Paperback, 447 Pages
By: Maggie Stiefvater
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
🌟 It has been a couple of years since I read a novel by Maggie, I love Maggie’s writing and although it felt a bit different from TRC. I am not an expert when it comes to horses, my experience with these creatures is riding on the back of one when I was young and that’s it. This does not mean I did not enjoy it because I did.
🌟 I shamefully confess that it took me a couple of chapters to realize that Puck is a girl and I thought the Sean and Puck are both boys and we are getting both POVs to see the competition between them! The multiple POV worked well in this book to give us a different look at this world. I think it really empowers women and discusses the discrimination they face in every day life. And it did this without trying so hard and without feeling forced, it was just a natural part of the story.
“Boys,’ she says, ‘just aren’t very good at being afraid.”
🌟 I would not say the fantasy elements were complex. It was very simple and the story was a mix of everything: fantasy and contemporary and romance, so there is something for fans of all genres in the book. I expected a different thing from the story and more fantasy elements but I felt that was not the point and Maggie in her award speech said that it is not a book about water horses but much more and I exactly felt that. It is a book about family and friends and sacrifice. About hardwork and horses. It is a book about the whole society.
🌟 I think the plot was predictable and I knew what will happen at an early point in the book, especially that there was romance involved in it. But as I said above, it is a book about the journey and not the destination.
“There are moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and it’s not often they turn out to be the same moment.”
🌟 Summary: I am not going to be raving about this book for a long time, I am sure I will forget most of it and remember a few moments after a few months. I am still giving it 4 stars because I did not find anything wrong with it structure wise. It was a well written and edited book.