The Raven Boys is the first in a series of four, a strange and magical tale by Maggie Stiefvater about the search for a long-lost Welsh king. In a little Virginia town, four boys attending Aglionby Academy, a private all-boys school, searches for a sleeping king without finding much of anything. Across town is Blue Sargent, the daughter of a psychic and she seems to be the missing link the boys need to finally find the king. Blue, however, does her best to stay away from boys because she’s been told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Also, Aglionby boys are idiots. But she has always wanted to see magic, to see what her mother can see, if just for a moment. She never really decides to join the boys on their search, it just happens. The adventure they embark upon is one they’ll never forget and neither will you. If you enjoy strange novels about ghosts, psychics and bright orange Camaros, this one is for you!For a full review, klick HERE.
Mary E. Pearson's novel The Kiss of Deception is the first in a trilogy called The Remnant Chronicles. It’s a story about Lia, a seventeen-year-old princess set to marry the prince of a neighbouring country. Lia, however, isn’t interested in an arranged marriage with a stranger, she wants to live life in a way that she’s never been able to as a princess. She makes a plan and on her wedding day she flees the castle to live a normal life in a small town by the sea. What she doesn’t know is that her would-be husband, Rafe, goes after her to bring her back home and marry her. Neither does she know that another neighbouring country has sent out an assassin, Kaden, to kill her. Both men appear at the restaurant she works at and she takes a liking to them both, not knowing their true intentions.
I found this to be a nice read, maybe not the most exciting thing I’ve ever read but certainly not a bad novel. In fact, it’s a book I’ve reread a few times over the past years because there is something fun in the game between Lia, Rafe and Kaden. Neither she nor the reader knows which guy is the prince and which is the assassin and it creates a level of tension that I like. It’s a fantasy, set in a made-up world and while the writing might not be the absolute best I’ve ever encountered, the story itself makes up for it. Lia is a tough, strong girl who wants to stand on her own feet and she’s constantly fighting for the right to make her own choices and live the life she wants. Both Rafe and Kaden are interesting male leads and while the love tringle has been used a lot in YA, it does work well in this story. So, if you’re looking for a light yet interesting fantasy novel, this is the one for you. If you want to know more about the book, read my review HERE.
For many, summer often means reading more contemporary books, stories about falling in love that you can read in a day or two. Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss, the first in a trilogy set on a boarding school in Paris, is a good choice for for your next summer read.
Anna is about to start her senior year in Atlanta. It’s here that she has her job, her best friend and a crush that might soon turn into more. Her father, however, decides she should go to boarding school in Paris, something Anna isn’t thrilled about. But when she starts her new school she meets Étienne St. Clair, a charming, funny and beautiful guy. He’s perfect in every way and he seems to have it all, including a serious girlfriend.
The year Anna spends in Paris is filled with friendship, adventures, love and heartbreak. She meets new friends, she sees her old life in a new light and she explores the City of Light while finding herself and a future she never even imagined.
This novel will give you everything you want and then some. It’s not love and happiness through it all but it is a story that will make you feel good. If you want to know more about it, read my review HERE.