I've been waiting for this book to come into the library for months. Normally I'm all about buying all the books, but right now we are redoing our book shelve set up and, well, there's nowhere to put any more books! (It's a tragedy really) So instead I'm going the library route, although there will be a major list of titles to buy once the new shelving goes up, because some books just demand to be owned.
So what about this book? Does it demand to be owned?
It absolutely does. There are a few authors that I will buy every time, no questions asked, and Maggie Stiefvater is one of those. This books is the 2nd book in the Raven Cycle series and it's a great one. Even better is that the 3rd book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue came in at the same time, so there's no lag time for me between books!
About this book...
It picks up pretty closely to where the Raven Boys ends and we find Blue and her boys still in search of Cabeswater and the mysteries held therein.
While Blue and Gansey are still there (along with Adam and Noah) the focus of this book is really Ronan and his newly honed gift- he is able to dream things into reality. Through out the book we see Ronan learning to really use his gift and try to figure out what it means for him. It also gives him some really important insights into both of his parents and it helps him understand some things from his past that seemed impossible.
Along the way Blue and the Boys have to deal with people coming to Henrietta to find the object that can pull things from dreams, these people don't know that it's not an object, but a person, and that person is Ronan. I particularly liked how Stiefvater wove The Grey Man into the story- he's bad. He's there to kill if need be in order to procure the object. At the same time he is enchanted by Blue's family and the town, and while he has no qualms about killing, kidnapping isn't really his thing.
In the end several of our characters have to come to terms with who they are and where they are going in life. There are fights and struggles, but in the end they all pull together and stick together and I can't wait to see how they solve the next challenge laid at their feet.
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.
Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.
Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after.. (from goodreads.com)
By Nate Blakeslee
The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her
Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.
With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.
But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.
These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multi-generational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.
Juliet Takes a Breath
By Gabby Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.