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Book Thoughts: The Raven King (Maggie Stiefvater)

Stiefvater, Maggie - The Raven Cycle 4 The Raven King

★★★★★★☆

Title: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fiction / YA / Paranormal    Pages: 438
First published: 2016
Edition: Paperback, published by Scholastic in 2016

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into his mission: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey … and is certain she is destined to kill him.

There was something mysterious and absolutely random about this final book in The Raven Cycle and you know what, I kind of loved it for that. I know a lot of people struggled with how the series ended here, but I was completely into the vibe it was giving me.

Not everything about this conclusion makes sense. In fact, a lot of it does not in the slightest, but I found in reading it that I really did not mind. I loved how matter-a-fact the writing was concerning all these things that did not neatly tie up in a bow.  I did not need it to make sense logically. I just needed to be compelled by it and I so was! The writing held me spellbound. The characters are just wonderfully developed, although at times I felt Blue herself could have been a bit more interesting. The friendships are intricate and I enjoyed the slew of random side characters. 

I can understand that people would be disappointed with this book. If you wanted a tidy ending, this may not be what you had been hoping for, but I am more than happy.

Overall, I feel this is such an original series that I am very happy to have read it.

6 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: The Dream Thieves (Maggie Stiefvater)

Stiefvater. Maggie - The Dream Thieves

★★★★★★☆

Title: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fiction / YA / Paranormal    Pages: 450
First published: 2013
Edition: Paperback, published by Scholastic in 2013

Blue didn’t mean to fall for the Raven Boys, but she has – and the more her life entwines with theirs, the more dangerous it becomes.

This sequel is as good as the first book, if not better, which makes me so happy that I finally picked up this series.

The plot and story feel fresh and original, the characters are well thought out and it’s not drenched in unnecessary romance, which so many Young Adult fiction is. I love the way Maggie Stiefvater writes, with a continued air of mystery and in a way it always feels a little distant. which really works here in my opinion. It’s what sustains that mystery, in the story and in our characters. I got a little confused at some point, but that passed quickly enough.

The relationships between the four friends are interesting and dynamic, but even all the side characters were fascinating to me. They all have their secrets and their idiosyncracies.

Having read the first two books in the series now, I already know this is a series I will re-read in the future. This easily transcends most of the YA I have read.

6 out of 7 stars

 

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Book Thoughts: The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)

Stiefvater, Maggie - The Raven Boys

★★★★★★☆

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fiction / YA / Paranormal    Pages: 419
First published: 2012
Edition: Paperback, published by Scholastic in 2012

This is the year that Blue will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

So I have finally decided to start this series and I have to say, it did not disappoint. I was not sure what to expect, but going in I was aware how much people love this series. Now I have read this first book, I can understand why.

Stiefvater seems to build her characters with ease without losing an air of mystery around each of them. The story flows very well. It never feels too slow or rushed. The world she builds is very interesting, and although it has magical elements, this book does not stray into pure fantasy territory.

Instead we get a story full of interesting plot points and well-developed characters with interesting interactions. The plot leaves a lot of room for further exploration of each of the characters and their world, which I like. It just feels a bit different from your usual YA fare.

I enjoyed this very much and I will definitely be continuing this series some time in 2019.

6 out of 7 stars