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The Raven Cycle – Maggie Steifvater (Series Review)

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Book 1 : The Raven Boys

Book 2 : The Dream Thieves

Book 3 : Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Book 4 : The Raven King

Author : Maggie Stiefvater

Genre : Fantasy, Paranormal, YA

Summary

Goodreads Summary :

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Pros

1. CharactersThe strongest point of the series is the characterization. They are not perfect by any means, they are flawed, real characters which are so well-defined that they seem to come off from the pages. These are characters which make their mark and become etched into your memory for a lifetime. The characters are amazing, but the detail and precision Stiefvater gives to each of them is commendable. Who’s your favorite of the Raven Boys!?

2. WritingIt’s so different and special. It’s magical writing, just like the world of the book, and the writing pulls off the art of telling a lot in a few words. For example, instead of explaining or describing what the characters are feeling, she writes these small little sentences or instances which speak more than any description, and these little moments tell you more about the character/scene going on. The writing is just beautiful.

3. Story/Setting/WorldI’m going to give a very independent view : I feel like, nowadays, most fantasy (especially YA) books/series are based along the same lines. Like, it is mostly, usually, two species or two sections or two groups who are at war with each other, and invariably, the ‘good’ side always ends up winning. Always. The Raven Cycle tops everything in it’s uniqueness. The story is not focused on a war between two sides, but is focused on other things. It’s extremely different, and I can easily say that I’ve never read this kind of YA before.

4. RelationshipsThe way Steifvater has written and developed the relationships between various characters is commendable. Be it a mother-daughter relationship, be it the relation between brothers, or be it friendship. All the aspects of every kind of relationship have been well explored here. But what I really was a fan of was the friendship. It was beautiful and awe-inspiring. The friendship between the characters brought out an almost emotional touch in the story. Also, I need to applaud the author for bringing in diversity. It was extremely well done.

Cons

1. A little difficult to get into, initiallyThe books have a complicated storyline, and initially, it might be a lot to take in. But once you get in, it’s almost impossible to want out.

Recommend to?

Everyone. If you read fantasy, what are you waiting for?

A ‘good book’ or a ‘good read’?

A mind-blowing series. A very intriguing, gripping and touching read.

My Rating

4.5/5 stars

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