{Book Review} THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

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{Book Review} THE RAVEN KING by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) by Maggie Stiefvater
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Published by Scholastic Inc. on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Other, Young Adult
Pages: 448
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four-half-stars
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

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

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

“’It’s not always running.’…’To leave.’”

I felt that.

When I started The Raven Boys, I didn’t expect to get so caught up in the story. I fell in love with the raven boys, especially Gansey, as much as Blue did. I got caught up in the story and the search for Glendower. Even though I came in late to the game, when I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Raven King. Needless to say, I started reading while in line at the bookstore.

I wouldn’t suggest reading anything written by Maggie Stiefvater when you’re exhausted. Her writing is intricate and detailed, and there’s so much story packed into each page that you have to turn to the next. I’ve listened to the audiobooks of multiple of her books and read physical copies, and I suggest both.

“’To you love him?’…’I’d rather not.’”

My favorite raven boy is by far Gansey. From the first book, I knew that he was going to die. Also from the first book, Gansey had an air about him that snuck its way into my heart. This series is all about magic—old magic, new magic, magic you didn’t even know you had—and this particular raven boy had a unique kind of magic about him. #SaveGansey was my mantra throughout this entire book.

It was this: laughing senselessly into each other’s skin, playing until it was abruptly no longer play, and Gansey stopped himself with his mouth perilously close to hers, and Blue stopped herself with her belly pressed close to his.”  

The search for Glendower came to its peak. While they are searching for the lost king to get a favor, the journey is more than that. Blue and her raven boys find themselves, learn more about the lives they’re destined to live. The Raven Cycle fits in the genre of magical realism, and the real stuck out to me. Stiefvater doesn’t sugarcoat the differences in social hierarchy and created a unique place to see the way the people of this town and the people that shape the world we live in live: Henrietta. As far as the search for Glendower, it was not what I expected. My heart fell slightly, but the longer I thought about it, the more I didn’t mind. The magic of The Raven Cycle was never in the search, but in the characters.

Read Stiefvater’s stuff. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Seriously, enjoy. And if you don’t…well, you’re insane. Sorry—wait, no I’m not.

“A story, after all, is a lot like a lie…”

Read. This. Series. It hurts in a good way.

Moriah (1)

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About Maggie Stiefvater

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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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