The thing was, Henrietta looked like a place where magic could happen. The valley seemed to whisper secrets. It was easier to believe that they wouldn’t give themselves up to Gansey rather than that they didn’t exist at all.
— Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys)
It’s already November and 2017 is almost over! Can you believe it? I can’t.
But to overcome my stress over the fact that this year is already ending, I decided to participate in Missmareadsalot readalong of The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. Basically, we all just have to read or reread the entire series within the month of November. There’s no strict schedule or rules on how to do it. Just make sure to read the books this month, and tweet some of your favorite quotes and use the hashtag #missmareadalong!
If you want to win some of the wonderful prizes that go along with this readalong, click the like I’ve provided and watch the video to learn how to participate and get the chance to win the prizes.
I really want to win the signed copy of The Raven Boys! But even if I don’t win anything, I honestly will just be happy and feeling fulfilled since I have been given the chance to reread and marathon read one of my favorite book series of all time.
The moment I finished reading the 4th and final book to this series, I already had the urge to start it all over again and read it in one go from book 1 to 4. But my drive to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge was stronger at that time, so I didn’t. Now that I am 40 books behind my goal with less than 2 months to accomplish it, I kind of just lost all hope and decided to reread some of my favorite books.
OKAY! Let’s talk about the book, shall we?
When I first read The Raven Boys, it was also my first time to encounter Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I have heard of her other book series but I honestly didn’t care about werewolves anymore (unless they belong in the Harry Potter world).
So imagine my surprise at how decadent and a little poetic the writing was.
If you’re a fan of dialogues (like me!), this might put you off a little bit. Especially at the beginning when you’re still getting used to it.
I admit, although I found it beautiful, I wished there were more dialogues and conversations since the best part of this book and series is the set of characters!
After rereading it, though, I have more of an appreciation for it.
So yes, I get it if some of you may find it slow and a little hard to get into. I guarantee that it’s the writing style. It’s so atmospheric. It makes you wish there were more conversations between the characters rather than just reading their individual thoughts and feelings.
You’ll get used to it, I promise!
My rating for the writing style when I first read it would be a 3/5. But as a reread, I’d rate it a 4.5/5.
This is where things get a tad bit more confusing. I have no idea how to share what this book or series is about without giving too much away. It’s one of those books that have so many aspects to it that if you miss discussing one portion, it wouldn’t sound as appealing or interesting.
Just know that it’s about this girl, Blue, who lives in a house filled with women who are psychics. She’s the only one who seems to have no clairvoyant abilities whatsoever. She has a general rule of keeping away from Raven Boys (the spoiled sons of senators, actors, and generally rich families) who study at the private school in town called Aglionby Academy. Ironically enough, she ends up befriending 4 Raven Boys who, in her opinion, have everything one could ever ask for, but are searching for a dead king who they believe is just asleep somewhere in Henrietta, hidden in what they call is a ley line. Adventure ensues, friendship blossoms, and trouble follows.
Yes, there were times that it gets kind of boring. I myself like the first book the least. But best believe that this series gets better as it progresses!
The best part of the entire series, is the characters.
If it weren’t for Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah, I would’ve abandoned this series after the first book.
Each of them reads so real and authentic. I feel like they exist somewhere in our world and is really looking for a dead king in Henrietta as I type this review. I want nothing but the best for each of them! They’re like my babies.
Usually I develop crushes on fictional literary boys, but for these four, I love them like children (even if I don’t like kids in general). I want to keep them safe and happy.
My favorite is Ronan (obviously). He’s the biggest jerk there is, but I love him to bits.
Book Rating: 4 stars