Size Doesn’t Matter (46): Mini Reviews by a Lazy Blogger

Size Doesn’t Matter (46): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Published by Scholastic on September 17, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 439
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
AmazonThe Book DepositoryAudible
Goodreads
five-stars

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

Listen, I already have a review I’m totally okay with for The Dream Thieves, so here are some flaily reread thoughts:

Dear freaking lord, Pynch, you destroy me. Ronan has got it so fucking bad at this point that he’s distracting himself with Kavinsky basically. And hilariously Kavinsky thinks he’s in love with Gansey but lololol no. So many freaking Ronan feelings. Meanwhile, Adam’s a major grouch for most of this book because he thinks he’s into Blue but they’re half a step better as a couple than Harry and Cho, so yeah. Poor baby Adam, you’ll get yours (from Ronan).

I still very much ship Maura and Mr. Gray. The way that Stiefvater writes a hit man is magical. 300 Fox Way responds to him in this completely fabulous way; they’re not intimidated but they’re not naive either. Honestly, I’m not sure what it is about this ship but I was a goner from the moment they glanced at each other.

First time through, I managed to fend off Bluesey, mostly because I knew he was going to die and they couldn’t kiss and god I don’t want that pain. But I did not succeed in that this time. WHY WAS I GIVEN EMOTIONS?

Yes, all my thoughts are about the ships. Are you really surprised? If so, wtf do you even know me?

Size Doesn’t Matter (46): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerLove on the Ledge by Zoraida Córdova
Series: On the Verge #2
Published by Diversion Books on may 5, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
AmazonThe Book DepositoryAudible
Goodreads
three-stars

Sky Lopez thought she had it all—the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life…until she discovers her not-so-perfect boyfriend has been cheating on her. So when her uncle asks her to help plan his Hamptons wedding, Sky jumps at the chance, leaving all of her “perfect” future plans in the rearview mirror.

The wedding doesn’t prove as good a distraction as she’d hoped, because when her relatives and friends find out she’s single, they put Sky in their match-making sights. Never mind that she’s only twenty four. Never mind that she doesn’t want to settle for anyone other than Mr. Right. Seemingly everyone in Sky’s life wants her to get married and have babies. Like, yesterday.

So when Hayden—a sweet, sexy roofer—plummets through the ceiling and practically falls into her lap, she can’t help but think that maybe nice guys do just fall from the sky.

Soon Sky finds herself juggling crumbling wedding plans, the cheating ex who’s trying to win her back, the cute plastic surgeon her family thinks is perfect for her, and the hot roofer she can’t seem to get off her mind.

As the wedding date draws closer, Sky will need to choose one—or none—to keep herself from falling off the ledge, and maybe into love.

Like the first book in Córdova’s On the Verge series, Love on the Ledge is fun, but never crosses the line into love territory for me. I very much appreciate both the diversity of the series and that it’s not a total drama-fest.

The framing of the novel is that Sky is in New York for her Uncle Pepe’s big gay wedding, and I love everything about Pepe and Tony. I love that the only solid long-term relationship in this novel is between two men and interracial. They definitely gave me feelings.

Sky and Hayden are a pretty cute ship, but I couldn’t totally get into it. Hayden’s a really great, sweet guy, and I like that he’s not the NA stereotype but rather the nice guy. I also do think they have a nice initial connection. However, given that she’s not over Bradley at the start and they just freaking met, the instalove really bothers me. If they hadn’t traded “I love you”s and had just become a couple, I’d have liked the romance a lot more.

Also, heads up, this series is not the best edited. There were a few hilarious typos. My personal favorite was when someone gets thanked for “brining” some people, when clearly it was meant to be bringing. What a difference a “g” makes.

If you’re looking for some lighter NA or interracial romance, this one’s definitely fun. Not my favorite but a good way to spend a couple hours.

Size Doesn’t Matter (46): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published by Scholastic on October 21, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 391
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
AmazonThe Book DepositoryAudible
Goodreads
five-stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I am so fucking in love with these series and all of these characters. I’m so very glad I decided to do the reread before embarking on The Raven King, because I am fully a fan of Bluesey now and my heart is constantly breaking.

Though my favorite will always be Pynch. Their every interaction happens with me in the backdrop flailing.

I don’t really have a lot to say about this book other than that I love it and all the stars and feelings forever. More thoughtful thoughts in the original review, which is wrong in that it’s not five stars but otherwise not too far off.

Size Doesn’t Matter (46): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerDream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
Series: Silver #1
Published by Henry Holt BFYR on April 14, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Pages: 322
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
AmazonThe Book DepositoryAudible
Goodreads
three-stars

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know--unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute....

Given mixed early reviews, I wasn’t sure about whether I wanted to read Dream a Little Dream. Thanks to Debby‘s loving shove in the form of a present, I took the chance. While I don’t think it’s the strongest plot in the world, Dream a Little Dream is super fun and totally reads like a reverse harem manga which YES.

Seriously the whole set up is a reverse harem manga, which is basically my favorite thing. Liv’s mom gets engaged and her step-brother to be, Grayson, is a hottie with four hot friends who rule the school. She ends up getting caught up in this paranormal dream plot with them and thus being good friends with them. It’s not a traditional reverse harem because she does only have one love interest among the group, but it’s pretty cute so far, so I’ll allow it.

Liv is young, turning sixteen within Dream a Little Dream, and she very often feels young. I thought the voice worked pretty well, and Gier’s good at being lightly funny. I do think I’d have enjoyed some elements a bit more if Liv had been a bit older, but it wasn’t a big issue.

The paranormal plot I had mixed feelings about. I really like the dream wanderings with the hallway of doors. The Buffy-type plot about raising a demon up with virgin blood was less delightful. Also the completely unnecessary animal death. I hope Gier steps up the plot in the next book.

Gier novels are excellent for manga readers and those willing to suspend a bit more disbelief than usual. If you can go in with that mindset, they’re very entertaining.

One response to “Size Doesn’t Matter (46): Mini Reviews by a Lazy Blogger”

  1. I AM SUPER LOVING LIKE DUHH.

    *cough*
    Debby (Snuggly Oranges) recently posted…ARC Book Review: Vicarious by Paula StokesMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge