Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Review!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 439
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. 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.
     The fourth and final book in the Raven Cycle series! I am so sad that one of my favorite series is coming to an end. The Raven Boys is a book that made me fall in love with reading even more than I already was. It was part of the very first group of books that I bought along with City of Bones.  The characters in this series are so complex and diverse yet, they blends and mix together so beautifully. All these characters arched perfectly and transformed right before your eyes. If you have not read this series, I highly recommend it. It is a story unlike any other. PLEASE PLEASE GO READ IT! Check out my review of the Raven Boys here! (It was one of my first ever so don't judge.)
     If you have read the first three books and have no desire to read the last one, I would say that you are actually crazy. All three books have problems that are left unsolved until this last few pages of the book. It all did seem a little rushed and hectic towards the end, but all in all I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars and the total series 4.5 our of 5 stars. Maggie Stiefvater created such a beautiful storyline with this group of boys and the people who surround them that it was just so hard to put down.

spoilers for the raven king below! you have been warned!

     I am so sad that this series is over, but I am kind of disappointed in a few things. First things first. I knew Ronan was gay from the start. I saw it coming. I always pictured Ronan as Colton Haynes when he had shorter hair and when Colton came out I knew for sure Ronan had to be gay. What I did not really like is how Adam so happened to be gay too. That came out of left field and it was almost like he just went along with it for Ronan's sake. Not because he felt any type of way. I pictured it more to be a Jace and Alec type relationship where Ronan loved Adam, but knew he couldn't have him.
     Something else I was upset with was the fact that we spent four books looking for this Welsh King and Gansey spent 10 years of his fucking life obsessing over this man and he was dead the whole time. I felt like that was such a waste. And like the tomb was in the house where Gansey died in the first place...why didn't he check there all this time. Why was he looking in England and in Henrietta when that should have been the first place he looked. I additionally had mixed emotions on Gansey dying but not really. Like I mentally prepared myself for Gansey to die. I had been waiting for this moment even though I did not want it to arrive. Then when they just killed Cabeswater to bring Gansey back it just seemed anti-climatic.
     Also, who the fuck is Henry Cheng. Why did he come into this story and suddenly become apart of their group. Did they need to replace Noah with this kid with a robotic bee? That whole storyline was very confusing and just thrown in to me. He seemed out of place in scenes where the whole group was together but, when it was just him and Gansey he brought out the best in him. It was just odd that he was there when Gansey died and in the end where they found the engineless Camaro.
     Also the stories of Piper and Lumiere/Lamonsoff or whatever his name is seemed unnecessary. Stiefvater had so many storylines to wrap up in this book and it was just all too much.
     When Noah and Adam became possessed I was freaking the fuck out. Clawing someone's eyes out is one of the scariest things. The thought of it is making me sweat.
     I found myself crying in the end a lot more than I thought I was, especially since I decided to go to Starbucks and read. This last book is emotionally intensive and I was not expecting it.  The way the boys reacted to Gansey's death truly broke my heart. These boys looked out after each other for years and showed their love for one another in very secretive ways. They were a family stronger than most and eventually became some of the only family they had.
     The character that arched beautifully for me was Ronan. Ronan at first was the asshole dick friend who would be sulking in the corner mysteriously but, as we progressed we saw what he was truly capable of. Something that really stuck out to me was Adam's realization of why Ronan is the way he is. He looked at the Orphan Girl and knew why Ronan never bothered to go to class. Ronan's imagination was wild and being contained by a school must have been torture to him.
     This series is by far one of my favorites and is up there with Harry Potter and the Mortal Instruments to me. Though it may not seem like it with all the drama, I do think it is a feel good story in the end. Everyone is happy and not too many people are dead. The lasting friendship that these people have together is unlike any other and is truly inspiring. I hope to have friends like these who will have my back if I want to hunt for a thousand year old Welsh King or if I dream up a magical forest that eventually becomes possessed and tries to kill people.
What did you think of this series? Did you love the end or hate it? Who is your favorite Raven Boy? Leave a comment below!
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand

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