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I’ll admit it, I was skeptical when I picked up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. There has just been so much paranormal romance in YA lately that I didn’t think I could stand another same-old-same-old story of forbidden romance amid spooky stuff. And when I read the publisher description, that’s exactly what I thought it would be: “Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.” It’s true that romance comes into play since it has been prophesied that when Blue kisses her true love, he will die. But the real story is all about friendship. Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys Adam, Ronan, and Noah are on a quest to find the long-lost king Glendower and obtain one wish for uncovering his location. After Blue sees Gansey’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, revealing to her that Gansey will die within the next year, Blue joins the quest and comes to find out that Raven Boys aren’t as bad as she thought.
So no, this book isn’t really a “paranormal romance”, it’s an exciting adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you from putting the book down even for a minute. It’s also impossible to not love the characters; each of the characters is complex and interesting all on their own, and their friendship is what really makes the story.
I’m cautious about books that are clearly meant to begin a series, since it seems like the second book in many YA series lately is just boring filler, but I think I enjoyed The Dream Thieves, the second book in the Raven Cycle, even more than the first. I won’t say too much since I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, but I think Ronan Lynch may have become my favorite character in the series. I stayed up way way WAY past my bedtime to finish these books, and I guarantee that you won’t be able to put them down either.
Looking for a spooky read to get you in the haunting mood? Check out some of these books in the teen section!
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is possibly my new all-time favorite dragon book. It’s such a unique take on the mythical creatures; in this story, dragons can take human form. Coexisting in the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans have had a truce for decades. But everything changes when the Prince is found dead, apparently murdered by a dragon. Seraphina is a young girl who is new to life as a musician at court. She hopes to stay out of the limelight in order to hide her dark and dangerous secret: she is a half-dragon, her existence forbidden. Despite her efforts to stay away from the investigation into the Prince’s murder, Seraphina can’t resist being pulled in by the captain of the guard, Lucian Kiggs.
If you’re tired of reading the same old fantasy novels over and over again, Seraphina is definitely for you. It’s new and unique, and the world Rachel Hartman built is complex and filled with three-dimensional characters. It has a little bit of something for everyone: mystery, court politics, action, and of course even a little romance. If you’re a fan of Anne McCaffrey and Robin McKinley, or are just looking for something different than the fantasy you usually read, I highly recommend this book.
Welcome to Cover Face-Off, a new feature where we pit two covers of the same book against one another to determine which one is the best! Feel free to use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is prettiest.
Today’s competitors: two covers of Delirium, the dystopian hit by Lauren Oliver! Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of the publisher: “Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.”
This is just my humble opinion, but the one on the right is SO MUCH BETTER, right?! The design is interesting (you could easily look at it for a moment without noticing the face in the words) and the font and color fit the story really well. That was actually the original cover, and after its initial success it was redesigned with a random girl’s face. Don’t get me wrong, she looks like I pictured Lena, but every YA novel lately just seems to have some girl’s face on the cover, and I felt like the first cover was more unique.
Do you totally disagree with me? Sound off in the comments!
Congrats to the winners of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten books of 2013, voted on by teens like you! Click the links to place your hold on a copy before they fly off the shelves!
10. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
9. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
8. Every Day by David Levithan
7. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
And your #1 book of the year is….
1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Yayyyy my first choice won! What do you think of the winners? Did you favorites make the list? Sound off in the comments!
*Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association