Beautiful Quotes #121 / The Dream Thieves

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Hello everyone! You may have noticed my blogging has been a little lax the past week or so. I’m okay about it as things have been a very good kind of busy! I have a lot of things I need to pay attention to in the next month or so, and I can’t help it if my blog takes a backseat for a while. I’ll definitely still be doing 3-4 posts a week, however! And I’m sure I’ll post at some point to let you guys know what’s taking up so much of my time.

Anyway, onto today’s book and beautiful quote! It’s from my possible favourite Raven Cycle book, The Dream Thieves. Just thinking about it has made me want to read another fantasy book!

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

-Beth

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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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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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Review: The Dream Thieves (#2) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

I am adoring this series. It’s taking up so much space in my head at the moment because I literally can’t stop thinking about these books and these characters and this story. I can’t even function because these books are so compelling and I couldn’t put this one down. I mean this very literally, because I was looking so hard at the page while reaching for a cup of tea that the tea ended up spilled on the bed. Oops.

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.”

But despite all the love and fangirling, I have got to admit I had a few very minor problems.

  1. I genuinely think Maggie has a little bit of a problem with pacing. Like, I started this book a little slow but the second half arrived and BAM. I couldn’t put it down.
  2. I still don’t love Ronan. Sure, I understand more about his inner demons but he’s still a bit of a pr*ck to me, and not much of a likeable character.

But oh well, because the other boys (especially Noah HELLO), I loved. There is a scene in this book which features him and Blue (I’m sure you know which one I mean if you’ve read this book), that made me adore his spooky little self. Also, I loved the villain and the focus on every single character in this beautiful story and how they work together. They all seemed to be drawn together in this book and I really enjoyed the focus on each of them.

“Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”

I’m still very much in love with Maggie’s writing. She comes out with so many beautiful sentences, it makes me want to stop and just breathe it all in for a moment. In conclusion, I wanted to knock half a star off this for the bad pacing, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I love this series.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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Review: The Raven Boys (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.
 

I can’t believe I didn’t carry on with this series the first time I read this book! I picked this up over 2 years ago now in 2016 and I remember really enjoying it. However, I didn’t own the entire series and due to that it has taken me until now to finally decide to carry on reading them! I couldn’t remember what happened at all though, so hence I decided to pick the first one back up and re-read it before I continue.

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures.”

And I’m so glad I did because I feel like I’ve discovered this book all over again! This series is incredibly compelling, and I know it won’t take me long to get through the rest. It did take me a while to start becoming obsessed with the story, but I’m definitely there now and I can’t stop thinking about Blue’s life.

The first thing that came into my head when reading this book is the originality. I have to admit I have never read a YA book like this one, and that is a bold statement to make, and an incredible thing for an author to achieve.

“She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

I have so much praise for the amazing woman that is Maggie Stiefvater. I could go on forever about what I love about this book, but let’s start with her writing. Easy to read but randomly poetic. Very page-turning but also made me stop and think wow how does someone do that?

The only slight issue I had was this book really ramps up like 100 pages in and the pacing was incredibly slow to start with? It honestly took me around half the book to go from ‘it’s okay’ to ‘omg this is the best thing ever’. Aside from possibly Ronan, who I unfortunately found very 2D, I also love the colourful complex cast of characters Stiefvater has created. Blue is so mature, never whines and is all around calm and cool and intriguing. And I found the other boys so fascinating to read about and very vibrant and alive (ahem).

So to sum up, this book is unique and original and unlike anything I’ve read before. If you’re looking for something a little different, I URGE YOU TO READ THIS.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #82 / The Raven Boys

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!

Welcome to another Beautiful Quotes post (if I manage to stay awake long enough to finish it). It’s been an incredibly busy weekend and one with a lack of reading, and it’s going to carry on being busy for a while! But life is really good, and I do think I’ll be able to read a little more soon.

I have a lot of books on my TBR, and I’m currently reading Obsidio. After that, I might try All the Crooked Saints, which you can see from my last Stacking the Shelves post that Pete gave me! After then, maybe it’ll be back to finish The Raven Cycle? Finally?

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She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.”

-Beth

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