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Book Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 439 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 0545424984 (ISBN13: 9780545424981)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Let me start this review by saying this is definitely one of the best series’ I’ve read in years and let me tell you that I’ve read a lot of them from different genre.

The Raven King as the series’ last installment is a fitting conclusion but it’s definitely far from being over. Now, this is a good thing I think. We’re given a very thick plot that will leave us yearning for more. Some readers may find that off-putting but I am actually satisfied with the way the author ended their quest. Their whole journey also felt longer because of everything that has happened since Blue and the Raven boys laid eyes upon each other.

I think the best thing about this last book and the series in general is its character development. In such a short span of time, as per the series’ timeline, we got to know a lot of characters aside from Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah and Blue. The most interesting for me would have to be Mr. Gray – I just loved him. Such a fascinating character since his appearance in The Dream Thieves. I’d definitely read a standalone story about him.

Now, I’ve read some reviews stating they find the ending a bit rushed which I tend to agree to some degree but I do think that it doesn’t lessen the fact that it is still a good ending. That conclusion is basically begging for another book, another story involving our main characters.

I’d love to read more from these guys especially about their lives after Glendower. Will Blue be able to travel the world? Will Gansey become the politican he was groomed to be? Will they end up together? Will Ronan and Adam stay together and all that stuff… Just a lot of possibilities.

I cannot recommend this series high enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 391 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 0545424968 (ISBN13: 9780545424967)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

This isn’t my favorite in the series but that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. I’ve actually read it a bit too fast I think, to get to the final installment right away. Here, we get more of Blue’s POV which absolutely delighted me because we learned about her growing feelings towards her Raven boysshe was finally finding her own voice being a conduit of energy and all!

Aside from Blue, we also see the boys here maturing emotionally and psychologically, to think that everything here happens only in a year’s time. It’s maybe because they’ve gotten into deep in searching for the Welsh King. It’s weird how they’re all so worshipful of Gansey. I loved how the author portrayed Gansey as someone that is up there for the rest of the guys to look up to. What an odd, engaging and irresistable character!

There are also a number of funny scenes here involving Mr. Gray’s former employer Colin Greenmantle, his wife Piper and of course, the banter between our main characters especially between Ronan and Adam. I just loved the development in their relationship. It made me like Adam and made me love Ronan even more!

The whole search for the sleeping King was getting intense with evil, undesirable creatures getting in the way and I loved that as we get closer in solving the “mystery,” the author was still able to give us pleasant what ifs in case said King is non-existent or if some characters will die for waking it up.

This is another blockbuster writing from the author. It’s definitely one of the best YA series out there.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 439 pages, hardcover
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: 0545424941 (ISBN13: 9780545424943)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah, Mr. Gray, Maura Sargent

Blurb: 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…

Just a bit of a disclaimer here – I wrote this review after finishing the rest of the books in the series and I’ve to say that this second installment (there are four!) is definitely my favorite in The Raven Cycle. Ronan isn’t exactly my favorite character (It’s Gansey!) but I really do loved his characterization from the very start. I knew there’s something about him that’s oh-so-different even without his bad boy image.

See, Ronan’s a literal dreamer who can manifest practically everything (people included?) from the dreamland into reality. Pretty neat, yeah? The story went even deeper here in the group’s quest of finding the Welsh King. We also learned here that Ronan isn’t the only dream thief in the sleepy town of Henrietta. Very interesting right?

I guess, what I loved most about this installment is the development of each character. They are all fully realized and you’d really get a feel of everyone since the book offers multiple POVs. This one is obviously heavy on Ronan but somehow, the author was able to flesh out each important character especially the introduction of Mr. Gray. I loved Mr. Gray and I think you will too!

Now, this is just my second book from the author and I am absolutely delighted to have found her stories even if this series have been released for quite sometime now. Her understanding of the genre is totally on a relatable level. Her characters so engaging and I cannot wait to read more from her.

This second installment like the rest of the series is very highly recommended by yours truly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) – Maggie Stiefvater

Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Themes: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
Length: 409 pages, hardcover
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: 545424925 (ISBN13: 9780545424929)
Characters: Blue Sargent, Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah

Blurb: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

I absolutely adore this book! The characters, the plot and everything about it is perfection for me. At first, I thought it was kind of slow but I realized that it’s part of the beauty of the story. The pacing goes with the whole vibe of the setting – the quiet and mysterious town of Henrietta. And the characters – their just so vibrant especially Gansey and Ronan.

Okay, I think I pretty much summed up my review already but let me just add in my own words what the book is basically about – a group of teenagers searching for a magical dead / undead (nope, he’s not a vampire) Welsh king that was supposed to grant them a favor or whoever wakes him, that is.

The story is a fascinating one and I loved the tidbits of history incorporated along with the supernatural.

As for the characters – each boy (Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah) have its own individuality. As I’ve said, I particularly loved Adam and Ronan, then Noah. I don’t know why I didn’t like Adam that much. If you decide to give it a go, help me analyze why. LOL

As I’m writing this review, I’m already halfway thru the second book! I am loving it so far as much as this first book in the series! I cannot believe that it took me forever to read this!!! I highly recommend this amazing, amazing book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.