The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater // Series Review

Hello! Today am I going to be trying to restrain myself and try to make sense as I gush about the amazing The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.

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the raven cycle 2.jpgAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating:star rating - 5

Goodreads synopsis:
“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. 6cbca6d9

Overall…

  • Binged all 4 books within a month, so I don’t really know when one book starts and the other finishes
  • Full of surprises
  • Completely unexpected
  • Writing is sooo beautiful
  • I had heard nothing but good things so my expectations were high and they were not disappointed
  • The settings are so beautiful, enticing and well written
  • The characters are incredible

SPOILERS INCOMING

The Raven Boys

  • A brilliant opening to a series
  • Characters are so loveable, easy to picture and click with, so charismatic
  • I had a bit of trouble understanding the world, to begin with. I didn’t know it was urban fantasy, not straight fantasythe raven boys
  • Had no clue as to where it was going and did not expect the ending
  • My adoration for Adam surprised me and grew very quickly, as well as his relationship with Blue
  • Love how the adults are involved, nothing annoys me more than when the parents are clueless (Pretty Little Liars, for example)
  • Just so magical and whimsical
  • Love Blue’s family dynamic
  • Bloody love Blue and Noah’s relationship
  • Incredible ending

The Dream Thieves

  • Amazing development of Ronan
  • Didn’t love it as much as the first one, but I think that is due to the format (I listened to the audiobook)
  • Didn’t expect it to get so dark and morbid
  • Amazing endingthe dream thieves
  • you don’t get overwhelmed by the info dumping, Maggie Stiefvater does it in such a realistic way
  • My love for Adam dropped in this one, and my love for Gansey grew
  • I love how slow-moving Blue and Gansey’s relationship was but for god sake just KISS
  • Loved the new characters
  • Another amazing ending – she knows how to write them!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  • Nothing new – Love Blue and Gansey, love the magic and how whimsical it all is
  • More new characters, but enjoyed them nonetheless – Everyone just has such an interesting story and are so life-like
  • I missed Maura way more than I thought I would, didn’t realise her impact until she was gone
  • I LOVED Blue and Gansey’s late night dates and phone calls, they are just too pureblue lily, lily blue
  • Persephone’s death killed me and the fact that Adam was talking to her ghost(?) was so heartbreaking
  • I had an inkling the entire series that Blue was more than just a battery and was connected to Glendower in some way and I was so glad to find out that Artemus is her dad, as well as Glendower’s advisor, that was just so cool to me
  • I also had the theory that Gansey was the reincarnated version of Glendower which is why he lived when he wasn’t meant to

The Raven King

  • Amazing conclusion
  • Loved the new characters introduced (again)
  • The fact that Gansey has known he was going to die since book one blew my mind
  • And Blue is half human, half tree-person?! Why was this just glossed over?
  • The development between Ronan and Declan was so good to see and so vital to the story, I’m so glad it was included. As well as the the raven kingdevelopment between Adam and Ronan had me dying!
  • The realisations Adam came to about Ronan and Cabeswater was also so shocking but not at the same time
  • I do have some questions though – What happened to Mr Grey? How did the Demon die? Like, obviously Gansey’s sacrifice killed it but how? I need a description of how this happened. What happened to Ronan’s tattoo? I assume its still there but I don’t think it was ever actually mentioned in this book, which is weird because it was such a prominent aspect of Ronan in the earlier books. What happened to Noah? Has he moved on? Is he still around?
  • I was a little disappointed that Glendower wasn’t asleep and has literally been dead for centuries, did Artemus mess up and didn’t put him to sleep? Does this mean the magic in Henrietta is all focused around and comes from Ronan and his dreams? I’m really confused about this part.

 

All in all, I fell head over heels for this series and can’t wait to re-read it!

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Thanks for reading, if you made it this far! Let me know if you’ve read The Raven Cycle series and your thoughts on them. Happy reading!

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