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.

Reading VS Audiobook

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I am currently working on my first audio book ever. Don’t judge me. The  experience has come with mixed feelings. On one hand it is nice to continue the story while I am doing laundry, washing dishes, mowing the lawn, or even driving. However, I am not sure how I feel about someone else’s experience replacing mine.

When you think about it, it’s almost like the person reading the book is putting thoughts in your mind because if you are the one reading you are using nothing but the words and your imagination to create the story for yourself. Also, you have your inner voice reading the story in your head….am I making sense? Well I know what I’m talking about, hopefully you all are not completely lost. It is almost like someone else’s thoughts are invading my head… and I’m not sure I like that. I will have to give a few other books a try. It is a bit of a break for my eyes when I’ve been on a long reading bender.

In addition, there is the Kindle Fire text-to-speech tool that allows you to kind of have an audio book (that sounds like a robot) and then pick up and read when you want also. I like that a little better, but the voice could be better…

What are your thoughts? Do you listen to audio books? Do you prefer them to reading or are they just convenient?