After seeing tons of people rave(n) (see what I did there) about this book on Youtube/Twitter/Tumblr/.. basically everywhere I looked, I decided to read it as a way to get myself out of my reading slump.
This is a book you can pick up whenever you have a bit of time or that you can read in one go. It’s fast paced and has a lot of interesting background.
It’s a book that has magic, history and lore. It talks about ley lines as if it’s the most normal thing in the world and makes everything fit together perfectly.
There’s friendship, love, awkwardness and family drama.
You know, a bit of everything..
This is what Goodreads has to say:
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
I’m going to be completely honest here so if I step on someone’s toes, excuse me. I know this book is loved by a lot of people and I did like it, for the most part.
I liked Blue, she’s a really good, headstrong, different female main character. I could imagine her home, her mother, her aunts,… I understood how she thought and felt connected to her.
The boys on the other hand, took me a while to wrap my head around. Of course they all have their own backstory that needs to be told but sometimes I felt like I was walking into a wall of information and forgot who they were talking about. Also, I found it very hard to create a mental picture of each of them. In the end, I found my way to some fan art (as you do) and based my idea of them of the art. This is not a problem I have come across before. Usually, I can picture them clearly as I’m reading. I don’t know why this was different.
I loved the history, the stories about the king and the magic forest and all that jazz. I found it rich and it really pulled me in.
I even liked the ‘bad guy’.
The only thing, I absolutely did not like. And I mean absolutely hated. Was the ending. There was so much build-up, so much anticipation and I was left utterly disappointed. It didn’t make me want to pick up The Dream Thieves at all. In the end I did try to keep on reading but I put the sequel down because I was so annoyed. (I will pick it back up, no worries, just not now)
Does anyone understand when I say I was disappointed? I mean I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. It was just, of all the things that could have happened… to me, it felt like nothing happened at all. Am I missing something?
All in all, this was a great book. A quick and easy read.
As I said, I will try to continue the series, but I need some time to get over the disappointment first. There are so many books I want to read, so I’m going to read those first and then come back to the Raven Cycle.
If you’re looking for something magical to keep you company during the Christmas Season, give this one a go. Then let me know what you thought of it 😉