Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: (The Raven Cycle #2)
Published: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Summary: The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
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….
Review: I had been thinking on how I’ll start this post without sounding like I dislike it. Because I really didn’t. But it somehow lost the magic I felt when I read The Raven Boys. Sure, Ms. Maggie Stiefvater beautiful writing is still there and almost completely enchanting me. But somewhere along the lines it lost me. It was swaying from interesting to confusing. Sometimes, I was so interested I flew the pages so quickly and then out of nowhere I begun to feel confused. It was kind of strange reading experience for me.
I wasn’t in love with the story this time and perhaps the reason might be was there were additional new aspects to the story that I wasn’t a big fan of. For instance Ronan’s side, I mean, I liked the guy I just don’t love him enough to have truly invested in him. This was the opposite scenario I have with the other raven boys particularly Gansey and Adam. Ronan side of the story is important to the entire picture; and that I know and well aware of. I’m also interested with him when the others boys were part of it as well. But like I said I wasn’t overwhelmingly fascinated by it that I tend to get sidetracked when he is the focus. Maybe I’ll give it another try and see if I still feel the same. I just don’t share the same feelings I have towards the other guys which honestly is a complete shame.
I’m still heavily interested with Blue’s true love. I mean who wouldn’t when she will endanger someone she loves—a catastrophe that is bound to happen. A kiss would be fatal for him and she been warned numerous times before. But it seems she cannot avoid it when all these pieces telling her that it will happen soon. She thinks that it might be Gansey especially after she had vision of them kissing but she wasn’t too sure about it (I, on the other hand am—or maybe I’m just your average over-analytical fangirl). Adam tried but she was firmed to say no to him. I liked how strong her will not to cave in to the urges and her nagging curiosity when he’s involved. I was kinda sad for Adam though as I do like him. But the directions were not pointing at him. I’m sort of happy that Blue has sorted things between Adam and her.
Now Gansey is an entire different story. From the get-go it said that they have connection. But more than that I actually liked that they have friendship instilled in their relationship. But it was really undeniable that there’s more to them. Blue can feel how different it was when she was with Gansey. How naturally things flow between them. And how the author described it was really picturesque. Like I can imagine her facial expression when things got a little off the track and how she felt at that time that made her heart stop. But Gansey knows better but his words were just strong and quite determined if only the situation between them was different.
There’s more to it than Blue and her true love. I was just too focused on it that other aspects turned out to be a second thought for me. But it was unquestionable that story was so different that even though I hit roadblocks along the way I still managed to surpass them and continue on to the story. I must say they were no minor blocks they were huge and it sort affected me and how I digested the story. But either ways it’s the end and the entirety that matters. I liked how it concluded and overall I enjoyed it.
Preview Quote: “Kissing’s a lot like laughing. If the joke’s funny, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last heard one.”