I seem to be on a never-ending cycle of three star books lately. I think it's because i'm reading books that are out of my comfort zone.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater caught my attention from the cover and the synopsis made it sound very intriguing. I was initially drawn in the first few pages, but after that, I started to lose interest.
I rented this book from my online virtual library and I had to return it two times because I ran out of time. I waited a total of six weeks to finish this book. Every time I rented it, I would read a few chapters and then run out of time again. I wish the book had held my attention more, but it didn't. My full review is featured below.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. 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.
I give The Raven Boys, three and a half stars.
Reading out of my comfort zone does not seem to be working for me.
A few things that irked me, at one point the main character Gansey and Blue are having a conversation and he says, "Is Blue your real name?" they get into a long conversation about it, and suddenly he's calling her Jane... no lead up... no, hey my real name is Jane, he just starts calling her it. I don't even know if that's her real name or one he gave to her that's how confusing that scene was for me.
Third person point of view is really hard for me to get into. I think it's because the story jumps from person to person and one second you're in Adam's head, the next you're in Gansey. That's why third person always confuses me. You're left hanging. Yup, I said it . . . too many loose ends at the end of the book. I wish a couple of the story lines would've been focused on a bit more, but they all were left swinging in the breeze and you're wonder, what the hell happened?
I've never been big on reading paranormal books.
Writing them . . . sure.
Watching them . . . yup
Actually reading them has never been my thing. Which is probably why this book took me forever to finish.
Overall, I really enjoyed Maggie's storytelling abilities. She was descriptive without being too descriptive. There weren't pages upon pages of descriptions describing one tree. The characters were quirky and enjoyable. I really liked Blue's mother and her psychic friends. They were rather comical. I also enjoyed Gansey's character, he was intelligent and very driven. Adam's character got on my nerves sometimes. He was rather confusing. I understand the need to be independent, but when bad things happen to you, don't sit where you are, be smart enough to leave. I do want to finish the series, but it will probably be a while before I do.
Overall this book gets a solid three and half from me. I think until I read the rest of the books, I can't give a full opinion on it. I may change my rating once I read the whole series, but for now it's a three and half.
If you like YA fantasy books then this book is perfect for you! Because I don't normally read fantasy books, I feel like that's part of the reason I couldn't get into it.
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I marked off a book with a bird on the cover for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.
Because this book did not have characters over the age of 18, and it DID NOT READ like a mature book I could not use it for my NA Goodreads Reading Challenge.
For the Nerd Daily 2020 Challenge, I've marked off this book as a book featuring an animal on the cover.