Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Published by Scholastic
Published on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
This is actually a complete series review, but I am going to highlight the last book, The Raven King.
What I loved:
- Blue isn’t your typical heroine. She’s not perfect, I don’t think I’d even call her beautiful, but I felt like she’s cute. She’s eccentric. Her family consists of psychics and centuries old father. She makes her own clothes, and her room, in my head, feels quite cozy.
- Gansey, on the other hand, is of the rich and somewhat politically-famous family. He was the one who started all the search for Glendower, the king whom he believed gave him his second life. Even though he’s rich, you can feel his genuine love for his friends, Ronan and Adam. He’s not all high and mighty, but he projects an aura that makes you act like a good person when he’s around.
- Ronan’s tough facade is really just a facade. He’s actually a softy, but he still a strong person to be able to carry the weight of all the things that happened to him, and the huge secret we eventually uncover.
- Adam has finally come alive. I found his character pretty dull before, and having changed so much from the first book to the final installment made me like him.
What I didn’t like:
- There were a lot of characters that were highlighted in this final installment, but I felt like they were suddenly cut off prematurely.
- The book has so many pages, and yet, I felt so bored and dragged. I couldn’t stay glued to it for an hour a day.
- The relationships. We finally realize what Ronan wants, and yet, there wasn’t enough highlights about his relationship. I couldn’t say I was sick of Blue and Gansey, but enough already.
- The anticipation of finally finding Glendower. I was disappointed, okay?
- The ending felt too rushed. The book had 400+ pages, and yet the ending felt like DUH to me.
I had high hopes for this series, there were good and bad points, but overall, I wasn’t satisfied to the brim. I wanted a lot of things, but I only got a handful.
Latest posts by Dre @ Sporadic Reads (see all)
- Review 279: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey - February 20, 2017
- Review 278: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover - January 9, 2017
- Year-End Message - December 31, 2016
- Review 276: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - September 9, 2016
- Manga Review #1: Strobe Edge by Io Sakisaka - July 26, 2016