The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

TheLovetheSplittheWorld.HenryI bought this book solely for the cover and I’m glad I did—Emily Henry really is a gifted writer.

An imaginative time-bending teen romance, The Love the Split the World is jam packed with quick wit and sarcasm—which, of course, I love—and it kept me captivated enough to keep reading in the park well into twilight, until my straining eyes begged for sufficient lighting. Also, I get the feeling that, via the relationship of the protagonist and her best friend, Henry is letting us in on about a hundred inside jokes that she’s been collecting with her own friends.

That said, there is definitely a bunch of cultural appropriation going on here. And I think she probably pissed off a lot of people representing the Indian Child Welfare Act the way she did. Nevertheless, I see what she’s trying to do, and I appreciate the effort.

No. 26 on my challenge. The last entry, yes, but certainly not my last read.

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

RavenKing.StiefvaterI’ll say it again: Stiefvater truly is a magician of language. While I admit there were a few instances where it seemed a little like she was grandstanding for the big finale, this was most definitely a fantastic denouement for the Raven cycle. I am happy.

And seriously, I can’t get over how perfect this is:

“Once, when Adam had still lived in the trailer park, he had been pushing the lawn mower around the scraggly side yard when he realized that it was raining a mile away. He could smell it, the earthy scent of rain on dirt, but also the electric, restless smell of ozone. And he could see it: a hazy gray sheet of water blocking his view of the mountains. He could track the line of rain traveling across the vast dry field toward him. It was heavy and dark and he knew he would get drenched if he stayed outside. It was coming from so far away that he had plenty of time to put the mower away and get under cover. Instead, though, he just stood there and watched it approach. Even at the last minute, as he heard the rain pounding the grass flat, he just stood there. He closed his eyes and let the storm soak him.

“That was this kiss.”

Swoon.

The last for no. 2 on my challenge.