Reviews, Uncategorized, Updates

The Raven King Review

So, it’s been longer than I thought it would be since I was able to work on another review. My life has been crazy busy guys.

I did, however, find time to finish The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I so wanted to love this book because I loved the rest of the series, but I just didn’t. The ending fell flat for me. I felt like there was more that needed to be resolved which wasn’t resolved. I liked that the other books left me with questions about what was going to happen next because I was pretty sure those were questions that were going to be answered in the next book(s). I do not like when a series ends like this, and that’s how I feel this series ended. There should be more closure than I felt I got from this book. And Blue’s kiss….was not how I felt it should have gone. It felt like she had no say in the matter, and she should have been able to have more control but at the same time, there was no time. I understand it, but I damn well didn’t like that that’s how the kiss happened.

So overall rating: 3/5. It was enjoyable, and I finished it pretty quickly, so I know I was invested. The ending just left me so disappointed, I’m not sure if/when I’ll be able to reread the books.

Book Progress, Updates

Reading Progress, 3/14/16

I finished Winter by Marissa Meyer last night. My summary of how I feel right now is that it was neither terrible nor amazingly awesome, but I enjoyed it. I’ll post a full review by Wednesday.

I’m nearly done with Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Hopefully I can finish that by Wednesday and post a review by the weekend.

Once I finish these, I’ll probably get back to finishing Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I’m not sure if I’m having a hard time finishing that one because it’s the last in the trilogy (I frequently have problems finishing books because I just don’t want them to end!), or because I’ve just been in a bit of a slump.

I’d love some suggestions for other books to read. If you want to check out what I currently have in progress, and have read in the past to get an idea of what I like, check out my goodreads shelves. I’d love suggestions for books other than YA. I love YA, but it would be nice to read something else every so often (I’d particularly be interested in suggestions for graphic novels, especially anything with a strong female lead, double especially if I can also share it with my 10 year old sister [she’s already reading Sailor Moon]).

Book Progress, Updates

Reading Progress, 3/7/16

I’m currently jumping between a couple of books. I’m reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater and Winter by Marissa Meyer. Winter is an e-book, while Blue Lily, Lily Blue is a physical book, so that’s part of why I’m reading both at the same time. Blue Lily is one I take with me pretty much everywhere, bouncing around from my backpack to my purse and back. Winter I mostly read in bed before I go to sleep because I have it on my tablet and can read with the light off. I hope I’ll finish at least one of them this week.

For class, we’ve moved on to reading poetry by Wordsworth and Coleridge. I think this week we start Lyrical Ballads. I’ve read some of it before, but it will be interesting to read the poetry while thinking about crime and punishment. This semester is going fast. It won’t be long before we reach the end and start reading Oscar Wilde. I can’t wait! 😀

For my goodreads challenge, I had started the year with a goal of 50 books. Based on the fact that I just haven’t felt like reading in the last few months, I changed my goal to 30 books. I am currently 1 book behind schedule, so I think that was a good choice on my part. After I finish my current reads, I’ll get back to the other books I’ve been neglecting.

Updates

Currently Reading

Currently, I’m reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s the second book in The Raven Cycle. I’m really enjoying it and just wish I could find more time to read it. I’m somewhere around halfway through and I love how much of Ronan I’m seeing in this book. He’s probably my favorite character, as problematic as he is.

For class, I’m reading Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams by William Godwin. I’m only 30 pages in, but supposed to be done with around 200 or so by tomorrow. That’s probably not going to happen. The book is just difficult to get through and I get distracted after reading about 5 pages, regardless of the tricks I use to keep focused (my favorite is listening to video game soundtracks, which usually don’t have any lyrics but which are designed to keep you focused on the game). This is going to be a rough semester if I can’t finish even this book.