Review: The Raven King (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater

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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.

I can’t believe I’ve finished this series. It took me so long to get round to finishing, but it’s all I’ve been thinking of for the past couple of weeks. Take a read of the quote I included in this, because it’s exactly how I felt about this series! The Raven King was ups and downs for me, but I did end up loving it.

Something I disliked..where was Noah? The little sweet thing, I missed him so much in this book. His lack of presence was the only thing I really disliked, and it made me feel Henry was only there to attempt to make up for it. Sorry, Stiefvater, but a Noah shaped hole can never be filled.

“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,”

I do have to say that I unfortunately found the pacing off yet again in this book! But once I got into it, it flew past for me. I found the plot interesting, and I’m glad this one focused mostly on the group of friends rather than villains, and included some really interesting scenes with them all.

Talking of the group of friends, I won’t give spoilers but I ship two different couples in this book 😉 Fans of the series will know how happy I feel! I mentioned in my review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue that I felt each of these books focused more on a different character, but I’m happy to say that I think The Raven King made the group equal. I loved reading about each of them!

“and he didn’t want it to be over.”

I don’t think I can say enough about the characters. It’s just so rare for YA to not focus on romance and actually focus on intimate friendships and friendship groups instead. Alongside Stiefvater’s absolutely beautiful writing and scenes that will stay with me for a long time to come, I feel the characters and their friendship warms my heart the most. That’s what made me truly fall in love with this series.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #94 / The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

I’ve been thinking about underrated books in YA recently, and Lauren James always comes to mind! She’s a local author to me, and I’ve met her a couple of times now. She’s definitely an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to read more of her books in the future.

Today’s book has a beautiful cover to match it’s quote! I wish this would show of the gorgeous metallic shine, but I’ll hopefully take some photos of it soon for my Instagram. Anyway, onto the quote!

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“I just want someone who holds on. Someone who won’t ever let me go, whatever tries to tear us apart. Is that too much to ask?” 
― Lauren James, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Which underrated books do you love?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #61

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Before I start, did you see my post yesterday? I’m hosting an international Harry Potter giveaway! 

I bought two books this week, which is probably 2 more than I should! My physical TBR definitely hasn’t gone down for a while…so I should really put myself on a proper ban. But to be honest, with my birthday coming up next month I don’t see that happening! Anyway, I couldn’t resist this weeks purchase because they were on a 2 for £7 Amazon sale including postage!

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I’ve had the first two of this series on my shelf for a while, and I knew I wouldn’t read it without completing the trilogy first.

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I started this collection when I met Cassandra Clare a couple of years ago, and my edition of City of Bones is signed. So I’m definitely going to collect these editions eventually, may as well start with this one while it’s on sale!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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Random: International Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Exciting news today in the form of an international giveaway!

I recently hit 10,000 followers on Tumblr, which is such a massive number to me. I’m eternally grateful for all of my followers and the support you guys give me. So it felt only fair to organise a little thank you!

       

        

       

You can win:
– 1 paperback Chamber of Secrets in YOUR chosen house!
– 3 A6 exercise books
– 1 wand pen
– 1 pair socks
– 1 set pin badges

To enter:
– Follow and reblog on Tumblr
– Follow and retweet on Twitter
– Follow and tag a friend in the comments on Instagram

Giveaway ends 15th September at 10am GMT! Good luck!

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Special Editions of Books

Hi everyone! I’ve been to visit my lovely friend Courtney today and one of the conversations we had made me think of an awesome idea for a blog post. I’ve definitely decided I’m a book collector, as I have many editions of books! There are many more I’d like to collect, and I’ve decided to post about some today.

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When it comes to this one, I’m guilty. It comes out on October 11th and I just preordered one as a birthday gift to myself 😉

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I’ve been seeing this book since it came out and I adore this edition! Too bad it’s so hard to get hold of now.

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I saw this edition on Courtney’s shelf today and it. is. so. pretty. Someone please stop me from buying one.

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This book is definitely one I’d like to acquire for Christmas this year! I have the matching edition of Summer Days and Summer Nights, and they would just look perfect together.

Which special/collectors editions of books would you like?

-Beth

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T5W: Friendship Groups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! I’m relishing my last 2 weeks before I start uni, which I’m very excited but nervous about. I’ve been reading around 100-150 pages a day and I’m loving the books I’m reading at the moment (more on that later).

Anyway, I love this topic! Bookish friendship groups warm my heart because YA romance can take the centre of books way too often.

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I couldn’t do this topic without mentioning the most famous trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione have to be the most talked about this week.

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A close second is this beautiful group. I love the dynamic between all six of them in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

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The inner circle of the Night Court definitely came to mind this week, because they’re all so interesting and bounce of each other so well. I included this book because for fans of the group and the city, it’s beautiful!

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Simon, Leah, Nick and Abby make such a great group, and they’re so funny to read about. I loved reading about them in this one and Leah on the Offbeat.

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I’m currently just over halfway through The Raven King and I don’t want to finish this series! I adore this group and I never want to stop reading about them.

Which friendship groups do you love?

-Beth

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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3) by Maggie Stiefvater

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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.

I just saw on Amazon that I bought this book in May 2016, over 2 years ago. So why the hell did it take me so long to get round to actually reading this series? I’ve got to a point where I can’t imagine my world without these beautiful Raven Boys, and I’m dreading finishing The Raven King and being without this series.

I feel like each of these books teaches us more about the individuals that make up this quirky little group. We had an introduction, we had Ronan and in Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I developed a deep understanding of Adam. There is a passage in this book where Blue explains that the Raven Boys all fall a little bit in love with each other, and I think I can include myself in this. Because the characters are by far the best thing about this book.

“”Don’t tell the others,” Gansey said.”

Although we really needed more Noah in this book, because his cold little self warms my heart with some scenes, my favourite of which is in The Dream Thieves with Blue, and always will be. We also find ourselves with a number of awesome characters added in this book, one of which is Jesse Dittley, who I have to say I just found awesome.

Leaving the characters aside for a moment, I have to force myself to focus on other things. Like the plot, which actually wasn’t half-boring in this book! I feel like this is where it clicked for Maggie, and became more action-packed and paced better. Thank god. Let’s hope she keeps it up for The Raven King.

“”I’m dead,” Noah replied, “not stupid.””

I only have two minor complaints, once again. For one, I want more Gansey please? He is meant to be the main focus of this entire book, but I need more description of him and his life outside Glendower. Or maybe the point is that he doesn’t have one.

For two, Adam’s court scene? Is entirely missed out? I’m presuming it all turned out okay, but I also feel like someone ripped some very important pages out of my book or something.

But these two very minor feelings can’t impact on my love for this series, which burns brighter than it ever has, if you can believe it.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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