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I know I’ve been inactive here for a while. Sorry about that. School kept me busy and I’ve been experiencing health problems which have made it impossible to read or be on the computer. Thankfully, school is nearly over, and my health is on the mend, so I should shortly be able to get back to a normal posting schedule.

I’m currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury, so that will be my next review, hopefully sometime next week. Until then, best wishes. 🙂

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Reviews

Review of Winter by Marissa Meyer

I know I promised this to you Wednesday, but I left my computer in my mom’s car and she was gone all day. Oops. So here it is, a day late.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer was a good ride. I love retellings (is that the right word?) of fairy tales . This was no exception. My overall impression of the series as a whole was “Wow.” The last book definitely wrapped it all up nicely.

I think my favorite part of Winter was Winter. I love her, and I love Jacin. The way Levana treats the two of them honestly made me hate her even more (Levana is a seriously great villain–she really believes she’s doing good and doesn’t see how much harm she is actually doing). Winter was a true cinnamon roll–I just wanted to protect her and make everything okay for her.

I wish we had seen more of the aftermath and rebuilding Luna. I especially wanted to see Cinder making Luna a republic with representatives instead of the monarchy. The book was so long, and the wrap up felt so short in comparison. I know that the series is based on fairy tales, but I really want more of an ending than “And they all lived happily ever after.”

Overall, though, I felt like this was a good end to the series. Other than feeling like there wasn’t enough (which is not totally a bad thing), I really enjoyed it. I’d give the book a solid 4/5 rating, would probably read again, and definitely suggest it if you love fairy tales with a science fiction twist.

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.

Reviews

The Raven Boys/The Dream Thieves Review

So this is my first review of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, so it’s going to include a bit about the first book, The Raven Boys, and the second book, The Dream Thieves.

When I first read The Raven Boys, I enjoyed it, but my first impression didn’t leave me wanting more. I decided to process it fully before reading the second book. Before long, I had somehow become obsessed with The Raven Boys and the characters we meet in the first book, and I’m not even sure how it happened. (I like books that grab me right away, but even better I think are the books that get better the more you think about them.) I think it might be because to some extent, I can see myself in each of the characters. Blue’s desire to be different, but disappointed that she has to work to be different. Adam’s desire to be better than where he came from, and to make something of himself. Noah’s caring. Gansey’s passion that is so intense it consumes everything. Ronan’s “fuck all of you” attitude, sometimes even when it comes to his friends, despite the fact that he clearly cares very much about all of them. And each of these things is just one aspect of each of the characters. By the time I was ready to read The Dream Thieves, I was not only desperate to read it, but I decided to buy all the books in the series and get my mom to start reading them.

You only get to know the characters better in the second installment, The Dream Thieves. I love character driven stories. I feel like if your characters are relatable and feel real, the audience will forgive a thin plot. For me, Glendower and Cabeswater and the group’s search became background while I was getting to know the characters, and I didn’t mind. I love these characters, and I am so excited to continue reading about their adventures.

While I am focusing more on the characters, the plot in each novel is also solid. The first book brings everyone together in a way that seems natural, and their search for Glendower (which wasn’t easy to begin with), slowly becomes more and more complicated in the two books. I love it when the plot and story starts out seemingly simple, and gets more complicated as it goes on (like Ronan’s story. HOLY SMOKES). The complications and lovable characters make the books well worth a reread, in my opinion.

Overall, I’d rate each book a 5/5, highly suggest reading, and can see myself rereading them in the future.

My next read? Blue Lily, Lily Blue (of course)

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.