Book Notes: Maggie Stiefvater

I don’t remember what impelled me to initially pick up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I know it was before I was working at Island Books. I know it was before I was reading a lot of YA. I know I felt vaguely embarrassed about it, that it wasn’t the sort of thing I “should” be reading, before my “read what you like” revelation.

What I do remember was being utterly, surprisingly, captivated. The Raven Boys begins like a fairy tale, if a fairy tale was set in Henrietta, Virginia, and centered on Blue Sargent, the ungifted daughter of the local clairvoyant, who has reached her 16th year under the regrettable prediction that if she kisses her true love, he’ll die.  continued...

Book Notes: Spells for Forgetting

Look, I know that the actual fall vibes have taken their time getting to us here in the Northwest. But rain is finally in the forecast just in time for this moody, slightly spooky read from Adrienne YoungSpells for Forgetting is her first foray into adult literature, and Young takes us to the fictional Saoirse Island, nestled in the Salish Sea, only a ferry ride away from Seattle. With a descriptive power I’ve experienced in her young adult novels (FableNamesakeThe Last Legacy, and more), the reader is thoroughly immersed in an island culture that caters to tourists exploring the famous apple orchards and eccentric main street shops. But all is not what it seems, and when August Salt returns to the island he fled 14 years ago, to fulfill his mother’s wishes to be buried on Saoirse, something old and dark is stirred up.

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