Listening time 12 hours 45 minutes
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
What I Liked:
Audiobook. It was the audiobooks and the narrator, Will Patton who helped me fall in love with this series back when I first read it. I’m still in a reading slump right now but managed to fly through this audiobook. The narrator was great and the format helps a lot with the slow pacing in this series.
Characters. The novel follows all of the main characters, Ronan, Adam, Gansey, and Blue but tends to focus the majoirty of the story on Ronan. The main reason this series is one of my favorites is how well-crafted the characters are, also the slow-burn romance between Blue and Gansey is well-done. I felt that Stiefvater does a great job of making Ronan a well-rounded character and exploring him in this second novel. It makes me even more excited for Call Down the Hawk.
Ending. Despite, the pacing issues the ending and twists were strong. The end was intense and made me want to jump right into the third novel. I forgot the big twist at the end so it was fun to be shocked all over again.
Romance. I forgot about the cuteness that is Maura and Mr. Gray, I enjoyed their romantic scenes even more than Blue/Gansey. I like how Stiefvater does a mix of slow-burn romance for one couple and instant attraction for another, it shows how love can be different for each couple.
What I Disliked:
Too Many POVs. Stiefvater added another point of view to the novels, Mr. Gray, and it felt like we had one too many different characters telling the story. I struggled to follow along with all of the jumping between characters.
Pacing/Plot. I did find the pacing slow just like in the first book, however, I’m mainly reading these for the characters and not the action. Also, compared to the first book the plot was a bit scattered and I was hoping for more stuff to happen in the main plot.
Rating: 4 Stars Out of 5 Stars