Saturday, December 20, 2014

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: GANSEY! (+Giveaway)

I'm so excited to be participating in this awesome event, hosted by the lovely bloggers above! I read so many books in a year, and new book boyfriends are always added to my favorites list. But this book boyfriend of mine has been on it since I read the first book in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater back in 2013. And his name is GANSEYYYYY. 

Richard (Dick) Campbell Gansey III, or more preferably and affectionately known as GANSEY, is intelligent, confident, cultured, and impressionable. He's a leader, the magnet that people gravitate toward because they can't help but be drawn in by his charismatic personality. He grew up in a life of privilege, and that shows. He's rich and popular, but he doesn't like to be defined by that. He just wants to be seen for who he is and not what he has

And not only is he strong in character, but he's so caring and sweet. He would do anything for his friends. Even when they're pissed at him, and he's not sure what to do or what to say to make it better. "But Gansey’s words had somehow become unwitting weapons, and he didn’t trust himself to not accidentally discharge them again." Sometimes his words are exactly what's gotten him in trouble before, especially with Blue and their first meeting. It still makes me laugh! But he tries so hard to be more conscious of things, especially when it comes to the people he cares about (ADAM). And he's usually so put together, but he's starting to unravel a little bit. I think his real self is shining more and more as the books go on. And I sure do love the real Gansey. The charismatic, foot-in-the-mouth privileged boy who seems to be searching for something he's not even sure about. He has faith and courage and heart. He is brave and honest and loyal and good. He is Gansey.

The 5 things I associate with Gansey:

1. Blue/Jane. I could possibly have been biased when starting the first book, because I'd already had the mindset that Blue and Gansey were soulmates. But their relationship didn't really turn shippy until the second book. (I think, though it's been awhile since I've read them). However, I loved them from the beginning when they got off on the wrong foot because Gansey sometimes doesn't understand how his words come across to other people. Their relationship started out rocky and full of misunderstanding. But once they got to know each other, it became so goddamn adorable and sweet and beautiful AND I JUST NEED ONE KISS OKAY. JUST ONE.

And another one because ASDFJKL;

2. Adam, Noah, Ronan. His relationship with his three best friends is just the most precious thing in the world. Sure, they fight and argue and piss each other off. What friends don't? But they're THERE for each other. They have each other's backs. They laugh and tease and look out for one another. They are fiercely loyal and protective. Their bromance is just plain awesome.

A pretty grrrrreat likeness (except maybe Gansey & Adam need to be switched around?):

3. Glendower. His mission. His obsession. His destiny.
“Listening to him tell the story now, it was clear to Adam that Glendower was more than a historical figure to Gansey. He was everything Gansey wished he could be: wise and brave, sure of his path, touched by the supernatural, respected by all, survived by his legacy.” 
4. His Camaro, the Pig. Here's the thing, Gansey could afford any kind of car he wants, but he loves his camaro. The big, ugly orange car that is constantly having issues and breaking down (sounds a hell of a lot like my car, Paco). And if you want a ride, you'd better not insult it.

5. Mint leaves. I will forever associate Gansey with mint leaves. And if you've read Blue Lily, Lily Blue, you'll understand why I'm so ASDFJKL; about mint leaves right now. Thinking about that scene still makes all ASDFJKL; MY FEELS.

(Some of) my favorite quotes!

"I wish you could be kissed, Jane. Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this."

I'm glad you misdialed."
"Well. Easy mistake to make," she said. "Might do it again." A very, very long pause. She opened her mouth to fill it, then changed her mind and didn't. She was shivering again, even though she wasn't cold with the pillow on her legs.
"Shouldn't," Gansey said finally. "But I hope you do.” 

"Maybe it wouldn't hurt if I kiss you. Maybe it's only if you kiss me."

And no, I don't have a good picture for you. I mean honestly, who would even come close to looking like Gansey? It's pretty impossible for me to get clear images of characters in my head. When I'm reading, they always just melt into the background and have fuzzy edges. So I never put a face to them and I honestly don't know who could make a great Gansey. To me, he's just Gansey. <3


And because it's Christmas, I'm in a happy mood, and I love Gansey so much, I'm giving away a paperback copy of either The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, or Blue Lily, Lily Blue! :)

The Fine Print:
  • You must be 15 years or older to enter!
  • You can enter so long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Here is the list if you don't know.
  • NO CHEATING! If you cheat, all of your entries will be deleted! And trust me, I check every single one of them. Make sure you verify with the correct information, please! That means correct usernames and no protected accounts.
  • If you are the winner, you'll be notified via email. You must respond within 72 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. And whatever information you give me will NOT be shared with anyone.
  • I am not responsible for lost and/or damaged packages in the mail.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour! Many of them are hosting their own giveaways. :)
December 1:
(Madoc, Rival by Penelope Douglas)

December 2:
(Ridge, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover)

December 3:
(Bones, Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost)

December 4:
(Perry, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi)

December 5:
(Chaol, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)

December 6:
(Will, Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams)

December 7:
(Connor, Kiss the Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie)

December 8:
(Warner, Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi)

December 9:
(Cade, Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh)

December 10:
(Kellan, Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens)

December 11:
Readers Live a 1000 Lives
  (Preston, Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West)

December 12:
(Morpheus, Splintered by A.G. Howard)

December 13:
(Josh, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins)

December 14:
(Finn, The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons)

December 15:
(Noel, My True Love Gave To Me Anthology)

December 16:
(Prince Tristan, Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen)

December 17:
(Roth, The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

December 18:
(Jackson, The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole)

December 19:
(Titus, The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas)

December 20:
(Gansey, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater)

December 21:
(Gideon Cross, Crossfire series by Sylvia Day)

December 22:
(Matt Finch, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord)

December 23:
(Adrian Ivashkov, Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

December 24:
(Willem, Just One Day by Gayle Forman)

December 25:
(The Darkling, Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)


  1. I love The Raven Cycle! And Gansey is probably my favorite, too.

  2. I've read it! And it's a-mazinggg <3

  3. I LOVE THIS SERIES! Gansey! <3 Noah! <3 Ronan! <3 Adam! (I'm confused about my feels for Adam!)

    Can't wait to read BL,LB!! EEK!


    1. My feelings for Adam have definitely changed since the first book, which is to say in a GOOD way. He has a lot more character development in BLLB, so you get to see other sides to him. And he's growing so much. I adore him too. :)

  4. I should give this series a shot! I wasn't a huge fan of some of Maggie's other books, so I hesitated with these, but everyone seems to love them! And now I'm super interested in meeting Gansey and these other boys too! Thank you so much for participating in the tour this year!

    1. You should! But I'll be the first to admit that Maggie's books aren't for everyone, especially with her writing style. I know lots of a people who don't like it and can't connect to the characters and story because of it. But I do hope you give it a shot!

      Thank YOU for organizing this event and for letting me participate! I had so much fun creating this post. :)

  5. I've read the first book and most of the second. They are great, as are all of Maggie's books, but dare I say Gansey is the best part??

  6. I've just met Gansey (I'm reading Raven Boys) and I LOVE HIM. I love all the Raven Boys in their own ways. Like no joke. Awesome post, girly <33

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. I'M SO HAPPY YOU'RE READING TRB RIGHT NOW!! I can't wait for you to keep going with it. But warning: it's going to give you all the feels. Thanks girl! :)

  7. Gansey sounds so great! I have The Raven Boys sitting on my shelf but I haven't gotten to it yet. Clearly I need to change that. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour!

    1. Clearly you REALLY should change that!!

      Thank YOU for letting me participate! I had so much fun creating this post. :)

  8. I haven't read this series yet, but I have the first two on my shelf at home to read. Thank you!

    1. Girl, you gotta go read them right this minute! You're welcome and good luck. :)

  9. I haven't read the Raven Boys yet. *hides* I just got the first one for Kindle though. Gansey sounds just too perfect, I'm glad he sticks his foot in his mouth sometimes. lol I love that his car's a character too!

    1. MOLLY. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. *cough* I mean, you should totally read the first book soon. Yeah, definitely. :) Ha, I love it when he does it too! He's just a really complex character, which I love. But he's amazing. <3 Yesss, the Pig. It's awesome.

  10. (Alisha S. in rafflecopter)

    No I haven't started this series yet but it definitely is on my TBR list!

    1. Oh, thank you for telling me that! That would have been confusing. :)

      I hope you can read it soon!

  11. I have read The Raven Boys series and loved it because it is not like any book I have read before!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

    1. They really aren't like any other book!! And you're welcome. Good luck. :)

  12. I have not read the series. I am waiting for you to give the books away. Obviously. I kid, I kid. No, I actually bought the first book (mostly because you keep raving about it like a madwoman ;) ) and I DO plan on reading it soon! Thank you so much for the giveaway :)

    1. I KNEW IT. :P

      Yesssss, I am so happy you have the first book. I AM JUST REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS SERIES OKAY SHANNON. I AM NOT MADWOMAN.

      Good luck girl! :)

  13. I haven't read the series yet!! I've been telling myself to start reading it but theres always another book in the way!!

    1. Oh my gosh, I do that ALL the time! But you should really start it soon. :)

  14. I haven't read this series yet but gods do I want to! I've heard so many good things about it that I can't help but be curious.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Teresa S.

  15. I haven't gotten to read any of the books in the series yet, I have really enjoyed her other books and series and I'm looking forward to starting this one soon.

    1. I still haven't read her other books yet!! wtf is wrong with me? I plan on starting The Wolves of Mercy Falls series very soon though. :)

  16. YAYAYAYYA LOOK AT YOU BLOGGING ABOUT GANESY. I personally love Noah better, only because he's a squishy little thing. And plus I feel like I don't know Ganesy that much. BUT THEN AGAIN I HAVEN'T READ THE THIRD BOOK YET. And the reason is just because I have a lot of books to read, BUT IT WILL BE READ

    1. I AM OKAY WITH THIS BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE NOAH AND THAT MEANS I GET GANSEY ALL TO MYSELF. Also, I had so much fun creating a post juuuust about Gansey. <3

      BTW: His real self is shining through in Blue Lily, so WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ THAT YET AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME. I need to flail over it with you!

  17. I haven't read the series before but they look so interesting! Thank you for the giving and happy holidays! :)

    Talina @ Sassy & Dangerous

  18. I actually have not read this series yet but I have a buddy read starting the 2nd for it.
    Thanks for posting a link on gr. Now I'm going to go through the other blogs and see who they liked :-)

    1. Since the 2nd has passed, I can only hope you enjoyed the book! And you're welcome; the blogs had such awesome book boyfriend posts. :)

    2. Actually finished it yesterday. Now this posting makes much more sense to me and I agree with your choice lol

  19. Oh I have been wanting to read these books but I havent been able to get any of them yet.

  20. I'm so glad I finally know what you're talking about now BECAUSE I TOTES HAVE ALL THE GANSEY FEELS. Oh my I love him so much. And who he is with "Jane" - SWOON.



  22. I've just recently finished and loved The Raven Boys, now to get my hands on 2 other books to see what happens next.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  23. To win the book of course! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. yay! so excited to see this post. i only recently discovered the raven boys and am loving it. so great.

  25. Sorry i haven't read this series yet. But i would love to. Thank you

  26. This is a series I haven't read yet and really want to! Thanks so much for this opportunity. Great post :D

  27. I haven't read the series yet. One of my goals in 2015, I do have the first one though, so I don't have a good answer on why I haven't yet. Too many books and not enough time? Thanks for the opportunity and I hope you are having a fabulous holiday season!

    1. "Too many books and not enough time." <--Isn't that always the answer? Haha.


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