Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: April 26th 2016
Genres: YA, Fantasy, contemporary,
My Rating: 5 Stars
This is the last book of a series. If you plan to read the Raven Cycle Series, don’t read this because here there be spoilers.
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.
You may have noticed that my reviews for this series skip from book 2 to book 4. This is not because I didn’t read book 3 but because I listened to all four of these books back to back and I didn’t pause to write a review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue before starting the Raven King, so I honestly can’t differentiate the books in my head and I don’t want to talk about things that happened in this book in that book review, so basically take this review as a review of the last two books in the series.
The first thing we are going to talk about is the incredible romantic tension of especially this book, but the books as a whole.
I have mentioned it before, I love books about idiots who love each other. I also enjoy books about idiots who are too dumb to realize the person they love also loves them. Six hours into this audiobook, which would be about 42 hours into the Raven Cycle series I was ready to drive my car off the bridge on 95 after the liquor stores into the reservoir on the way home.
The romance of this series is secondary, the adventure is the major part, but for the love of God, the build-up was so good. I’ve been going back over the quotes from the books on Goodreads because the prose in this book is so damn good. (I’m buying physical copies of these books soon) and the subtle hints of Ronan’s sexuality are brilliant. There’s a part in one of the books from his POV where Blue shows up dressed kind of like a lampshade, and he looks to Gansey who looks amazed and it says that Ronan didn’t like lamps. At the moment I didn’t catch it but after? Oh man, this whole books is really good.
I kind of spoiled myself on the Adam/Ronan endgame ship because I follow Maggie on Twitter and Call Down the Hawk stuff was being released as I read this book and people were asking if Ronan and Adam were still together, but still the build up. I don’t know if I really shipped it or expected it before the third book, but I was braced and ready for the kiss. In my opinion, that kiss was better and more exciting than the Blue/Gansay kiss I knew was coming and had been waiting for since the first book. I can’t think two characters I wanted to kiss more than Ronan Lynch and Adam Parish
except maybe Dean and Cas on Supernatural, a kiss that is probably never happening.
Plot-wise, I’m just going to say it, these books are weird and when talking about them aloud to people who have never read them, they make about 3% sense. However, the adventure, the need in each of these characters to complete the mission to figure it out, to learn everything they can about themselves and each other, it’s powerful. I thought how this book ended the hunt for the king, and the big reveal about how Gansey ended up on this quest was really cool. I like how that tied together. How Noah tied everything together. I liked that the main point of these boys lives for the last two years ended up not being what they thought it would be. I think that was a great way to end the series. I thought it was going to end up being unsatisfied with the ending when they were all in the cave under the house and things weren’t going to the right way, but I think changing the destination, ending it in a different place than expected made for such a more interesting and different experience. It became satisfying in a different way. Of a book about psychics and predictions and magic, all the foresight in the world wouldn’t lead you to believe it would end on the side of the highway nowhere near any of the places we’d gotten used to being.
These books are immensely satisfying and so good. There are small things that are extra weird (Where did Henry come from? Why are they friends now? How can Blue make out with a ghost? Blue’s dad is a tree?) But overall, I think this series is the best book series I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it.
Blue says it in book 2 (I think) she’s a little in love with each of these boys, and honestly, the writing of these books made me fall a little in love with them all too. I’m pretty excited for the Ronan-centric series coming later this year.
Until next time Internet,