I found the book to be overall well-written, even lyrical in spots, although they seemed balanced by a few awkward sentences. I really liked the characterization, and honestly that's what the book seems to revolve around the most since the plot is very simple (find the magic spot!) and unfortunately, in the end the magic spot is not found.
Indeed, I was underwhelmed with the ending, which is not an ending at all. I understand that the book is part of a series, but there is no resolution. The side mystery is solved, but it involves secondary characters and main relationships are not sorted out. There is no cathartic moment, no pay off. It just feels like this would have been too long of a book and was brutally chopped in two (or more). That said, I immediately bought the second volume. The author's voice really got to me and I had great expectations for the next volume, so I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
"Blue snarled a few seed heads off the tall grass."
"Blue thrilled again and again with the knowledge that magic was real...”
Anyway, I pushed through because the Tumblr community is so in love with this series. It gets better, but the book drags, oh it drags so much.
SO WHY THE BIG EXCITEMENT?
Because Maggie Stiefvater answered to the starved soul of so many readers who need characters that are not stereotypical. Ronan Lynch does that. Thank you, Maggie, this was a long time coming.
BUT! Is this enough to drive a whole book? Not for me. The book builds up and flops, again, as there is no real resolution in the end. We know a bit more about the characters but, two books in, that’s a hell of a prologue.
The book is cute. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars but did not buy the next in the series.
*The reason why I still somewhat liked this book is also why I am so mad with writers in general. Read below, but beware of spoilers!*
I LOVED that Ronan, who’s so manly and aggressive, is gay. I am so sick of the stereotype of the effeminate gay man, which is insulting to all men straight or not, effeminate or not.
How you feel about your body has nothing to do with which sex you feel attracted to. Neither has anything to do with your personality. WTF!!!There are manly men who love guys, girls, and trans of either sex. Same for effeminate men, boyish girls, and girly ones. I felt so starved for anyone going ahead and publicly breaking these stupid stereotypes that that alone was enough to make this book interesting.
There, I said it.
PS Yes, I do try to do that in my books, or I will when the time is right