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Blog Tour: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Blog Tour: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Raven King, the last book in The Raven Cycle series from Maggie Stiefvater. Today, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this last book and an exclusive wallpaper download!

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This series has captured my heart and imagination since I first read it in 2012. The first book, The Raven Boys is an amazing example of magical prose, and wonderful characters and plot. The mystery of the boys’ search for the legendary Welsh king, Owen Glendower and Gansey’s foretold death have loomed in my mind for so long, I was so, so eager to see how The Raven King would wrap it all up.

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About The Raven King

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The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Publisher: Scholastic
Date: April 2016
439 pages
Source: Review copy from publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
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The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

This series has captured my heart and imagination since I first read it in 2012. The first book, The Raven Boys is an amazing example of magical prose, and wonderful characters and plot. The mystery of the boys’ search for the legendary Welsh king, Owen Glendower and Gansey’s foretold death have loomed in my mind for so long, I was so, so eager to see how The Raven King would wrap it all up.

As a warning, this review will contain spoilers for the first three books in the series, and The Raven King, so proceed at your own peril.

With every book in this series, I definitely have more questions than answers. In addition to the original mysteries, I wanted to know about the other two sleepers, Blue’s father, how and why Gwenllian was alive, the extent of Adam’s deal with Cabeswater, Ronan’s relationship with the ley lines, who is the Raven King and are these crazy kids going to kiss anyone any time soon? The book did a decent job in explaining some of these things, but generally, I went into the book in a curious haze and left feeling more of the same.

I loved some of the things I read and learned in this book. The vicious community of magical artifact dealers that connected most of the characters. The tree people who looked after Glendower. Robobee. Chapter 33. The way the chapters started with “Depending on where you began the story, it was about…”. The hallmarks of Maggie’s magical storytelling that I’ve loved since the first book.

However, when I finished the book I was left wanting. I wanted this book, the final book, to be more about what captured my heart in the first place: Gansey and the Raven Boys’ quest. There was a lot that Stiefvater did with The Raven King, and I personally felt overwhelmed by what she added to the already numerous characters and plot threads that needed to be resolved. I was confused every time Adam scryed and didn’t really understand what Ronan was trying to do to the Barns. Orphan Girl could have stayed in his dreams. The unmaker, creepy, effective villian that it was, felt like a plot device. I needed to know what happned to my unlikely OTP, Maura and The Gray Man.

The search for Glendower became almost an afterthought at the end. The big reveal, Glendower’s discovery and Gansey’s death, felt rushed. The story kept reaching towards a climax, but when it happened, I wanted more of an aftermath. I wanted more answers. I wanted more Raven Boys.

Why you should read it:

  • There is finally kissing!
  • Maggie’s prose is as beautiful as always.
  • If you have read the first three in the series, you really need to know what happens here.

Other things:

  • I want to be able to dream things to life.
  • Adding ‘magical artifact dealer’ to my wishlist of alternate professions.
  • Can I join that gap year road trip?

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Cover Reveal: The Graces by Laure Eve

Cover Reveal: The Graces by Laure Eve

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I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the cover for highly anticipated book from author Laure Eve, The Graces! This was sold to fans of The Craft and I think it will be beautiful, mysterious and magical. I can’t wait to read it!

This reveal is special as well because you get an amazing GIF and the full beautiful cover composition! So without further ado… Here is the gorgeous cover for The Graces!
 
 
 

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About The Graces

Release Date: 1 September 2016
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

About Laure Eve

A French-British hybrid who grew up in Cornwall, a place saturated with myth and fantasy. Being a child of two cultures taught her everything she needed to know about trying to fit in at the same time as trying to stand out.

She speaks English and French, and can hold a vague conversation, usually about food, in Greek.

A random selection of favourite things: Terry Pratchett quotes, characters with questionable morals, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Häagen-Dazs cookie dough ice cream, anything Trent Reznor is remotely involved in even if it only extends to ‘he once touched this artist’s arm’, bad 90s dance music and anything a bit weird (see: Davids Lynch and Cronenberg).

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Blog Tour: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Blog Tour: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I’m really excited to have debut author Heidi Heilig on the blog today. Heidi’s debut novel, The Girl from Everywhere, was largely inspired by her passion for travel, as well as growing up in Hawaii and the stories her father told her. This week she’s taking readers on a journey around the world, talking about some of the places that inspired her book, and today we complete our journey.

We began our trip in Hawaii, where Heidi grew up, and today we finish our journey in New York city, where Heidi now lives…

Chinatown, NY

by Heidi Heilig

When I was a child, my Chinese grandmother often took me to Chinatown in Honolulu. New York’s version is bigger, busier, and much noisier, but I still feel just as much at home there. The sights and scents (and of course the food) were a big inspiration for the book.

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Check out the other destinations: Hawaii (Teens on Moon Lane), South Africa (Luna’s Little Library) and Mexico (Serendipity Reviews).

About The Girl From Everywhere

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The Girl from Everywhere tells the story of Nix Song, a teen time-traveller cruising from one century to the next, crossing oceans and worlds with her father, the Captain, on board their ship The Temptation. Nix’s father has a very particular time and place in mind for their next destination, but one which could threaten Nix’s very existence.

About Heidi Heilig

Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City, where she now lives with her family. Her favourite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

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Bookish Firsts: Emery Lord

Bookish Firsts: Emery Lord

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So excited to welcome Emery Lord to the blog, author of the newly released When We Collided, which was an absolutely gorgeous read!

Bookish Firsts

with author Emery Lord

emery-01What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman. Chapter book? No Flying in the House is the first book I remember being madly in love with.emery-02

What is the first book you wrote (either published or unpublished)?
The Start of Me & You, which came out last spring with Bloomsbury

What is the first book character you loved?
I think maybe Ramona Quimby!

About When We Collided

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy.

Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life.

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About Emery Lord

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Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes fluttery and so painfully awkward you could implode.

She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with a scientist, a one-eyed beagle, and a dog named Winston Churchill.

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