Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Review of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

✨♥️ The feels. All the feels.

“What a strange constellation they all were.”

I’ve read some great stories this year, but this one is by far one of my favorites. I mentioned it earlier, but this story became so much more than I had initially expected it to be. The span of it encompassed a wide range of topics, both fantastical and real, with powerful lessons to be gained from it. What this story lacks in simplicity, it makes up for in beauty. After all, who wants simple, anyway?

While the plot of this story is really neat and interesting, it is primarily character driven. However, these characters are woven so deep into the overall story it can be difficult to separate the two. Blue and her Raven Boys are each unique in their own distinct and subtle ways but it is impossible to imagine one without the other, for while they are separate they are also whole. They are a hodge-podge group of friends that fit like a glove and it is their dissimilarities that set them apart and also bring them together, each a spoke on the wheel in their quest. This is not a love story between a girl and a boy. It is a love story between a girl, her boys, their forest and the Raven King.

“It was just that there was something newly powerful about this assembled family in the car. They were all growing up and into each other like trees striving together for the sun.”

The thing that struck me most about this story was not the story itself but in the way it was told. Stiefvater’s writing is magical, the flow of it flawless. The story never felt structured, like it was something that was added to here and there through edits upon edits upon edits. No, it was told just as one may recount a memory to a loved one. It happened and this is how it happened. Everything about her writing is natural, from the witty, dry humor to each character’s dialogue and choices to the descriptions of the world around them. There are great stories out there that still feel as though you can see the author’s first outline in the writing. Stiefvater, instead, found a way to blend those edges of her writing into something subtle and enchanting.

Overall, this whole story, the characters and their world have nestled their way solidly into my heart and I’ll hold them close and dear to me. I’m looking forward to more stories from them and witnessing what their future holds. After all, there are still stories to be told, as Ronan so eloquently wildly observed.

”But it looked as if they hadn’t gotten to that place yet: They had future adventures waiting for them on the ley line.
It was a thrilling a terrifying prospect.”

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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

“Desire and dread lay right next to each other in his heart, each sharpening the other.”

Prepare for another whirlwind trip with Blue and her Raven Boys. There were so many heart pounding moments in this book I’m not even sure where to begin.

First, the relationships blossoming in this book. Oh man. I love me some slow burn and man does this one burn slowly. So many times. So close. And then, NOPE! I cannot wait to begin the next book to see things finally come to fruition! #dying

And then, the action! There was a lot happening in this book and the pace never seemed to let up. As this story progresses, it feels as though something beneath your feet is building, building, building and now it’s on the precipice of bursting forth. I wouldn’t say it ends on a cliffhanger exactly, but it certainly ends with an “OMG what next?!” sort of feeling.

This may end up becoming one of my favorite stories yet. Now I understand why everyone loves it so!

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Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

”And Ronan was everything that was left: molten eyes and a smile made for war.”

Ah! What a whirlwind trip this book was! I don’t even know where to begin! Again, this story has opened up a world that was so much more than I initially had expected.

I LOVE how character driven this story is. Every single character matters, nobody feels as though their sole purpose is only to progress the story. The characters have such depth to them, it’s impossible not get emotionally attached to them. There were so many moments that I loved in this book. I don’t want get specific as it will spoil things, but each character had very distinct storylines, in addition to the main story that is happening. This is a book of self discovery, acceptance and tumultuous growth. At moments, I’m still not even sure what is happening, but I have faith it will all come together in time and I love that about this story.

And lastly, Stiefvater’s writing. Her style is unique and flows so perfectly, it’s almost hard to explain. I never felt as though I was reading something that was structured and built into a story. Instead it flowed seamlessly, as a story should. She may become one of my favorite authors, yet.

P.S. – Gansey. I have no more room on my BBF list. But I’ll make room for you.

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.0/5 Stars

“‘Is this thing safe?
Safe as life,Gansey replied.

I am incredibly glad I chose to read this series next! This book was so much MORE than I had expected and I wasn’t even sure what to expect to begin with. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.

Psychics, ley lines, Welsh kings and enchanted forests? Never mind some of the most multifaceted and emotionally investing characters I’ve come across recently. I assumed this would end up being a story about a girl falling head over heels with a boy she was forbade to get involved with. Hah. Silly me.

This book was incredibly engrossing and I constantly found myself wondering at the foreshadowing and vague bits of information dropped here and there. There is a big reveal about one of the characters that I assumed was the case from the beginning, but their involvement in the overall plot was lost to me until the moment it became clear.

I also really enjoyed how this book was clearly set up to span multiple books. I feel as though, even as this book ends (fantastically, mind you), the story is still on an upward climb to a momentous reveal.

Lastly, the ending! I found my heart thudding out of my chest at the end of this. What the heck just happened? 😱 I don’t want to spoil this for anyone (who am I kidding, I’m late to the party here), but when Gansey says things are changing . . . well honey, things have changed. Now we just have to determine how.

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