As I may or may not have mentioned, I love discovering lesser-known books in the Amazon Kindle store. While I love a good NY Times best seller as much as the next fangirl, I also love finding a hidden gem by an author who is just starting out and needs a push. Some of my favorite series are mostly unknown, and whenever I recommend them, I always get blank looks. But I’ve also gotten good feedback on them! So, in the spirit of recommendations, because I know we all love those, here are some of the best books/series I have found out there in the book world that deserve a spot on your TBR!
Hello, fellow bloggers!
I’m here on this lovely Friday to bring you another double review. I feel like they make a lot of sense for books in a series, especially if I read them in sussession. Plus, I already had this lovely picture of the two of them together, so why not take advantage of that? 😉
As you see from the title and photo, this will be a review of the last two books in the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I read the first book in this trilogy, The Winner’s Curse, back at the beginning of the year, I think February or March, and I really loved it. I read it from start to finish in one sitting. It was a beautifully written story about two characters who are so stubborn you just want to smack their heads together, but you grow to love and respect them for different reasons. Here is the link to the Goodreads page for first book. I gave it a solid 5/5 stars. Now, on with the reviews!
The Winner’s Crime
“If you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.”
“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”
“What a strange constellation they all were.”
“The head is too wise. The heart is all fire.”
“I don’t care to be pretty,” Blue shot back hotly, “I care to look on the outside like I look on the inside.”
“No homework. I got suspended,” Blue replied.
“Get the fuck out,” Ronan said, but with admiration. “Sargent, you asshole.”
Blue reluctantly allowed him to bump fists with her as Gansey eyed her meaningfully in the rearview mirror.
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King
Just a few of my favorite quotes from this book. 💙 It has the perfect balance of amusing-to-poetic writing. I can’t possibly pick under 5 favorites.
Review to come soon!
Hello, blog peeps!
I’m realizing, while looking at my stats for this blog, that I haven’t been posting very regularly on here. Which I feel badly about. I guess I’ve just been so busy with life stuff that I sort of forget how many days go between posts. Time flies when you’re having fun, and sometimes when you’re not. 😉
Anyway, to make up for it, I’m posting two reviews in one! I also thought this might be a bit easier for everyone, since the two books I’m reviewing are the second and third books in a series: The Raven Cycle. I reviewed the first book in this series, The Raven Boys, a couple weeks ago after finishing it in just a couple days. You can read that review here. Since then, I’ve marathoned the next two books, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (click the titles to view their Goodreads pages). And if you know me at all, you know I can fly through a series when I’m enjoying it. My bookish friends have told me that The Raven Cycle is like a black hole that’s sucking me in. And maybe it is. But through all the fangirl feelings, shipping, and browsing the internet for fan-art and tumblr posts, I’ve been enjoying the ride into oblivion.
So, I finally got around to reading a book that has a huge amount of hype around it. A book that has inspired obsession and late-night trips to the bookstore, extensive bookstagram posts and bookish tattoos. A book I actually tried reading about 4 years ago, when it was fresh off the press and on sale for the Amazon kindle. And the funny thing is, I couldn’t finish it. That book is The Raven Boys, first book in The Raven Cycle series. Here is the Goodreads link. It’s not that I hated the book the first time around, and I wasn’t disappointed because it was new and I wasn’t part of any bookish community, so I didn’t even know if it was popular. I just liked the synopsis and the cover. I got 8 chapters in and just didn’t want to keep going. I honestly wasn’t engaged at all. So I quit reading and never picked it up again.
I’m telling this cheerful story to put emphasis on the fact that this book did not let me down a second time. After all the times I’ve seen the fandom love for The Raven Cycle series, I finally get it. This book was epically awesome. It made my week. I feel so incredibly stupid for not reading it before, when I had the chance to have had this book in my life for the last 4 years. I suppose I was just in the wrong frame of mind the first time I tried to read it, because this is completely my type of book. It carries an air of magic and fantasy in a real world. It makes you believe in the mystical again. It made me long for the cool nights of autumn, when the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it feels like anything is possible. It reminded me how much I need stories like this in my life, because I think that if you don’t believe in magic, you’ll never find it. 💙 And this book makes you want to believe in magic right outside your door.
I read somewhere that these characters are similar to the Marauders and Lily from Harry Potter. And it’s so true! I love the dynamics between the group. And I was surprised by the depth of each character. They are all so unique, with detailed pasts that are slowly unraveled throughout the pages. But there is much more to learn about each character, and I cannot wait to get further into the books for this reason, among others. This book spins a tale of history, magic, and also includes very real world issues such as mental illness and class differences. It also has a little dose of murder, which really keeps it fresh.
If you are doubting this book or unsure if it is for you, I definitely advise giving it a chance. Some may feel the story starts out a little slow, but if you give it a chance, I think you’ll fall in love. This book lived up to all the hype. I can certainly see why this book has inspired tattoos and book merchandise. I might have to look into both. 😉
Definitely 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars!
Well, I’m off to read about welsh kings.
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
– Marie Lu, Legend
I’m working through my first breakup, with my boyfriend of 7 years. Even though it’s really hard, and hurting another person is the worst feeling ever, I know it’s the right thing to do. I know we’ll both be happier in the end, after the pain lessens. So, I’m just looking for some quotes to remind me of that fact. That life goes on. It’ll get easier. If you have a good quote for a breakup, share it with me! I could use it 😉
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know exactly to what I’m referring. This beautiful piece of literature.
This beautiful edition to our most beloved universe. This fantastic and heartfelt story. Which I marathoned in one day, because of course I did. It’s Harry Potter. We’ve all been waiting for this.
So, I won’t include many spoilers, and no big ones. I just want to talk about the book, my feelings, and the thoughts I had when the last pages flipped over and “the end” stared back at me.