Top 5 Tuesday: Characters I’d trade places with

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’ll talk about some characters I’d love to trade places with!

#1 Blue from the Raven Cycle

I loved Blue’s vibe from the get-go. Her family is great and their house seems like a wonderful and interesting place to live at. However, what would interest me the most are – of course – her adventures with the raven boys. They are all fascinating characters that seem like genuienly great people to be friends with and have have conversations with. I’d take her spot in a heartbeat!

#2 Arthur Dent from the HHGTTG books

With everything that’s going on right now, I wouldn’t mind just fucking off into space and leaving the world to its own demise. Arthur gets to see and experience some really cool stuff, so by earth!

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)

Hello there!
Here we are. This is the end. I finally finished The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater. I was in love from the first page on so let’s find out whether The Raven King was a worthy end to this series!

The Plot:

Blue and the guys are closer than ever to find Glendower. However, their quest has become more pressing as something dark is on the move as well…

The Rating:

Okay. This was not exactly what I had expected. To be honest, I don’t even know what it was that I had expected. Maybe something grander?
I felt like I was running out of pages but there was still so much stuff that needed to be dealt with. The book isn’t any longer than the ones before and – let me warn you – stuff really goes down in the last few pages.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that the other parts of the book were too long, dragging on or anything like that. That’s not the case at all. I enjoyed The Raven King tremendously. I just wish the ending wouldn’t have been so rushed and we would have gotten some more explanation. The way it is I’m not even sure it makes 100% sense.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #3)

Hello, my darling readers!
As I am binge-reading the Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater, I just finished part 3. I am beyond excited about these novels and can’t wait to get started with the final installment. But let’s talk about Blue Lily, Lily Blue before!

The Plot (from Goodreads):

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

The Rating:

I could not be any more in love with these books than I already am.
The story gets more intricate with each chapter and I have no idea where this whole thing might end.
Will they wake Glendower? Or even find him? I don’t know! However, more characters and plotlines were introduced and they are coming together now, promising a great finale.

Blue is one of my favorite young adult female characters. She doesn’t feel like the regular stereotypical YA heroine but is so unique, smart, and weird, I desperately want to be friends with her.
The same is true for her Raven Boys. All of them have such a distinct vibe to them and Stiefvater knows how to touch upon clichés without making things feel too obvious. She just takes a tiny bit and then makes things her own.

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

Hello, my darling readers!
Time for review #2 of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle. I am quite infatuated with the first book, so let’s see if The Dream Thieves can keep up my excitement!

The Plot:

After waking the ley line Blue and the guys thought they were finally closer to finding Glendower. However, luck doesn’t seem to be on their side.
While the search of the Welsh king isn’t progressing, Ronan, however, does improve in terms of a very special skill. At skill that might land them all in trouble…

The Rating:

So, here’s the deal.
I was a bit disappointed that in terms of Glendower nothing much is going on in this book. It took me a while to get over that as I really wanted to know what would happen on that front.

However, once I moved past that I certainly came to appreciate The Dream Thieves. While Glendower doesn’t so much as take a backseat but has gotten out of the car entirely, this story has lots of interesting moments to offer, nevertheless.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)

Hello, my darling readers!
I found myself a new book series to get lost in. After reading numerous review about the Raven Cycle finally decided to give it a shot.
Spoiler alert: I love it!

The Plot:

There is one thing Blue has been told by every psychic she’s ever met: if she kisses her true love, the boy will die.
While this prophecy hasn’t meant anything to her, the reality of those words looms over her as Blue befriends a bunch of weird and irritating boys.
But nobody cares for a love story. Instead, they team up to find a long-lost Welsh king who is surrounded by magic and mysteries…

The Rating:

After the first few chapters, I was a little wary of this book. Pretty much the first thing we find out is the prediction about Blue and kissing.
I hoped that the book wouldn’t spiral into some sort of annoying YA love story that I loathe so much. Thank God this novel took a different turn!

I certainly hadn’t expected the quest that soon came up or how much it would fascinate me. I’m such a sucker for smart guys, so of course, I fell for this story. I adore their motivation, their ambition, their eagerness, their hope, their belief in themselves.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Fall Reading Recommendations

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week I’ll talk about some fall reading recommendations.
Most of the books I mention in this post are from book subscription boxes. That means I had no idea I would end up having them. I already finished reading some of them, others are still waiting on my shelf. In any case, I am super excited about them!

The Beholder by Anna Bright

I recently finished this one. It’s the perfect book to curl up with when it’s raining outside. Add a cup of tea and get a splendid day.
Anna Bright drew her inspiration for this book from quite a few sources and you can clearly spot them while reading. She did a great job and – although I am usually not a fan of romance novels – I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Sorcery of Thornes by Margaret Rogerson

After I had finished The Beholder I picked up Sorcery of Thornes. I only got started a couple of days ago but I’m already hooked. The novel is about bad ass librarians, magic and dangerous, talking books. How could I not love this?

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