Monday, May 9, 2016

The Raven Boys {Discussion}

{Oh, just reading The Dream Thieves in the mountains in Colorado} 

Friends! So good to see you! Our little blog took a break in April, what with vacations and general life busyness happening but we are back and ready to discuss one of our favorite books and series The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvarter. Guys, this book was one that blew me away when I read it for the first time a few years ago and solidified that love when I read it again for book club in April. I've had the last book in the series, The Raven King, on a release countdown for almost a year now. The release date kept getting pushed back and it bummed me out, but Queen Maggie is worth the wait. Definitely pick up a copy and get yourself reading friends and check out our spoiler free discussion below! 


Our reaction in GIF form 




Discussion Time

Heather 
Today we are going to discuss one of our all time favorite books, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvarter. First up I think we should touch on the friendships in this book. They are so strong and deep, I don't know if I had friendships like that when i was 17! 


Jen
Oh for reals. Those all encompassing friendship where it feels like the friendships revolve around the world. I honestly don't think I've ever experienced friendships on that level before unless we are counting husbands, which we shouldn't. haha But yea, the deep levels of the friendships are super inspiring and you always know they have each other backs, even when they are slightly at odds.



Heather
I feel like it totally makes the case for friends who turn into family. Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah are like a family. They fight and are there for each other in an unconditional way. I love that Blue comes into their lives and enhances their friendships. The search for Glendower is such a huge part of the book and one that ties them all together. I thought the parts in Cabeswater were some of the most interesting, especially the tree that showed them the future. 



Jen
Family friends all the way! And yea, I love how they hit on Blue in the beginning and then she turns out to be such a main player in their lives. Watch who you catcall guys! I would agree. I love all the scenes within Cabeswater.  It just came off as the most magical of places.  I love how time becomes fluid in Cabeswater. Almost like anything is possible in Cabeswater.  The "future tree" was pretty awesome and really affected each of them super hard. And I really love Noah, and he is intrinsically tied to Cabeswater in a very spoilerish way so I'll just leave it at that. Man, how many times can I say Cabeswater?! haha 




Heather
Ha! I think Noah is wonderful and I love how his ties to Cabeswater come about. I think one of my favorite things in the book was actually Blue's family, all the women who live at 300 Fox Way. Like, living with a bunch of awesome psychic ladies would be basically a dream. I loved the relationship between Blue and her mom and even between the other cousins like Calla and Persephone. 



Jen
YES! The ladies at 300 Fox Way rock my world. They are such an odd makeup but I love how each of their psychic abilities play off of each other and I love Blue's role within the group. For some reason, I really love that they operate a psychic hotline. That cracks me up. I'm also a huge fan of Neeve's. She stirs up the shit and is a tad racier than the other girls in regards to how far she will go with her abilities. Plus she really encourages Maura to go a little darker too, which obviously I love.




Heather
Yeah Neeve was such a good one to throw in the mix. I'm hoping that we eventually find out her fate before the series ends!

So the book starts out with Blue telling us that every psychic she meets tells her that if she kisses her true love she dies. Then while sitting on the Corpse Road with Neeve she sees Gansey for the first time. She then finds out the only way she would see him was if she was his true love or the one who kills him. I thought that was such a cool way to start the story and introduce some characters. Even though there is this prophesy hanging over the book, romance never feels like the focus. I kind of love the undercurrent that this brings to the story. 



Jen
Oh man, I was super nervous when I first started this series because I was worried the focus would be more supernatural love story but I worried for nothing because it does not take that tone at all. The romance in this one is super subtle and I think that prophesy almost helps keep the love story at bay. Like, Blue is way to serious of a person to go kissing people willy nilly on the off chance they might be her true love and she accidently kills them.  I really love that romance is never the focus of the story.




Heather
I think that's part of why I love this book and series so much. There's such a subtle romance. We read so much YA where romance is the focus, and sometimes that is great but it's refreshing for sure to read something that focuses more on friendship and this quest that means something different to each person. The supernatural elements are so well done as well, this is really like nothing else out there in my opinion. 



Jen
I agree so freaking hard. The Raven Boys are a breath of fresh air in a very love infected genre. This is one of the most unique stories I've ever encountered.  And like you said, they all have a common goal, finding Glendower, yet the reasons behind locating him are so diverse.  It is like all their paths were meant to cross at Ninos so they could help each other out in their mutual quest. They were all tied together and they didn't even realize it.





Heather
Exactly! For me this book is a perfect book. It's a balance of supernatural, romance, friendship, mystery, basically everything wrapped up and done so well. There's a reason this series is one of my top favorites. Do you have any final thoughts that you want to add? 



Jen
Yes, it is definitely in my top 5 favorite series of all time, but probably closer to the #3 spot.  It's great all around an awesome story or maybe even a legend. I think if I had to rename the series, I'd rename it "The Legend of Glendower" because legend really sums this tale up perfectly! I can't wait to see how this legend ends!!!

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  1. I am so in love with this series. The relationships are so deep and complicated - like, even Ronan and Blue have this amazing rapport even though their main connections are to other characters. And I like the glimpse into adult lives of the psychics at 300 Fox Way. And the language and humor are just so delightful.

    And Ronan and Adam! My heart.

    If you haven't had the chance, I'd highly recommend re-discovering them on audiobook. Will Patton's narration is sublime.

    Molly, Librarian Style

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    1. Yes! I completely agree, I love the relationships and how they are all different but so deeply connected. My favorite friendship is definitely Ronan and Blue, but I also love the Gansey/Adam friendship and how it changes and grows through out the series.

      I might have actually squeeled out loud at the Ronan/Adam parts in The Raven King. SO GOOD!

      I listen to audiobooks on my drive to work, it's about an hour each way and I am totally going to download these on audiobook now. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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