The Raven Boys

17675462The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess.

Seriously. I love everything I’ve read by her.

The Raven Boys begins when Blue, the teenage daughter of a family of psychics, sees the spirit of rich boy Gansey on Spirit Road. This means either a) she’ll kill him or b) he’s her true love. Given that Blue is destined to kill her true love by kissing him, I’m inclined to think it’s probably be both. Tragic! The book also follows dearest Dick Gansey III in his quest to follow the supernatural ley lines in Henrietta, Virginia to locate the tomb of a long-dead Welsh king. What follows is a fast-paced and suspenseful adventure complete with reluctant romance, an irresistibly eclectic group of heroes, and a mysterious murder that’s more connected than anyone dares to think… Continue reading

Velveteen

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Damnnnn this was intense.13414964.jpg I don’t mean in like the Throne of Glass suspense-intense or the Thirteen Reasons Why kind of intense (that’s on a whole other level) but the dark, tortured, demented kind of intense.

Disclaimer: I love dark, tortured, and demented.

Okay so Velveteen in sixteen when she’s kidnapped and murdered by serial killer Bonesaw (he grated her skin. Like woah) and sent to purgatory. Purgatory is kind of this limbo area where souls go until they overcome or achieve some unknown something and pass on to the pearly gates of heaven or Hell’s inferno (do NOT even start with the whole ‘Hell is cold thing.’ Don’t you dare). Given the whole good = white (Heaven) and bad = dark (so Hell) thing, it’s unsurprising that Velvet’s purgatory is completely and utterly gray (gray like the dead people’s ashes they cover themselves with–intense yet?). Continue reading

Bang

17039870Bang by Lisa McMann

WARNING! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ Crash I URGE YOU TO STOP READING. THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS OF THE FIRST BOOK. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

I’m just going to assume that you guys actually heeded my warning and are not reading this if you haven’t read the first book (if not, shame on you, you spoiler-readers!). So as I believe I said in my previous post, Crash ended with one hell of a game-changer. When Bang begins, it is Jules’ first day back at school after the accident and her first chance to talk to Sawyer about his vision. This time it is, in my opinion, much cooler and much more intense: a shooting. 11 deaths. Bang BANG! Continue reading

Crash

13146312Crash by Lisa McMann

I know it’s not exactly what I’m supposed to be talking about but may I just say that I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS COVER. I know they say not to judge a book by its cover but wow. There is a fire in her eye! It’s gorgeous and I love it so very much.

Sorry, had to get that out.

Right. The book.

I started off pretty happy with it. It gets started immediately which I thought was great because I hate when it takes FOREVER for anything to happen. Within the first few pages, Jules is having the vision of the car crash and talking about Sawyer, the guys she’s in love with. It’s the stuff in the middle I wasn’t so keen on. For the speed at which the plot picked up, I hadn’t expected it to slow down quite so much. A lot of the time in between is her seeing visions and stressing about visions and worrying about Sawyer. Continue reading