Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Katherine Rambles About The Raven Cycle Series

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

by From Goodreads:
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce
soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

I received the Raven boys last year from our old librarian after the ARC was sitting in her cabinet for a few months. I wasn’t all too interested in it until I actually started reading. This book was unlike anything I had ever read before, and I loved it. Although it took a little while to get into, it was so worth it. The story first starts a little bit confusing, the reader entera the normal world of Henrietta; the land that held the ley line, psychics, private school boys looking for the lost Welsh king Glendower and a pretty special girl. Many of the things were not understandable at first but after time I fell into the story. Blue, one of the main character lives in a house FULL of physics, but she is not one. All she does is make their power stronger. I love Blue’s character a lot. She’s always been the odd one out in her family, but she is able to become someone of importance and not just the Blue that is only helpful when her family needs extra power.
While getting caught up in this hunt for a bunch of things, I just got swept up in the stories and became really invested in the lives of the characters. There’s Blue whose kiss can kill her true love, Gansey with his dedication to his hunt that he has spent years on, Adam who has to work on staying in Aglionby the private school that he received a scholarship for, Noah whose usual silent presence is reassuring, and Ronan with a bad attitude and deep secrets. I felt a connection to each of these characters and loved them each separately.
Since the first book ends with some major stuff happening and a sort of cliff hanger I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I pre-ordered The Dream Thieves, but then almost forgot about it. I finally picked it up after a refresher read of The Raven Boys. The group is still hunting, and they are some riffs that occur. Adam is getting frustrated after events from the first book and we get to know more about Ronan’s background. I was super excited about learning about Ronan and it did not disappoint! Some things happened with a new character and him. I also loved getting to read more from Adam’s perspective. Adam was my favorite of the boys from the first book, but now they keep getting switched up. The introduction of the Gray Man was a super interesting and mysterious twist in the books. The Dream Thieves was an awesome addition to the Raven Cycle Books and I’m so happy I continued reading The Raven Boys!

I just really love these books, and it’s my second attempt at writing one of these so it won’t be the best, (and I tried to not include spoilers) but I hope I could have convinced someone to read these books (Maybe Megan or Rachel?). I can’t wait for the next book especially since the keep ending on one line cliff hangers. If you want you should really watch the book trailer for The Raven Boys because it’s really pretty. 


  1. I have been debating in reading this book. Your blog post has inspired me to read it. Thanks!

    1. I'm so glad to hear that! Hopefully you'll love the series as much as I did! -K