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Review: The Dream Thieves

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5/5 RAVEN STARS.

This is going on my favourites shelf, that's for sure!

To get you up to speed with my thoughts and emotions, before I continue:

Updates/Quotes:
April 23, 2017 – page 411
93.62% ""'Don't say Dick Gansey, man. Do not say it. He is never going to be with you. And don't tell me you don't swing that way, man. I'm in your head.'
'That's not what Gansey is to me,' Ronan said.
'You didn't say you don't swing that way.'
Ronan was silent. Thunder growled under his feet. 'No, I didn't.'"
MIND BLOWN YES THANK YOU BLESS THIS STORY"

April 23, 2017 – page 367
83.6% ""We can pretend. Just once. and then we'll never say anything about it again."
HOLY CRAP THE FEELS I HAVE FOR BLUE AND GANSEY.
Are there any ships names I should be educated about? Coul…

Review: Six of Crows

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This review is essentially spoiler free aside from talking about characters' personalities(?? also, anything accidental bc idk what would be a spoiler for those who have read Grisha sorry).

4.5/5 stars.

It would've been 5 if I knew more references; alas, I am a noob who immensely regrets not reading the Grisha trilogy before this.

Overall thoughts:
It was hard for me to get into, because we really do just jump into the world, so if you're wondering if you can read this without reading Grisha; bloody well just don't. Okay? DON'T. I regret it.Have I emphasised that enough? Cool.

It was a cool story. Not usually something I'd love, but the characters are what hooked me.

Do I think this story is overrated?
Yep. Totally. It's just like any other high fantasy in YA. I saw nothing outstanding from the rest.

This doesn't stop it from getting s…

Review: Gemina

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5/5 ILLUMINAE STARS MULTIPLIED BY A MULITVERSE'S POSSIBILITIES.

Oh.

My.

GOd.

I'm flabbergasted. I cannot comprehend. This book was BRILLIANT.

I don't think I'm capable of writing a full-blown review... I'm just sitting here in shock.

Just a few little things to note:
THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN ILLUMINAE. And I thought Illuminae was goooood. But this?

A thousand times better. No denying that.

It's like the two authors(/geniuses) read the minor complaints about the format and plotting of their state-of-the-art from the first book; and did some little tweaks in this one, and BAM. You take a 5/5 book, and make it 10000/5 stars.

This book was just... so perfect. I see no faults in it, at all.

THIS WAS SUCH A PLEASANT READ <3 I need to buy myself my own copy! ASAP.

Other quick notes; I read this a lot quicker than Illuminae. In my review for that instal…

Review: The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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SECOND TIME READING

4.5/5 stars.

I LOOOOVED THIS BOOK, the second time round.

Guys. It was brilliant. I'm cringing at my previous review; I was an idiot (who obviously couldn't pay attention to the story in 40ÂșC heat and reading it on my iPhone).

I'm confused on who the hell I'm supposed to ship Blue with.

Also, sue me; I can't help picturing Blue's hair... well... blue. Oop.

I felt like I was reading some weird fantasy fanfiction of Dead Poet's Society, as well as Looking for Alaska.

The character I cared for the least? Ronan.

But idk pls don't kill me, he may end up being my fave.

My only annoyance was how the book addressed all of Blue's family with just their first names. It was a bit confusing at the start to follow who Blue's mother was. I like that this book isn't written through first person, especially Bl…

Review: Illuminae

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.95/5 intergalactic stars.

OKAY SO THIS WOULD'VE BEEN 5/5 IF IT WASN'T SO HARD TO READ AND IF IT DIDN'T TAKE ME EXACTLY 2 MONTHS TO READ.

So it took me exactly 2 months to read this book and I've actually forgotten so much so I'mma share w/ yall my updates and then have a mini discussion at the end.

Long story short?

I loved the book. It was great. It was super unique. It was a long read. You definitely can't read this in a night. You must have patience for everything going on in this book. You must also like that 'quirky' device authors use in recent YA books, where a lot of conversations (actually; all, in this book) are written over IMs. Usually; I loathe it. But for this book? (mostly) Great!

Updates
March 31, 2017 –
page 450
 75.13% "Okay woah this is getting so weird with AIDAN being "in love" with Kady . It's good to come back to this book-- I haven't picked it up for age…

Review: Vampire Kisses

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Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5 stars.

This is such a short book, so I can't write much.

I really enjoyed it! However; it was super crigney.

I felt like I was reading the protag of a 12 y.o. girl (which she is not).

It's a perfect short story for a vampire read. It uses the worst cliches, and shoves them into the most popular cliche of the 21st century: hot, teenage boys. Fabulous.

But it does have a great ending, and it's written well.

I will totally read the sequels! These babies are so short, they could be one whole book.

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Review: Hunger

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Hunger by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4/5 stars.

Yoooo this book was goooood.

There was a quote somewhere near the end that went, just because they have superpowers, doesn't make them a superhero.

I can't say much because I feel like if I do, it'd just be a spoiler. Everything is well-written and intertwined.

There's so many characters to care about but, without spoiling anything, my fave characters are:

1. Sam. He's great. Angsty. I feel for him. 'Nuff said.
2. Caine. Bc what a great baddie.
3. Dianne. She's just the best side-ho in anything, besides Shego from Kim Possible.

So much happened in this book, but at the same time I feel like nothing happened. These books are a bit long, and it's a wonderful world that's been built, but... cmoooon why do each have to be so long. I just wanna see the smackdown. In both books so far, there's been a lot of setting-built up. I want more plot focus! (And there is; but the ratio isn't …