Sexy Books: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Part 2)

Just read: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Caution: MINOR spoilers in this review – the biggest one, however, is about Cassandra Clare’s The Clockwork Princess (for some odd reason) – so don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t warn ya!

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Finally being able to talk about this book in full length feels like peeing after holding it back for a very long bus drive. * awkward chirping in the background * ANYWAY!

Last time I wrote about The Raven King I could only talk about half the book (because I hid it in the wardrobe after 200 pages, so it wouldn’t stop me from passing my exams), and ended up fangirling over Ronan’s and Adam’s relationship – which I’m still not over, btw! But that really doesn’t do the book any justice AT ALL!

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 life; 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.

I’m recently finding endings to YA-series’ to be a bit of a let down. I feel like most authors are too attached to their characters to kill their heroes off or to have any character feel disappointed with the outcome of things. I mean, Cassandra Clare can’t be for real when she has Tessa end up with both Jem AND Will! Geez, that ending annoys me to this day! The thing about Maggie Stiefvater, however, is that she can make an ending cheesy, yet not unrealistically so. I cried at the end (as did Ronan), because it was so tragic and beautiful, and it cut my heart into tiny little pieces, and I NEED MORE OF THAT!

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The reason why pretty much every book written by Maggie Stiefvater, but this one especially, makes you feel so crushed by the time you turn the last page is her sincere observation of characters. The characters in the book are so unbelievably well developed,  they don’t just each play a part like characters in video games, they feel like actual people talking to you. And what’s more is that they develop further as the story goes on. This is the first book in which Blue actually remains decent throughout entire dates with Gansey (as opposed to her yelling at him for a) wearing boat shoes, b) lending a phone to his friend, c) trying to tell her that his parents are nice, loving people.) And that is also why everyone’s so in love with Adam and Ronan. It’s not because they are gay, it’s because seeing Ronan in love makes him likeable! You spend so much time with this bunch, they just grow on you, and it’s impossible to say good-bye!

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And then there’s the MOST DEVASTATINGLY GORGEOUS THING EVER, namely that Gansey and Blue aren’t allowed to kiss because her kiss would kill him. And it doesn’t make the romance between them any less endearing or sexy, in fact, when they finally do share a kiss it’s not the best part oft he story at all. It’s not a dramatic showdown, it’s just «a girl softly pressing her lips to a boy’s.» And then shit happens. But even though this is the moment everyone’s been waiting for (you didn’t seriously think Blue would die an old, unkissed spinster, did you?), every Blue-Gansey moment before that is so much more cherishable! Their secret late-night phone calls, their drives in Gansey’s car, their shared looks and their almost-but-not-quite-kissing, all that makes their relationship and their love for each other very real.

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To summarise: You will feel A HELLUVA LOT when reading this gem, starting with the cover! Every sentence is a bit of poetry and every word has a heartbeat.

Lots of love from the roots of my (still crushed) heart!
xxx

Blogmas: Sexiest Book Alive

BESTEST BOOK EVAAH! I am currently reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, and if I were doing the Sexy Books thing right now, this beauty would win the award for Sexiest Book Alive. Yess, it‘s alive! I can‘t believe there‘s no fandom for this, I feel like it‘s just me and my wretched feelings and a bunch of quotes hovering in my mind. But it‘s such a wonderful, wonderful book! It‘s the sort of book that makes you want to carry it around even when you‘re not reading it, and eventually you have to take it to bed with you and hope that you keep dreaming about it!

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in The Raven Cycle. It‘s the story of a girl named Blue who was told that if she kisses her true love he will die. She then gets involved with the Raven Boys which is the nickname for the guys who go Aglionby Academy, an expensive private school. Gansey, Noah, Ronan and Adam are looking for an ancient Welsh King who supposedly is buried somewhere and has been for some hundred years. Of course she falls in love and they can‘t kiss and it sounds corny, but it‘s so well done. So far there hasn‘t been one single romantic kiss in the story, but somehow it‘s irresistibly cute!

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It‘s a sort of answer to the Twilight series. Part of Edward‘s attraction is of course his money. Obviously, he‘s gorgeous, too, but Stepheny Meyer really does like a man with a fancy car. Here, though, we have Blue and the Raven Boys; Blue who has to work multiple shifts a day to save up for college and the boys who can afford 14$ shampoo. And while Bella doesn‘t mind all that much about her boyfriend giving her a new mobile phone or a new car or simply buying her food (I wouldn‘t mind that I think!), Blue consistently puts her foot down when it comes to what she calls charity. Blue is my absolute role model, because she‘s small and weird and she bites!

Oh, and the love story! Oh gawd! The funny thing is that Gansey really doesn‘t seem all that great in the beginning when you see him through Blues eyes. Just a rich snob with a pretty face. And then he sort of grows on her, and as he does he grows on you, too. And then suddenly you realize that you love him, that strange boy.

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I think The Raven Cycle is best described by a quote used by Maggie Stiefvater herself:

“More than anything, the journal wanted. It wanted more than it could hold, more than words could describe, more than diagrams could illustrate. Longing burst from the pages, in every frantic line and every hectic sketch and every dark-printed definition. There was something pained and melancholy about it.”

Please bear with me that my life is very hard right now because I have to hand in two essays before my birthday, go to uni, go to work and be in love with Gansey! Let me know if you‘re going through the same, so we can make a Maggie Stiefvater book club!

Have a great 10th of December!
Cheers!
xxx