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Genre: YA | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal | Magic | Romance
Series: The Raven Cycle #1, #2 and #3
Read Count: 1 | 1 | 1
Published: 9/18/12 | 9/17/13 | 10/21/14
Pages: 409 | 437 | 391
Average Rating: 4.04 | 4.28 | 4.34
My Rating: Full On Makeout
I’ve been hearing about this series for YEARS. Gansey this and Pig that and Ronan and Adam Parrish. I’m a Ronan chick. You hear that? Back off. I love me some Gansey, but he can be non-gay, gay best guy friend. We know, based on my (would be psychotic if they actually existed) choices in Book Boyfriends for my harem, that I like them dark, mysterious, bad-boy vibed and essentially unreachable.
Anyway, he’s mine. Plus, he speaks Latin, I take Latin… it’s a match.
This is Ronan Lynch and I on our vacation to somewhere tropical.
We had a blast, thanks for asking.
I don’t even know what I can say about The Raven Boys to make you read it, but I’ll try my best.
Gansey. I said that Gansey would be my not-gay, gay best guy friend, but that’s not necessarily true. Not only is he NOT ACTUALLY GAY (thank God for Blue), but I’d basically be the Adam Parrish to Gansey. Everything about Gansey was just so perfectly and flawlessly written… he came to life for me in so many ways.
Sometimes even more than Ronan. What Blue said about Gansey’s notebook about Glendower, how it was put together not to store information but carefully pieced together as a piece of art. As if he didn’t treasured every speck of information, because it was the journey that he treasured most of all, not necessarily the end game.
“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.”
That wasn’t it, but that’s the best quote I could find, as I don’t have the book with me. Gansey was so, inexplicably, unquestionably real that I had no trouble connected with him as only fellow lovers of books AND pistachios feel. Kindred spirits, definitely. For me, Gansey is just a metaphor for Stiefvater’s phenomenal skill with making the characters become living, breathing people that can kick you right where it hurts they’re so freaking real.
Ronan Lynch <— This isn’t motivation for you. He’s mine, remember?
Adam Parrish. That’s all I heard about this book going in. And I get it. He’s lost and confused, he likes Coke and he’s trying to be his own man. Let’s not discount the unquestioning loyalty, either!
Blue. God, she was perfectly written. I would love to wax some poetry for you about Blue like I did for Gansey, but if I do, this may turn into an actual review, which can’t happen.
This whole book with it’s journey, and it’s scary believability has just drawn me in so much, that I’m placing an order for the quartet soon! No, I haven’t read the final book yet.
Guest review contributed by Book Whore. This book blogger doesn’t go anywhere without a book and doesn’t leave the library without another dozen.