review by SuddenButInevitable
The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater
In which I have a heart attack every page and yell at fictional characters.
All you lovelies! I meant to write this AGES ago and then… things…. and stuff. I’ve been escaping into books without writing my reviews because I’m so full of the book and all I want to do is gush, so I get to reading another book to let that feeling subside, but then I’m gushing about that book instead and I forget.
And I literally just spent an hour trying to get the absolutely positively totally there WiFi in the household to connect with the computer. (It’s right there, computer, I can see the router from where I’m sitting! Go introduce yourself. Please! Come on! *headdesk*)
No, I left the reception before I really got into the book. I spent most of this book having a heart attack on every page because (and no spoiler alert, because you were told from page 1 of this series) I thought Gansey would be dying on this exact page. And that page was EVERY page. And then I would yell at him to quit putting on the school sweater. I swear, this book took a couple of years off my life. And yes. Gansey died. Because the author told us he would. But
Noah was again, fairly non-existant. And being a ghost, I guess he gets a pass. So instead, we get another character that is all the sudden super important to the story. (Not great writing as far as I’m concerned) And there was a fairly fantastic scene with him and facing our fears and phobias. We may or may not get to know this kid’s name because my internet still hates me an hour and a half and I can’t deal with this right now. We’ll call him Kevin Tran (Advanced Placement!) (oh Supernatural jokes from SEASONS ago, you are still funny) for now because he is the token Asian kid in the story.
But he could never work out the practicum. Warm greetings iced in his mouth. Casual gestures became dismissive. A steady eye contact turned into an un-nerving stare.
So, the book concludes, and I enjoyed the twist ending. I would give it away but I think I shall not because it’s a good bit of writing and again, I’m far enough away from my fangirl gushing for this to be able to happen.
Those are my big take-aways from this book. I liked it a lot. It’s not a favorite, but it was a really solid read. I think that know that all 4 books are out, it would be a great read for someone to binge on. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, it felt a little like she had a big story that was too big for one book, and so someone made her split it up. Or it could just be I read too many books and then lose details.
So how was this review, guys? Better than my gushing and giving away too much information? Tell me what you think!