Unnecessary Scenes & Characters in Raven Boys

I was really excited to read Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys because I was a HUGE fan of The Scorpio Races. But I couldn’t actually finish the book. The story moved so slowly and there were so many characters that didn’t seem necessary to the plot.

I will make a disclaimer that I was listening to the audiobook version of the book. And it probably didn’t help that the narrator’s voice practically put me to sleep. But at some point, I realized that it was the book putting me to sleep too. The sad part was that this story had real potential to be spooky, eerie and fantastic.

Blue is from a family of clairvoyants but she lacks that ability to tell the future. Instead, she can only amplify people’s superpowers when they are near her. Blue has always been told that her one true love will die after she kisses him. But things start to get out of hand when she meets a boy from the local private school.

I might mention that the boy is described as “elegant”. I’ve never, ever heard of a teenage boy being described as elegant. What does that even mean?!

But in the end, I didn’t care much about the characters even when I knew about their impending doom. I also thought there was too much emphasis on the rich kids being dumb, rich and irresponsible. I mean, they’re rich kids from some suburban private school — not Stephanie Seymour’s kids. I also didn’t see how it was important to the story.

I was let down by Raven Boys but mostly because I had such high hopes for it.

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Move Over Tinkerbell, These Fairies are Evil

I apologize for going MIA on you. I took a brief hiatus from reading because I had an inner ear infection. Unlike other ear infections, these don’t hurt – they just make your head spin and make it extremely uncomfortable to read.

But I’m back to tell you about Jennifer McMahon’s Don’t Breathe a Word – a really creepy story about a little girl that goes missing in the forest. Legend has it that the town of Reliance once existed in the forest but the villagers slowly disappeared because they had crossed over to the fairy world.

Don’t Breathe a Word is a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. McMahon does a fantastic job of tipping the balances between coincidence and the supernatural. It keeps you on your toes and it makes the story that much more believable. Every great scary movie has you wondering if it all could have been true – and so does this story.

The main character is Phoebe, a girl who has a troubled relationship with her tough, alcoholic mother. But Phoebe finds herself unbelievably lucky when she meets Sam, a younger man who seems perfect. It just so happens that Sam’s sister was the girl that went missing in the forest years before. Sam receives a letter from his sister saying that she’s back from the land of fairies.

And these aren’t Disneyland fairies – these are mean, scary fairies kidnapping underaged girls. Although, Tinkerbell had a temper too no?

Don’t Breathe a Word isn’t so scary that it kept me up at night. It’s more suspenseful than anything else. With Halloween around the corner, I definitely recommend cuddling up with this creepy read.

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