Book Reviews

The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

– Short Story – 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater follows one of our main characters Blue Sargent. Blue comes from a family of clairvoyants, or seers as we normally understand them to be. Blue herself cannot see, but she does have the ability to enhance what the rest of her family sees around her. It also follows our other main character, Gansey, and his friends who attend the local private school of Aglionby. The boys that attend her are often called Raven Boys due to their uniforms and their mascot. Gansey is more than rich private school kid who has grown up with privilege his entire life. He has been searching for something, and that search leads Blue and Gansey together, but Blue has always grown up with one warning coming from her mother. She has always been told that she will cause her true love to die, so she has always tried to stay away from such things that tempt fate. We all know though, that you cannot run away from fate as it always finds you.

– My Thoughts – 

I did not really enjoy The Raven Boys and because it was such a hyped book and series I thought that I would love it.  I just did not understand the story and how it all went together. At one point I thought it might magical realism and another point I thought that it might be historical fiction, and at another point I thought that it was fantasy. There were a lot of different parts to the book and only a couple of things surprised me, I was very happy about those twists and surprises though because that is what really kept me reading the book. I always give a series a second book, and I am going to read the second book. I read Steifvater’s Shiver a long long time ago, and I believed I enjoyed it. People swear by this series, so I’ll give it another chance, but as I said it just wasn’t for me. Tell me what you thought of the book if you read it! I would love to hear about. Until next time,
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Caraval, Stephanie Garber

Have you ever been in a situation that you just want to escape from? A bad home life or a bad relationship? Ever wanted to go to a place that was filled with magic, adventure, and that could possibly give you a new life? No such place exists, right? Donatella and Scarlett have been imagining changing their lives since their mother left, and for Scarlett that change could only be granted with the magic of Caraval, and the creator of Caraval, Legend. Scar and Tella have been hearing stories of Caraval since they were little girls told from their grandmother. Caraval is a place described with magic and wonder, a place where you can escape your realities and dive into your fantasies, but do not forget it is only a game.
Scarlett has been trying to get an invitation to Caraval ever since she heard about the magical place. When she finally obtains two invitations for her and her sister she wants to go, but their father stops them from leaving. Scar and Tella’s father has been controlling their lives ever since their mother left him. Tella, being the “wild child” finds a way to get off the island, which forces Scar to go after her because all she wants to do is protect her sister.  Tella’s antics also force Scar to team up with a random boy, Julian to try and go through the twists and turns of Caraval. Caraval is a game that is made by Legend that has grown into so much more than game for Legend and the players. As Scarlett has to try and find her sister, she finds out what it is like to be her own person and she finds who she truly is.
I thoroughly enjoyed Caraval by Stephanie Garber!! It was magnificent for a debut book! There was so much detail in every description, and there were so many different paths taken in the book that made it an amazing story. It made you feel like you were a participant in Legend’s game. I cannot wait for Garber to come out with a sequel to this one because you’re left with questions that need answers! If you’re looking for another wonderful, magical adventure, pick this one up because it is a magnificent story. Until next time,
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Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson

When you walk around do you see strange things that you can’t explain? Well that’s exactly what happens to the main character in Shanna Swendson’s amazing novel Enchanted Inc.
A small town girl, Katie, leaves Texas to change her life in New York. Things are already strange in some parts of New York, but people with wings floating a little above the ground, moving gargoyles, and trains that seem to come on demand? Even that’s a little bit strange for New York.
When Katie finds out that there’s magic everything makes a little bit more sense, but how does no body else see what she sees?
In Shanna Swendson’s first novel of the series the world of magic and business comes alive in Katie’s small town world. There’s a little bit mystery, a little bit of romance, and all in all a little bit of someone trying to find his or her place in the world.
I read this novel so fast, and then quickly bought the second because it was that good. The way magic is portrayed in our every day world instead of somewhere hidden makes it seem like magic does and can exist. It also helps me to believe that there is a perfect place for everyone to be and enjoy. Of course I highly recommend this book and the rest that come after!
“We read to know we are not alone.” C.S. Lewis