November was a month of long-awaited returns.
Like every other YA bookworm out there, I was waiting for the third book of The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. Since early January, I was desperate to know the destiny of Jude and longing for more Cardan. I felt we were blessed with too happy of an ending, which I thought was a strong contrast to the dark tone of the whole book or at least the last chapters. I am always for a they-lived-happily-ever-after kind of story, and even if I will never ever have enough of Cardan, I thought the way everything was wrapped up was too good to be true, and I almost expected a last surprise from Black.
In a spur of the moment, I purchased The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White just because I was tired of seeing this title on every Twitter feed and I have to be honest I know the gist of the King Arthur story – I secretly loved King Arthur the movie, which I know got just 30% on Rotten Tomatoes – I was keen on reading a YA retelling. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White was not what I was looking for, Guinevere is a sort of whiny and surprisingly not such a strong character, even if she can use magic, so it was a bit disappointing. Until Lancelot came into the story and holy fork! Let’s all praise White, because she is such a genius. Give me book two now!
I also read Stepsister, by Jennifer Donnelly, which was on my TBR for months now. It was a rather interesting retelling of the redemption of Cinderella’s two sisters. Even though I quite enjoyed the plot and the writing it didn’t make me crazy about it.
Finally, I think one of the most awesome reads of this year was Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater, the first book of the Dreamer Trilogy, sequel of The Raven Cycle. I mean… I don’t even know where to start describing how much I enjoyed this one, how great and heart-wrenching it was. I miss Blue and Gansey – I still believe they needed a better happy ending – but for the sequel. Stiefvater decided to focus on the Lynch brothers, and we finally get to know more about Declan and Matthew. The writing is marvellous, and reading this story seriously felt like being in a dream – or nightmare, depends on perspective.
Stepsister 2/5 stars
The Queen of Nothing 4/5 stars
The Guinevere Deception 3.5/5 stars