The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from irrepressible, number-one New York Times best-selling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. 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.
In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."
©2016 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.
"Once in a Lifetime Series"
“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn't want it to be over.”
This is truly a once in a lifetime series. If Harry Potter was my childhood, The Raven Cycle was my 20's. This series was perfect for me, and I don't think anyone could break the spell that this series and these characters have cast upon me.
“They were both hungry animals, but Adam had been starving for far longer.”
“Depending on where you began the story, it was about..." unconditional love and the power it can evoke. This book is the type of book that makes me want to be a better person. It makes me want to be more appreciative of my friends and family. It makes me so thankful that I have a love for reading and that it was instilled in me from a young age. It makes me feel so blessed that I'm able to read and able to read books like this. I'm eternally grateful to Maggie Stiefvater and her words that somehow penetrated my heart and built this perfect story.
I'm writing this review in actual tears, because this story is so beautiful and means so much to me. I probably sound really incoherent and this review is ending up just like my Shiver review, where I'm just fangirling, but sometimes while reading this series I felt like Maggie Stiefvater was writing this solely for me. Like she somehow got inside my heart and wrote my soul down on paper. I really don't have any words that I can string together to do a review for The Raven King justice; I'll just say that it changed me forever, I'm eternally grateful to have had this reading experience, and that I'll never forget it. Thank you, Maggie Stiefvater.
Blue, Gansey, Adam, and Ronan all have a piece of my heart that I will never get back. In return, they will stay with me forever.
“He closed his eyes and he began to dream.”
"A bit of a let down..."
The finale was just sort of anti-climatic. Such a big build up for such a "no big deal" ending. I have really loved this series and as a result of having found it Maggie Stiefvater is now one of my favorite writers, but I was a little let down by the ending.
No. In fact if it were from any other writer I'd have given it a higher rating but I've come to expect such magic and poetry from this writer that anything less is a disappointment.
Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators but I'm not crazy about his particular style for this series. I see the women as younger and more vivacious, I think Will Patton portrays them with old, witchy voices...I've bought more than a few books just because he was the narrator but I don't think he's right for this series.
Sure, but I'm certain Hollywood would manage to stray from the authors material and screw it up like they do most books to TV (Outlander being the one exception I can think of). I can't imagine who would star in it though. When I read I see the people as the author describes them, not as this or that actor.
The book is still totally worth a read/listen, Maggie S. is one of the most gifted wordsmiths I have come across in my long life. She can turn a phrase with such vivid conception that it is "art", truly a gifted writer.
The writing is beautiful Will Patton's voice , timing and expression of each character exquisite. The series has been a delight and although it is a young adult fiction this 52-year-old has been enthralled. I hope there are more to come
"5 Star Series"
The final installment of The Raven Cycle that was worth waiting for. There is a richness of detail that is each character; the values of friendship & sacrifice that are woven in several layers throughout; and the magic that is life and creation. These books are not for emotionally limited characters who revel in a vision of dystopian society; rather they are for those who dare to dream of, and reach for, more. Will Patton is absolutely perfect is narrator for the series: the differentiation of characters, the communication of emotion, even the levels of southern accent. 5star all the way.
"Sorry to be let down"
Since I read this series back to back without time to write individual reviews, I'm summing up the whole series in one review. Lazy? Guilty as charged.
Book 1 - 3 stars. It was different and though set in real time, easily drifted into fantasy time.
Book 2 - 3 stars. Possibly the one I enjoyed most in the series. The concept of a dream thief was fascinating. Plus, loved the action.
Book 3 - 2 stars. What happened? New characters were overwhelming. Something I overlooked in the other books - dialogues that left things unsaid as well as confusing dream sequences - really irritated me in this one.
Book 4 - 2 stars (maybe 1.5). This could have been a trilogy in my opinion. This last in the series dragged. Again, why are all these new characters not fundamental to the tale of the foursome? I was hoping for lots of action to resolve the story but it lacked for me, regretfully.
Narration - 5 star across the board!
Maggie and Will did an awesome performance. This book was the best in the series
This is an amazing ending to amazing series. I hope what I just wrote is wrong because I would love more. the combination of everyone's stories and a few new gems added in makes this the best one of the series. I laughed, cried, screamed and squealed.
"A Wild Read"
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. What a way to wrap it up. I loved it.
"Not my favorite in the series"
I don't want to deter anyone from this series, because it's a fantastic one that's well worth reading, but this final book was a slight let down to me personally. I feel like it veered off from pleasantly and magically strange into the realm of ridiculous barely making sense weirdness. The end to the series was sort of anticlimactic, and then the end so very convenient and tidy that it just didn't ring true. Again, don't want to deter anyone from the series, it's a rich story with some beautiful characters ..I was just expecting more or something else here.
It is bittersweet to see this series end. As always, Maggie Stiefvater does not disappoint. Her writing really comes to life in this book and the entire series. I am definitely going to re-read this. Now I am going to go and wallow in my book hangover until I figure out what to read next. I cannot fathom what could possibly replace this series.
beautiful, beautiful story, so real...it tugged at heart strings and kept me hooked...will patton definitely did a great job with the narration and Maggie Oh my God I just love everything about the way you write, some scenes left me breathless. I had listened so intently. thank you so much, wonderful series.
I simply adored this book, this series, these characters. They are unendingly well written and imagined.
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