and that’s why no one says anything about him because they don’t remember him?? Is that even possible? Maybe it is with circular time, maybe I’m just going mad completely. SEND HELP!!

“Adam smiled cheerily. Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile, elastic and amiable.”

Adam
At first I didn’t like him very much; he was all whiny and not very nice with the people around him. His friends wanted to help him and he refused and acted really rudely thinking they wanted to own him, make him their charity project. Adam, baby, they love you, that’s what people who love you do, they help you, they want you to be happy and live comfortably. Book after book he redeemed himself becoming one of my favourites (they are all my favourites, though) and in this last book there was so much Adam and I couldn’t be happier. Love me some Adam! Of course there is also the Ronan situation. I knew he was watching Ronan and seeing something more than only a friend. He was trying to understand what he felt and I loved the fact that he didn’t dismiss the change of his heart and he took the leap and allowed himself a little bit more of happiness. WTH, he deserves it. Good for you, baby boy, proud of you!

“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.”

Ronan
My beloved, my dark knight, my raven whisperer, my baby daddy. I started loving Ronan from the start but only saw this as real love maybe after half of The Dream Thieves. I don’t really remember, it was light infatuation turned into hard-core love in the end. I know now that I love him and that I want him to be happy. I am happy for him; he knows very well a lot of things and chooses to deal with them as best as he can. The Adam situation is overwhelming for my boy; knowing Adam knows about his feelings is hard because he sees how Adam has changed around him, how many more smiles he reserved only for Ronan. Is he ready to take a chance or is he too scared to ruin what they have? He took the right decision, the PERFECT decision.
Can I say how important is Ronan? Not only for me, of course, for this whole quest? There is so much Ronan, and I couldn’t have asked for more. I want a whole book about Ronan being a farmer; The Farmer Boy.

“Ronan Lynch — dreamer of dreams, fighter of men, skipper of classes — might”

Henry
New fabulous addition to the gang!! Our Henry, half Chinese (which half? Hahaha), half Korean, keeper of RoboBee. Who is said RoboBee?? Only one of the best dream things the world can ask for! Precious little thing, not only RoboBee but also Henry. I knew he was going to be something since they barely introduced him in the last book. He makes me love him and, yes, I would love to travel the world with him. He paying, obviously, I’m broke.

The epilogue was fantastic. Maybe I wanted to know more about everything but maybe I am happy about what was given. I love how their adventures have just begun.

I will miss them with all my heart. I feel so empty right now, I feel weird.
I will read the whole series again very soon, how can I stay away from them? Not possible!

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, long live the Raven Boys.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater ☆

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“You can be just friends with people, you know,” Orla said. “I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.”

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Why you should read this book: It’s the third book of the series, only the fourth is left and by now you should love the raven boys and Blue so yeah, you should read this.

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

“Desire and dread lay right next to each other in his heart, each sharpening the other.”

All the stars! All of them!

I don’t know what to say, these books are taking my breath away. I saw so many posts on tumblr, so many things that made me curious but the positive reviews here made me make the decision of buying the books. Oh boy, what a marvelous decision I made, I’m so proud of myself, pat pat good girl!

Whoever knows me can guess that I love stories with magic involved, but what I truly love are stories with magic in a real world; it’s like if I went out of my house and there is a ley line, a mystery to solve, a King to wake up. I love that the story feels like an everyday truth, the city, the school, the people, and the bad guys. Nothing is really too much, it’s the right balance of fantasy and real life. I love that, I truly do!

Gansey and Blue!! It hurts so much knowing what is certainly going to happen. I am hoping in a loophole, something like a loophole since we see that anything can happen, right? I will have my hope, that’s all I can have right now. The two lovebirds can’t be together for obvious frustrating grrrrr reasons but their affection is shown in ways that breaks my poor heart. The glares, the light touching, the phone calls, the fact that they are present in each other minds more often than not, little things that made me swoon. I can’t believe I can still feel these kinds of feelings but this book hit me right in the heart and it won’t stop hitting me. Send help!
Blue is a stronger character in this book, she is more mature, she knows daydreaming is not going to work; it’s a waste of time. With what happened in The Dream Thieves I thought she was going to be miserable but she is a tough gal and I loved it, I love her. Show everyone what you can do!
It hurts me thinking about Gansey; the backstory Malory told was heartbreaking, he is hiding pain in that minty body of his and I just want to hug him until he passes out. It’s love, not weird!

PARRISH’S HONDAYOTA ALONE TIME. The other side was A SHITBOX SINGALONG.

Ronan and Adam!! The boys have their own private club in this book. Adam is starting to show himself more, he has grown so much since the first book, I can picture him more clearly now, I’m liking him a lot and it scares me so much. I have a very bad feeling about him, very bad. Fyi, you need to know that I have a catastrophic mind; everything in my head turns bad no matter how hard I think positive. It’s my personal curse. I don’t want my mind to be right. I am happy that Adam realized that not so little thing; I want to know what he is going to do with this information. Is it going to change how things are or is he going to pretend he doesn’t know anything? We’ll see. Don’t disappoint me, Coca-Cola boy, I trust you as a fellow Coca-Cola lover, this is important to me. Ronan Ronan Ronan! Ronan is a cutie pie with a strong taste, that’s how I want to describe him. He has so many layers and he is not done showing them to us. His fragility is out there, a big revelation was made and I was surprised like wth is happening? I didn’t see that coming. I love Ronan, I want to see him happy!

“Behind him, he heard Ronan say, “I like the way you losers thought Instagram before first aid. Fuck off.”

Noah is adorable but in this book he is quite creepy. Something very bad is happening under the ley lines and it’s affecting him in a weird way. I love Noah, he is sweet, ever present yet often absent, he knows what’s going on with the boys and with Blue. He keeps secrets and is of great help. Someone is going to help him too because I have a bad feeling about him like the bad feeling I have for Adam, Ronan and Gansey. I have bad feeling about every single one of them because everything can happen and it’s not good, it’s going to be bad, I can sense it.

“We are going so slow,” Noah said, craning his neck to observe the inevitable queue behind them. “I think I just saw a tricycle pass us.”

WTH, I want to see everyone happy but that’s not going to happen, right? That can’t happen, the situation is dangerous. Something big is happening and something unpleasant happened. The cliffhanger!! Luckily I only read this now so I won’t have to wait long for the rest.
It’s not that I’m wise; I procrastinate a lot and leave things for the last minute so, that’s that, I am glad I waited this long! Now karma will get back at me and my book won’t be here until June.

There were so many surprises, very unexpected situations. I was shocked upon reading one of those so-called surprises. I am still speechless; I didn’t want that to happen. Anything can happen. It’s scary.

New characters were shown, nice and bad and one that I can’t place anywhere for now. The bad guys were different from what I expected and it took me by surprise. One of them was funny, though. I didn’t want to laugh reading that person’s parts (because he is bad, I didn’t want to laugh by principle) but I couldn’t help it. Everything confirmed that nothing is as it seems. Again, it’s scary.

“Okay, get out of here. Scram. Farewell,” Piper said as more of the wall moved uneasily, the uppermost surface shifting dustily to the floor. “Go be short somewhere else.”

This little town with its ley lines and everything feels so real, I might get some equipment and start measuring electromagnetic fields soon. In the company I work in we sell those instruments, it’s not going to be that hard, give me 7-9 years and I will have my very own adventure.
The writing is easy to read, it speaks to you like an equal, zero pretenses, it takes you to all those places and makes you experience what they are experiencing, you are one with the story. These qualities make this series one, if not, the best I’ve read in forever.

“They regarded each other. Adam fair and cautious, Ronan dark and incendiary. This was Ronan at his most truthful.”

I love all the raven boys as much as they love each other and Blue. I love all of them and wish them happiness and a very long life. Long life. Long life. Long life. I thought that saying it more than once might grant me a miracle. Long life. Long life. Long life. I hope it works. Long life. Long life. Long life. Sigh.

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, love me some Raven Boys.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ☆

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“All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Why you should read this book: Because you read the first book and you loved it.

Ronan has secrets. He is a dreamer, he takes things out of his dreams. He can take anything he wants. He doesn’t know there are people looking for him. They are looking for an objet that can take stuff from dreams, little they know what it is really what they are looking for. The ley line is unstable since its awakening and the energy is messing with the readings and the search for Glendower. What are the boys going to do now?

This review contains spoilers because, of course, this is a sequel.

After the last sentence of the last book we are left with the certain knowledge that Ronan can take things out of his dreams. He will be the main character of this book, we see he asking himself how is it that he has this ability and how can he control it. He remember his father dying and telling him never to reveal this secret to anyone, yet he already told his best friends. He wants to understand how is he able to do that, why he can’t go back to his house, why can’t he see his mother. We follow Ronan through his journey to find out the secrets surrounding his family.
He is a sweet boy hidden behind a devilish smirk. I love him!

Ronan likes cars and he joins the king of all troublemakers, Kavinsky in car races, illegal car races. Kavinsky is bad news and unfortunately he and Ronan have more in common that the latter wants to admit. Thanks to Kavinsky we find out more about who Ronan really is, what he is hiding. He says that he doesn’t lie but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t hide many truths from his friends. Kavinsky wants Ronan to be part of his “Bad Boys Boyband”, he wants him to join the dark side. Keep dreaming buddy!

“Ronan Lynch, keeper of secrets, fighter of men, devil of a boy,”

Adam “the world doesn’t understand me” Parrish is also very present in this book. He sacrificed himself and became best buddies with the ley line. Cabeswater is a part of him he can’t ignore or bad things are going to happen. Adam plays a little too much the victim part and is often very annoying. We get it, you want to be your own person, you don’t want help. I am like you, if I can carry that box but I know it will crush me, rest assure that I will still carry it and show the world I don’t need anyone to do things in my place. There are times, though, when you have to put aside your pride and accept the help you’re given or you will fall in an endless pit with no possibility of getting out ever again. I was a little happy at the end of the book because he showed real growth, it made me be hopeful for book 3 Adam, I think I’m going to like him better.

“Sometimes Ronan thought Adam was so used to the right way being painful that he doubted any path that didn’t come with agony.”

Blue and her epiphany. An epiphany we all knew from the first page of the first book. Better late than never, right? She needs to stop fighting Gansey, he uses those big words and speaks without thinking but he doesn’t mean it. He is sincere, he is genuinely happy and joyful and when you see him sad it’s not fake rich kid sad, he is really sad. I don’t like that people see him and doesn’t think his problems are not as important as the others because he is rich so his problems are not real. Stop it, ok? He may have a lot of things, he may have a loving family but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be sad or troubled, his feelings aren’t less important.

Gansey is the sun, he brings joy to me when I read about him. He is a special boy with a questionable sense of fashion. I don’t think he wants to lead the others, that he wants to be in charge. He, of course, doesn’t want to be kept out of decisions and adventures. He is afraid that people are going to move on without him. I think that terrifies him. Everyone assumes he is ok but nobody asks how is him.

“He hadn’t realized yet that Gansey could persuade even the sun to pause and give him the time.”

Mr. Gray, the handsome gray greek statue that happens to be a hit man. He was a nice addition to the story, I like him a lot. He is honest, he doesn’t really get mad, he thinks a lot, he puts a lot of thoughts into solving whatever problem he is facing. What isn’t there to love? When he thinks about Maura he becomes a sweet grown up man with a big heart, not a man with a gun inside his pocket. You see beyond what everyone sees in him and you are not disappointed.

I’m sad because there wasn’t very much Noah in this book, the energy was messed up and poor little ghost boy couldn’t hang with his friends. I loved the scene between him and Blue. How much fun can they have when nobody is around, eh? I would love for them to repeat the scene. I demand an encore!
We couldn’t see Noah but we met Ronan’s little brother Matthew, what a sweet little guy. He has curly hair, I have a thing for curly hair, I think they give the owner more charm points even if the face is super ugly. Curls can save hearts, I know it! I want to see more of Matthew, his curls and his beautiful smile!

I will throw myself into Book 3 right away because the Raven King is coming and I don’t want him to wait.

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”

Me, too, Blue. Me, too!

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, love the Raven Boys.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ☆

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“Is that all?” she whispered.
Gansey closed his eyes. “That’s all there is.”

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Why you should read this book: Because you may have a ley line just under your house and this book can help you wake it up.

Blue has been told all her life that she will kiss her true love and he will die. She doesn’t know when it’s going to happen or how will it work: the kiss will kill him or is the kiss that will trigger something that will kill him? Who knows!?
One night, more precisely Saint Mark’s Eve, Blue is with a clairvoyant friend of her mother to see the soon-to-be-dead on the corpse road. She can’t see the souls because she is not psychic like her mother, she amplifies their power, but then she sees the spirit of a boy, Gansey, with the uniform of Aglionby all-boys school, a raven boy. She is being told that she can see him because he is either her true love or she will kill him. One coincident after the other Blue finds herself tangled in the search of the magical ley lines with the boy she saw in the corpse road and 3 of his friends. Will they be able to find them, wake the dormant king and receive the supernatural favor that task offers?

“We have to be back in three hours,” Ronan said. “I just fed Chainsaw but she’ll need it again.”
“This,” Gansey replied “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”

I completely fell in love with this book, the story, the magic, the strong female character and of course the wonderful boys!
I am always attracted to books with magic in it, I love magic and if a book can make you believe that it is possible for it to exist then that book is perfection in my opinion.
I believed in Gansey’s theories, I believed in the ley lines, the lost king, everything made perfectly sense. I was tempted to start looking for the lines myself.
I was so immerse in the book. The story is clear, the mysteries are there, danger is around the corner and they can’t stay away from it, once they knew what to find there was no way they would stop looking for it.

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

The boys. Gansey and his loquacity and big difficult words that make people feel stupid. He doesn’t mean to do that, poor beautiful thing. Adam and his pride and bravery. Sometimes he needed to let go a little bit and welcome the help he’s been offered. Ronan and his mystery aura and his bird. He has so many things to say but he keeps quiet a lot, maybe it’s time for him to spill out his secrets and feelings. Noah and his sweetness and his will to be heard. He was such an enigma, I really didn’t expect anything that happened.

“What if I implement a no-pets policy at the apartment?” “Well, hell, man,” Ronan replied, with a savage smile, “you can’t just throw out Noah like that.”

Blue, Jane for Gansey. I don’t get it, Blue is a wonderful name, it’s easy to remember and it’s a beautiful colour, there’s really no need to change it. Blue is a strong girl, she knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want. She knows when she is wrong like when she judged the boys only because they go to rich boys school. She puts herself in the position to start knowing them, understand who they are beyond what is on the surface. I like her!

I will give this book 5++++++++, it will be on my favourites list from now on and I will have this weird grin of pleasure on my face for a very long time.

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, I say it from the bottom of my heart.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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