We all have our “favourite authors”. You know the ones! They churn out awesome book after awesome book and after a while you get this suspicious feeling that they’re either a) not from our planet, b) unnaturally and wickedly talented, and c) conspiring to empty your wallet of money forever because YOU BASICALLY MUST OWN EVERYTHING THEY WRITE.
Ah, well, you know my secret now. I really love Maggie Stiefvater’s books.
My first read was The Scorpio Races. Oh, excuse me, I’m just drowning in fond memories and November cakes. See? That right there is proof of a good author! She includes food in her book and then brings them to life with recipes, so you can literally slot into The Scorpio Races yourself.
Then leave again, because I’m just saying…it’s a dangerous world full of flesh-eating seahorses.
Next I read Lament and Ballad. Lament is actually her first book! Bring on the faerie awesomeness…and death. Minor detail. While this series isn’t high on food, just like all things Maggie-Stiefvater, it’s highly original. (Except for the whole cliche love-triangle thing, but in her defence, she wrote this when love-triangles weren’t “the only way to have a romance”.) I’ve still never read any faeries who could live up to hers.
Also: I do not ship Dee and James. I don’t care what anyone says. They are not right for each other.
And I would like to point something out.
I am absolutely sure the release date gets pushed back every. single. year. I want to know what happens!
Can we please at least see a cover…or blurb. Anything?
1. Her characters are always funny.
I love humour! It’s my favourite. How can her books always feature incredibly witty characters and STILL keep the characters all unique and different?
My favourite is definitely James from Lament and Ballad.
I said, “This is James, Delia. He’s the number two piper in the state of Virginia.”
“Soon to be number one,” James said with a charming smile. “I hired a hit man.” (Lament, CH 1)
2. She has huge character casts and they’re not confusing.
I’m looking specifically at The Raven Boys here. Until I read those 409 pages of awesome, I had never ever read a book that featured 4 boys who had unique and different personalities. I get it! It’s HARD to write characters who don’t meld together. So what wizardery is this?? As soon as I saw the names rattled off: Gansey, Ronan, Noah, and Adam and then add in all of Blue’s relatives…I was sure I was a goner.
Absolutely not. They’re individuals. They’re exceptionally well written.
3. Also: Isabel Culpeper and Cole St. Clair.
These two enter the Shiver trilogy halfway through (well Isabel is mentioned in the first, but she’s an antagonist. Ha! Of COURSE antagonists turn into the best heroes, right?). And because they are so dang awesome and snarky, they have their own book:
It’s coming in July.
4. She says great and wonderful things about books.
“I couldn’t imagine anyone ever reading a book enough to make it look like that. It looked like it had been driven over by a school bus after someone had taken a bath with it.” (LINGER)
5. She’s sickeningly talented.
This is the most frustrating of all, actually. Some people get to be a) funny, b) musically talented, c) great writers, or d) amazing artists.
WHY SHOULD ONE PERSON GET TO BE ALL FOUR??
Just follow Maggie Stiefvater on twitter or facebook or blog to get updates on day-to-day hilariousness. You’ll also see her disgustingly amazing drawings, too. Sometimes she even combines her music and art like so:
Now I’m about to go reserve Lament and Ballad from the library for a reread. I never reread books, peoples. This means something huge.
Cait has had a genius idea for a book…buuuuut. She’s in the midst of rewrites. She CANNOT stop rewrites to chase a random idea. No no no. (She’s saying this for her benefit mostly, but you get to be moral support.) Between the agony of this situation, she’s reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Are the Weasley’s not the nicest family ever?!