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Series Spotlight: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

This week’s spotlight is shining on the amazing Raven Cycle.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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All books released, all covers match gorgeously

This series absolutely blew me away. I love different mythology so the Welsh background was interesting, the character dynamics were just so much fun, and even though the pacing was slow, it was still a series of books I could finish in a night. The more intricate the plot got, the more I was drawn in and I didn’t want it to stop.

Favourite character: It’s a duo. Ronan and Adam. These two has demons they were struggling with the whole series. They were so opposite that it feels my favourite should be one or the other but I never could choose between them.

Favourite book: The Dream Thieves. This is the book where the magic of the series really seemed to take hold. We learned so much about the characters, the mythology, and especially Ronan.

Reading status: Read and re-read. Maggie Stiefvater has her own shelf on my bookcase.

Author status: Auto-buy

Next up for Maggie Stiefvater: All the Crooked Saints was just released. After that, hopefully the Raven Boys companion series with Ronan but there’s no release date yet.

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Book Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

Release date: October 10th 2017

4 stars

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s books that I’ve read so far so I was very excited for this one. It’s so easy to get lost in Maggie’s writing and the worlds and characters that she builds. This was no exception. The book was slow, but not in a way that dragged. Instead it worked perfectly with the world she was creating to completely draw me in and fall in love with her characters.

The plot centered around the Sorias family, in particular three teens, Daniel, Beatriz, Joaquin. Daniel was the Saint of Bicho Raro who granted miracles. Joaquin dreamed of being a radio DJ. Beatriz was the one who tied everything together, the engineer, the builder. The three of them started an illegal radio show and right from the beginning, their bond was evident. I really liked all three of these characters and they each had their own journey. The supporting cast were all great as well and I liked seeing all the little insights into them all that tied back into the overall mythology of the story.

I really liked the mythology of the Saint of Bicho Raro, the granting of miracles, and having to face a fear before that miracle is granted. The Sorias family was forbidden from helping the ‘Pilgrims’ face these fears under threat of being confronted by their own darkness. The imagery Maggie Stiefvater used to decribe the darkness of the ‘Pilgrims’ was fantastic. It was so easy to picture what was happening and so easy to get lost in her story.

The book was very character driven, which I didn’t mind because I loved these characters. It made the pacing slow but again, it didn’t mater because I was so lost in the story. As long as Maggie keeps putting out books like this and The Raven Boys, she remains on my auto-buy list.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints

Release date: October 10th 2017

Goodreads: Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.
The book takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night.

Why I’m excited: Because it’s a new Maggie Stiefvater book.

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Exposing My-Shelf: Shelf Twenty-Three

I am notorious for being very, very particular about where my books go on my shelves. I have reasons why they’re placed where they are. They might not make sense to anyone else but they make sense to me, so that’s all that matters. Every now and then my reasons will change or there will be an influx of new books(looking at you April/May/September) that will make it necessary for the system to be tweaked. Every Friday(hopefully) I’ll be posting a picture of one shelf and explaining the reasoning behind it. By the time I’ve posted every shelf section, it’ll be time to re-arrange and start all over again.

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Shelf contains:

Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater                   My Soul to Steal – Rachel Vincent

Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater                   If I Die – Rachel Vincent

Linger – Maggie Stiefvater                   Before I Wake – Rachel Vincent

Forever – Maggie – Stiefvater              With All my Soul – Rachel Vincent

Sweet Evil – Wendy Higgins                Born at Midnight – CC Hunter

Sweet Peril – Wendy Higgins               Awake at Dawn – CC Hunter

Sweet Reckoning – Wendy Higgins      Taken at Dusk – CC Hunter

Sweet Temptation – Wendy Higgins      Whispers at Moonrise – CC Hunter

My Soul to Take – Rachel Vincent         Chosen at Midnight – CC Hunter

My Soul to Keep – Rachel Vincent        Reborn – CC Hunter

My Soul to Save – Rachel Vincent       Eternal – CC Hunter

This shelf is one of my paranormal series shelves. It’s mostly all paperbacks except for Sinner, which I couldn’t wait for but now that it’s out in paperback, I may have to pick up during a sale so the whole shelf will match nicely. As it is, this shelf will have to be reconfigured soon because CC Hunter has a new book in the Shadowfalls series that won’t fit otherwise.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten most read authors. I included novellas in the totals.

storm big Brigid Kemmerer: 8 books. Elemental, Storm, Fearless, Spark, Spirit, Breathless, Secret, Sacrifice,

Raven boys big Maggie Stiefvater: 8 books. The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue, The Scorpio Races, Shiver, Linger, Forever, Sinner

obsidian Jennifer L Armentrout: 9 books. Shadows, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin, Opposition, White Hot Kiss, Half-Blood, Wait For You.

iron king big Julie Kagawa: 9 books. The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight, The Iron Legends, The Lost Prince, The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure, The Forever Song.

my soul to take Rachel Vincent: 10 books. My Soul to Take, My Soul to Keep, My Soul to Save, My Soul to Steal, If I Die, Before I Wake, With All my Soul, My Soul to Lose, Reaper, Never to Sleep.

city of bones big Cassandra Clare: 11 books. City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, The Bane Chronicles, The Iron Trials.

marked PC/Kristin Cast: 11 books. Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, Burned, Awakened,  Dragon’s Oath, Lenobia’s Vow, Neferet’s Curse.

vampire academy big Richelle Mead: 12 books. Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice, Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows, The Ruby Circle.

until friday night Abbi Glines: 12 books. Until Friday Night, Fallen Too Far, The Vincent Boys, The Vincent Brothers, Breathe, Because of Low, While it Lasts, Just for Now, Sometimes it Lasts, Existence, Predestined, Ceaseless.

glass houses big Rachel Caine: 15 books. Glass houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out, Kiss of Death, Ghost Town, Bite Club, Last Breath, Black Dawn, Bitter Blood, Fall of Night, Daylighters.

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