The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Book #1)

I went into this book with high expectations and believe me I wasn’t disappointed. Stiefvater has created a unique and quirky band of characters that you can’t help but love as we join them on their journey of discovery and adventure. This book encapsulates everything wonderfully classic about treasure hunting adventures, and provides us with an intricate and imaginative storyline that focusing on the mystery behind ley lines and Welsh folk lore. What really makes this book special is it’s characters, they’re unique individuals that, despite their differences, compliment each other perfectly. Each of them had their own personality and realness to them; they’re all also a little weird and I love it!

The Dream Thieves (Book #2)

It breaks my heart to say this, but this was my biggest disappointment of the year, I knew it was going to be difficult for this book to top its predecessor but I just felt like something vital was missing. I felt like we were missing the camaraderie and brotherhood of the first book, I understand that it’s good for each characters to have their own time and storyline but it just felt a little empty. Despite this Ronan is one of my favourite characters, and it was heartbreaking to discover more about him and the nightmares that torment him.

The last 50 pages were intense! Everything seemed to happen and then it just ended? Thank goodness I had the next book at arms length, as I don’t think I could have patiently waited for its release.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book #3)

I was so happy when I finished this book, because I loved it. I was so worried that I wasn’t going to love it after the second book but so much happened in this book that I loved. We’re one step closer to discovering Glendower, and believe me when I say that this journey is nothing short of eventful. I’m finally clicking with the writing style and I’m starting to appreciate how beautiful and dimensional Stiefvater’s style is, there’s just something about it that pulls you further into the page.

She is also teasing us with all these relationships and I can’t take it. I’m not just talking about Blue and Gansey but Ronan and Adam! They’re completely different yet compliment each other beautifully, all the little things that happen between them are just adorable and I need more. These characters have been through so much together, their interactions always bring a smile to my face and I love exploring more about each character, they’re all so well thought-out and real. I just pray that they all end up okay, I don’t think I can deal with anymore deaths.

The Raven King (Book #4)

Depending on where you began the story, it is about friendship. This series was never about Glendower but the unbreakable bond of our beloved characters as they try to save each other from the darkness.

Stiefvater’s writing style is magically unique and has the power to create peacefully unnerving and impressionistic scenes that are equally beautiful and haunting. The complexity of her storylines and the way in which her characters intertwine with each other, adds another layer of intimate adoration for this series, that left me wishing for more. For me Ronan was the standout character in this series, his character development and interactions are among some of my favourites and I’m happy that he got the happy ending he deserved. This was a perfectly fitting conclusion to a masterfully artistic series that’s bursting with wonder and magic, and if you haven’t read it yet, then I highly recommend you do!