Book Reviews: The Raven Cycle

The Raven Cycle Series

Maggie Stiefvater


The Raven Boys

Goodreads Summary:

“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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Thoughts:

Maggie Stiefvater is a master story-teller.  She weaves magic into her stories so well that the fantasy of it all seems completely plausible.  I loved this book.  Excellent story-telling.  Awesome characters.  Such a cool book.  Yes, it has some tarot-reading psychics and some weird time-circle stuff taking place.  But it’s fantasy & thus make-believe so it didn’t bother me.   Loved the twist in the middle.  Did not see that coming. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.  5 of 5 stars.


The Dream Thieves

Goodreads Summary

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

My Thoughts

While some of the storyline in this book continued from the first in the series, the new storyline was completely not what I was expecting but totally cool.  Ronan to me became much more likeable in this book.  I felt like giving us his back story made us understand him better.  I also wasn’t sure in the beginning if I was going like the shift in the romantic storyline, but I felt it was authentic.  I felt the foul language was upped a little in this one over the last, and I’m not a fan of that, so I docked it a star.  Otherwise, I loved this book as much as the first & am looking forward to the next two books in the series. 4 of 5 stars.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Goodreads Summary:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

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.

My Thoughts:

I must lament the fact that I once again have started a series I couldn’t finish because the final book has not been published.  Why oh why do I do this to myself??  Sigh.

That said, I am loving this series.  The language is still bad enough in this book that I wouldn’t want my girls to read it, although I felt it was a little bit better than that of The Dream Thieves.  I am loving how all the characters are developing throughout this series and am eagerly anticipating the final book.  However, I docked this one a star because it seemed like I had to think harder with this one.  Not that thinking is a bad thing… I just felt a little confused at points.

The fourth book is going to be good.  I’m not sure I’m going to like the outcome, but excited to read it, nonetheless!  4 of 5 stars.

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