Series Review: The Raven Cycle

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Books in the Series
The Raven Boys
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King

First Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things bu…

Monthly Roundup: June 2018

June was a bit slow in terms of books. I feel like June went by SO FAST but I was so busy I didn't get that much reading done. I mean, I still read 5 books (though one is technically a novella that I read in a day), so that's not nothing, but I definitely felt like my momentum from the previous months waned.
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton (5 stars)Beneath a Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire (4 stars)The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater (3.5 stars)Geekerella - Ashley Poston (4 stars)
So first off, the Queens of Innis Lear was stunning. I did a buddy read and it was perfect! It's definitely going on my top books of 2018. You can read more on my full review, linked in the title above. Sugar Sky was the third novella in a series, and again some beautiful writing. I finished the Raven Cycle series and it was so good and unique. Look for a review of the series coming soon! And Geeke…


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels m…

The Queens of Innis Lear

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Regan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

Holy. Freaking. Crap. THIS BOOK.  I just loved i…

Most Anticipated Books 2018 - Part Two!

Alright! We're almost halfway through 2018! In January I posted about which books I was looking forward to the first half of the year. I think for future posts like this I'm going to break it down into overlapping thirds because it's hard to know what books are coming out more than six months ahead.

What books are you looking forward to? Tell me in the comments!


Sweet Black Waves - Kristina PĂ©rez
June 5
A retelling of Tristan and Isolde!

Rage (Stormheart #2) - Cora Carmack
June 11
The sequel to Roar, second book in the trilogy!

A Reaper At The Gates (Ember #3) - Sabaa Tahir
June 12
The third book in the Ember in the Ashes series


Calculating Stars - Mary Robinette Rowal
July 3
Elma York dreams of being the first Lady Astronaut.

Spinning Silver - Naomi Novak
10 July
A unique retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

The Supervillain and Me - Danielle Banas
July 10
This seems like a fun twist on the superhero genre!

Contagion - Erin Bowman
July 24
I loved Bowman's Western Vengeance Road, a…

Monthly Roundup: May 2018

May was a CRAZY month. It was my birthday at the beginning of the month, and then we went on vacation at the end, with lots of work in between! I had so much going on, and yet I still read ten books!
Sky in the Deep - Adrienne Young (5 stars)The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (3 stars)A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas (3 stars)Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire (4.5 stars)The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire (4.5 stars) [reread]Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman (4 stars)The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid (4 stars)Nothing But Sky - Amy Trueblood (3 stars)Beyond a Darkened Shore - Jessica Leake (4 stars) I finally seem to be getting out of my book slump! I really enjoyed most the books I read this month.

Most Anticipated was Sky in the Deep. What a beautiful story about love and redemption. The plot itself is simple, but the character arc was emotional and poignant and the…

Monthly Roundup: April 2018

This was a BUSY month, lots of work and other things going on! This month was quite varied with my reading. I read some AMAZING books, and some that were meh. Also read a few long books (600+ pages), but that was interspersed with some quick reads (~300 pages)
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas [reread] (4.5 stars)The Wicked Deep - Shea Ernshaw (4 stars)Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins (3 stars)The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (4 stars)Daughter of the Siren Queen - Tricia Levenseller (3 stars)Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli (4.5 stars)A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness (2.5 stars)One Of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus (4.5 stars)Obsidio - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 stars)
Okay, first off, Obsidio was AMAZING. It's the third in the Illuminae trilogy and holy cow... So many feels. I was on the edge of my seat while reading. Up until 3 am. The whole she-bang. I would HIGHLY recommend this series to EVERYONE. Even if you don&…
Professional Reader


Show more