Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Published: 2014, Scholastic
My copy: Paperback, 391 pages
My rating: 4.75/5 stars
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. [Goodreads]
Rex Corvus, parate Regis Corvi.
The Raven King, make way for the Raven King.
Part of me wishes I had started this series a very long time ago, but another part of me is happy I got obsessed so close to the release of The Raven King, so this way I only have a short amount of time to freak out. Because I am freaking out.
Gansey has always been searching for Glendower, but it’s now that he’s searching caves and waking people who might not supposed to be awake. If The Raven Cycle was all one book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the part where it really, really starts to get intense. There’s so much happening: Blue’s mother is gone, Adam is truly becoming The Magician, Noah is flickering more than usual, Malory has been called upon for his expertise, Blue and Gansey are being adorable but also heartbreaking, and only a few people know that Gansey is supposed to die and Ronan is NOT ONE OF THEM. What I really loved about this book is how it all comes together in the most beautiful crescendo. There are so many different stories being told that have a connection, but when you get to the end, it makes it so much more obvious.
Ronan kept going, his voice louder. “No. Do you hear me, Cabeswater? You promised to keep me safe. Who are we to you? Nothing? If you let him die, that is not keeping me safe. Do you understand? If they die, I die, too.”
Again, just like the last review. I’m going to gush about the friendships. Ronan and Gansey, Gansey and Adam (the courthouse scene *flails arms*), Blue and Ronan, Blue and Noah, the whole gang, the whole dynamic between these characters that Maggie Stiefvater has created makes me so scared for the last book because I don’t want it to all fall apart. Everyone was working together in this book, which was such a nice change. The characters were able to go through more development as they get more answers to the questions asked in the previous books. Everything started to come together in my head, so I could see what was happening and even make predictions (probably first time ever in this series).
The pace was much faster than the other books, which made it more intriguing and anxious, and really made me feel like time was running out, which it is. There was so much raw emotion coming from the pages, it really got my heart racing and I got the feeling of being right there with Blue and the boys as they explored caves, went to school and lived their lives.
There was nothing inherently guilty about the moment except that Gansey burned with guilt and thrill and desire and the nebulous feeling of being truly known. It was on the inside of him, and the inside was all Noah ever really paid attention to.
The other boy wore a knowing expression.
“Don’t tell the others,” Gansey said.
“I’m dead,” Noah replied. “Not stupid.”
This is probably my favorite book of the series so far, just because of the pacing, plot, and overall feeling created from Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. Plus, there’s a whole bunch of cute Blue/Gansey moments and I’m really starting to ship Adam/Ronan, so my inner fangirl is happy. But also terrified for the last book. Which comes out next month.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be taking very deep breaths and hoping we all make it out alive.
Has anyone else read The Raven Cycle? What are your feelings about it?