“There were not quite words for it.” | Reflecting on THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

“There were not quite words for it.” | Reflecting on THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King
The Raven Cycle #4

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 438
Source: Purchased
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* Synopsis has some spoilers for previous books in the series, but my review is spoiler-free! *

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

My Thoughts

Disclaimer: This “review” is spoiler-free for the entire series.
Also it’s not really a review. I just have a lot feelings.

 

When it comes to The Raven King, there are a lot of things I could talk about.

I could talk about its plot — how this book weaves every little detail from previous books together into something that is so remarkable, and so, so satisfying.

I could talk about the characters — how tangible they feel, how ridiculously over-invested I became in all of their stories. But it’s not just about the specific characters, either. There are moments when each and every character flawlessly displays these truths about how people and emotions work, truths that are so succinctly and effortlessly presented that it hurts.

I could talk about Maggie Stiefvater’s way with words — which is, as usual, incredible. The Raven Cycle‘s words will both delight you and cut you, deeply. There were moments when I grinned like an idiot, and moments (including nearly the entire last 20%, I’m not ashamed to admit it) when I was sobbing. And that’s not hyperbole. I mean literally sobbing.

I could talk about how, as the finale to a much-beloved series, The Raven King had a lot of expectations to live up to — and it did so. It really, really did.

I could also turn into a total fangirl and talk about my ships. (My shiiipssss.)

But I don’t want to get into those things in detail. Talking about details could get spoilery, and this series is one that you need to experience, beginning to end, in the right order. So, no details. No spoilers.

There’s just one thing I really want to talk about, which is: the reason for this post.

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The Raven Cycle Tarot Giveaway + Tour Info!

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If you’ve been following There Were Books Involved for any length of time, you probably know of my deep and abiding love for The Raven Cycle series. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

[A]  tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.

— Publishers Weekly, starred review

Have you not read it? Yeah, you in the back, I see you shrinking down in your seat – I SEE YOU. Well, thanks to Scholastic, I am here to help. I have a super exciting giveaway below, including all 3 of the currently-released Raven Cycle booksThe Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. PLUS, a seriously amazing set of 22 Major Arcana tarot cards, designed by Maggie Stiefvater herself! (Seriously, I am jealous that you all get to enter this giveaway.)

See below for more info about the series, and enter to win the books and tarot deck using the Rafflecopter below!

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ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater

ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven Cycle #3

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 391
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads


There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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Adam understood, then, that Gansey and Blue’s awe changed this place. Ronan and Adam may have seen this place as magical, but Gansey and Blue’s wonder made it holy. It became a cathedral…

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Once you get to the third book in a series, it ends up being really hard to talk about that book without giving things away. The plot has moved on, huge things might have changed, and it’s really easy to let little things slip, even when you’re trying to avoid talking about anything spoilery. So forgive me if this review is a little short on details and heavy on vague feels… but that’s just the way it’s gotta be.

Things get underway pretty quickly in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The whole… Glendower situation is escalating FAST now, and SO MUCH HAPPENS in this book, it’s frightening. You go into it thinking, Okay, I’m fine, there’s still one more book in this series, I can handle this, and then as things start to explode (I mean… figuratively…), you realize, Oh, no, I really can’t handle this, why is this stuff happening NOW, what is GOING ON I DIDN’T ASK FOR THESE FEELS!!! Except you totally did, so you’re totally fine with them. Except you’re totally not.

And that’s just the plot. That’s not even getting into the characters. Because holy crap, these characters.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven Cycle #3

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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One question: Who ISN’T waiting for this book?! Or, maybe a better question, if you aren’t waiting, why have you not read this series yet because OMG. I can’t even explain how amazing The Raven Boys was, and if I’m speechless over that book, then I don’t even know how I feel about The Dream Thieves anymore because that book blew TRB out of the water. NOAH. GANSEY. ADAM!! RONANNNNNN!!!!! Ugh. I can’t handle any of those boys but especially Ronan anyyyyy of them. I really can’t. And though Blue isn’t exactly my favorite of the bunch, I am so excited about this book that is named after her because I NEED MY BOYS BACK.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Review: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves
The Raven Cycle #2

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: September 17, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 439
Source: Purchased
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

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After a bit of a rough start (or two…) The Raven Boys ended up being one of my absolute favorite books of 2012 – and an all-time favorite in general. So you can understand that I was sufficiently excited for the sequel, and the day it arrived in the mail was a good day indeed. But there’s always a lingering worry that the sequel won’t be as good as the original, or at least won’t live up to your now-sky-high-after-a-year-long-wait expectations. Thankfully, I can say that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. For me, The Dream Thieves met and exceeded my expectations, and we have another all-time-favorite.

I think it has to do with what I’m beginning to see as the “recipe” for my ideal book: engaging writing, intriguing characters… and a little bit of magic. ;) When these things come together perfectly, that book becomes unstoppable. And The Dream Thieves delivers on all counts.

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Waiting on Wednesday (#18)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday (#18)
The Dream Thieves
The Raven Cycle #2

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release date: September 17th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 439
Buy: B&N, Amazon
Add on: Goodreads

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

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I seriously cannot wait for this to come out next week. The Raven Boys was one of my absolute favorite books last year – the characters were so incredible – and I’m dying to see where things go after THAT ENDING OMG. *flails* Ahem, sorry. But I am a HUGE Ronan fan, so of course I’m super excited for this book. It sounds like it’s going to be tense… and awesome. (BTW, you can read an excerpt of the Prologue and Chapter 1 here!)

What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?

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PS: I know I’ve been away from the blog for a while (check out the previous post if you’re curious why), but I’ve finally made it back! Look out for a review later this week (probably Friday), and… a giveaway soon!! (Somebody accidentally preordered 2 copies of Fangirl, whoops…) ;D

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