Book Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

30025336.jpgTitle: All the Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: October 10, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Rating: ★★★★
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Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

My mini-review:

“There was something unfamiliar about him. Something ferocious about his eyes, some sort of bite in his faint smile. Something altogether hectic and unsettled. She stood on the ledge of his smile and looked over the edge.”

The quote above accurately describes how I feel when I’m reading any of Maggie’s books.

From the first page of The Raven Boys, the character development, mystery, and possibility of something more, will hold you in a trance. Captivated. I thought this feeling would gradually fade away after the first book, but like Blue’s ability to amplify energy, everything is intensified with each subsequent book. It just keeps getting better.

And this. Ronan and Adam. Lynch and Parrish. Parrish and Lynch. PYNCH.

“I know when I’m awake and when I’m asleep,” Ronan Lynch said.
Adam Parrish, curled over himself in a pair of battered, greasy coveralls, asked, “Do you?”
“Maybe I dreamt you,” he said.
“Thanks for the straight teeth, then,” Adam replied.

Needless to say, I am highly anticipating The Raven King. How do you end something like this?

★★★★★ (5 stars) for obscenely tall men and fake lakes and crumbling caves. For Blue, Gansey, Noah, Ronan, Adam, Maura, Calla, Persephone (especially Persephone), and the hitman. And maybe even Orla, too. But not Greenmantle. Or Piper.

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself. One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

My mini-review:

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”

Me too, Blue. Me too.

Gansey is royalty and hideously-hued polo shirts.
Ronan is fire and dreams and drag races.
Adam is magic and inner turmoil.
Noah is life and death.
Blue is spirit.

But Gansey is also the glue that binds the Raven Boys together.

★★★★★ (5 stars) because I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, and that’s what reading The Raven Cycle feels like. Like there’s something more.