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I guess it's unfair to really pick one? I mean they technically are the same story, so it seems silly to chose now that I think about it, lol. I liked If I Stay better. I wasn't expecting a sequel.. but I am glad she wrote one. It was an unexpected necessity to resolve things I didn't even know I needed resolved, and it was nice to know Adam so personally. Idk, I just am happy a got an extra taste of them and that random questions about how they ended up were answered. But I will say I'm glad she's not writing anymore about them. They are finished and all written-out, lol.
Ohhh yes. I've dissected them into pieces! :) I love her writing.. her characters seem so real, I just want to reach out and grab them and have them in my life. Just One Day really hooked me though, made me want to start actively shaping my life... idk, sounds silly when I say it out loud, lol.
How do you feel about If I Stay vs. Where She Went? (assuming you've read them both)
I just finished Just One Day about three days ago, and I am still thinking about it. It's changed my life.
I know this is random, but you're the only other person I follow who's read it.. and I saw you gave it a stellar review and liked it like I did.
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Hey, thanks for joining The Online Book Club. Please introduce yourself to the group! We are currently nominating (voting will follow) for our March group read. As this is a new group, I'd love for you to invite your friends to join. Looking forward to discussing books with you, Gav.
Ah, is that the one with Finnikin of the Rock? I've always meant to read that- sounds like you like it? :)
Thanks! Figured I should get something more bookish going!
I cannot wait for winter break. I've already reserved a bunch of books from the library, it's going to be excellent! Any suggestions? I'm just scrolling through my tbr list and picking the stuff I'm most excited about!
Just read your review and found it interesting how you said that the story could have existed without Blue. I see what you mean- it's like the whole story centers around Gansey a (nd his friends finding Glendower, and Blue is sorta tacked on for there to be romance because how could there not be romance, it's a MS book. And although I enjoyed Blue's family, I groaned whenever I got a chapter about them, because the boys were always doing something really interesting and then flash to Blue sitting on her bed. However: she's really very intertwined with the raven boys- without her presence they wouldn't have found Cabeswater, and her family's knowledge ties in, and then the huge Gansey-is-gonna-die thing and the she's-gonna-kiss-or-kill-someone-maybe thing. That being said, I think she really is just there to have the love interest thing going on, and also to have a cool girl character. It might have been interesting to simply have the book be about the Raven Boys group (and maybe include a token female character to begin with) and have them figure things out in a different manner entirely, but that would be an unusual book to get from MS, at least judging from what she's written so far.
I feel like I've stopped making sense...anyway. I want to know your thoooooughts!
Finished it!!!!! SO GOOD. Once again, MS has made me love ALL THE CHARACTERS. Okay well almost all. But still! What did you think of that ending, huh? Crazy stuff, she left so much open! I was almost feeling like it could have been one book....then again, I'm never against series if it means more books and more time with awesome characters. I even like Ronan, man! But especially Adam and Gansey and Blue and Noah! and Persephone and....anyhow. But seriously, the ending....what's up with Adam? Did anything actually happen as a result of him sacrificing himself to the ley line? And no word on Glendower besides that the trees know where he is? And um Chainsaw? I feel like that last line can be interpreted multiple ways but I guess I took it as Chainsaw was in his dreams and he manifested her? That makes not so much sense....what do you think?
I love how Adam ended up being the love interest, and pretty much just as big a character as Gansey. Although I certainly hope we don't get into love triangle area because frankly I'm getting bored with that type of thing...And Noah man! Whole time I'm like, okay, what's up with this guy? Something is off, why do we just go for a while without even mentioning him? And then- gah!
Okay I have more to say but I'm gonna wait for you so this can be more of a discussion and less of an essay :)
The other really interesting thing about Casual Vacancy was the characters, how we got to see the good and bad of all of them. It was really great, because nearly every book basically tells you who's good and who's bad, and the bad qualities of the good characters are small and excusable, whereas the CV characters all did bad things along with good ones, and their actions were completely justified according to their personal characters (gah Jo is so good at making absolutely lifelike characters it's ridiculous). I read in one interview that she said there's one character that is a hero in the book- I was thinking about it and I had assumed it was Krystal, but Sukhvinder is pretty heroic too, especially at the end. What do you think?
The Cloud Atlas trailer is CRAZY! It looks like a really interesting/complicated story. Only thing is that it said it was by the same people who made Inception, which sort of made me think that they're going to made it intentionally complicated, which is a bit annoying. I read books before seeing the movie as a general rule, but what would you suggest in this case? I had no previous intention of reading the book and don't have any particular urge to, but I think I'll end up seeing the movie one way or another. Is it essential that I read the book first? And that's cool that you saw the movie in the middle of reading the book, must make finishing the book pretty weird!
Other movie out right now that looks awesome is Wreck It Ralph....most people seem to be saying that it's pretty darn good, not the absolute best it could have been but still good enough that you should go out and see it. Have you watched it?
Haha, no need to mail the book, I think I'm gonna buy it soon because I need to own all of Maggie's books...though in the future mailing books could be fun. Do you read Maggie's blog? Because she just posted about these limited edition bookplates, where you can just mail her a return envelope and link her to a picture of you with Raven Boys and she'll send you a signed bookplate. I did the same deal with a Shiver keychain, and I was to do it for this because the bookplate is so pretty!
Good luck with the college apps btw, I know this is about the time where everything goes crazy with them!