All Things Raven

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I recently read the first book of The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Boys is a fresh breath in a sea of YA supernatural repetition. In wake of Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent series everything I have read in the past few years seems to be attempting to ride on the coat tales of success. Some of them have been good, most have just been repeats with different characters and monsters.17675462

What makes The Raven Cycle so interesting?

  • A non-annoying budding love story going on.
  • Most of the main characters and POV that the story is written in are male.
  • Actual adults present in the lives of these teenagers.
  • Underlying mystery.
  • Original supernatural elements I’ve not seen before.

I am currently on book two, The Dream Thieves, and I’m 89% finished. 4 out of 5 stars is my current review, but only because I haven’t read to the final book, The Raven King, yet (which released in 2016 by the way).  This is due to the fact that every series, no matter how great, seems to have a lull in the middle somewhere. A book that isn’t as good as all the others. There are also two of those little in-between stories if you’re into them.

On a side note, I recommend taking a look at Maggie Steifvater’s website. It’s probably the best author’s site I’ve ever seen. You can just click the link to check it out.

Snark Week DAY 5: Snark Visual

snark_week_bannerSnark Wee is a week long book blogger challenge hosted by Parajunkee. Ever day during this week there is a writing prompt to follow. After writing your post, just simply go to the original post on Parajunkee and link up! Fun! And who doesn’t love to be snarky?

Day 5 Challenge: Snark Visual – Snark isn’t the same without animated gifs – review a book, or post about a snarky topic with the use of animated gifs

Lets take a look at Vampire Diaries shall we?? Here is a brief summary of the books L.J. Smith wrote, in gif form.

So first, there is a love triangle of two hot brothers and a girl (Elena)…the brothers just so happen to be vampires. (Spoiler alert!: They don’t sparkle!) Both brothers pursue Elena and she has to choose…she chooses the good one.

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Then she dies and becomes a vampire.

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Then she dies and becomes a ghost

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But it’s ok! She helps save the world and then comes back as an angel. Oh, and she is mute too…and kind of a dits.

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Then she eventually becomes a real girl again.

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But then her boyfriend gets put in jail…in another dimension.

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So she and her bestfriend go with the evil brother into said other dimension and pretend to be slaves to save said boyfriend.

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Then they come back to our world and fight this weird fox chick and her twin brother…

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Then a ghost writer takes over the series and it is supposedly worse, but I’m not sure how that could be possible…I mean, really…

THE END

Snark Week DAY 4: Snark Bite!

snark_week_bannerSnark Wee is a week long book blogger challenge hosted by Parajunkee. Ever day during this week there is a writing prompt to follow. After writing your post, just simply go to the original post on Parajunkee and link up! Fun! And who doesn’t love to be snarky?

Day 4 Challenge: Snark Bite! Be creative – your own snarktastic topic

Insta-love. Love at first site.These things are not that common people! I am kind of tired of every female character in every book falling madly in love with the first male she sees in the first chapter of the book and the rest of the books is about whatever problem needs to be solved and pinning over the guy in question. Sorry for the run on sentence.  Why don’t we have a series in which the girl thinks about her own life and solving her problem first and the guy is not so much of a major player in her life.

When I was single, I will admit that I liked to flirt a lot and had fun with it, but I was not in love with every single guy I ever flirted with. That would have been ridiculous, and exhausting. Also, sometimes when life happens, a girl has to look out for herself and forget about guys for a while…HELLO! Self preservation!

Snark Week DAY 3: You Say Snarknado – I say STFU!

snark_week_bannerSnark Wee is a week long book blogger challenge hosted by Parajunkee. Ever day during this week there is a writing prompt to follow. After writing your post, just simply go to the original post on Parajunkee and link up! Fun! And who doesn’t love to be snarky?

Day 3 Challenge: You Say Snarknado – I say STFU!  Cheesy Tropes, Eye-Roll Inspiring Actions, Words & Phrases that you just wish would stop being used in novels.

There are many guilty phrases, words, and actions that qualify for this snarky list, let’s take a look at them!

Jumping right into the middle of a story, but in the beginning. – This may be a little on the side, but it irritates me when I start reading a book and by page 10 I feel like I am already in the climax of the book. Especially when it seems like the characters are “catching on” a little too quickly. Nobody is THAT smart.

The throbbing member – Come on, there are many better ways to describe that particular part of the male anatomy besides that.

Characters being overly clueless and sensitive about relationship stuff. – Yeah, so what if he doesn’t agree with EVERYTHING you do, GET OVER IT!

Loving the taste of your significant other, and being turned on by the smell of his/her after working in the yard sweatiness. – Who thinks that their partner tastes good? Or that their sweat is appealing? Not this girl…just sayin. There is something called B.O.

The female’s “molten core.” – This is not what I feel at all…

Being sheathed – Not gonna describe this one, but I know it is not about a sword and that is an unfortunate choice of words.

The two main characters being kind of maybe related (as in possibly brother in sister or step-siblings). – I have came across this more times than I would like, and it makes the love story awkward. I can’t fully enjoy the book because I feel wrong.

Insta-love – Ok, not every girl or woman falls in love with a guy within 5 minutes of meeting him, nor does she obsess over how kissable his lips are….annoying.

Snark Week DAY 2: Feeding Frenzy

snark_week_bannerSnark Wee is a week long book blogger challenge hosted by Parajunkee. Ever day during this week there is a writing prompt to follow. After writing your post, just simply go to the original post on Parajunkee and link up! Fun! And who doesn’t love to be snarky?

Day 2 Challenge: Feeding Frenzy! The Top Ten List of Worst Books You’ve Ever Read (not in any certain order)

the stars are falling1.  The Stars are Falling by Michelle Birbeck

The main character looses her Mom and then immediately takes to obsessing over a guy, immediately. She justifies having no emotional ties to her mother’s death with the fact that she is trying to survive an alien takeover (understandably), but she has time to make out with and obsess over her crush…..I can’t support a main character like that.

 

cover45569-medium2. Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Instant love, stalker obsession, and a shallow main character. Also, this book throws out the whole “beauty is only skin deep” thing. You can’t always get EVERYTHING you want with good looks.

 

cover36242-medium3. The Curse Keeper by Denise Grover Swank

I have lots to say about this book, check out my review here.

 

31242494. A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire

I couldn’t get into it, it was just dry and uninteresting.

 

86678485. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This book seriously disappointed me. I want to like it so much, I really did, and I tried to enjoy it. I just didn’t like it. It was about as interesting as out could imagine a historian/witch who deliberately ignores all magic and avoids anything interesting could be. The main characters were dull and lacked personality to me. I read the first and half of the second boo, but it was just not for me.

 

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6. House of Night Series by P.C. Cast

I read the first few book of this series, and while they were ok in the beginning, there was a point in which they just seemed to spiral out of control and got a little strange, in a bad way. I may pick this back up again, but that is solely on a recommendation from a friend that they get better. I have doubts though.

 

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7. Vampire Diaries Series by L.J. Smith

It seems like the author just jumped all over the freaking place in these series…SPOILER WARNING: First Elaina is a human, then a vampire, then a ghost, a mute angel, and then a human again…then when she is finally a normal person again they all go to a hell dimension and run around as pretend slaves….WTF?!

 

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8. Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (ok, just past book 5 or 6 because it got redundant)

Again, the first 3 or 4 books were ok, but then it just got drawn out…sometimes you just need to stop. Serisouly.

 

matched9. Matched by Ally Condie

DNF, couldn’t get into it.

 

24200610. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

I read this book when I was like, 18, because I was trying to be all indie and unique…I actually hated it.

 

 

Snark Week DAY 1: Snark Attack!

snark_week_bannerToday kicks off Snark Week! It is a week long book blogger challenge hosted by Parajunkee. Ever day during this week there is a writing prompt to follow. After writing your post, just simply go to the original post on Parajunkee and link up! Fun! And who doesn’t love to be snarky?

Day 1 Challenge:

  1. Snark Attack! Tell us how you really feel about a particular blogging subject. Let it off your chest. This is your chance to just EXPLODE!

 

My topic of choice? Long reviews.

As a reader, a book blogger, and a journalism student, I have learned the importance of short and sweet. When I am looking for a review of a book I want to read, I skip over any review that is over 350 – 500. I know that as readers and writers, as most book bloggers are, it is very hard to get your thoughts down under 500 words, almost impossible. Think about it, are your readers really going to stick with you through a 5 page essay? The answer is no. Keep it short and sweet.

Nothing grates me more than to come across a book review that is worthy of a homework assignment. I don’t want to read all of those words about the book people, I want to read the book. Blog tours are especially bad about it. I participate in them so I am guilty too, but they are soooo long! Why have a 3 page tour? They tend to be unnecessarily wordy. I’m sure that the authors ask for certain info to be included in the posts, but keep it short so that potential readers don’t loose interest after a paragraph or two.

Just remember, readers are only going to stay interested for about a paragraph. After that they start to loose interest and may not finished reader your precious words.

 

What is a blogging subject that peeves you? Lets here it! This is a safe space.