Double Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Double Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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. πŸ˜‰

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.

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Coffee Book Tag

Coffee Book Tag

What’s up, my book peeps?

I’ve been so busy with all the stupid adult responsibilities I have, I haven’t had time to read, post on bookstagram, or post here. It’s the lamest thing ever. Growing up isn’t all unicorns and free books, guys.

Anyway, in the small amount of free time I have, I’ve been looking around for inspiration for my next blog post (that’s this one!), and while I have a list of things I could write about, writing about coffee on a day when I could really use another cup seemed like fun. A few people I follow have done the Coffee Book tag, and while I feel like one of them might have tagged me (code for: I commented my undying love for the tag and they awkwardly told me I should give it a go πŸ˜‚). So, I’m sort of tagging myself. But that’s okay because I’m an independent person. πŸ˜‰ And since I haven’t technically been tagged, I’ll take the suffering away from you by tagging anyone who reads this who would like to do it! It’s perfect for a rainy day post, when you need a hot beverage. And on that note, is anyone else craving autumn? Or is that just me? It’s my favorite season for a reason, and while I like summer, it always feels a little too long.

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Nomination: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Nomination: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t been back at this blogging for very long, so I’m really honored to have nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award, not just by one other blog but two! So thank you so much Neha from Inky AffairsΒ and Lisa from The Not So Secret Life of a Fan Girl. You both are amazing and your blogs inspire me so much!

This award is given to anyone who inspires their readers and brings sunshine to the blogging community! It’s amazing to receive!

The terms of this award are simple:

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you
  2. Answer the Questions that were given to you
  3. Nominate other bloggers for this award and give them your own questions to answer!
  4. Notify those others bloggers of their nomination

Since I was nominated by two different people, I’ll split the questions they gave me into two sections 😊 First up are the questions from Lisa:

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Review: Fate Series by Heather Lyons

Review: Fate Series by Heather Lyons

Okay!

So, it took me a bit longer than I anticipated to get around to writing an actual review for this review blog. πŸ˜‰

I am constantly so swamped with school, and sneak reading in whenever I have a few spare moments. As of now, I am on a break for the holidays. So I am going to take advantage of it, and write a few reviews (hopefully).

Now, without further procrastination, an encompassing review of the Fate series by Heather Lyons. There are 4 books in this series:

  • A Matter of Fate
  • A Matter of Heart
  • A Matter of Truth
  • A Matter of Forever

I had some different opinions about each novel, but I think it will be easier to have them all in one post than in 4 separate sections.

First off, my emotions were all over the place with this series. Ms. Lyons really knows how to write the feelings of her characters, and allow the reader to feel them as their own. I commend her for that.

**A few minor spoilers are below! Read with caution!**

These books follow Chloe Lilywhite on her adventures as a Creator in a world where there are multiple dimensions of existence. Elves are real. Magic is real. And there are portals that can transport a Magical (someone who can preform some type of magic) between all these different worlds. In the world of a Magical, Fate decides your destiny, and basically everything about your life, when you are born. Some Magicals can control emotions, some can move elements, some can cause earthquakes. Chloe believes she got the short end of the stick as a Creator, because even though she can create and destroy almost anything at the drop of a hat, her entire life has been planned more strictly than some, because there is only one Creator. And without a Creator, the worlds would demolish into chaos. She feels the pressure. Overall, I really enjoyed the basic concepts in this series. The magic is interesting and not to overdone, and the characters are humorous and believable (most of the time).

However, I had a love/hate relationship with our heroine, Chloe. The reason for this is the epic love triangle, because not only does Chloe love 2 men, they are identical twins. Jonah and Kellen Whitecomb are amazing. The kind of guys that make my expectations of men even more unrealistically high. They are both Emotionals, meaning they can control and feel the emotions of others. They also have a personal code which prevents them from manipulating everyone everywhere into giving them endless money and cookies. πŸ˜‰

They are intelligent, caring, forgiving, and gorgeous. And half of the series Chloe throws them both around like 3-day-old garbage because she can’t figure out her feelings. Now, to be fair, Chloe has a magical Connection (a connection of the souls) with both brothers. In the history of her world, no person has ever has 2 Connections. Normally, once you find your Connection, you can never romantically love another person. And if you are not with your Connection, you feel despair and a hollow feeling in your heart. But, this totally sucks. Because no matter who Chloe chooses, the other brother, and Chloe herself, are always in pain. Always missing each other. So I get the struggle. And I get that every character has flaws, and those flaws make them relatable.

But Chloe has some very selfish moments in the first 2 books. And while I enjoyed them, busy cheering Team Kellen and overwhelmed by the emotion of it all, the first 2 books in the series are a bit slow. Lyons sets up this epic world and an epic ancient villain, and all that happens is about 5 moments of action and a lot of crying/guilt over which boy is the better choice.

The third novel is when things start to pick up. We are introduced to some new, and very lovable, characters. And during the third book, Chloe has some major self-discovery moments. She shows a lot of growth. She stops acting like the victim Fate has screwed over, and starts fighting back. And her guys grow as well. Jonah and Kellen realize that their feeling matter too, and actually hold Chloe accountable for her actions (hooray!). The villain I mention earlier plays a much larger role, which lead to some interesting twists in the plot.

By the 4th, and final, novel, I was reading any chance I could. I devoured the action that I had been deprived in the other installments, while still enjoying a bunch of romantic moments and feels. I cheered for the new characters and the new loves they brought with.

I won’t ruin the surprise and say which twin Chloe chooses, but I will say the ending is so very bittersweet. I knew it would be. There was no way around it. But it still had me in tears, ugly crying with a box of tissues, because I had grown to love the 3 main characters so much. I just wanted them to magically get over the tragedies and live happily ever after. And that is not what happened. But I am also glad it didn’t, becasue that isn’t real life. And if nothing else, these books were a beautiful roller-coaster of emotion. A tribute to how unfair life can be. But also how you can find happiness in sadness, if you look hard enough, try enough. Sacrifice. In the end, I was left with my emotions in a jumbled mess, but strangely satisfied as well. Because even in a bittersweet end, Ms. Lyons gives us a little hope to hang onto.

I would certainly say that even with the slow start and questionable choices of our characters in the beginning, this series has my stamp of approval. If you are looking for a different sort of read, a mixture of love and fantasy, than you should start reading this series pronto.

Get A Matter of Fate (book 1) on Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Matter-Fate-Book-ebook/dp/B0092ETXR6/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427586142&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=a+mattero+of+fate

Thank you so much for reading my words!

I hope to post some more reviews in a timely fashion πŸ™‚

Cheers!

Aside

A Little About Me…

To kick this blog off, I thought I would tell you guys a little bit about myself, a little about the types of books I like, and some extra things you may or may not want to know.

When I was just learning to read, I didn’t really like it. I thought going through the words on each page was extremely dull, and had resigned myself to hate it for the rest of my life. However, I learned later, that I was just reading the wrong types of books.
You see, I have a love of paranormal things. Not that I have a particular belief that ghosts and strange creatures exist or don’t (I”m still undecided, but can’t rule it out). I just find the concept of unexplainable events and things that go bump in the night fascinating. I don’t know if this interest stems from my birthday stigma (I was born on Halloween), the fact that my mom and I watched The X-Files when I was 6 years-old, or if I have crazy, vivid dreams to blame. Whatever the reason, I discovered that books about paranormal and fantasy experiences sparked my love of reading. So, I’m thankful for it.

These days, I don’t limit myself to reading paranormal fiction, but it is what I gravitate toward. I never really read non-fiction (I know, never say never), so you won’t see any reviews on biographies or self-improvement books. I read to get away, to enter another person’s life, and live experiences I wouldn’t get otherwise. Maybe that is why I enjoy reading paranormal/fantasy/dystopian novels.

Some of my favorite books are The Mortal Instrument’s series by Cassandra Clare, the Significance series by Shelly Crane, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, the Creepy Hallow series by Rachel Morgan, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Providence by Jamie McGuire, the Legend series by Marie Lu, the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, the Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol, Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine, the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, and an old favorite is Maximum Ride by James Patterson. And okay, I’ll admit, I did kind of like Twilight back in the day. But all the teenage girls did. πŸ˜‰

I would completely recommend any of the books I listed above, and also all of the authors who wrote those books. I read a lot of multi-volume books, but not on purpose. I always seem to pick up the book that has been planned out in 4 sections, which I am unaware of until I read the first, and then, of course, I must know how the story ends.

I recently finished reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and it was pretty great. Depending on how the story ends, it may enter my favorites list. But the ending of a book can make or break my whole experience with the story. So, we’ll see.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading a little about me and my favorite books! If anyone has any recommendations, even if they are completely opposite of what I listed, I’d love to hear them! I try to be an open-minded reader and human.

Thanks for taking the time to read my words.
Cheers!