The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is the second book in the Raven Cycle series and holy smokes is it good! I fell in love with this book and I’m tempted to just reread it again so I can spend more time with the characters since the third book won’t be out for another year.
The hunt for Cabeswater continues and all the beautiful characters are back. Blue and Adam struggle with their relationship as Adam grows darker and more angry as a result of his sacrifice. Gansey tries to play everything cool while he watches his friends fall apart and his feelings for Blue grow warmer. Noah seems to fade more and more. And Ronan? Ronan is a ticking time-bomb that can bring his dreams to life.
This book was even better than the second and I am thoroughly in love with it. Stiefvater has woven together a masterpiece of broken characters, magic, and just the right amount of horror. I cannot recommend this story more, it’s probably the best book I’ve read this year so far.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a novel that thoroughly surprised me in how addicting it was. Blue has grown up surrounded by clairvoyant women who have told her that when she kisses her true love, he will die. But when Blue sees the spirit of a boy who will soon die, she gets caught up with a group of boys from a near by prep school.
The four boys are on a search to find something called the ley line, a mystical mystery and they need Blue’s help to find it. But their adventures turn dangerous as another man begins tracking their efforts. Secrets will be reveal as new mysteries arise in this heart racing, hauntingly thrilling story.
Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third and very anticipated novel in the Lunar Chronicles series. I loved this book and it is officially my favorite of the series so far! Cinder, Thorn, Scarlet and Wolf team up with Cress, a Lunar girl who has been living alone in a satellite orbiting Earth for the past seven years.
When the group gets split up, new friendships begin to form and a new plan to save Emperor Kai from Queen Levana almost gets everyone killed. Cinder also discovers that the people (and Lunars) of Earth might actually be willing to stand up behind her and start a revolution against the evil Lunar Queen.
Cress and Thorn are by far the best characters. Cress is a bit socially awkward but she is a smart girl who can be extremely helpful when you need to shut down a security system or stalk someone, Thorn reminds me of a chipper, Han Solo and constantly makes me laugh.
There are a lot of secrets revealed in this book and there are constant surprises at every turn. I can’t wait for the fourth book!
Altered by Gennifer Albin is the sequel to Crewel, an exciting story about a girl named Adelice who has the power to weave time and matter. In this second installment, Adelice has found her way onto Earth in order to escape the Guild who want to use her power for their own agenda. Along with two brothers and a ghost from her past, Adelice must find a way to save her sister and free her future.
A dystopian novel that twists with science fiction and adventure, Altered is a novel that compliments Crewel though the story did not go in the direction that I thought it would at the end of the first installment. I am interested to see how the story will play out.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a graphic novel based off the author’s own experiences in 6th grade. The main character, Raina, falls and knocks out her two front teeth and for years after that she has to deal with the social and physical pain of the different methods of fixing her smile.
Our heroin is funny and relate-able as she deals with her awkward situation. And anyone who has had braces or headgear will remember all the fun that goes along with orthodontics. This graphic novel was honest and fun to read!
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is a dream come true. Everything I want in a story was there: mythology, suspense, mystery, romance, violence, intriguing characters, and a retelling of beauty and the beast.
Nyx was raised to kill the Gentle Lord, Ignifex, a demon who rules the kingdom. Her father made a deal with Ignifex in order to keep her mother alive, but mortals who strike a deal with the Gentle Lord never really get what they want. Now, Nyx must marry the demon and find a way to kill him in order to save the land. But Nyx can’t help to be drawn to Ignifex and slowly she begins to fall in love with the one person she’s been raised to destroy.
I loved how Hodge wrote Nyx, who has been angry and unhappy her entire life; filled with a festering hatred for every one who she should love. The romance that grows between Nyx and the demon is due to their mutual realization that neither of them are good or selfless. The characters are very different than other versions of the age old story and the Greek mythology that Hodge mixes in to her story spice up a tale that most people think they already know. I loved it!
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci is a book that I won from Goodreads and is a story that I devoured as soon as I could. Tula Bane is beaten and left for dead on a small space station in the middle of nowhere. When her colony ship takes off with her family, Tula is lefts as the last human in a place where her kind are seen as trouble. Tula must find a way to survive and live along side the different races of alien that inhabit the station.
When three humans crash onto the space station, the life Tula Bane has built for herself is completely turned up-side down. For the first time in a very long time Tula must interact with her own species and she discovers that her home planet is in danger of being under the rule of the man who left her for dead.
I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but whatever it was, this story was so much better. Castellucci finds a way to put her readers on a lonely space station with strange aliens and no other humans. Tula’s voice is calm, calculating, and she is a very independent character. I am so glad I won it!
Celaena Sardothien is young and beautiful and also Adarlan’s best assasin. In each story Celaena finds herself on new missions that become more dangerous when she begins making new relationships that hinder her cold ferocity that she usually lives by.
These are only 3 of the 5 novellas that Sarah J. Maas has written to introduce her fierce and wonderful character’s history and how she got to the salt mines at the beginning of Throne of Glass. I’m very excited to devour the next two novellas since these first three blew my mind.
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is fanciful story about a girl and her super hero squirrel who types poetry. When Flora witnesses a squirrel get sucked up by a vacuum and then proceed to live and then lift the vacuum above his head, she knows that she’s found a friend. Together they go on some very action packed adventures and discover the many different ways they are loved by the people around them.
I loved this story. There’s a squirrel who writes poetry and a ten year old girl who considers herself a cynic. Flora is an intelligent girl and I love when authors write smart stories for kids. This is a very smart story and I think it is important that we don’t forget kids are smart and enjoy good humor.
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist is a story about two girls; Wilha and Elara. All her life princess Wilha has been made to wear a mask but has never been told why. Some people believe that her face is horribly ugly, other think that one look at her face will curse you.
Elara was adopted as a baby into a family who only wanted her for the money the orphanage gives them. All her life she has been used as a servant. When both girls are brought together to save their kingdom they begin to learn who they really are.