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Thursday
Sep272012

Book du jour: Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater  

It was freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrived.

A couple of great reads in a row. Unlike Vessel, this one’s set squarely in a contemporary scene, but with equally otherworldly goings-on. Blue Sargent , the only non-psychic in her family, gets mixed up with four angst-y students from the posh nearby boarding school Aglionby. One of these “Raven Boys” is looking for a legendary Welsh king’s final resting place. Or stasis-place. He’s ancient, but reputedly waiting to be awoken to grant a favor.

I really enjoyed how expertly the novel’s scenes are crafted so that the reader consistently has more information than the characters. There are no “hey, wait a minute!” surprises. Information is layered deftly, priming us for each new revelation. Crisply delineated characters, lovely writing, a contemptible villain, and plenty of emotion. Glad to hear there’ll be four books in the series: there are lots of loose threads and interesting paths still to explore.

Saturday
Nov122011

Book du jour: The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

“It is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die.”
 
Loved this book. Way to take an item of faerie lore—dangerous water horses—and build a compelling story and characters around it. Strong writing, characters you care about, and a setting that infuses the whole novel with beauty and menace. Most excellent.
 
(Cabin Boy got to watch several extra episodes of “Ruby and Max” at bedtime, because his mama wasn’t ready to put the book down.)