Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Series: The Raven Cycle #2

Published: 2013, Scholastic Inc

My copy: Paperback, published 2014

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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. [Goodreads]


 

!Spoilers for The Raven Boys!

I’ve had some time to process this book, but I’m hyped up on sugar (happy Easter!) so I might be a little ramble-y. I apologize in advance. 😉

I may or may not completely understand everything that happens in these books, but I don’t care. They’re THAT GOOD. Seriously, there is so much stuff happening that I sometimes get confused with the whole Cabeswater/Glendower thing, and then there’s a hit man and Ronan can take stuff out of his dreams and Adam is basically going crazy and Noah is disappearing and OHMYGOSH. But even so, I love these books. I’m not normally a huge fan of psychic stuff and ley lines, however, Maggie Stiefvater writes these characters so beautifully that I’ve become addicted.

There are times when I’m reading this that I get so into the story that I forget that Gansey is going to die (*cries*) because he is absolutely my favorite (next to Noah, who is actually dead. What is wrong with me?). It’s heartbreaking, but I can’t stop reading. These characters are just so real that I feel like I’m right there with them as they go on these adventures.

Blue whispered furiously, “Don’t be un–un–”

“Couth? Uncouth?”

“Disrespectful! My grandmothers are both dead.”

“Well, Jesus. What did they die of?”

“My mom always said ‘meddling’.”

Gansey completely forgot they were being secretive and let out a tremendous laugh.

page 103

I’m always amazed at how I can be crying and laughing and on the edge of my seat and completely relaxed all while reading these books. The stories Maggie Stiefvater tells are so tragically gorgeous that I just gush. Like I’m doing right now.

She wore a dress that Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.

Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps.

page 141

I wasn’t that into the hit man’s story line in this book, although it was interesting, I didn’t like him enough to look forward to chapters focused on him. That was basically the only part of the book I had problems with. There isn’t a lot that I didn’t like about this book, obviously, but my absolute favorite thing is the friendships between the main five characters. It’s obvious how close the four boys (Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah) are, but I love the dynamic they have when Blue is with them, because she seems to make them more civil and more fun (plus, they’re funny, and I respect that).

Ronan Lynch would do anything for Gansey.

I probably would, too, she thought. It was impossible for her to understand how he managed to pull off such an effect in that polo shirt.

page 163

I try not to get too into the romance aspect of these books, which is hard for me, because it’s obvious how much emphasis the author puts on the friendships in her books. There are times when things get really bad, people aren’t who they say they are, and it seems like they’re all going to die, but they always end up being there for each other, which is what I really take away from these books.

Okay, I’m gonna go start the third one and beg someone to buy me the fourth one. Happy reading!

Julia

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