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I'm way behind on reviewing books I've been reading, but I have to recommend the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Just finished the first book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It ends with such a killer line that I had to start reading the second one immediately. Here's the (completely non-spoilery) beginning of book two to entice you:

A secret is a strange thing.

There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.

And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.

Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate.

All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept-from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.

Ronan Lynch lived with every sort of secret.

Thank you my lovely [livejournal.com profile] chaosmaka for reccing the fanfic that got me into reading the series. <3

Date: 2016-08-23 06:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] xfirefly9x.livejournal.com
I really need to check out that series. :D
(It's been on my 'to read' list awhile now. But that 'quote'/book beginning is certainly enticing...)

Date: 2016-08-29 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
It's totally worth a read -- I'm loving it so much! On book three now. *g*

Date: 2016-08-23 08:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] peachpai.livejournal.com
I keep hearing good stuff about this series lately, so I guess I will finally have to check it out! I just put a hold on the first book at my library. :3

Date: 2016-08-29 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm looking forward to what you think. :-))

Date: 2016-08-30 01:06 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] peachpai.livejournal.com
I just realized I don't have to wait for the hold since they have the digital audiobooks available - it's now in my queue for things to listen to in lab, right after I finish my current audiobook! :D

Date: 2016-08-23 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penderies.livejournal.com
Adam and Ronan ♥

Date: 2016-08-29 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
YES. Yes yes yes. <333

Date: 2016-08-23 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragnarok-08.livejournal.com
I definitely need to check out that series.

Date: 2016-08-29 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
It's got some great world-building and amazing characters. :-)

Date: 2016-08-23 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] night-owl-9.livejournal.com

Date: 2016-08-29 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
Oh good. :-D (Love the Parvati icon! <3)

Date: 2016-08-24 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
I'm hooked.

Date: 2016-08-29 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
My work here is done. ;-)

Date: 2016-08-24 01:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lysimache.livejournal.com
Which fic?

Date: 2016-08-25 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosmaka.livejournal.com
I think it was that one: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7688506
Did you read the books? Because if you haven't this will be alllllllllllll spoileryyyyy.
Edited Date: 2016-08-25 08:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-29 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
LOL I only realised how spoilery it was when Orla showed up!

Date: 2016-08-25 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
I've heard some really good stuff about this series, I must check it out!

Date: 2016-08-29 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
I'm sure you'll love it! :-))

Date: 2016-08-25 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodenshores.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm enticed!

Date: 2016-08-29 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
YAY. So glad to hear it! :-))

Date: 2016-08-25 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosmaka.livejournal.com



Date: 2016-08-29 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com

Thanks for letting me flail at you! <333333

Date: 2016-09-01 06:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-09-01 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemiabythesea.livejournal.com
I loved it also, and was introduced to it by the same fine person! Then, we met just after book 4 came out, and we had Many Things to Discuss.

Date: 2016-09-03 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
Haha, I know, right? Book 4, yeesh.

Date: 2016-09-17 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemiabythesea.livejournal.com
God, sorry I'm so late with replying - was offline again for a little while when at conference and then with cousin.

Book 4 is just so...disappointing. Basically, that's my main feeling about it. A few nice perks, and in general - meh, loose threads, wonky story telling, too many new characters that are not entirely relevant, sloppy editing, poor choices in imagery, meh.

Still. Lots of entertainment was to be had with books 1-3!

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