Marry, Date or Dump: Gansey, Adam & Ronan from RAVEN BOYS, by Maggie Stiefvater

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For a few years people (including a lot of readers here) have been telling me I need to read The Raven Cycle series, by Maggie Stiefvater. I finally listened last week and am so mad it took me so long to follow everyone’s advice. I’ve only read The Raven Boys (so don’t spoil what happens next in the series please!!!) but I couldn’t wait to do a marry, date, or dump with these characters. Seriously, reading this book felt like the first stages of having a crush on someone new and I think I have a little bit of a crush on each other the characters … which might make my choices difficult. But I’m excited to see who you’d marry, who you’d date, and who’d you dump when it comes to the raven boys.  Continue reading

John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, and Why I DO Think We Should “Keep YA Kind”

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Yesterday on one of the longest megabus rides from NY to Annapolis ever, I stumbled on this really interesting interview with Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare talking about being “dehumanized” by their fandoms online. Then last night my twitter feed blew up with tweets defending John Green. Defend against what (?) and what happened (?) were two questions running through my brain. Apparently, someone started a vicious and unfounded internet rumor about Green (which elicited a response from him saying he might withdraw from using tumblr in the same way moving forward … but then a post this morning thanking people for so much support). I’m sure no one really needs my defense or thoughts on the situation. Especially, because so many great things have been written by people like Libba Bray, Holly Black, Hank Green, and Maggie Stiefvater. Still, this morning I wanted to share a few thoughts on why I’ve been really attracted to the YA community and problems with Internet hate.  Continue reading

The Wolves of Mercy Falls: Books I Should Have Read Sooner

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I’ve written before on almost always being a late adopter, and finally reading Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater, this autumn kept me well within my tradition of being in this role. Shiver was published in 2009. In 2007, the sequel Linger debuted in the number one spot as a New York Times Bestseller, and the series spent more than 40 weeks on the list. I have a young adult book blog. I’m a huge Twilight fan. I seriously don’t know how I missed the memo on this series, but I guess better late than never because this series is fantastic.

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