The Dream Thieves // The Book That Steals your Sanity

A secret is a strange thing.

There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know.

The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.

And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about.

Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle # 2

Publication: September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 437

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

My Thoughts:

This was basically my reaction to the mind blowing masterpiece that was The Dream Thieves:

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The Raven Boys

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle # 1

Publication: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 409

Source: Purchased, after much coercion and urging from rabid fans whom I admire.

Summary from Goodreads:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 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.

My Thoughts:

I, for some reason, have been very late to jumping on the Raven Cycle bandwagon. I didn’t even own the books until very, very recently – and I come to you now asking: WHY DIDN’T SOMEONE HIT ME UPSIDE THE HEAD EARLIER!?! The Raven Boys is fantastic in its own special way. It’s not the sort of book that you read and go “Oh yea, this is it” or something, it’s like how Hazel falls in love with Agustus Waters… slowly, and then all at once.

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is P.S I Like You by Kasie West!

Publication:  July 26th 2016 by Point

Summary from Goodreads:

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.



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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books and A Beat

This week’s Teaser Tuesday is for Halo by Alexandra Adornetto!

“Some say we can’t choose who we fall in love with; love chooses us. Sometimes people fall for the complete antithesis of everything they believe they’re looking for.”

“Be quiet or I’ll be forced to flick you.”
“Ooh,” he mocked. “The ultimate threat. I don’t think I’ve ever been flicked before.”
“Are you suggesting I can’t hurt you?”
“On the contrary, I think you have the power to do great damage.”

“One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love. So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favorite foods. In the same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?”

Summary from Goodreads:

Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?



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Smash & Grab

“These moments are the only times I ever feel truly alive.”

Title: Smash & Grab

Author: Amy Christine Parker

Series: Standalone

Publication:  July 19th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 384

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Heists. Heists everywhere.

Not that it is a bad thing, of course. Smash  & Grab is a fun, exciting, and entertaining fiasco of bank robberies and boy meets girl. While it is hilarious and action packed, it also suffers from a disappointing amount of unrealistic adventures. Not being able to believe in the characters and what they were doing made it very difficult to get in to, despite how much I enjoyed it.

Smash & Grab is a lot of fun. Really, really fun. I loved watching the various plots all weave together and then go out with a big bang at the end. The characters were wonderful, albeit a bit cookie-cutter rich girl and boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The robberies are hilarious, easy – but hilarious. Smash & Grab  is a peculiar kind of book that entertains you even though you find all the little (and not so little) flaws along the way.

My biggest issue with the book was, surprisingly, the execution of the robberies. It is not that easy. Robbing a bank, especially a high-end bank, is not as easy as One-Two-Three, tie up a guard here and there, flash some metal, and then roll around in the money. I wouldn’t have had a problem with the ease of their subterfuge, if not for the fact that they were first timers who had never robbed anything before and then literally had their money handed to them on a silver platter (not literally, but you get my meaning). To compare, I’m bringing in (unfairly) a favorite of mine. Six of Crows. The power of Six of Crows is that even though the heists are completely ridiculous, there is such meticulous planning and an awful lot of hard work that goes into each and every step that it makes it impossible not to believe. That is not the case here. Don’t get me wrong, folks, I still loved the book – but if you’re a stickler for being realistic, you might have an issue here, too.

The characters are amazing. They could probably do with more development throughout the novel considering it is a standalone – but they weren’t bad. Lexi drove me bonkers. Spoiled brat who is cold to the bone and takes no prisoners in a way that is probably meant to be endearing but failed on epic proportions? Check. While she is/was/possibly could be considered as the protagonist, she was a very difficult protagonist to get behind. They both were, Lexi and Christian. Christian wasn’t as bad, but he was just as unbelievable. I guess you’re probably wondering why I called them amazing, huh? Lexi and Christian are amazing because, despite their obvious flaws both in character and then in execution of the book itself, they do sort of pull you in against your will and make you feel things. You might not be rooting for them, but you’ll end up caring in some way, shape, or form about the outcome of their tale. It’ll take you by surprise, trust me.

Smash & Grab was an entertaining debacle. Filled with heists, a plethora of side characters, and cute criminals that deserve their own song, Smash & Grab was an adventure of a read perfect for fans of Ocean’s Eleven or anything else heist related.



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The Way Back to You

“Grief doesn’t need much space at all. It’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

Title: The Way Back to You

Authors: Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

Series: Standalone

Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 384

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.

My Thoughts:

This is a very special book for two reasons. One: it deals with grief in a way that is both realistic and easy to relate to. Two: I managed to pick this book up at the perfect point in my life. (I finished reading it the day after my younger sister’s eighteenth birthday. May 8th was the thirteenth anniversary of her death). I, of course, had a very difficult time reading this novel  – but I managed it, and it made me realize a lot of things about myself. The Way Back to You is special, it is poignant,  and it is powerful in a subtle way. It will make you think, it makes you understand what happens when you bottle everything up and push people away – even if you don’t realize you are doing it. It showcases how different people handle their grief in different ways: be it becoming a busy body, a shut in, and or completely blocking it out of you head all together. Besides that, though, it is also a story about love and realizing that you don’t have to sacrifice your own happiness. It is about discovery, it is about friendship, and it is about family. The Way Back to You was the perfect book in the perfect moment, and I am so, so glad I read it.

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Walk the Edge

“If you want out of the box you hide in, then you need to crack open the flaps and bask in some sunlight.”

Title: Walk the Edge

Author: Katie McGarry

Series: Thunder Road # 2

Publication: March 29th 2016 by Harlequin TEEN

Pages: 426

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

My Thoughts:

My love for Katie McGarry and her novels is no secret. I’ve been obsessed with her writing since Pushing The Limits and I fell even more head over heels in love with her after reading the first Thunder Road book, Nowhere But Here. I have been eagerly awaiting Walk The Edge, and by eagerly I mean salivating and chomping at the bit. Walk The Edge brings us right back into the crazy world of the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club, and boy am I glad to be back.

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