Royally Pleased With The Raven King

*Warning! There be spoilers afoot!*

raven-kingWell Halloween must be approaching cos I feel like a bit of a horror show. I swear my head feels like it’s been microwaved and I’m a phlegm monster! (now if that image is not scary I don’t know what is) So if I sound a bit lacklustre or addled in this post, don’t blame the book– as the title suggests I was pretty darn happy with how it ended!

Now I was incredible impatient for this one- so naturally I read this back to back with Blue Lily, Lily Blue! Because of that it definitely felt like one long book. In many ways, that was a good thing, as it allowed me to settle the mystery of where this story was going once and for all! And *spoiler alert*– it had a happy ending!!! My months of stressing over what would become of Gansey and the whole crew were finally put to rest! I definitely felt a gasp of relief for it to just be finished.

But on the flipside of that, I did feel like the story dragged a little. Some of the story and, dare I say it, felt a bit like filler. And the writing, which has always been a little longwinded, was a little sluggish. At the same time, however, it felt like Stiefvater had saved up a lot of the plot for the finale. The book simultaneously managed to make me feel impatient for it to end and like a huge amount of the plot was crammed into the last book.

For all my whinging- I was really pleased with how it ended. And how could I not be? It gave me everything I ultimately wanted. MOST IMPORTANTLY it gave me the Ronan and Adam moment I had been waiting for!! (eek!!!) Let’s just all bask in how wonderful that is for a moment!

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Okay, now we are done basking (for the time being) let’s talk about what else I enjoyed about this book. Namely that this was Gansey’s story. I have adored his character from the beginning and have truly felt invested in his quest for the Raven King. I was delighted to witness the culmination of his work (regardless how satisfied he was with that) and the discovery of his own inner kingliness.

It was also great to see their feelings take centre stage for this one- it really felt like the perfect ending for what is effectively a coming of age story. And there was also Stiefvater’s usual ingeniousness in the *big reveal* that Cabeswater was all a dream! Even the villains were taken to a whole other level. While Piper was already scarily crazy, I have to say she was even freakier attached to a demon.

But one there was one last thing in the book that I didn’t like- and that was the cut to the end. Aka one minute we’re trying to figure out if Gansey’s gonna come back, then Blue says “Wake up” and… the next chapter starts with a scene between Adam and his father. Way to leave us hanging! Because let’s be honest no one would like it if-

Rating 4/5 bananas

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So what did you think of the finale to the Raven Cycle? Satisfied? Dissatisfied? Let me know in the comments section!

And big shout out goes to the incredible Jill @rantsandravesaboutbooks – I won amazon vouchers from her a while ago and this book was part of what I bought with it 🙂

Dream Thieves Stole My Heart…

dream thieves.jpgAnd by that I mean Ronan did. Because I am nothing if not predictable- and I will always, always fall for this kind of character. (Trying not to spoil anything, but failing, so minor spoiler warning– I have a thing for the tragic, gay characters- don’t know what it is, but they make my heart melt).

But aside from how much I adored Ronan, there were plenty of other things to admire here. The concept was seriously cool. I mean, it’s about people that steal things from dreams for crying out loud! I mentioned this to a friend of mine who doesn’t read YA and even they had to admit it sounded awesome. And that’s because it is. I rarely praise anything for being original- but I have to give Stiefvater kudos here- anyone that can come up with something new about dreamlore (yes, that’s a random thing I’m a fan of) has my vote. This concept created an edgy vibe that worked so well alongside discovering Ronan’s character.

But there were many other major pluses to this book- and I felt it was a definite improvement on the first one! I definitely preferred the antagonists- particularly the ominously named Grey Man- in this one. Unlike the first book, I got into this one straight away and flew through it. I also felt like I connected more with other characters and want to get to know them more. The twists and turns of the plot were ultimately so satisfying that I was left sated- and yet with a healthy appetite for more!

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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Right-y ho! Hope you all enjoyed that! Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!