The Dream Thievesby Maggie Stiefvater is book two in the Raven Cycle and it was amazing! The quest for the missing Welsh Raven king continues and much has changed now that the ley line is awake. It has caused several unsavory characters to take notice of the small town of Henrietta and the magical power that resides there. In fact Mr Gray, a hit man, has been sent to the town to search for a magical item that procures things from dreams called the Greywaren. The hit man is not the only trouble in town, Ronan begins to spin out of control with his reckless street racing as he attempts to understand his family’s legacy. It seems Gansey’s group is slowly unraveling.
The first book was great, but this one was fabulous. Ronan’s past and supernatural talent were so much fun to read about. Without giving too much away, I love the dark creatures that he creates and the inner strength he eventually finds in himself. And I still love Blue and Gansey. Blue may doubt her place, but we all know she is going to grow into something amazing as the series continues. You can feel the hidden potential behind her reserved nature. Gansey is always charming and he cares so much for his friends. I think he is going to find away to keep everyone together and find his king, but sadly I have to wait for the next book to find out. Aside from the characters, my second favorite part about this series is all of the ravens. There are pet ravens, raven mascots, raven kings, the list goes on and on and makes any raven enthusiast smile. This is such a unique supernatural story and is easily one of my top reads during 2013.
I have loved Nelson DeMille’s novels since I read Charm School. His writing is so intense and detailed that once I start a novel I find myself unable to do anything else. The Panther is the latest novel featuring John Corey and his wife Kate Mayfield, and it was incredible! The two are being hunted by an American terrorist known as the Panther and are sent to Yemen to track him down and bring him in. Of course what the two don’t know (although John suspects), is that there are many more sinister plots afoot and they are the bait to bring it all together.
I really enjoy the relationship between John and Kate. DeMille keeps developing the dynamics between the two. I especially like the wit and sarcasm between the characters. I find the amount of information that is included in his books to be incredible. He is so great at detailing cultures and traditions when his books are set in another country. Not only do I feel like I am transported there, but I feel like I learn a great deal about the place. Demille creates plots that are complicated and captivating. I am continually guessing as to what will happen next and am often surprised by how things change. I love not being able to put his books down until the very end. He is a must read for any mystery or thriller fan.
Winds of Salem is the third book in the Witches of East End series by Melissa de la Cruz and it is just as fun and sexy as the previous two novels. Freya has mysteriously been swept back in time to 1692 and finds herself caught up in the Salem witch trials – for a second time. Only she doesn’t realize that she is living this life again since her memory has been erased. As she attempts to be a good Puritan woman, her sister and mother are desperately trying to find a way to bring her back to the twenty – first century. Although, the world of magic seems to be dwindling and the two are finding it hard to go back in time to rescue Freya.
I found the beginning to be a little slow as we are introduced to Salem Village and all of the girls involved in the witch hunt. However, things are always crazy in the twenty-first century with Ingrid and Joanna. I really liked how much Freddie was involved in this novel. His life seems a bit chaotic, and lets face it, we want to know what happened to his trident and the bridge, so it was fun to see him more of a main character this time. I think my favorite part about this series is that it follows one family. They are all a little quirky (after all they are goddess and gods trapped on earth) but they are all so warm and entertaining. The family members don’t interact that much but they are willing to do anything for their family and friends. If you are looking for a new paranormal romance series to start, this would be a excellent choice.