In wrap-up

SERIES WRAP-UP: The Raven Cycle

Series Title: The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre(s):  Fantasy, Young Adult

“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. 
She was interested in going out and finding her own.” 

This is one of those series I’ve been putting off since forever. I tried reading The Raven Boys last year, and couldn’t really understand the hype. The characters were Great, but the plot seemed lacking to me. It was weird, kind of abstract, and very, and I mean VERY slow-paced. This year, however, I figured I’d give the series another shot and continue where I left off.

Book 1:
The Raven Boys

Rating: ✭✭✭/5

Book 2:
The Dream Thieves
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

Book 3:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

Book 4:
The Raven King
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

"Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation. Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all. Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.” 

What is this series about?
Explaining the plot of The Raven Cycle is a difficult task. I’d say it’s about dreamers in a Canadian town called Henrietta, but that doesn’t do the plot justice. I’ll try anyway. The Raven Cycle centers around Blue Sargent, who’s the daughter of a clearvoyant family. She meets a group of boys from an elite school named “Aglionby Academy,” and they set out on an adventure to locate a dead Welsh King, who supposedly will grant one of their wishes.

What did I think of The Raven Cycle?
As I mentioned, the plot to this book is very complex and unlike anything I’ve read before. I can see what the hype is about, albeit it does have to be your specific cup of tea. It took me at least three books to fully emerge myself into the plot and become wholly interested in it, which, for a series that contains four books, I’d say is quite a long while. I do have to admit that by the end of the series, I still can’t say I wholly loved the plot. I’m someone who tends to prefer fast-paced plots, which is what I feel like these books lacked. The series has this witchy, spooky vibe, and, yes, is cool and all, especially if you read them during Halloween time (which I did not, oversight), but the majority of the plot and story is just too slow-paced for me to care.

The characters, then, is where this series really shines. The cast of characters in this book, particularly the main gang (or ‘gangsey’ as I’ve been told) fully outshines the somewhat boring-ness of the plot (I said it!). Every single one of the six Raven Boys is very nicely fleshed out and layered. You won’t find a two-dimensional character in this gang. All of them are completely different but fit very nicely.

Writing-wise, this book also gathers its stars. Stiefvater has a specific way with words that just reads very nicely and all somehow fits together. The use of an omniscient narrator who follows a bunch of different characters (depending on the books) was very nicely done, especially seeing how these different stories all came together in the end. It’s safe to say I really liked the writing style and Stiefvater’s poetic way of writing.

All in all, I finally understand the hype surrounding this series, which is something I didn’t think I’d say after reading the first book. The characters are what made the book for me, even though the plot wasn’t as bad as I initially thought. It’s very unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read before, so kudos to the author for that. It’s rare for me to be surprised by YA these days since a lot of stories tend to resemble each other (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; if it works, it works!). This series receives a four star average from me, with the highlight definitely being the last instalment!

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