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review 2017-02-26 16:34
DNF @ 38%
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) - Maggie Stiefvater,Will Patton

It's not that the narrator is bad, per se, his voice just doesn't fit the story or characters very well. He sounds 60-something, and this is a book about teenagers, and he has that kind of smoky, gravely voice that I suppose would work good with, IDK, campfire stories but isn't quite up to snuff for this book.

 

Also, I'm kind of annoyed that Blue, the only prominent female protag, is limited to a plotline surrounding her relationship status, or lack thereof, while Gansey gets a whole quest story. And Blue's power is to enhance other people's powers so isn't even useful to herself, which means she's going to end up helping Gansey on his quest to find the ley lines and yadda yadda yadda.

 

Maybe I'll come back and try this later in ebook format, but it's not something I'm feeling compelled to finish now.

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review 2017-02-17 00:00
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4)
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.
He kept walking.
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photo 2017-01-21 06:43

Honestly I think my favorite book cover that I've ever seen. It's absolutely beautiful. I love it so much.

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review 2016-11-03 22:23
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

To say I am disappointed is the fucking understatement of the year. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book! But I was expecting to love it with all my heart and soul, and I didn't. I only mildly liked it. *sigh*

 

Assorted thoughts:
1. I really like Pynch, I think Ronan and Adam are such a cute couple. But goddamnit, I wanted more. More kisses. More sweet moments. More Pynch! I feel cheated.
2. The thing about The Raven Cycle is that the plot is wandering and all over the place and so, so confusing. Originally I was able to forgive this because of how much I loved the characters, but now I'm just annoyed. Since this is the last book I had higher expectations for The Raven King.
3. There's so many loose ends. Noah? The Gray Man? Declan and Matthew? Maura and Calla? Henry's mom and all the other collectors? Ugh, what even happened to them?
4. Despite that, I liked how the four main characters got closure.
5. This series is the strangest thing. I did like it overall, but I'm disappointed with The Raven King. I don't even entirely know why, I just am.
6. Side note: that cover is gorgeous

 

It's been two months since I read this, so I guess no full review.

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text 2016-09-15 01:49
Raven King
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater

So many tears!

So much love!

Magical!

In the beginning I read half of Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series and felt lukewarm. I read The Scorpio Races and felt impressed. Finishing The Raven Cycle, however, I feel blessed.

Reading anything by Maggie Stiefvater is almost like reading poetry. The Raven Cycle though, was particularly emotive. It was so full of feeling and depth that even in the casual scenes you find yourself reading with the whisper of a lump in your throat, with shallow breath. It’s like you’re afraid to spook the story, because at any point these beloved characters, that are so unique, will disappear. At any point we could lose one of them, or this entire beautiful world will unravel. It’s just so magical, every word, and its magic is fragile. Even though I was terrified of this final installment, knowing my heart would be broken, I could never have resisted reading it. I’ve been captivated since the very first book.

She scowled at Gwenllian. Blue was very short and Gwenllian was very tall, but Blue very much wanted to scowl at Gwenllian and Gwenllian seemed intent on being scowled at, so they made it work.



The Raven King was particularly emotional. Through the entire story you knew it would end in loss, you just were never quite sure how the loss would manifest itself. There wasn’t any character that you would sacrifice, or any part of the world (Ley Line, Cabeswater, 300 Fox Way) that you wanted to give up. You especially didn’t want to let go as everything was finally coming together. Characters were finding themselves, each other, and true love! How could any of them be ripped away from that!

Gansey and Blue continue to be a highlight through the final book in the series, clearly. I mean, in a sense the story itself is about the relationship between Gansey and Blue. However, it’s the development that happens in the other characters that I think finally glowed in The Raven King. In particular there’s always been something tragic inside Ronan and Adam. The both of them are so lonely, and alone. Alonesome. There’s almost nothing I wanted more than for them to find peace, other than Gansey staying alive. I wanted all of my magicians to find happiness.

Need was Adam’s baseline, his resting pulse. Love was a privilege. Adam was privileged; he did not want to give it up. He wanted to remember again and again how it felt.



The best part of this series, though, is the fact that even though there’s romance and people falling in love, the story doesn’t focus on that at all. Not even a little bit. Yes Blue loves Gansey, but that in no way overshadows her love for Adam, Ronan and Noah. The core of this series is the connection between all of them. Gansey’s love for his best friends, and their love for him, almost takes prevalence over romantic love entirely. Even then, Stiefvater never let the love cause her to lose sight of the plot. It was absolutely perfect.

Reading Raven Cycle has been one of the best literary adventures of my life. Ronan, Adam, Blue and Gansey (and even Henry and Orphan Girl now!) are going to be a part of me forever.

Maggie Stiefvater said, on facebook, “I don’t want readers to be sad. At the end of the Raven Cycle, I want readers … to want.”

I want, Stiefvater. Badly.

These days, they all had their hands thrust into the sky, hoping for comets.



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