Can I start out by saying that I love Maggie Stiefvater? I think the first book I ever read by her was Shiver, with Grace and Sam. Then I read The Scorpio Races with Puck and Sean. I went on to The Raven Boys with Gansey and Blue and now I’m thinking about reading Lament, with Luke, Aodhan and James.
First of all, the sheer imagination and work she puts into the worlds of these stories is amazing. I was really impressed with how Maggie Stiefvater put new takes on a lot of different myths, legends and stories.
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
This series was interesting. I loved Shiver, and I liked Linger a lot, but I didn’t like how the ending of Forever was unclear. I mean–I appreciate it sometimes when authors leave the end up for you to decide, but I wish that Maggie Stiefvater left less options for the story to go in the end. All in all, it was a great series, but I like Shiver the most.
pg count for the hardback: 392
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls
The Scorpio Races
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 chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen
I think that so far, this is my favorite book by Maggie Stiefvater. 4.6 stars for this story. I loved how Puck learned to manage the water horses and gained a friendship with Sean. Sean was a great character as well as many others in this book. The ending of this book is really smooth, and I loved how everything turned out in the end. This was a beautiful story, but it was also strong, well-told and intense.
pg count for the hardback: 404
The Raven Boys
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
I knew I liked Blue as soon as I saw her first line. “Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.” That pretty much sums up Blue’s personality. Surprisingly though, I found the person I liked most in this story was hard to find. I liked all the characters, from Gansey to Adam. After a while, I decided that Ronan was my favorite character. I guess that’s because I’ve created a character that’s almost exactly like Ronan. Except his name is Mugen. I’d already used Ronin. Anyway, this story was amazing. It was very close to beating the Scorpio Races, in fact. When I first heard about The Raven Boys, my initial reaction was the happy dance.
Now, I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE DREAM THIEVES!
pg count for the hardback: 409
Series: The Raven Cycle
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .
I’m not exactly huge on love triangles, if you get what I mean. Often times, they’re boring. It’s the same-old-same-old. She knows that in order to choose one, she will have to break the rest of their hearts. Oh please. We’ve seen this before. Here’s a bridge:
Now get over it. However, I think Maggie Stiefvater will be able to pull this book off. So I’m going to give it a shot.
pg count for the paperback: 325
Series: Books of Faerie
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