Graceling

Graceling  is a young adult fantasy novel written by Kristin Cashore. The essence of this book is that people with two different colored eyes, denoted as gracelings, have special abilities or powers that the normal people fear. The main character, Katsa, has the grace of killing. Her Uncle, who is her caregiver, is the king of the Middluns. He uses her power for his own selfish desires. Katsa meets the Lienid prince Po, who happens to be Graced. He and Katsa set out on a journey to find Po’s Aunt and Niece. On the way, Katsa learns some interesting things about her Grace, and starts to questions what she’s been told her whole life.

I am slowly turning into a young adult fantasy junkie. This book was unique to most things I have read. I love how Kristin Cashore takes something like heterochromia iridis (cool medical term for people with two different colored eyes), and turns it into a super-power-like phenomenon. Not only is this cool for kids who have this genetic varriation and may get picked on in school for it, but it’s also just a neat, original idea that makes for a neat, original story.

The writing in this book was amazing. The plot moves a little slowly in some places, but I promise if you slow down and take in the descriptions of the people and places Po and Katsa meet and see during their travels, you’ll really enjoy the book! Just grind through the slow parts and I promise the book is worth the read. The ending isn’t a super fairytale-like ending, which is what I may love most about this book.

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Series, The Raven Cycle. This one is quite possibly my favorite book of the series. There are many things happening simultaneously, and in some way or another, they all connect together.

Some really interesting things happen in this book. Maura is underground and nobody knows if she needs help or if she doesn’t want to be found. Colin Greenmantle appears at 300 Fox Way and at Aglionby as the new Latin teacher. Noah is acting strange and out of character. The boys and blue discover a cave and wake up Gwenllian Glendower, who is very eccentric (to put it lightly). Adam and Ronan come up with a way to blackmail Greenmantle. Piper Greenmantle discovers Maura is underground and plans to go find her. Someone at 300 Fox Way dies.

I won’t go into a great deal of detail and spoilers, but this book was overall amazing. I still love how Maggie Stiefvater writes, and her characters as so relatable. She doesn’t create the perfect character, she gives them character flaws and personal things to overcome. I did grow to like Ronan more in this book, as well as Adam.

There really is a lot to learn about abuse and mental health from Adam’s character. Adam has always felt like a mistake and a burrden for his dad. This carries over into his friendships too. He never feels adequate. He wonders why Gansey chose him. He thinks they are just giving him thing because they pity him and his life. Adam doesn’t think any of this Aglionby friend’s can understand his situation because they grew up not having to worry about paying for anything. By this book, however, Adam is finally letting go of his obnoxious pride that, in my opinion, made him a tad unlikeable in the beginning. He finally realized people don’t do things for him out of pity, they do things because they are his friend and they care about him.

If I haven’t said it already, go read this series!

 

Happy Reading,

Moriah

 

 

Wonder

Wonder is a fictional children’s book written by R.J. Palacio  about a 10-year-old boy, August “Auggie” Pullman, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome and a cleft palate. Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare facial deformity caused by a genetic mutation. His mother has homeschooled Auggie because he’s had to have multiple surgeries throughout his life (I also think his parents did it partially because they wanted to protect their son and I do not blame them).

Auggie’s mom decides he is ready to start school. Middle school of all places, which I think is a little cruel to start a kid out in the cesspool of budding hormones, acne, cliques, and overall awkwardness. Auggie does not want to go to school, but his mom insist he at least meet the principal.

Auggie ends up going to school and facing a lot of backlash, from students and certain parents, for doing so. He makes some great friends though. Wonder is told by several different characters perspectives throughout the book. This, in my opinion, will help you (or younger children) learn to see a situation from different points of view.

I was weary about reading this book because it is a children’s book, and I didn’t know if I, personally, would get anything out of this book. I decided to read it anyway, considering the good reviews and the fact that I have a child who will, in the near future, probably have to read this book. This book as become one of my favorites, and I have since shared it with quite a few people (some people on my list are getting this book for Christmas).

The back story on this book is very interesting and I encourage you to read it as well as this book!

Happy Reading!

Moriah

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves is the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s series, The Raven Cycle. And trust me, once you read, The Raven Boys, you will want to read this book.

In this sequel, you learn a lot about Ronan Lynch, his father, and their secret. At the end of the first book (if you haven’t read the first book, go do that, then come read this) Ronan reviled that he got chainsaw from his dreams. You will learn more about how that works in this book.

Ronan’s dreams are getting worse, darker, more sinister. To add to that,  people are looking for an artifact called, the Graywaren, which allows it’s owner to take things out of dreams. Sound Familiar? Adam is having visions, hearing voices since he pledged to be Cabeswater’s hands and eyes. The Ley Line is also surging, causing Noah to disappear. Someone is using the energy? But who?

Overall, this was my least favorite of the books in The Raven Cycle, at least while I was reading it. I did not like Ronan at this point, and therefore had a hard time liking a book largely about him. However, I will say, this book is filled with crucial information. You also learn a LOT about the characters in this book. The writing is still amazing and captivating. Also, if you want to listen to it on Audiobook, Will Patton is the one reading, and he does an AMAZING job.

Also, I listened to this via Scribd. If you don’t have a Scribd account, I highly recommend getting one. it’s $8.99 a month and you get 2 audiobooks and 7 ebooks to read a month. Plus they have a ton of scribd selects for each month that you can read in addition to your monthly allowance. https://www.scribd.com/g/s3mjg  this link will allow you to get 2 months of reading for free when you sign up!

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware  is a psychological thriller based around a girl named Leonora Shaw. Leonora, Nora (Lee also), is a Crime writer who lives in London. She gets invited to her old high school friend’s Hen, which is apparently like a bachelorette party. She has not talked to Clare in ten years and cannot fathom why Clare would invite her the Hen but not to the wedding. Her and her other high school friend, Nina, agree to go together. The book starts off with Nora being woken up in the hospital. She has a head injury, everything hurts. She’s asking herself what she has done. She doesn’t remember how she got to the hospital and why. The rest of the book goes between her remembering the moments before the got hurt and her being in the hospital, wondering what exactly happened. And you, as the reader will be wondering (for a while) ‘who the hell is James?’.

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one wasn’t as shocking as Girl on the Train. I was not blindsided by the truth, but I still had questions and doubts until the end about who was the bad person. I found this book easy to read and easy to get sucked into. I didn’t want to put it down. I had to know how it ended. So, I’d definitely call it a success.

It’s hard to review psychological thrillers without giving anything away, but I will say, if you like the genre, you’ll like this book.

 

Happy reading!

 

Moriah

 

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater  was one of those books I decided to read because it was a scribd select, and I was out of audiobook credits for the month (I do this a lot). It is an urban fantasy  novel that focuses around the life of Blue Sargent, the only non-psychic in her family.

Blue and her mother, Maura Sargent, live in a house with other psychic women, notably, Persephone, Calla, her cousin Orla, and her aunt Neeve. Things get weird for Blue when she visits an old church that lay on a ley line with her aunt Neeve. They go every year on St. Mark’s Eve to watch the spirits of the people who will die within the coming year walk past. Blue, who can’t usually see the spirits, sees one and he tells her his name is Gansy.

Blue meets the other main characters, Richard Gansy III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, and Noah, at the resturant where she works, when Gansy tells her Adam is interested in her.

Gansy is interested in finding Owyn Glyndower, a sleeping Welsh king, and believes he is somewhere around the town they are living in, Henrietta, Virginia. Blue becomes a part of the search because she reads Gansy’s journal he left at the resturant, and because the boys come to have a reading done at her house. Largely, though, she becomes even more involved because her and Adam start unofficially dating.

I can’t say much more without giving away anything. However, I will say this is a book that will captivate you. Not only is the plot amazing and the characters so likeable (I seriously want to be friends with Blue Sargent), the way Maggie Stiefvater writes is utterly beautiful. Her description of things in the book, such as Cabeswater (a forest in the book where the trees speak Latin), make this book worth reading.

Also, if you listen to the Audiobook, which I suggest for these books, Maggie Stiefvater writes a lot of the music that is played during parts of the recording. The music fits perfectly and, in my opinion, adds even more to the books charm and character.

If you love magic, mystery, and fantasy all wrapped into one, I highly suggest reading this book!

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah