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)
A Conspiracy of Stars
By: Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family