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Mini-Review Compilation #12

An Anonymous Girl
cw: sexual assault, infidelity, domestic abuse
disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own.

This story starts out with a somewhat intriguing, if not completely exciting, premise. At first it’s difficult to figure out where things are going, but things begin to fall together soon enough — at least, that’s what we think. I was impressed with the twists in this, although the ending does leave something to be desired. I felt things were tied up a little too nicely and a little too quickly, so I didn’t end up feeling very satisfied by it. Overall, though, it’s a quite compelling read and worth picking up.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If I Was Your Girl
cw: homophobia, transphobia, violent hate crimes, suicide

I’m not planning to write a proper review because it took me forever to read this (because I started it on audiobook, had my hold expire, and then took a while to get the eBook). The audiobook is excellent, so well-narrated. The story itself is great and I loved it. My only nitpick was that the Homecoming scene felt overly convenient and not necessarily super realistic but that’s really quite minor. Overall I’d definitely recommend this!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
cw: racism

While I’m bummed to see this series come to an end (although I believe there is an additional novella out and potentially a new series coming out?), I thought this was a really nice way to wrap things up. I’ve been working my way pretty slowly through the books and left a lot of time between reading each so I wouldn’t binge them and get sick of it (as I’ve been known to do). It’s hard for me to write a traditional review of this, because all I want to do is gush about it. I care so, so deeply about all of these characters and can envision all of their mannerisms and I think Maggie is such a talented writer. She’s definitely going on my must-read list and I’m excited to see what kind of work she has in store for us in the future.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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Mini-Review Compilation #8

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Sleeping Giants

This was so much better than I could’ve even imagined, in great part because I listened to the audiobook version. A lot of people recommended the audio as the go-to version and they were definitely spot-on with that. There are different voice actors for all of the characters, which I thought allowed the listener to really separate each of them. I can struggle to distinguish character voices in audiobooks and this really helped me understand what was actually going on.

The characters themselves were great and I enjoyed their interactions for the most part. I thought the romance felt a little forced, but luckily it didn’t play too too much into the story. The twists all made sense, but weren’t necessarily things I saw coming. I also really liked the writing style, but I was a huge World War Z fan, so that’s to be expected. Overall I really loved this book and I highly recommend it.

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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Acceptance (Southern Reach #3)

You could know the what of something forever and never discover the why.

I did really like Acceptance. It did a great job of tying everything together while still letting Area X keep its air of mystery. If you want answers to your questions, you’re going to hate how this series ends. I personally thought it was very well-done. The chapters switch between perspectives, giving us some new POVs and some insight into characters that had previously been pretty mysterious. I loved that we were able to delve back into Area X, which I find to be such a compelling environment. I think Jeff VanderMeer does an incredible job of creating the atmosphere there and I just adore reading about it. If you’ve enjoyed the series so far, it’s definitely worth it to continue with this one.

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

As Gansey shut the door behind him, he heard Adam say, “I don’t want to talk,” and Ronan reply, “The fuck would I talk about?”

I’m so sorry, because I’m not one of those people who has “book boyfriends” and whatnot but I am possible deeply in love with Gansey. I don’t know how or why Maggie Stiefvater did this to me, but I want her to stop. I also don’t want her to stop. I almost ran out and bought The Raven King immediately after finishing BLLB, but I don’t want the series to end, so I’m trying to drag things out for myself. Anyway, this is definitely my favorite book in the series so far and I know this isn’t a review so much as a gush, so again I’m sorry, but UGH. Damn, Maggie knows how to write romances.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Dream Thieves [review]

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on September 17, 2013
439 
pages.
my rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Goodreads avg: 
4.27

Spoiler-free Review 

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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

As I mentioned in my review on The Raven Boys, I first started this series several years ago. It lost my interest and I moved away from it, until this past year. In October, I decided to reread TRB and to attempt to continue the series in a more timely manner. I gave TRB five stars and waited a bit before moving on to The Dream Thieves.

The last time I attempted The Dream Thieves, it had been some time since I had read TRB. Because of this, I had forgotten a lot of the plot and the characters and it just didn’t hold my interest at all. This time, I didn’t wait too long to jump into it, and I latched onto the story.

This was such a good sequel!! I absolutely adored the characters and the storyline. Stiefvater broke my god damn heart repeatedly and I had to keep texting my friend Grace whenever I had something to yell about.

This book focuses a little more on Ronan than the other characters, although of course they all play relatively large roles. I never thought I would like Ronan, but this book made me adore him. My love for Noah stayed strong. Adam has definitely dropped a couple places in my heart, unfortunately. Gansey is adorable and precious and I want to squeeze him to death. And Blue continues to be just wonderful.

I’m trying to breathe a little before moving on to Blue Lily, Lily Blue (aka my library lost my hold  so I’m forced to wait a little longer regardless), but am hoping to continue the series this month!

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