The Raven Boys Are Great Boys

Title : The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 3.5/5

I have actually been done this book for a while but was debating on posting a review. I was unsure if I wanted to do one big review for the entire series like I did for Percy Jackson but I just bought “The Sun Is Also A Star” so I figured I may as well review the first book now.

The story follows a girl named Blue who is the only non-psychic in a family full of psychics. Her talent however, is that she enhances the powers of others. Ever since she was a girl, Blue was told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. The problem is, this is the year she meets him, though they have larger problems than true loves kiss.

Honestly, I was not expecting to actually like this book. My friend read it in middle school and wasn’t too into it but I completely fell in love with it. The book is written in third person however, each chapter follows a different character. At first, you don’t really think much of all the characters but as the story progresses you actually start to develop strong feelings towards them. They all have this outer shell of who they pretend to be and throughout the novel you see it chipping away.
This is most evident in Gansey’s character. Gansey pretends to be calm and cool at all times, he is constantly hiding his emotions. He realizes he has privilege and doesn’t have to worry about money but is still constantly trying to be sensitive around others who aren’t like that (they don’t really see it though). He is insensitive at times and uses words that are not commonly used in every day conversations (which some find degrading). Despite that, Gansey really does try to be nice to everyone. He doesn’t like the fact that he is similar to his dad and is always trying to prove he isn’t some spoiled rich kid. I think he really just wants his friends to like him.
Adam also has a very hard shell throughout the book. He is constantly trying to prove that he is okay, even though he is struggling. He thinks everything is charity and feels the need to work for everything he has. His character can be annoying and irrational at times, but he really is enjoyable.
Ronan isn’t really touched upon as thoroughly as the other characters, all we know is he is very stoic and there is clearly something that is bothering him. He has his sly remarks and he is kind of an asshole but i’m pretty sure he is one of those sweethearts that pretend to be really terrible.
Blue is an amazing character. She fits with the Raven Boys like they have all been friends for years. She is also a very complex character and you can tell that she sometimes feels left out with her family. Blue will stand up for what she believes in and will tell a boy off if he disrespects her. She takes no bullshit!

*SPOILERS BELOW*

Okay but can we talk about the fact that Noah has been dead for 7 years and they never actually noticed. I mean how do you not figure out that you have been talking to a ghost for over a year? What tripped me up even more is the fact that it was their teacher who killed him ! How do you not feel remorse for sacrificing your best friend. Like I knew he must of done something bad because of how Blue’s family reacted at the reading but killing someone? And the fact that that someone was Noah? I had to put the book down at that point.
Lets also talk about how Adam was being super irrational by going by himself to try and wake up the ley line. I understand that he was angry and sad but waking up the ley line? Especially because he did it without Ronan, Gansey, Blue, or Noah. I was so scared he was going to die, especially because Whelk was there and he nearly killed Gansey before that.
Lastly, the fact that Noah was being abused and Ronan knows that a secret killed his dad. This book has so many plot twists and it just gets you thinking a lot. I hope in the second book we get more information on Ronan because I feel like this novel was foreshadowing it. If Dream Thieves isn’t about Ronan, I’m going to be so upset!

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The Upside Is That This Book Is Amazing

Title: The Upside Of Unrequited
Author : Becky Albertalli
Rating : 6/5

The Upside Of Unrequited is such an amazing book with such simple but complex characters. It is a story about a girl named Molly who has had twenty-six crushes but not one boyfriend. When Molly’s twin sister, Cassie gets a girlfriend who has a very cute, hipster best friend, everyone is expecting crush number twenty-seven to be different. The problem is, theres also her coworker, Reid, who is unbelievably nerdy but adorable. Throughout the novel, Molly has to face her feelings, rejection and the change in her relationship with her Cassie.
This book is great for many different reasons, the first being the amount of representation it has. In most stories, there are very little characters of colour as well as LGBTQ+ characters. This is not the case with this book. The protagonist, Molly, as well as Reid are Jewish. Mina, Cassie’s girlfriend , is Korean and pansexual. Molly and Cassie also have two moms and literally around half the characters fit in the LGBTQ+ community. I like how sexuality was never a big deal in this book. For example, Molly would find out someone was gay and just be like “okay” hows the relationship going with him. I also really enjoy the fact that Molly was fat. I think it accurately shows how it feels to be around people that are smaller than you, but honestly no one really made a big deal about it besides her. Everyone else was more focused on how shy and careful she is.

*SPOILERS BELOW*

I really enjoyed Molly’s character. I found her crushing problems really relatable. At the beginning of the novel, she has never actually been rejected but still has never had a boyfriend. This is because she is too scared to put herself out there, which I completely relate to. She also compares her love life to her friend and sisters which again I can relate to. She constantly feels like she is the only virgin standing. I also loved her character development. She went from this super careful, shy person, to going out with Will and kissing Reid. She had such a real vibe to her, which I absolutely loved.
The problem is, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cassie. She was a great character, I just personally didn’t like how she was always keeping so much secrets and distancing herself from Molly. She then made Molly feel bad for noticing it. I found her to be very manipulative and selfish. What annoyed me most was how Molly had to figure out that Cassie was dating Mina via Facebook but Cassie got mad that Molly didn’t tell her about Reid. She had such a double standard when it came to Molly about nearly everything.
The other characters were all really loveable though. I loved how open Molly and her parents relationship was. The story had a very strong, supportive family, which isn’t commonly found in contemporaries. Another thing that I loved, was how Will didn’t actually like Molly. I know that may seem brutal, but I feel like Molly needed to be rejected and that maybe if Will actually did like her, she wouldn’t have ended up with Reid. It made me so happy to hear him reject her because I know she didn’t actually like him. She just didn’t want to focus on Reid. What surprised me though, was the fact that he liked Mina. I mean, maybe it was obvious but I was too busy focusing on Cassie and Mina. I thought maybe he just got out of a relationship, or actually did like Molly, I don’t know, I just wasn’t expecting him to like Mina, maybe Cassie.
I also liked the text message threads between Molly and Reid. Reid is such a dork and theres just something so great about him, it was kind of hard not to want her to end up with him. It was like they were made for each other. This is why the little love problem between Reid and Olivia stressed me out so much. Don’t get me wrong, Olivia is a great character but she just didn’t fit with Reid like Molly did. Whenever they were together, Molly was so careless instead of guarded.

To sum it up, this book was amazing, It was funny, honest and cute all in one. It definitely isn’t your typical love story but it also isn’t completely original. All in all, it’s a great book and I think that everyone should at least try to read it, especially if you like romance.

By Your Side


Author : Kasie West
Rating : 4.5/5

By Your Side was novel that I was actually scared to buy for fear of not liking it. Turns out, the book was actually really good. I read it all in one sitting because I could not put it down.
The book is about a girl named Autumn who is planning to stay at her friend’s cabin for the weekend but needs to make an emergency trip to the washroom before they leave. Her friends end up leaving while Autumn ends up getting locked in the schools library without her bag. While being trapped, she has this idea that it wont be long, that her friends or Jeff (her crush) will come save her. When it is clear they probably won’t be coming back, Autumn is forced to try and survive the weekend with only the supplies in the library. That is, until she realizes she is not alone, Dax Miller, the schools delinquent is also there.
Personally I thought the whole book was going to be about them stuck being stuck but it wasn’t. Around the middle of the novel, the actually get out, which confused me. However, it turns out that the nights they were stuck had much larger impacts than I thought. The book was cute and the characters were loveable. It had the perfect mix of cliche and creativity that it worked.
Autumn is a refreshing character. At first I thought she was annoying and wanted to stop reading but I soon grew to like her, which is strange because i usually don’t like the main characters in contemporaries. When she was with Dax, her best traits were brought out and therefore made their relationship work better than her and Jeff’s. She was always really anxious around Jeff because he was so spontaneous and that wasn’t good for her mental health (she has anxiety). Her character development was also great and I think the things she struggled with like pleasing everyone, was relatable.
Dax was also such a great character. He was so standoffish. He wasn’t big on talking but when he did, it was usually sarcastic. Despite his stoic attitude, he was nice and continuously put Autumn first. He would eat less so she could eat more and freeze in the night so she could use the sleeping bag. Even though he grew up in harsh conditions he was pretty soft hearted.
The largest surprise to me though, was the fact that I actually liked Jeff’s character. He was the jock of the story, which would usually indicate he was a jackass but in fact he was the complete opposite. He was nice and funny, and didn’t make fun of people they way jocks always do in stories.
The story was so much more than a couple a teenagers being stuck, it touched upon family, friends and mental health issues.
*SPOILERS BELOW*

Without a doubt, one of my favourite moments between Autumn and Dax was when they were in the greenhouse before school. Autumn is the type who didn’t break rules and wasn’t up for being late to class, despite knowing that, Dax held onto her for so long, she had to run to not be late. It was playful moments like this that made my heart swell.
However the ending of the story was a bit rushed. Dax and Autumn resolved things so quick and there was no indication of what his mother actually told Dax and if they are still talking. Dax’s story played a large role but towards the end it was kind of just brushed off. They also didn’t focus on the conflict between Dallin and Autumn. It was all just wrapped up really quickly with no actual information given. Although that annoyed me a little, mainly  because I didn’t want the book to end, it was still a very great book and would recommend that anyone who loves love stories, read it.

Will Grayson Will Grayson


Author : John Green and David Levithan
Rating: 4/5

Will Grayson Will Grayson is a novel about two teenage boys who meet at a porn shop in Chicago and just so happen to have the same name. One Will Grayson is there because he couldn’t get into a concert, the other is there waiting for someone.

I also reread Will Grayson Will Grayson in February and it is a book that you will either love or hate, there’s no in between. Personally, I loved it. The characters are all so different but so meant for each other, It’s their differences that make them so great together.
Will Grayson number 1 (aka odd chapters) is such a cautious guy who youd never really believe is friends with Tiny Cooper. He’s kind of a jackass but you cant help but like him. He’s just so fenced off from the world.
Will Grayson number 2 (aka even chapters) is a mess of a character. He’s a gigantic jackass that is so rude you like him. He is very inconsiderate and depressed but also very lovely. He has so many dimensions to him that it’s hard to describe him as just a jackass or just a good person.
Tiny Cooper is a star. There;s not much more to say about him. He’s not really considerate and is a semi jackass but his character is just so Tiny Cooper that there’s no other way to describe him. Personally, I think he is drawn to people that he thinks he can help.

*SPOILERS BELOW*

There is one part in particular that made me feel so many different things about this book and that is when Will Grayson number one starts feeling ignored and eventually hears Tiny talking about him. Reading it, you could imagine the heartbreak he was feeling, the heartbreak that was caused by a friendship that needed to be fixed. You could feel Will thinking about everything. You could feel all his doubts and crappy thoughts. I think that is why it was so powerful. Everyone or almost everyone would be able to relate to the feeling of loneliness, the feeling of being forgotten. The feeling that Will had to face and couldn’t use his rules any longer.
Another part that was pretty tough on my emotional well being was when Tiny and the second Will Grayson broke up. The break up was just so sudden and the fight just kept getting larger even though all I wanted was for it to shrink. I mean it all works out for the better in the end, but you could just feel the sadness, the awkwardness and the emptiness that was left from it.

Overall the book is really amazing. It has the perfect amount of humour and the characters are all both unlikable and likeable at the same time. It’s a really great read for those who don’t mind profanity.

Percy Jackson and the characters i fell in love with

Author : Rick Riordan
Rating: 5/5

I started and finished this series through the month of February because I literally could not get enough. The Percy Jackson series is about a 12 year old boy who finds out he is a demigod (half god, half human). The problem is his father is one of the big three (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) which means that if he lives until 16, the prophecy will happen. Throughout the 5 books, you follow Percy and the Olympians on their quests.

I really loved these books. Usually i’m not into fantasy but Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are exceptions. Percy was hilarious and perfect as a main character. Facing a scary monster that could probably kill you with the flick of its finger? Sass them! Thats the Percy Jackson way.
Annabeth was an amazing, strong, female character. I especially loved how she was part of the series because she was smart  and strategic, not just as a love interest.
All the characters had more than one trait, whether it be bad or good, they were really believable and loveable.

*SPOILERS BELOW*

In the first book, The Lightening Thief, there are so many moments where you think you know what is going to happen and it turns out to be completely different. The book keeps you guessing and the movie did not do it justice at all. The part that got me is when Percy figured out that it was Ares who “stole’ Zeus’ ,aster bolt. And then it was Luke which messed me up even more.
In the second book, The Sea of Monsters, I felt so bad for both Tyson and Annabeth. Tyson was hated for being a cyclopes and Annabeth didn’t like them because of what happened to her, Thalia, and Luke when she was younger. Their adventure into the Sea of Monsters made me nervous even though I knew they had survived (if they didn’t the series would be done). The saddest part was when I thought Tyson had died, I could literally feel my heart break while reading.
In the third book, The Titan’s curse, we met Nico and Bianca. Nico was so pure and cheery, it was almost impossible to believe he was the same person at the end of the book. When confronted Percy after hearing that Bianca died, I wanted to set the book down and cry. Reading it, you could literally feel Nico change. I also found the Titan’s Curse interesting. I thought it would be a sickness that someone would catch snd die but it wasn’t. This book was a real turning point, it made me realize that Rick was not afraid to kill characters.
The fourth book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, was actually very funny. There was just the right amount of plot twists. The two major ones for me were finding out what happened to Luke and finding out who Quintus really was. However my favourite parr was when Rachel threw her brush at Kronos. I had to stop and take a minute because it was just so unexpected. I mean personally I’d pick a better weapon when going up against Kronos but I guess we all have our preferences.
I think the last book, The Last Olympian, was probably my favourite. I felt like it was the most interesting, watching the great battle play out. It shocked me to find out who the last Olympian really was because she was so overlooked. In this book you really got to see how much all the characters had grown as individuals. The ending wasn’t anticlimactic at all. The series was wrapped up perfectly, with a little cliffhanger and i’m so excited to read The Heroes of Olympus.

*Sorry for not posting for so long, I’ve read so many books in the span of the two months i’ve been gone and will try to post reviews of all of them over the next couple days/weeks.*

 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower aka the book that destroyed me emotionally

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Author : Stephen Chbosky
Rating : 5/5

I have recently reread The Perks Of Being A Wallflower over winter break and let me tell you, this book will never not be great. It is about a boy who writes anonymous letters to someone who he was told would help. The boy gives everyone in his letters fake names including himself (his fake name is Charlie) to keep the reader from figuring out who he is. The letters are written throughout his first year of high school, telling the reader of both his up and down moments, his adventures, and his friends.

This book is a literal roller coaster from start to finish. It makes you want to curl up and hug Charlie and tell him that everything will be okay because thats what you really want to happen. The characters are funny, passionate and just have an overall real feel to them. It’s like you could identify each one of them in your friend group. There’s Patrick who is so funny and goes through so much but makes everything seem okay. There’s Sam who is still trying to find herself. She is someone who has faced so much and deserves someone who will love her for her. And let us not forget about Charlie. I think Charlie’s character is so raw and lovable. Throughout the novel you start to feel for him. You desperately want him to do certain things and then to not do certain things. He is a wallflower. You get to see him watch as things go by, to wait and always put others before himself. He is such a pure character.

*SPOILERS BELOW*

The plot of this book mainly revolves around Charlie’s freshman year but as you continue on certain things become more obvious. You start to wonder about Aunt Helen and why Charlie is the way he is, what the big secret is between them. It is that she sexually assaulted him (multiple times). This story covers important topics. It shows how sometimes people may not believe/ remember that they were sexually assaulted but that does not change the fact that they were. It also talks about domestic violence. Charlie’s sister, Candice was hit by her boyfriend, which caused her to actually want to be with him after seeing him “stand up for himself”. Charlie sees and although he promises not to tell their parents, he tells his English teacher who tells his parents. They set up a meeting with Candice’s boyfriend and get them to stop seeing each other (they still did in secret). Lastly this books talks about acceptance for children who are part of the LGBTQ community. Patrick (one of Charlie’s friends) is gay and is hooking up with the star of the football team, Brad. At first their relationship started with drunk hook ups but slowly Brad stopped getting drunk and in a way came to terms with his sexuality. The only problem is that he wasn’t out yet, very few people knew of his hook ups with Patrick and trust me his father was not one of them. When his father did find out about them, he beat him up, which killed me because no parent should beat their child at all, especially over something like their sexuality.

This book was so well written and talked about so many issues that are still happening today. It leaves you changed. Following Charlie on his path, through all the hardships and the bright sides. Watching him feel infinite and the way he grows as a character. I think that this book deserves all the praise in the world. It doesn’t romanticize any of the important topics it covers, it tells them how it is. Watching the characters change and Charlie break down. Through the drugs and the crying. I think it is one of the perfect books to read before entering high school because it shows the realness of things. It shows the fights and the tough times. You may not get an English teacher as cool as Charlie’s but it really is an amazing book. If you haven’t read it already I really suggest that you do because you won’t regret it (hopefully).