My fourth book of the year was The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. If you read my Introductory Book Meme, you know I love her work. I was a little hesitant with this one, as Thomas Mackee wasn’t my favorite character from Saving Francesca. I didn’t dislike him, but he didn’t grab me like the other characters did. But I should really learn to put more trust in Marchetta, as I was completely in love with the Mackee family and really invested in the story by the end. Of the books I’ve read this year, this is one of the 3 that I really loved.
My love of Melina Marchetta actually led me to this next book. The only other person I know who loves Marchetta as much as I do recommended The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I trust her taste in books, so I found The Raven Boys at my library. It’s an easy read, but I didn’t find it particularly engaging. I was more interested in the house of psychics where Blue lives than I was in the boys and their search for Glendower. I wanted more from Blue’s character (I don’t need to be told 14 times that she’s practical, just show me how she’s practical) and I could only really tolerate one of the Raven boys in this book (Gansey). I will say that there was a twist towards the end of this book that I thought was well-executed.
Despite not loving the first book (but also not hating), I continued on to The Dream Thieves. This book focused on Ronan a lot more, but I still don’t really care for him. I also don’t like the fact that the antagonists only last one book, as their short life spans make them feel like less of a threat. Let them hang around for a while, let me get attached! One thing I did like in this book was Noah. I hadn’t liked him in The Raven Boys, but The Dream Thieves fleshed him out a little more.