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Random Book Reviews #2

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

I had to put this book down so many times to stop myself from crying. I mean the writing was gorgeous and the relationship formation was the most adorable thing I have ever read in my life and the character situations were tragic and contrasting and I loved the dual POV and the character diversity.

So yeah: 5 shuriken stars.

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

This book is like a big stinking pile of sugar. It’s like a sugar high. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it’s just so cheesy (oh god, look at me, mixing flavours like that). Didn’t stop me from reading it, though, because it was very fun (and very frustrating – like come on Anna of course he fancies you you’re the protagonist). But I was looking for a cheesy rom com and I found a cheesy rom com so I can’t really complain.

3.5 shuriken stars.

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

I like this series, but I’m still not in love with it. It’s all quite calm at the moment. I never feel very much tension in anything that’s happening, and I don’t feel particularly invested in any of the characters (though I do like Olive and Horace).

I still want to pick up the next book, because it’s an enjoyable series and I love the format of the photographs in the story, but I am still waiting for that emotional click.

4 shuriken stars.

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

Where have you been all my life?

The world was clever. The dialogue was amazing. The drawing style is fantastic. The characters though… don’t even get me started on how much I love the characters and their relationships. I was also really impressed by the plotting, because I came for the humour, but I was blown away by the themes and where the story went. Oh, and I was close to tears by the end.

The best part is that you can preview it online for free right now, so go do that if you haven’t!

5 shuriken stars.

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

I’m wary to tell you anything about this one, but I really liked it. There’s a ‘twist’ (though quite an obvious one, hence the air quotes), and it’s good. Also another really emotional one, with an interesting unreliable narrator and I liked the use of time-jumps (though are they called flashbacks if the whole book is technically a flashback?).

4.5 shuriken stars.

Antigoddess – Kendare Blake

13246736I absolutely love the Anna Duology (Reasons why: Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmaresand that was the only reason I picked up this book.

So I went into this with the intention to fill the Cas-shaped hole in my heart. Percy Jackson meets Kendare Blake’s slick characterisations and awesome humour. I was excited.

Summary

Like Percy Jackson but gruesome and somehow more hilarious. (Review of the first PJO book here)

Yeah, I know, I’m only comparing it to PJO because it’s greek mythology, but we all knew it was inevitable. Percy Jackson is massive. It was going to happen as inevitably as people calling The Hunger Games the next Twilight.

By the way, I love Percy Jackson. This is a compliment, if you guys aren’t sensing that yet.

Cons

Am I supposed to like Aidan?

Because I really don’t like Aidan.

Actually, most of the romances felt very weird. I guess Gods + Mortals isn’t going to be the next paranormal romance craze for me, and I think it’s the mere fact that they are gods, and I found it really difficult to imagine them looking like teenagers when you’re like “But you’re a GOD.”

Anyway, Aidan made my skin crawl. I did not like his romance with Cassandra at all after the revelation. Maybe that was intended. Maybe not. We still have another two books to find out.

And Cas

I MISS CAS SO MUCH.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

Well, no, if you’ve read Anna Dressed in Blood you probably do, so all I could think about whilst reading Antigoddess was how much I wanted Cas back.

Pros

We all know that Kendare Blake can WRITE.

I trust her plotting and her character development and her dialogue and her writing style and just everything. Kendare Blake is amazing and we just have to accept that.

Also the references to Anna Dressed in Blood made me smile with glee.

Quotes

  • “For the record I don’t believe in Fate. I believe that the pieces have been placed. The ending hasn’t been written yet.”
  • “The Mustang growled into reverse, aiming straight for the old lady.
    Cassandra would have winced, even if she had been the most evil old woman on the face of the planet. Even if she had been granny-Hitler, she would have winced at the idea of running her down. But the thing standing in the road looked nothing like an old woman anymore.”
  • “This is what men risk so much for; this shiver, this acute heat and desire. This is what they think eternity feels like.”

Overall

4.5 shuriken stars. Perhaps if I hadn’t read Anna I would have given this 5. I am very excited for the direction that this series is heading in, and I will hopefully get to the second book ASAP.

 

Random Book Reviews #1

Sometimes I am too lazy to write full reviews.

This is what happens.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

Two boys, one name. Also romance and friendship and extraordinary musicals.

I enjoyed it – of course I enjoyed it, I love John Green and David Levithan is amazing. However, I didn’t come away from it thinking anything other than that was fun. The writing was gorgeous. The characters were solid (if not a little predictable). Not life-changing, but definitely not bad.

4 shuriken stars.

Paper Towns – John Green

Boy likes girl. Girl disappears. Boy searches for girl. Road trip = fun times.

Loved this one. It grew on me as I thought about it, and I learnt a lot from it. Fun characters, fun times. However do I love it as much as TFIOS? That’s hard.

5 shuriken stars.

Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

Girl’s mum is a prostitute. Also it’s set in the 50’s which makes it extra fun to read.

Loved the setting, loved Josie, loved loved loved the writing. Especially loved Willie. However, some of the characters were a little under-developed with such a short book and I didn’t feel like it came to much conclusion by the end (also, the twists were kind of predictable, though not bad twists at all).

4 1/2 shuriken stars.

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Boy meets girl. Girl has supernatural powers. They fall in love.

Expectations were way too high going in.

Forgot that I was reading a high school paranormal romance until it got to the book and then I went “Oh. Right. This again.” The characters were fun (though the emphasis on Lena being such a special snowflake because she wasn’t a ‘slut’ or ‘fake’ grated on my nerves, and – though I wouldn’t know from any personal experience – there seemed to be a lot of negative southern stereotyping), plot was a little dense and hard to follow, and I admit that I wasn’t paying much attention while reading, but the book held my attention.

3 1/2 shuriken stars.

Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan

The demigods meet, but unfortunately, it’s not like the Avengers.

Kind of disappointing, to be honest. The initial interactions were very mild and friendly, which was a little boring. I was looking forward to some complex characterisation and relationships, but everyone was pretty content with each other. (Except Leo and Frank, whose tension was more annoying than interesting. The love triangle amongst all the other love triangles was just one too many, I’m afraid.) Also, there wasn’t much character development, but I always enjoy seeing my favourite characters, and the plot is beginning to gain pace.

4 shuriken stars.

The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey

Also known as: Weishi-attempts-reading-horror-and-fails-at-not-being-a-massive-wimp.

Summary

People hunt monsters. And it’s freaking gory as all hell.

Cons

Gore

Here’s a fact about me: I avoid horror movies like the plague.

I am bad with scary things. I am bad with gore and blood and monsters and even kids books with really grotesque imagery can freak me out.

However, I am also bad at knowing my limits. Because this book was damn good, but me being me, I could not read it past midnight. That was a complete no. Reading in stark daylight was not scary in the slightest. Reading when it’s pitch black and you can hear every weird creak in the room and you’re convinced headless monsters are going to devour you is a no-no.

Language

Another con that is mainly my fault. I tried to rush through this book, thinking it was fast paced and easy and quick so I would be able to sprint through it.

Bad decision.

I missed a lot of crucial stuff because I was trying to read as quickly as possible. The language is pretty complicated and the vocabulary is a lot more advanced than I’m used to in your standard YA Fiction book.

A lot of the time, I had to glance back because I missed some damn important stuff. But the language was definitely suited to both the time period and the narrator, so it’s my fault, not the author’s. Though I will say that sometimes the narration slowed down the action, but all the description was pretty important, and I don’t know if any of it could have been cut.

Pros

The Normal Stuff

Plot was great, setting was great, characters were great. It was intriguing and lots of stuff was happening and there’s not much to say about it apart from that, so let’s get on to the awesome stuff.

Will Henry

I’ve heard some people don’t like Will Henry.

I freaking love this kid.

If Will Henry had been your stock standard protagonist, I wouldn’t have loved this book nearly as much, but he is so much more than that.

For starters, he acts his age. He is a child – a really mature one, but a child all the same. He’s brave and loyal and all that stuff, but he’s not unrealistically so. He gets scared, he runs when things get tough, he cries and shouts and gets into trouble. He mopes about when he’s upset, he doesn’t always think before he acts, and he’s brilliant.

Pellinore Warthrop

Before you ask, yes, I did have to look up how to spell his name.

Both of our main characters have had to take over the positions left to them by their dead fathers. It’s a nice parallel between two very different characters, and as the novel progresses, we see more of their similarities, and their interactions are pretty heart-warming.

It’s nice to see the most prominent relationship not be romance, but instead, this strange father-son relationship that’s really endearing.

Morality

It was a very interesting take on monsters, as they are seen as just natural animals, who happen to have one prey, being humans. There’s also a questionable morality in everything that the people do. Warthrop constantly questions ethics and his science and tries to find who the blame rests on. John Kearns (or whatever else you’d like to refer to him as) is called a monster, and the methods he uses to hunt them are pretty questionable, to say the least.

This series has massive potential to be awesome, though it could just as easily fail.

If Rick Yancey managed to make each book better than the last, this series will almost definitely be going in my favourites. But I’ve seen series with massive potential go downhill very quickly. So we’ll see.

Quotes

  • “There are times when fear is not our enemy. There are times when fear is our truest, sometimes only, friend.”
  • “Memories can bring comfort to the old and infirm, but memories can also be implacable foes, a malicious army of temporal ghosts forever pillaging the long-sought-after peace of our twilight years.”
  • “Perhaps that is our doom, our human curse, to never really know one another. We erect edifices in our minds about the flimsy framework of word and deed, mere totems of the true person, who, like the gods to whom the temples were built, remains hidden. We understand our own construct; we know our own theory; we love our own fabrication. Still . . . does the artifice of our affection make our love any less real?”
  • “Could there be irony crueller than this? How, upon his rescue, the truth had brought him here, to a house for the mad, for only a madman believes what every child knows to be true: There are monsters that lie in wait under our beds.”
  • “That’s a stupid question,’ said Malachi. ‘Because he didn’t warn him. He didn’t warn anyone.’
    ‘No, it’s a philosophical question,’ Kearns corrected him. ‘Which makes it useless, not stupid.”

Overall

I loved this book, however I’m still hesitant to give it 5 shuriken stars. It was great, but it was missing that special something that I need to bring it up to absolute favourite. So, 4 3/4 shuriken stars. If you can take the gore, and won’t be an idiot like me and try to skim through all the fancy language, you’ll be certain to love it.

Insignia- S.J. Kincaid

So picking up this book my first thought was that it sounded a little like Ender’s Game.

It is nothing like Ender’s Game.

Aside from the space war thing, but they aren’t even really in space, and the war isn’t against aliens.

So nothing like Ender’s Game.

Insignia (Insignia, #1)Summary
You know the idea that WW3 will end humanity as we know it? This is a book about WW3. But it’s not going to end humanity because instead of the war being fought on Earth and with Nuclear weapons, the war is happening in space and with space fighter ships. But for this to be possible there must be super smart teenagers who are willing to have a computer put into their head and to work their way up the ranks to control ships.
So we follow this guy called Tom who before being selected was living on gambling money. So then he gets selected and then tries to progress up the ranks but by doing so he has to undergo surgery to put a computer in his head.

Cons

Other parts of the plot
Some areas of the plot could have easily been cut down as they weren’t really part of the main plot line. But while I am saying this, at the same time I did love those parts. A virus war is epic. And the “viruses” that Tom and Vik made were awesome: pretending you are sheep, farting mania, Nigal Harrison (face spazm), etc.

Tom
Some aspects of his personality were just weird. Like his sense of humour. Or when he starts feeling himself up when Elliot sets him up as a girl.
Even though it could be a realistic “approach” it still feels weird to be reading stuff like that even when it’s supposed to be humourous, because it just felt as if the book was too much of a branded “book for boys” even though I don’t really believe in those sort of gender segregation for books.

Pros

Changing Perspectives on characters
We developed as Tom developed on our perspectives on the other characters. It was creepy and cool at the same time how easy it was for the author to mutate our feelings towards them.
For example at the beginning I disliked Elliot loads, but by the end of it I actually decided he was one of my favourite characters. Heather too, I liked her at the beginning, then half way I just hated her.

Medusa
I can’t be bothered to dance around the borders this time hinting at one thing while trying to making it seem like another reason. So yeah. Spoilers to follow. I loved how he was “in love with” Medusa. Also creepy though because he’s never actually met her, only just stalked her in all her battles. However I loved how he was actually almost in love with her, or at least was good enough a friend to her to not care about her looks (she is a Medusa- so ugly that people “die” (not really) when people look at her) because there are just so many ya novels out there which just focus on the looks rather than the personality. So this time when I finally discovered a book where the characters don’t fall in love with each other based on looks, but because of their personalities and how they smash and kill each other in video games.

Romance
It was good that it was there, but at the same time didn’t overwhelm the book. Also at times it became quite comedic. Like when Wyatt was being asked out by Yuri and Tom was like “if some girl was interested in me I would be automatically in love with her” with Wyatt standing right next to him 😛

Dream come trueDie Weltenspieler (Insignia, #1)
Everyone has had that dream. As a kid. As an adult. (NB not talking about the american dream) the dream to be like a computer. To take in everything thrown at you and remember it all. To know all the answers in a test because you can just download the information and retain it. Or to access internet (not true in this instance) when you’re in this remote place in the middle of nowhere. But while we fantisize about this reality we only really see the good side.
How creepy would it be to have a computer in your head. To be just as robotic and unfeeling. Would it influence you? Does it make you somehow less human? And being part computer also has its weaknesses. What if people infiltrate your head with viruses or make you their blind obedient robot?- e.g. turning you into thinking you are sheep? (as I so learnt from this book)
It’s just a wonderful (and creepy) idea that has the potential to go far; beyond our world even. (note the reference 😛 )

And then some other ones which I don’t have to explain:
Comedy
Characters
Nerdy idea

Favourite Quotes

  • “Come on, Beamer! I beheaded you for your own good.”
  • “What’s being crazy like?” Wyatt blurted.
    “That depends, Enslow. What’s being tactless and completely inappropriate like?”
  • “Those are some of the most powerful people in the world, and you swamped them in sewage! If you had real friends, they’d have told you that you’re an idiot for even thinking about doing that!”
    Tom bristled, indignant. “My friends do tell me I’m an idiot. All the time!”
  • “There’s a dead guy on our floor,” Tom pointed out.
    “Yeah, that’s Beamer, our neighbor.” Vik stepped over Tom’s bed, and kicked open a drawer beneath the mattress. He swept down and yanked out a bundle of fabric. “Here’s your uniform.”
    “There’s a dead Beamer on our floor,” Tom said again.”

Overall
I loved the book. The concept, the plot, the comedy. But having said that, I still can’t give it 5 stars, or even 4.5. Why you ask? Because, however much I hate to say it, but it is missing the extra zang that a 5 or 4.5 star has to have.
It would be a book that I would be reading to cheer myself up, or as an easy read to make me happy that I’m progressing on my goodreads reading challenge, but it wouldn’t be a book that will change my perception on the world or change me personally. So yeah. 4 shuriken stars.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this ARC!

So let’s get straight down to what everyone is thinking: will the sequel live up to the first?

Short answer = :(. It wasn’t as good as the first – maybe even by far.

The strange thing was, while I was reading this book, I was loving it, but I also saw many flaws and problems which I didn’t like as much. Nevertheless, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book.

Warning, may contain slight spoilers/ spoiler hints!

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Summary (from goodreads)

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

Cons

Love Triangle

The first half of the book was good, in this sense, because Celaena had ended things with Dorian and had stuck to Chaol without wavering. Having said that, it did frustrate me when we were in Dorian’s perspective and all he could do was act like a lovebird and constantly groan when he saw Celaena and Chaol together. As if the only reason it was happening was to make him a contender in the love triangle. But really – in a book like this advertising gore and blood – how many people would be that interested in love triangles?

Then moving onto the second half of the book. Suddenly Celaena is crawling back to Dorian and forgetting Chaol even though they had spent “quality time” together.

Celaena’s Victims

At the end of the last book I clearly remember the king telling Celaena that, if she didn’t do everything as planned, he would kill Chaol, then Nehemia, and finally the rest of Nehemia’s family.
So what I don’t understand is why wasn’t she killing her victims? Yeah, I understand that she wants to have a clean conscience, but she is an assassin. If she can’t do her job then what is her purpose?

“Plot Twist” (NB this is the plot twist which has to do with who Celaena is)

When I was first introduced to some of the information in the plot twist these were my thoughts:
“That would be too predictable, and so I won’t predict it.”

So by being too predictable it became unpredictable and when it happened for sure, I was groaning inside. The plot was already complicated enough and the “twist” was unneeded and annoying.

Oh, and speaking of plot twists, I also saw the plot twist with Archer coming. I’m not sure why, but this time the plot twists were a lot more obvious, or maybe I’ve just gotten used to the style.

Future books

I saw on goodreads (so it may not be 100% true) that this is going to be a six book series. While I know I will probably read the first three, I don’t know about the rest. A long book series is always risky, and more often than not it ends up going downhill, or losing its plot. So I’m just sitting here now waiting to be proven wrong because I really don’t want to see this series, with such awesome potential, go downhill.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Celaena’s threats:

I know it’s part of her character, but I really just despise her threats of “cutting ears off,” or “eating those cut off ears,” etc. It would be okay if I knew she would actually do them, but each time she does it, it’s so obvious a bluff and everyone keeps falling for it. It’s so frustrating.

Pros

World

I loved it. I loved the magic, the mythical creatures, the royalty, the setting. It all seems to blend together and just work.

Pace

It kept me completely hooked, pretty much all my spare time was put into reading this and I don’t regret it. It started with a fast pace and since the beginning it never slowed down.

Characters

Loved the character development of basically everyone. I especially loved Celaena, Chaol and Nehemia. I also loved it after the second half when Celaena was back to hating Chaol, It was like old times again, as well as making character development interesting. I’m also eager to see though what will happen in the next book because I’m sure (ish)  that somehow Celaena will forgive and trust Chaol again.

Nehemia

I know she kinda counts as a character, but really I think she is too awesome and devious to not have a whole paragraph dedicated to her!
From the start of the first book when we first met her I loved her. Her deviousness and cleverness made her just the character that the book needed. I both liked and hated how she was smart enough to influence Celaena and I loved her “hidden life” that she kept secret from Celaena. She would be the Sherlock of this book: capable of mass destruction but decided to be “on the side of the angels”.

Second Half

I personally preferred the second half just because there is less lovey dovey stuff going on and Dorain acting like a heartbroken kid. I also loved how the sudden change, changed everyone. For Celaena it meant trying to kill everyone who stood in her way. For Dorain it meant he had another chance with Celaena. And for Chaol it meant he was dead inside.
One part in this half though that really got me was when Chaol found Celaena’s will. It was written perfectly and when I thought of myself in Chaol’s position it just made me want to melt from the inside out.

Overall
So while my review is half filled with cons, it doesn’t actually reflect properly what I felt about the book: I actually loved it! It was awesome. It’s like a cake – if I take the ingredients separately then I will have a long list of food which I don’t like – but all together it just works and becomes one of the best tasting things in the world!
So aside from my cake baking fantasies, overall I would give this book 4 shuriken stars because I loved it, but it just missed the zang of the 5 stars which the previous book had.

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

Sometimes, books in a series can be very hard to review, as you never know what the author is planning next.

Maybe a character is left under-developed in this first book. But perhaps the author is only doing this to prepare ourselves for terrific, mind-blowing development in the next book. Or maybe the character is just going to die off screen and no one will surely give a crap.

So I’ll do my best, however this review is subject to change as we shall see in the future where Maggie Stiefvater takes these characters. Because, oh, it has such brilliant potential. And I would hate for a potentially awesome series to fall flat on its face.

Summary

So there’s a girl called Blue who is from a family of psychics, however is not psychic herself. When she kisses her true love, he’ll die – which is, you know, great. And then she finds this guy called Gansey who is meant to die within the next year, and he’s either her true love, or she’s going to kill him. Most likely both. Gansey’s obsessed with finding the “ley line” which is this cool supernatural thingy, so he, Blue, and his friends go and search for it. And also try not to die.

Cons

First Book

This is more of a Con to reviewing this particular book than a Con for the book.

Nothing much happens in this book, as a lot of it is just setting up for the bigger story as a whole, so it means that sometimes it can read slowly. This is made up for hugely with the amazing bromance and gorgeous writing style and awesome characters and so on. But nothing much happening means that it’s hard to tell if the story will speed up and become more interesting, or if it will stay at this slow walking pace.

Blue’s Friendship

Usually this wouldn’t be a problem in books, however because this book did almost everything so impeccably well, I’m being especially harsh on it.

I was hoping for a different scenario in which Blue’s friendship happens. I was wishing for more tension when Adam invited Blue over into the helicopter, however it was very easy and very fast. Her integration  into such a tightly knit group was slightly strange to me, however it’s most likely because of their shared interest in the supernatural, and will probably be played on more in the later books, and it didn’t bother me as if this happened in most books, I would barely notice it.

Pros

Bromance

It’s the most obvious, because it’s the most brilliant.

Friendships are easy to write. Close friendships aren’t too hard either. However, making them believable is the hard part, especially a friendship as close as this one.

You know when you meet a group of friends, so incredibly and obviously close that you feel completely out of the loop, not because they’re excluding you, just because they are so freakishly in tune with each other? They share similar humour, manners of speaking and general interests. And of course, they each are different individuals, but you cannot deny those very prominent similarities that just develop after spending way too much time with each other.

Maggie Stiefvater portrayed that beautifully, while also having each character very distinct and different from one another. How? I have no idea. A lot of times while reading this book, I would pause and reread a few pages, just trying to digest how she was so brilliant at writing these characters and their relationships. I wanted to do a critical study of The Raven Boys and see how she made the descriptions so gorgeously vivid, and the characters so fleshed out.

The friendships have both tension and disagreements yet also intense care and fondness, and are brilliant portrayals (in the opinion of a girl who’s, obviously, never been to an exclusively male fancy private school) of high school students. She writes them with maturity, yet also a recklessness and naivety that comes with it.

Characters

I love all the characters. I am not going to go into all the reasons why I love the characters, because I’m lazy and this review would get far too long, but let me promise you that all these characters are very individual, fitting to their situations and ages, all hold prominence in the story, and are all important to the plot. With a possible exception to Persephone and Calla, who’s backstorys and intents have not been revealed to the fullest (though they probably will soon. I’m so freaking curious about Persephone), every character has this brilliant past that contributes to the story, and without them, the book would probably be very different. And they were likeable! Hooray!

Out of all the characters, I would say that Blue is the least developed (which is still extremely developed, however the standard of this book is just very high), however I have high hopes for her in the next books.

Writing Style

I’m pretty sure this book earns an entire star just for the absolutely amazingly fantabulous writing style.

Even if this book had been very bland in description, I still would have given it a high mark for the dialogue and characters alone, but add in the writing style of awesomeness and BAM, you have a great book. Just… the atmosphere and the word choice and the brilliance of it all is just… I want to read more Maggie Stiefvater books. I want to read them and let her magic with words soak into me like osmosis.

Romance

The romance between Blue and Gansey did not go the route I expected it to take (and by that I mean there wasn’t any romance between them). Our lovely author could have taken it the very obvious route, but instead, we have Adam pining after Blue. Hopefully, if this turns into a messy love triangle, it will be a good love triangle that’s necessary to the plot. And the romance between Adam and Blue was believable! Yes, YA fiction! You have done it! A romance that does not make me want to throw up!

Quotes

  • “How do you feel about helicopters?”
    There was a long pause. “How do you mean? Ethically?”
    “As a mode of transportation.”
    “Faster than camels, but less sustainable.”
  • “He strode over to the ruined church. This, Blue had discovered, was how Gansey got places – striding. Walking was for ordinary people.”
  • “You are being self-pitying.”
    “I’m nearly done. You don’t have much more of this to bear.”
    “I like you better this way.”
    “Crushed and broken,” Gansey said. “Just the way women like ’em.”
  • “Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”
  • “In the end, he was nobody to Adam, he was nobody to Ronan. Adam spit his words back at him and Ronan squandered however many second chances he gave him. Gansey was just a guy with a lot of stuff and a hole inside him that chewed away more of his heart every year.”
  • “Maura had decided sometime before Blue’s birth that it was barbaric to order children about, and so Blue had grown up surrounded by imperative question marks.”

Overall

I want to give this 5 stars very badly, but I’m going to withhold them for the very fact that it could go either way. This book does not scream to me immediate perfection, but I love it, all the same. And I am absolutely getting my hands on the sequel when it comes out. 4 3/4 shuriken stars. READ IT! Or don’t, if it doesn’t seem like your type of book, because it won’t be everyone’s.

This book has been a saviour throughout wading through bad books, trying to not wonder if I’ve just used up all the good books, and that all books I stumble upon will be inherently bad. It’s given me a new source of hope that there are brilliant YA fiction books with good character development, solid plot, interesting characters, good writing and originality still out there, waiting to be read.