Scarlet- The Lunar Chronicles book 2

Rating: 4/5

Scarlet is the second book in Marissa Meyers’ series, The Lunar Chronicles. I am here to say, I FINALLY finished this book! It only took me FOREVER to finish it. I have already finished Cress, the third book (which in my opinion was much better). I loved Cinder and thought it was a remarkable take on a classic fairytale.

When I first started Scarlet I was worried it wouldn’t pick up where Cinder left off, and if you don’t read anything about the book before starting it, you’re going to feel like the two books will not connect when you first start. Lucky for you, I already made that mistake and am here to tell you, they do connect in the most amazing way.

I have been trying to figure out why I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Cinder. I cannot really come up with anything. The writing was still wonderful and the story was interesting and engaging throughout. I definitely like Cinder better as a character than Scarlet (admittedly Iko is my favorite), which may be why I liked the book focused primarily around Cinder better than a book focused largely on Scarlet. However, I can’t really say this is a very good reason because Cinder is in this book a lot as well.

To sum up my feelings about this book: it is a good book, but not as good its predecessor.

Do I still recommend you read it? Of course! You should read every single one of these books! I would still read it again, even though it wasn’t my favorite.

BIG Spoiler ahead!!!

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The Raven King

The Raven King is the forth and final book in The Raven Cycle written by Maggie Stiefvater.   I LOVED this series and encourage anyone curious about starting the series to read my review of the first book, The Raven Boys.

I am honestly going to tell you, it took me awhile to determine how I felt about this book, and consequently, the end of the series. It was ALMOST fairy-tale like, where Blue and the boys almost got everything they wanted, but yet again, it was not exactly a perfect ending by any means.

Spoilers Ahead!!

 

 

 

 

I love how there are different types of relationships in this book. If it wasn’t for Cabeswater, I don’t think Adam and Ronan would have made a good match (I am sure a lot of people out there disagree with me on this). I do think that their connection through Cabeswater was something that they couldn’t quite share with anyone and therefore drew them together.

My favorite part of this entire book was how well she wrapped everything up. The events all came full circle. As his final act, Noah slips back in time and whispers in Gansey’s ear, “You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the Ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not.” What started Gansey off on his journey to find Glendower and meet his friends, is Noah’s end, his last act.

Throughout the book, a huge theme is death and resurrection. Noah gave up his life for Gansey, Gansey gave up his life to stop the third sleeper from fully waking, Cabeswater gives itself up for Gansey and pieces him back together with pieces of his friends. I’d argue to say true friendship and sacrifice is an underlying theme throughout the entire series. Other people have also said that it makes sense why Gansey said it just felt rights when he meets Blue, Noah, Ronan, and Adam. Cabeswater put him back together using pieces of his friends, therefore it was like finding pieces of his own soul when he found each of them. Again, the circularity of time is simply beautiful and amazing in this book! Almost comparable to Doctor Who (a TV series you should definitely watch).

 

It took me a long time to digest this book and how I felt about it, but after doing research, I think I absolutely love how it ended and how it wrapped up. The saddest part to me was Noah. I really wanted him to be able to have a second shot at life. But his sacrifice ultimately got him justice, which is what he truly deserved  This is why I said it was almost a fairy-tale ending, but not quite.

 

 

Happy Reading,

Moriah

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

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

 

 

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

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