Sexy Books: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Part 2)

Just read: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Caution: MINOR spoilers in this review – the biggest one, however, is about Cassandra Clare’s The Clockwork Princess (for some odd reason) – so don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t warn ya!

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Finally being able to talk about this book in full length feels like peeing after holding it back for a very long bus drive. * awkward chirping in the background * ANYWAY!

Last time I wrote about The Raven King I could only talk about half the book (because I hid it in the wardrobe after 200 pages, so it wouldn’t stop me from passing my exams), and ended up fangirling over Ronan’s and Adam’s relationship – which I’m still not over, btw! But that really doesn’t do the book any justice AT ALL!

For years Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

I’m recently finding endings to YA-series’ to be a bit of a let down. I feel like most authors are too attached to their characters to kill their heroes off or to have any character feel disappointed with the outcome of things. I mean, Cassandra Clare can’t be for real when she has Tessa end up with both Jem AND Will! Geez, that ending annoys me to this day! The thing about Maggie Stiefvater, however, is that she can make an ending cheesy, yet not unrealistically so. I cried at the end (as did Ronan), because it was so tragic and beautiful, and it cut my heart into tiny little pieces, and I NEED MORE OF THAT!

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The reason why pretty much every book written by Maggie Stiefvater, but this one especially, makes you feel so crushed by the time you turn the last page is her sincere observation of characters. The characters in the book are so unbelievably well developed,  they don’t just each play a part like characters in video games, they feel like actual people talking to you. And what’s more is that they develop further as the story goes on. This is the first book in which Blue actually remains decent throughout entire dates with Gansey (as opposed to her yelling at him for a) wearing boat shoes, b) lending a phone to his friend, c) trying to tell her that his parents are nice, loving people.) And that is also why everyone’s so in love with Adam and Ronan. It’s not because they are gay, it’s because seeing Ronan in love makes him likeable! You spend so much time with this bunch, they just grow on you, and it’s impossible to say good-bye!

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And then there’s the MOST DEVASTATINGLY GORGEOUS THING EVER, namely that Gansey and Blue aren’t allowed to kiss because her kiss would kill him. And it doesn’t make the romance between them any less endearing or sexy, in fact, when they finally do share a kiss it’s not the best part oft he story at all. It’s not a dramatic showdown, it’s just «a girl softly pressing her lips to a boy’s.» And then shit happens. But even though this is the moment everyone’s been waiting for (you didn’t seriously think Blue would die an old, unkissed spinster, did you?), every Blue-Gansey moment before that is so much more cherishable! Their secret late-night phone calls, their drives in Gansey’s car, their shared looks and their almost-but-not-quite-kissing, all that makes their relationship and their love for each other very real.

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To summarise: You will feel A HELLUVA LOT when reading this gem, starting with the cover! Every sentence is a bit of poetry and every word has a heartbeat.

Lots of love from the roots of my (still crushed) heart!
xxx

Sexy Books: Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse by David Mitchell

Just read: Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse. And Other Lessons from Modern Life by David Mitchell.

Ever since I started watching Would I lie to you David Mitchell has become one of my favourite comedians. He is relatably awkward (relatable to me, that is) and his jokes are just so profound and smart that I almost pee myself when he brings them on!

IMG_20160302_200237So you can imagine how excited I was when I found his new book lying underneath the christmas tree last year! The blur:

«Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake?
Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing?
Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it ok?
Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them?

These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life – from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Inly Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.»

What I loved about the book was that David Mitchell really comments on a big number of topics that I either find myself thinking about in everyday life or that have been bothering me for quite some time on a more serious level. Like Harry Potter (which is something I‘m never not thinking of!); David Mitchell is not a huge fan himself, and although that is a hard thing to forgive, what he writes about the Harry Potter fans is so, so true:

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Something (very unrelated to Harry Potter) that I have been hellbent on defending ever since I saw a documentary about it on New Zealand television, is pole dancing. I can‘t even remember what the documentary said that was so enlightning, but I would have taken up pole dancing right there and then – had it not been for the fact that I was only fifteen and no one would let me. Quite to my delight David Mitchell has an opinion about pole dancing as well, but it‘s not the one I originally held. He describes a course offer at Cambridge University that wants to teach young women the art of pole dancing. I thought that sounded pretty cool, until I read the following paragraph:

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Yaaayy, feminism! Whoohooo! I like this example because it underlines what he‘s trying to show the reader throughout the entire book – that everything has multiple sides to it and we shouldn‘t agree with something all too easily. At least, that‘s what I figured upon finishing it.

I must say I thought the book would be way funnier, and was then surprised to see that David Mitchell is just too smart. He comments a lot on politics and historical events which are a bit hard to understand or relate to if you‘re not from the UK. Because the books consists almost entirely of columns he‘s written for The Observer many of the topics and jokes would have to be put in context.

But having said that, the writing is incredible, and I did laugh a lot; it‘s nowhere near boring! You also don‘t have to read the whole thing in one go, the chapters are so short you can read one while having a dump! (way to praise a book, I know!) I loved it and before I let you go, here‘s one last quote:

(this is the picture he‘s commenting on, and showing you this saves me a whole paragraph of typing)

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Lots of love from the roots of my heart!
xxx

Blogmas (Day 2) – Anna’s Fifteen Festive Favourites

Hello Lovelies!

As I’ve mentioned yesterday I’m doing Blogmas with my friend Anna from Tiny Trinket this year. Today we are doing the Fifteen Festive Favourites Tag which, I think, is a nice way of introducing her on my blog (as you will be seeing a lot of her in the days to come). If you want to find out my answers, just visit Anna on http://www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com.

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1. Favourite Festive Food
Caramelised chestnuts.

2. Favourite Day of Christmas 
Since this is meant to be the favourite day of Christmas from the song 12 days of Christmas – None. I’m really sorry to say that as I know that plenty of people love the song but I can’t stand it. It was on the Christmas playlist in the cupcake shop where I used to work and hearing it several times a day for a whole month made me hate it with a passion. Although, I believe it might have been a different version, so maybe I have to give it another chance.

3. Favourite Festive Drink
Is hot chocolate a festive drink? If not, then it would have to be Starbucks’ Toffee Nut Latte.

4. Favourite Christmas Movie
Love actually. I’ve only seen it once (with Noemi, actually) but I just really liked it and since I don’t know many other Christmas movies, it’s not a difficult choice.

5. Favourite Christmas Decoration
I’m a big fan of delicate baubles in pale colours like light blue, white and silver.

6. Favourite Place to spend Christmas 
Home. Definitely. No need to say more about that.

7. Favourite Christmas Present 
When I was around six years old, I got the most gorgeous princess dress. My mother had sewn it herself and it was all pink and sparkly and I remember saying that this was the best Christmas present I’d ever got. I obviously don’t wear it anymore (mostly due to the fact that I’ve grown a little in the past 14 years) but the dress pops into my mind as soon as I think about Christmas presents.

8. Favourite Christmas Fact
I just had to google “Christmas facts”. Please forgive me. But, I found one that I like: Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.

9. Favourite Festive Song
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

10. Favourite Festive Book 
I once read a book called Three Cats under the Christmas Tree (or something like that) and it was three different stories, all set in different times but around the time of Christmas. I can’t remember much more but I remember really enjoying reading it.

11. Favourite Harry Potter Christmas
The first one. Just because it was Harry’s first proper Christmas and it’s all so cute.

12. Favourite Festive Scent
The smell of cinnamon. I always love cinnamon but sometimes it feels a little out of place. Not during Christmas time, though!

13. Favourite Christmas Cracker Joke
Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor? – Because he had a low “elf” esteem!

14. Favourite Snowman Accessory
Carrots. Because some little birds could eat them to get through winter.

15. Favourite Day of Advent
The 24th of December. It’s when we celebrate Christmas and no matter how stressful the days leading up to Christmas have been, the 24th is always something special.

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx