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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installation in The Raven Cycle will not disappoint Maggie Stiefvater fans. Sometimes the second book in a series is something that needs to endured in order for the story to progress rather than something to be enjoyed. Maggie Stiefvater has overcome this with a really strong subplot that keeps the reader engaged while the search for Glendower continues.

The Dream Thieves focuses on Ronan rather than Gansey, as we learn more about where Chainsaw came from and the Lynch family. “There are three kinds of secrets”and we soon learn that “Ronan Lynch lives with every sort of secret”. In The Raven Boys I didn’t relate to Ronan at all. While he still doesn’t seem as lovable as Blue, Adam, Noah and Gansey; we start to understand the boy behind the angst. Adam’s sacrifice to waken the ley line is taking its toll as he becomes more alienated from his friends and the reader. With Neeve gone, life at 300 Fox Way starts to go back to normal – if there is such a thing as normal for these vivacious women. Blue’s relatives become more involved with helping the boys; even if Calla is still referring to them as ‘the pretty one’, ‘Coca-Cola shirt’ and ‘the snake’.

The Dream Thieves is written in a way that makes you forget that you’re reading as the hours slip away while you fall into the story. A must read for everyone who enjoyed The Raven Boys.

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…



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Deadly Nightshade (Martha’s Vineyard Mystery #1) by Cynthia Riggs

Deadly Nightshade (Martha's Vineyard Mystery, #1)Deadly Nightshade by Cynthia Riggs

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It took me 42 days to finish this audiobook – that’s almost three times as long as it took me to listen to Game of Thrones!

The general premise of Deadly Nightshade is fine. The problem with the book is that there was too much of everything. There were too many murders, too many plot twists, too many characters and far too much description of the setting. The orientation just kept going and going. I wonder if this is because it is the first in the series so it is establishing the world for the whole series – but I’m not sure. I realised this added description was getting ridiculous when the dialogue was interrupted on numerous occasions to give atmospheric details.

Victoria is a wonderful character. She is a feisty, independent woman in her nineties who defies her age. I really wanted to love her but I just couldn’t. The voice used by the narrator didn’t hold any warmth or strength. There are quite a few characters for a relatively short story. The narrator was not able to create enough difference between the characters’ voices to make the story easy to follow. It is often difficult for British narrators to portray such an array of American characters.

I wouldn’t recommend the audiobook version of Martha’s Vineyard: Deadly Nightshade. I have heard that the others in the series are better but I’m in no hurry to find out.

After finally completing Deadly Nightshade, I think I need to seriously reconsider my policy of always finishing books.

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Finally finished July 2013


If you have read any of the Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries, let me know what you thought or link your review. 

What is your policy on finishing books? Do you have a rule, a guideline or criteria to tell you when it is time to give up?

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July 28, 2013 · 11:06 pm

An in-office TED all about fiction

I’m not usually into reblogging but I thought I had to share this. Now I have some videos to watch!
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Reading fiction is an escape, something transportative that pulls you out of everyday life. But don’t we also read fiction to learn more about ourselves — to see our hopes, aspirations and fears reflected in the pages, to gain insight into the confusing mechanics and meaning of love, family and community?

On Thursday night, we held a salon in the TED office called “The Fiction Issue,” to celebrate the season of reading. Curated and hosted by our Editorial Projects Specialist Thu-Huong Ha, the event explored fiction in the past, present and future. For the event, four speakers spoke about the ways that fiction operates in our everyday lives — from how jealousy makes us all into storytellers with a fine-tuned sense of cruelty to the new ways that fiction writers are using digital forms.

Parul Sehgal, an editor of The New York Times Book Review, kicked off the evening…

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Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
My rating: 3.5 stars

By page 3 of Earthbound I was hooked.
By page 300 I thought it was getting a bit ridiculous.

The opening chapter sets the suspense and draws you into the story with  an intriguing premise. Another thing I really liked about this novel was that it portrayed librarians in a new light. I don’t think there are many stories where the love interest is a library intern.

I was surprised at the novel’s resolution. The story came to what I thought would be the natural cliff-hanging resolution but there were a couple of chapters still to come. I think I’ve been reading too much series fiction because I expect frustrating endings that leave me pining for the next installment. Earthbound had a very satisfying resolution. If it doesn’t turn into a series, I won’t be heartbroken but if it does I look forward to reading about Tavia’s next adventure.

Wings is one of my favourite YA novels, so I had high hopes for Earthbound. While there are several parallels between the plot, characters and themes in both books, Wings seemed to create rounder characters and a more detailed world. Most fans of Wings will enjoy reading Earthbound and will find comfort in the comparisons when they slide into this world with its new challenges and love triangle.

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Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike!

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. But Tavia must make a choice: to come into her own powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata, or choose free will and a love of her own.

This heart-stopping romance, filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy, built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before, will be available from Razorbill on July 30, 2013.


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Scent of Magic by Maria Synder

Scent of Magic (Healer, #2)Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After reading, Touch of Power, I was really excited to read Scent of Magic. Unfortunately, I was disappointed that it wasn’t as good as the first one in the series. Each twist and turn in the story seemed to get more and more far fetched (even for a fantasy novel). Even though I say this, if the third instalment had of been written already, I would have read it.Read July 2013

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Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power (Healer, #1)Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Maria V. Snyder novel I have read. Touch of Power is an enjoyable and easy read. Avry, the last healer alive in the fifteen realms, is kidnapped before her execution, by Kerrick. Kerrick intends to take Avry over the Nine Mountains to heal a plague stricken prince which she knows will result in her own death. Throughout the obstacles in their journey, Avry must decide whose life is more important. This adventure, fantasy story centres around a band of characters, who through their faults, become endearing to the reader. A good, casual read for a Sunday afternoon.

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