The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Description:

Published: April 26, 2016

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. 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.

Review –

This was one of the books that I was waiting for with bated breath and i can’t believe that it was so anticlimactic!!

The other three books in The Raven Cycle had been building up the anticipation with each chapter and to have it end the way it did I felt that the author had let me down, big time. I had become so invested in the Raven Boys, Adam, Gansey, Ronan and Blue, the girl who held them all together. While the book was entertaining with its robot bees, real wasps, a cloven footed dream girl, a powerful demon, tree spirits,fast cars and a couple of highly anticipated kisses, the ending leaves as many questions to be answered as we started with. I was so shocked when the last page came and thought, “surely that can’t be all there is”, but it was.  Too bad the author felt she needed to leave every reader in limbo.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Description

October 21, 2014

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.

Review –
Blue’s mother has been missing for three months looking for her ex-lover underground. No one is worried except Blue and her mother’s ex-hitman boyfriend. Meanwhile, Adam, Gansey and Ronan, The Raven Boys, and ghostly Noah, who wants to be corporal again and Blue discover a strange cave guarded by an even stranger mountain man and inside find an old Welsh coffin.  Not heeding warnings to the contrary, they open the lids and the long-buried but not asleep daughter of Glendower “escapes”. No one knows if she’s friend or foe. If  that wasn’t enough going on-the boys discover that the man who hired the ex-hitman is now their Latin teacher.(Small world)
I thought this was the end of the series and was very put out that the ending was a cliff hanger but I did some checking and there is one more book in the works and now I can’t wait. I love everything about this series.  
Write faster Maggie Stiefvater!
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The Dream Thieves (Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

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September 17, 2013
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…

Review –
Wonderful follow up to the first book, The Raven Boys, in the Raven Cycle series.
It was fast paced, action packed and we learn a lot more about Ronan and Adam and what makes them tick.
Can’t wait for the next installment.
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The Raven Boys (Raven Boys #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Release date: September 18, 2012 | Series: Raven Cycle
An all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
“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.
Review –
I listened to this book on my Ipad and fell in love with the characters and the storyline, so much so that I wanted more when it ended. If only all authors could write with the same passion. Oh well. I have not as yet read or listened to the second in the series but I’m hopping to find the audio version and that the same narrator reads it.  A narrator can make or break a book and the one that reade The Raven Boys did an excellent job.
This is definitely a good series to start if you like paranormal YA literature.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Description

Publication Date: October 18, 2011
 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heart stopping novel.Some race to win. Others race to survive.

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 choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

Review –

Beginning this book I moved along at a fairly quick pace but something happened about a third of the way through and it seemed to bog down and I thought I’d never make it to the half way point.  That said, when I did reach the middle of the storyline it flowed like the Mississippi River after a heavy rain.

The story is magical yet sad and while  the characters of Sean and Puck are totally at opposite ends of the spectrum in the beginning, they grow into a relationship with such chemistry and realness that it’s a joy to watch  develop.  When I reached the end I didn’t want it to be over and that it a sign of a great author, so my hat is off to you Maggie Stiefvater, you have done it again.

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan, a gifted harpist who regularly plays for weddings and other events, has the kind of stage fright that makes her physically ill before a performance, which is an inauspicious way to start a romance; but while vomiting before a competition she meets a gorgeous boy who comes into the restroom to hold her hair. He is Luke Dillon, a flautist who proceeds to accompany her in a truly stellar performance. As four-leaf clovers start appearing everywhere, Deirdre develops telekinetic powers and encounters strange, unworldly people who seem to bear her ill will. Her best friend, James, also a talented musician; her beloved grandmother; and her mother all are in danger, as Deirdre is targeted by the queen of Faerie. Deirdre eventually discovers that she is a cloverhand, a person who can see the denizens of faerie, and Luke, not the only immortal who has her in his sights, is a gallowglass, an assassin assigned by the queen of Faerie to kill Deirdre but who falls in love with her instead. This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin’s Impossible (2008) and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Illustrations by Jeffrey are fitting. Grades 9-12. –Diana Tixier Herald
 
Review –
 
I normally do not like books about Faeries but this one I did, so much so, that I’ve already  checked out the follow-up from my local library.   Now I have to finish some other books before adding another one to the stack.  Can’t wait.