Book: The Raven King

Book: The Raven King

Author: Maggie Stiefavater

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Review (spoilery): The Raven King was the last book in the Raven Cycle series. I loved the characters and was super sad to see them all go. Overall I did love this book and series. The characters are all so real and Cabeswater felt like home to me.

Characters: Characters are Maggie’s strong point. She builds on relationships so well, making them seem real and constantly involved but it did drive the plot to become less relevant. If the plot and character’s had gotten equal share I would have enjoyed it more, even though I do love their friendship.

The relationship between Ronan and Adam took me by surprise, but I love it. Their relationship made sense to me. I’m glad that Ronan finally found something that he can anchor his life on. The fact that Adam was bind to Cabeswater but Ronan dreamt Cabeswater created more of a connection.

One relationship that I didn’t understand was Henry becoming suddenly in their friend group because he invited them to a Toga party. The Gangsey have been through so much that they bonded and don’t just openly accept people into their group, but Henry can just waltz in as a friend and no one questions it. I didn’t understand that at all. Henry didn’t even do anything besides provide the information about the robotic bees which didn’t explain why he’s their friend.

Blue and Gansey were so cute. The way they reunited in the cave at the end you can see how worried Blue was. They provided a crutch for each other in times that it was evident they needed it. I was super happy when they told everyone about their love for each other and everyone accepted it. The end was great when they were looking around for the car to go on a road trip with Henry.

Plot: The plot definitely not my favorite. The beginning was very slow and didn’t capture my attention very well. They were so many plot points that they were just revisiting and not solving the current problems. It was well into the middle that some actual important things were going on.

Can we talk about the ending?? I’m still not sure into total what happened because it was so vague. It just stopped suddenly with not everything resolved. We didn’t get any development on Ronan and Adam. We don’t know what happened with Maura.There was so many loose ends to tie up, but I think that the Ronan Trilogy will help with that.

Writing Style: Maggie has the most descriptive and wonderful writing style. She can create communication and conversations that are so real. Her writing describes settings to well that it’s like you are there. I hope she never loses that ability because it does create a real story between the reader and characters.

I have loved The Raven Cycle and all its entirety. Henrietta and Cabeswater will be places and homes of my dreams. These characters will be my best friends. I’m going to miss it.

Book: When Dimple Met Rishi

Book: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Review: Spoiler Free

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him – wherein he’ll have to woo her – he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It was different from what I was expecting, but I was very happy with this story. It is about two kids, Rishi and Dimple who are going to be arranged into marriage later on. They both have to fight to find their own way in this relationship. There are very few books featuring the Indian culture and from what I know about Indian Culture is represented it very well.

Characters: Dimple and Rishi were both very inspiring characters. Dimple was empowering and inspired doing something for yourself rather than living in the ways of tradition. She didn’t take crap from her parents or anyone about being who she was. Her style was unique and refreshing. I loved how she still respected her parents’ wishes she just wasn’t going to openly obliged to something she doesn’t want.

Rishi was always looking for a way to please his parents and tradition seemed to be the way. Although he wanted an arrange marriage he respected Dimple and her decisions about anything and that made me love him all the more. Rishi doesn’t represent a typical masculine and swoon worthy boyfriend which was nice. He was about art and comics. I loved his unique personality.

Plot: I believe the reason I dropped a star was for the plot. Although I did love how it wasn’t insta-love with our two main characters, I felt that the general goal they were striving for in the beginning got lost. Dimple came to this web designer camp for herself and to do what she wanted to do. That was a factor I loved and is just got lost along the way. Somehow we got more in detail about the dance contest than the ultimate contest. Even more so because the ending was so rushed. I did love Dimple and Rishi together and their small moments.

Writing Style: Menon’s writing style didn’t stick out to me as being super high in vocabulary or overly descriptive. It was just basic and straight to the point. It made the book not very challenging to read.

Overall When Dimple Met Rishi was a very cute contemporary. If you are looking for a diverse and cute summer read I recommend it. What were your thoughts and opinions on it?