Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Book Two in the Raven Cycle Series
Published By: Scholastic (September 17, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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...
My Thoughts and Review:
I love Blue's Raven Boys more than ever. Stiefvater has once again managed to pull off something completely unique and unlike anything out there is the genre right now. Her writing style once again flow smoothly and nicely and before you know it you are completely wrapped up in Blue and the Raven Boys and you don't want to escape Henrietta and all it's mysterious charm.
Ronan and Noah and all their antics had me cracking up numerous times. I so love that Noah is once again a really big part of this story, it wouldn't be the same without him.
Gansey is just, well Gansey, and terrific as always. Adam is... Adam is different. Angy and so very confused. But then again after the ending of The Raven Boys, they all are but of course, he is probably the most changed, the most affected by all that happened in Cabeswater. I am not sure whether I loved him more or less because of it. Parts of him, his life, his struggles and his feeling of unworthiness still broke my heart but other parts, other parts made me want to give him a good shake.
We get so much more background info on the elusive bad boy of the bunch Ronan and I can say without a doubt, I love him more for it. He is an interesting character and without going into too much detail, one of my favorites and not just because of his dreams and what he can do but because of the broken lost little boy that he is. The one that wants love and to be loved, even if he doesn't know it yet. The boy inside of him that is all goodness.
In fact, this book sort of changes the whole group. We see sides of them all that we never saw in The Raven Boys, the good and the bad and the very very dark.
Once again one of my most favorite parts of this whole series is the boys, their friendship, their loyalty, their regard for one another and how they stick together no matter what. You couldn't have thrown a more diverse, odd bunch together and created such a great bond of friendship like Stiefvater has managed to do and make it completely believable and real and add in Blue and her role in the group and this story truly is everything you could ask for.
With new leads to Glendower, The Gray Man, Kavinsky, the Greywaren and other things, this story takes on a whole new life with a whole new meaning for them all. So many new adventured await them, love, death, heartache, discoveries..so many possibilities and I want to be there for them all.
Stiefvater once again blew me away with the intrigue and mystery she presents in not only the Raven Boys and Blue (and her family of psychics) but in the tale of Cabeswater and Glendower. A tale so riveting and enchanting that it sucks you right into the story and refuses to let go until the last page has been turned.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside force. I was not compensated for this review.*