Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.
About The Raven Cycle
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. 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.
Favourite Character/s: GANSEY <3, Noah
Favourite Pairing/s: Blue/Gansey
Favourite Cover: The Raven King
Favourite Book: The Raven Boys
Why I liked this series
The Raven Cycle was unpredictable, and I loved it for it. With a heavy emphasis on Welsh mythology, it was safe to say that I had no idea where Maggie Stiefvater was going with the story or the characters at any point in time.
The characters were undeniably what made this series as stunning as it was. They were each so unique and ‘real’, and played out against one another so well. I felt like I knew Blue and her boys personally, and I’ll always have this sentimental sort of feeling when thinking about them or discussing the series. As for the dialogue, it was spot on and spectacular, and I could read Maggie Stievfater’s characters talking ALL DAY.
As for secondary characters, they were also wonderful. There were also plenty of twists and turns in this series, too, which I enjoyed. There was a sense of urgency as we explored Henrietta and I wanted to know absolutely everything about Glendower and Cabeswater as soon as we were introduced to them.
Why I disliked this series
My main problem with this series was the slow advancement of plot.
After the final book, I felt like well what was the point of all that? There was no resolution to the main storyline (Glendower) and rather we had to live with the knowledge that the series was never ABOUT what was at the end of the journey, rather the journey itself… and the characters ‘living’ and forming relationships with one another. As a reader who likes a nice, closed ending, I felt a bit cheated.
I also wanted more Gansey/Blue time, but that’s a small niggle.
In The Raven King, we were also given a handful of new characters and elements that I felt were introduced too late. They took up precious ‘finale’ time and I thought they seemed out of place in the closing of a series. I ended up rating The Raven King a ‘five’, but it was rather for sentimentality reasons than one purely based on how much I enjoyed the singular book.
Would I read this series again? I think I would! I love these characters so much.
Would I recommend this series? In a heartbeat! But I do prefer Maggie’s Shiver series.
This series in one word: Familiar.