Sunday, 18 February 2018

Series I want to continue/finish in the upcoming months - Update.

Hi booklovers

A couple of months ago I did a post about the trilogies/series I wanted to continue/finish in the upcoming months.

Let's take a look at that list:

1) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Since doing the post I reread the first two books in this trilogy so that I could read the third book.
*Snow Like Ashes - 4 stars (I actually lowered my original rating from 4.5 stars)
*Ice Like Fire - 3 stars (Again, I lowered my original rating from 4.5 stars) I had such a hard time to finish this book, but I wanted to push through because I wanted to read the third book.
*Frost Like Night - 4 stars. I found this to be a good conclusion to the trilogy.

I'm glad I finished this trilogy and overall I did really enjoy it - despite not liking the second book all that much.

2) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
When writing the original post I was going to reread the first three books in the series and then continue with the other books. I would have finished this series, because I had pre-ordered the final book from bookdepository and it was set to be released at the beginning of December. However, the release date was pushed back (or it was listed incorrectly on bookdepository, I don't really know). I got the book last week and I plan on reading it very soon.
*Falling Kingdoms - 4 stars
*Rebel Spring - 4 stars
*Gathering Darkness - 4.5 stars
*Frozen Tides - 4.5 stars
*Crystal Storm - 4.5 stars

I'm enjoying the series very much (even though Cleo and Magnus annoyed the hell out of me sometimes) and I can't wait to read Immortal Reign.

3) The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanssen
I haven't reread the first book but I would like to do that this year and hopefully finish the trilogy.

4) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I reread the first book in February of 2017, but I haven't continued on with the series. Maybe I will this year, since the final book is coming out later this year.
 
 
 

5) The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
I've read two books of the original trilogy and hopefully I will read the third one next month or in April.
*The Final Empire - 5 stars (reread)
*The Well of Ascension - 5 stars. 

I absolutely love these books they are so detailed and the magic system is very unique.


At the beginning of the year I started a new series because of the buddyread for the Of Wonderland bookclub on Goodreads and that is:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I've only read The Raven Boys and I wasn't overwhelmed by it (3.5 stars), but I am going to continue the series because I was intrigued by the premise. I don't own the other books yet, though.

There is one trilogy I apparently didn't include in my original post and I have no idea why because I really enjoyed the first book and I definitely want to continue with the trilogy.

The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Book hauls revisited - January 2016 | 2017

Hi booklovers

Today, I thought I'd take a look at my past book hauls and see which books I've already read and which are still on my TBR. I got this idea from Noveltea Corner on BookTube.

I started keeping track of the books I buy in 2016, so I'll be revisting my January 2016 and 2017 book hauls. 

January 2016

*Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (I only realised that this was the second book in the 'The Others' series after I had bought it).

*Saga volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

*The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

January 2017

*Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Fairyloot).

I'm happy to be able to say that I've since read all of these books/graphic novel. I can assure you, it won't stay that way :-D

Do you keep track of the books you buy? Are you good at reading them (fairly) quickly after buying them? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Monday, 12 February 2018

Anticipated releases - February 2018.

Hi booklovers

Another month, another list of anticipated releases.

I'm still on my bookbuying ban, but there is one book on this list that I pre-ordered because bookdepository first said it was going to be released in December 2017, but it got pushed back to February.

February

6th: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
books 6 in the Falling Kingdoms series

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

6th: Tempests and the slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair SalmalĂ­n came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
 
6th: The Queen's rising by Rebecca Ross
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


6th: By a charm and a curse by Jamie Questell
Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.
13th: Honor among thieves by Rachel Caine


Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

20th: Ink, Iron and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.


 27th: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

27th: The Traitor's game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for.

I'm still on the bookbuying ban, so I'm not sure which of these I might buy/order. Like I said at the beginning, there was one book I pre-ordered and that was Immortal Reign. It arrived on Friday and I'm going to pick it up very soon. Hopefully I'll enjoy this conclusion to the series.
Are there any books on this list you are excited about or are there others you're excited for? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Friday, 2 February 2018

January 2018 wrap-up.

Hi booklovers

Since it's already the second day of February it's time to post my reading wrap-up for January.

In January I managed to read 4 books (3 physical books and 1 audiobook) and 1 graphic novel. I'm very happy with my reading. I have to admit, listening to audiobooks has really helped speed up my reading. I'm not as intimidated by big book as I used to be (although they still take me a while to get through, but I'm okay with that).

Anyhow, let's get into the wrap-up: 

1) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. 
I read this book for the Of Wonderland bookclub on Goodreads. The theme for January was 'hyped books'. There was also a new feature for the group: buddy reads. So I buddy read this book with a bunch of other members and I really enjoyed discussing the book. However, I had a hard time getting into the book, so I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. I am intrigued to know what happens next, so I am going to continue with the series. I've written a spoiler-free review which you can find here

2) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
This was my second buddy read for the OW bookclub. This is a reread because I read it for the first time in April 2017. This was just as good as the first time I read it (5 stars). I want to continue with the trilogy (series) so I wanted to reread this one. I love this book, it has such a unique magic system. The world building and character development are just fantastic. I alternated between the physical book and the audiobook and that was a great experience. I really enjoy the voice of the narrator, he does a wonderful job. I still need to write my review of it. Hopefully, I'll be able to put it up soon.

3) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.
I listened to this novella on audio and I really enjoyed it even though it is a novella. Normally I'm left wanting, but that wasn't the case here. This is a very intriguing book about young people that went to a 'fairytale' land and came back and now they have to deal with everything they went through. I gave it 4.5 stars and I definitely want to continue with the companion books. Again, review to come.

4) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
This was the third time I read it and it was also a buddy read for the OW bookclub. Obsidio is coming out in March, so a couple of members of the bookclub wanted to (re)read this book and Gemina to be prepared for the final book. I loved it (5 stars). As with The Final Empire I alternated between the physical book and the audiobook. The cast of voices really adds to the listening experience. And you guessed it, three is a charm: review to come.

5) The Boys volume 2: Get some by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
This is so weird and twisted and I really enjoyed it even though I found it a bit confusing at times. I gave it 4 stars.

How was your reading month? Did you enjoy the books you read? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies
 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cozyathon read-a-thon.

Hi booklovers

I don't have the best track record with read-a-thons, but the #cozyathon looks like a very nice and cosy read-a-thon. I really like that it doesn't focus on the quantity of what you read but on the quality and the coziness of the reading itself.

The creator of this read-a-thon is Silvia Kay. You can find her announcement video here.

The read-a-thon will take place from February 1st 'till February 15th and the theme is Saint-Valentine. I'm not the biggest fan of Valentine's day, but I am a big fan of making the reading experience very cozy and spreading the love of reading :-)

Like with any read-a-thon there are some challenges:

General dates:

1. Coffee/Tea Date: Read in a coffee shop or tearoom
2. Chocolate Date: Read while eating or drinking chocolate 
3. Cake shop Date: Read while eating cake or cookies 
4. "Movie" Date: Read while eating popcorn 
5. Walk Date: Take a walk while listening to an audiobook 
6. Romantic Date: Visit a romantic place and read there 
7. Stay-at-home Date: Read wrapped up in a blanket 
8. Cinderella Date: Read until midnight 

Bookish Dates:

9. Read a book with red or pink on the cover 
10. Read a book with a sweet title 
11. Read a book about love or relationship 
12. Watch a Disney adaptation of a fairy tale of your choice and then read a retelling of it 
13. Buddy read a book with someone 
14. Have a reading date with (a) friend(s) or your loved one 
15. Shopping Date: Buy yourself a bookish present

The challenges in italic are the ones I'm going to try and achieve.

I'm not really going to put together a TBR, because I'm a mood reader and mostly I don't feel like reading the books on my TBR as soon as I put them on the list (weird, I know).

However, I am reading The Well of Ascension at the moment, so I'll definitely be continuing with that. That book will go towards the challenges of 'walk date', 'stay-at-home date' and 'buddy read a book with someone'.

I'm also planning on rereading Gemina (alternating between reading the physical book and listening to the audiobook) with some people from the Of Wonderland Bookclub. I'm rereading this in preparation for the release of Obsidio in March :-)

The only fairytale retelling I have on my shelves (and that I feel like reading at the moment) is The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. Unfortunately, this is based on the fairytale 'The singing bone' (I have absolutely no idea what this is about) so I don't think there is a Disney adaptation of it. It's safe to say I will probably not achieve this challenge.

During the second week of the read-a-thon I have a week off, so that will allow me to read until midnight (Cinderella date) and I'll probably read 'Damaged Like Us' by Becca and Krista Ritchie then. That is a New Adult love story and I usually have a hard time putting their books down, so that would be the ideal time to read it.

But like I said, I'm a mood reader, so this 'list' is subject to change :-)

Will you be participating in this read-a-thon? If so, what are the challenges you would like to achieve? Do you have a TBR? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Anticipated 2018 releases - January.

Hi booklovers

I know I'm a bit (very) late to post this, but I wanted to share some of my anticipated releases for the first month of 2018. 

Technically, I'm on a kind of bookbuying ban, so I'm not sure if I'll buy all of these anticipated releases. But I wanted to share these books, nonetheless.

January

2nd: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking.
Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.
 
2nd: A conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.
 
9th: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. 
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

23rd: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

23rd: Markswoman by Mari Mehrotra
Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of a handful of sisterhoods of highly trained elite warriors. Armed with blades whose metal is imbued with magic and guided by a strict code of conduct, the Orders are sworn to keep the peace and protect the people of Asiana. Kyra has pledged to do so—yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her murdered family.

When Tamsyn, the powerful and dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. She is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof.

Kyra escapes through one of the strange Transport Hubs that are the remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past and finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of a desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a disillusioned Marksman whose skill with a blade is unmatched. He understands the desperation of Kyra’s quest to prove Tamsyn’s guilt, and as the two grow closer, training daily on the windswept dunes of Khur, both begin to question their commitment to their Orders. But what they don’t yet realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is thin . . . as thin as the blade of a knife.

30th: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

30th: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Out of these anticipated releases, Unearthed is the one I'll probably order soon.
What are/were some your anticipated releases for January? Have you bought or pre-ordered any of these? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater - spoiler-free review.

Hi booklovers

It's been a really long time since I last did a book review and even though I don't make (reading) resolutions anymore, I would like to get back into the habbit of reviewing the books I read.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is the first book I've read in 2018 and I buddyread this with some members of the Of Wonderland bookclub on Goodreads.The theme for January is 'Hyped books' and this one was suggested for the buddyread (a new feature in the club).


I've had this book on my TBR for quite a while now, but I hadn't picked it up. 

The reason is simple: I have 182 unread books on my TBR, a lot of which are first books in duologies, trilogies or series and I only have the first one. Since I'm trying to limit my bookbuying, I'm hesitant about picking up those books, because if I like them, I'll want to buy the next books. But for this book I obviously made an exception :-)
 

Title: The Raven Boys (#1 The Raven Cycle)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: paperback
 Synopsis: 
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
 
Goodreads.com 

Characters:
*Blue: She is the female main character of the story. She lives at 300 Fox way together with her psychic mom and a bunch of other psychic women. Unfortunately, Blue doesn't share these psychic abbilities, the only thing she does is make things 'louder' for the other women. Blue isn't really bothered by the fact that she isn't psychic. On the contrary, she is very mature about it. Even though she is very mature, she has also developed a very distinct and excentric personality and she is very comfortable with it: "It hadn't taken her very long to discover that the weirder she looked on the outside - the more she let other kids realize that she wasn't like them, from the very beginning - the less likely she was to be picked on or ignored. The fact was, by the time she got to high school, being weird and proud of it was an asset."
I love Blue as a character, she deals with everything that happens in such a good way. 

*Gansey: At first glance, Gansey is a bit of a selfish guy who thinks that since money isn't a problem for him, it isn't a problem for anyone else either. But we soon discover that there is so much more to him than meets the eye. He's so invested in his search for the ley lines and Glendower. He's also a great friend, even though it's not always appreciated by the other three raven boys.
 

*Adam: I really liked Adam up to a certain point in the story. I really felt for him because he's the only one of the four friends who doesn't have ample money. Even though Gansey repeatedly offers to help him financially, Adam doens't want his 'charity'. At first I thought it was good of him to stand his ground, but after a while it actually gets a bit annoying. He stubbornly doesn't want to see that Gansey wants to get him away from the abusive situation at home.
 

*Noah: He is a very intriguing character even though we don't know that much about him. I hope to learn more about him in the next books.

*Ronan: This is the character that I could fathom the least. He's loud, he's rude, but he would also do anything for his friends. He carries the weight of his father's death around with him and I think that contributes a lot to his character.
 

*Whelk: The Latin teacher, who also wants to find Glendower. He is even more obsessed by Glendower than Gansey is. Because of this, I did not like him at all (but I guess that's the point of this character).
 

*The women of 300 Fox Way: They are very quircky women and I hope we'll get to know them better in the next books.

Personal opinion:
It took me a while to get into the story, but at one point I became really intrigued and I really wanted to continue reading. The paranormal aspect was pretty cool and I liked that Stiefvater mixed the paranormal aspect with a bit of history. I enjoyed the fact that Blue is the only woman in 300 Fox Way that isn't psychic, but that she is still important to them because she enhances their abilities. The fact that Blue is actually the odd one out at school, is pretty nice, she isn't your typical 'golden girl'. I loved the dynamics between Blue and the raven boys, she approaches them according to their character and behaviour.

The last couple of chapters were a bit confusing for me, which was a bit annoying. The very last sentence, however, has made me extremely curious to continue with this series.
Have you read The Raven Boys? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.
 

Bye for now
 

Annelies