Review: Marco Impossible

Marco Impossible

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Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Published: March 19th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
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Synopsis:
Best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.

I read Teeth, I loved it and I now knew I needed all of Hannah Moskowitz’s books in my life. I braced myself for the unexpected, I didn’t know which direction Marco Impossible would go, should I prepare myself for utter soul wrenching angst or heart exploding happiness? (My emotions tend to be one extreme or the other for Hannah Moskowtiz). I found a charming, wonderfully fun book with an undercurrent darkness following endearing, complex characters that didn’t completely ruin me and had me smiling throughout (mostly).

It’s a quick read but Marco and Stephen’s friendship lingers long after completing the book. Marco is loud, bold and witty, his personality is just so grand that it was sometimes overwhelming and annoying. Stephen is much more relaxed, he sort of fades in the presence of Marco and for much of the book he questions their relationship. His insecurities are very relatable but despite his misgivings he’d do anything for his friend. I adored the way their friendship was written.

The hijinks in their heist was so much fun to read, there was this lovely innocence in all the effort Marco and Stephen put int Marco having his moment. Of course, there was also hurt and anger and this looming worry for Marco’s safety. Secrets come to light and Marco’s vulnerabilities are revealed and it kicks you right in the feels. I loved the way everything unfolded throughout the book. I was much more invested in the friendship between Marco and Stephen to really care about the either of their love interests and Marco’s absent family and that subplot was unmemorable.

All in all this was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait for more of Hannah Moskowitz’s works. Her books just make me feel so much.
Rating:
3.5 Stars

Review: The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 5th 2013 by Scholastic
Purchase: Book Depository | Amazon
Synopsis:
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…

I am obsessed. I didn’t want to put this book down for even a second and I’m flying far too fast through this series trying to fill my life with Henrietta and it’s inhabitants. Maybe it’s because the book focuses just a bit more on my favourite raven boys, Ronan and Adam or maybe it’s because there are endless mindblowing revelations that beg a thousand more questions or the tension that grows between the strong minded Blue and all encompassing Gansey that makes me love this book so much more than the first.

There’s Ronan, an intriguingly dangerous boy who can pull his creations from dreams, a wicked and intense magic that gives way to some creepy, chilling scenes. There’s Adam whose life filled with all its pain and exhaustion teeters the edge of instability, whose principles are frustrating to no end yet horribly heartbreaking. There’s Gansey, whose scholarly and affable nature cracks just enough to give way to someone wild and just a tiny bit reckless. There’s Noah with his kitten like personality whose presence is fading. Then there’s Blue with all her knowledge, bravery and oddness, her desire to be something more, someone equal to the boys, not knowing just how much she grounds them.

They’ve entered unknown territory with Cabeswater, magic and their friendships. Their relationship becomes more strained as they come to terms with the actions in the previous book, Glendower seemingly even farther than before as the stakes rise and danger stalks them. The dynamics have shifted from the first book, it’s interesting to see how the characters have adapted to the changes. Reading about the boys made me feel stressed, I was afraid one would do something desperate. They’re all a bit lost in this book, they make fumbling mistakes and questionable decisions but it only adds to their development.

I can’t predict the direction of the plot at all. There’s a lot going on at the moment, its become bigger than the quest and sometimes it can be overwhelming but I still very much love it. I highly recommend this series.

Rating:
5 Stars