Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent is surrounded by everything mysterious. Her mother is a psychic so talking to the dead, prophecies and spirits are a normal part of her life. She stays away form boys because of a prophecy that says her kiss will kill her true love. She likes being alone so this doesn't bother her - until her life begins to change.

Blue isn't a psychic, so she doesn't usually see the spirits her relatives talk to. Then she meets a spirit of a young boy, Gansay, who is a student of Anglionby, a famous privet school for boys. There are two possible reasons why this happens: either Blue is Gansey's true love or Blue kills him within a year. Blue doesn't want to believe it because she thinks the Anglionby boys are arrogant and annoying. But when she finds out that Gansey is trying to find an ancient king that may be buried on a magical lay line in their home town Henrietta, she wants the help him and his three best friends. She also wants to find out if she can save Gansay from death. When they try to solve the mystery of the king they face a completely different, supernatural side of Henrietta.

I liked Blue but I connected more with Gansey and his friends. Gansay loves history and the task to find the king and bring him back to life is his greatest passion. Almost everyone think he is just one of the rich boys who care only about money and parties. Deep inside he is sensitive, thoughtful and feels that he doesn't quite fit in his family.

His friends suffer, too, but in different ways. Adam is poor and lives in a horrible, old house with his parents who don't have anything else to do than fight, drink and cry their misery. Ronan is hunted by a tragedy from the past. He has problems with school and he can be very aggressive and scary. Noah is the quiet, shy boy no one notices or understands. There's something mysterious in him.

The whole novel is sad. Sad and beautiful. And somehow full of hope. It describes the hardest problems a young person can have with family, school and friends. It shows that always it's not so easy to be young. The writing is unique, sweet and beautiful. There's a feeling of a secret and a miracle in every word, every event. I also loved the fantasy elements: psychics, spirits, rituals and the lay line. The story is more focused on the searching the king and supernatural than romance, which is only a good thing. I've never read anything like The Raven boys before. It's an interesting, mysterious, exciting YA novel. It gives me a warm feeling every time I think of it, and it's definitely worth reading. I'm happy I have the sequel on my shelf.



Many sides of Medusa Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by the Many Sides of Medusa Blog Hop hosted by Heather Lyons and Kelly Hashway! 

Door Prize: Your door prize for joining us is the short story prequel to the Touch of Death series titled Curse of Death. It's the myth about Medusa and how she was cursed by the goddess Athena. Claim your free gift by clicking here.

Heather and Kelly are teaming up to show you a very different side of Medusa. Forget the monster you might think she was, and check out these excerpts from The Deep End of the Sea and Touch of Death. You just might change your mind about Medusa.

The Deep End of the Sea excerpt:
The Deep End of the SeaBut there’s no way around it. I am, in fact, a monster. A hideous one, to be precise, but as I don’t have any mirrors on Gorgóna, I can’t verify that one for certain. I rely on the fact that every single person I’ve frozen over the ages boasts abject fear on their face, which makes me believe they find me pretty horrifying. And it sucks. It genuinely, truly, absolutely, unequivocally sucks. I hate stealing lives.

Thus, not only am I a monster, I’m a really lousy one. A lonely, classic Five Stages of Grief following, insecure, shut-in of a pathetic beast who talks to the snakes on her head and the statues on her island.

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Touch of Death excerpt:
My hair blew up, flying wildly all around me. My blood bubbled in my veins like boiling water, but it didn't hurt. It was the feeling of power. Too much power. My body felt like it was going to burst. Still I held on. My eyes closed, and I threw my head back. An imaged filled my mind. Medusa. Her snakes wriggled their bodies at me, flicking their tongues. Chills ran down the backs of my legs, but I forced my eyes away from the snakes. Lower. To Medusa's face. She smiled at me. Her face and eyes filled with warmth. She looked like…Mom.

"Do not fear me, Jodi. My blood lies in your veins and in your heart. you are one of mine. My children."

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If you want more Medusa, be sure to check out The Deep End of the Sea and the Touch of Death series. And…Heather and Kelly have a giveaway for you. Enter on the rafflecopter form for your chance to win a $20 gift card to either Amazon or B&N, Medusa Makeup lipgloss, signed bookmarks from both authors, buttons for each book, and Touch of Death stickers.

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Adventures in a fantasy world(1): About the new series and drafting the prologue

Yesterday I started drafting the prologue for our fantasy novel. I should have worked on an essay, but the prologue insisted to be written, so I started. In the prologue 'galaxor' (our goal was to make up a word that would combine 'galaxy' and 'emperor' and this is our best shot this far), the ruler of the galaxy the story is set in, finds out things he hoped he never had to face. An enemy race that almost took the whole galaxy down has come back in secret and started something that even the most powerful magic can't control. The galaxy is in danger again, after ten peaceful years. Galaxor's only chance is to find Rex, a young, famous and feared assassin who might have the power to save the planets and the life on them: to find a group of paranormal powers that used to belong to an unknown society. Poor man. I wouldn't like to be in his situation.

After typing the first words I realized how much I have missed writing and how much I love the story. This is new to me in so many levels. I've never written fantasy before. I've never co-authored before. And I've never created completely new words before. Aleksi loved what I wrote, and that makes me very happy. This was his world in the beginning, so I'm lucky to have the chance to be a part of this.

In the future I'll share more of my experiences. I learn something new every week, so I decided to start two post series: one for posts about co-authoring and another for posts about the series we're creating: about the characters, their powers, our new ideas, world building and so on. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them.

On the next post I'll talk more about the powers and the main characters. Stay tuned!


Kelly's Coven and more awesome things

My life has been full of events lately.

1. Review, Kelly's Coven, an article and Face of death

In January I reviewed Stalked by death by Kelly Hashway. She loved the review, which made me really happy. In February I joined her street team, Kelly's Coven. The name is cool, isn't it? As a member of the street team I'll spread the word of Kelly's books on my blog, facebook an other ways that come to my mind. This week I'm writing an article about her for Itäkynä (comes from words 'itä' that means 'east' and 'kynä' that means 'pen'), the paper of our student organization, Täky. 

Today I came to Joensuu after a short winter holiday. Five books were waiting for me, and one of them was Face of death, the third book of Kelly's Touch of death trilogy. When I read the acknowledgements I saw my name in the text! Kelly thanked me and the other book bloggers who have supported her from the very start of her books series. Wow. You know how much I love her and her books, so you won't be surprised to hear I was moved and very happy.

2. A week in Tenerife

In February I spent a week in Tenerife with my mom. Pure awesomeness. I got some great ideas for both the fantasy novel and Young Fighters. I'm going to write a post about them soon.

3. Daughtry's show in Helsinki

Yes, I saw Daughtry few days ago!! It was the first time ever. I loved every minute. I'll post something about the show in a few weeks.

4. Plotting our fantasy novel with Aleksi

On Sunday I met Aleksi to make plans for our novel. We made huge progress and had so much fun! Now we're at the point where we can start to write. More info coming on Friday. 

5. Studies, studies, studies

I feel like I was drowning in essays and classics and lectures and exams. No more words needed.

I hope I'm not this busy in March. At least I have a lot of topics to write about. How are you guys?