Everland

“To die will be an awfully big adventure”

Title: Everland

Author: Wendy Spinale

Series: Everland # 1

Publication: May 10th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 312

Source: OwlCrate

Summary from Goodreads:

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?


My Thoughts:

I find myself growing increasingly disappointed as I sit here to write this review. Everland had the serious potential to be mind-blowing, amazing, and delicious. It mixed one of my all time favorite legends/fairy tales with a dystopian, virus riddled reality and steampunk architecture. It had everything it needed to succeed, except the most important thing of all: the writing.

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The Raven King

“It was just that there was something newly powerful about this assembled family in the car. They were all growing up and into each other like trees striving together for the sun.”

Title: The Raven King

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle # 4

Publication: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 439

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

My Thoughts:

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times, and it never stuck. Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation. Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all. Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.”

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle # 3

Publication:  October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 391

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

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.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.


My Thoughts:

Well, holy hell that was an adventure. I AM SO NOT OKAY RIGHT NOW! Too much death and too many feels, but I fucking loved it. Just… ARGH! The more of this series I read the more I am falling in love, and now there is only one left and I don’t know what to do with myself. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was just as intoxicating at the other books in The Raven Cycle have been, yet it also holds it own certain charms. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is one of those special books in a series: it transcends its middle heritage and transforms into something other, something else entirely. It is a black hole that I will forever willingly dive into, that much is certain.

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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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