Series Overview – The Raven Cycle


15743650Author: Maggie Stiefvater 
Series: The Raven Cycle
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date(first book): 19th September 2012
Publishers: Scholastic 
Source: Purchased
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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

This is the year she will fall in love

What I Liked:
  • The story is character driven, not plot driven so it’s really easy to become invested in them
  • How whimsical and magical the story felt
  • The story is so weird but it works.
  • On my copy of the first book it has the tag line “If you kiss your true love, he will die” this screams a cheesy romance, luckily for all of us this story is far from a cheesy love story, which was a pleasant surprise
  • Friendships and family relationships are just as important as the romantic relationships
  • The group’s dynamic is so perfect. Seriously, I want a group of friends like Blue and the raven boys.
  • Every single character is vital to this story. I don’t think I can remember a single character that doesn’t play a huge role in the story
What I didn’t Like:
  • The ending of the final book. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I just wasn’t very satisfied with certain aspects of it.
  • There were some parts in book 3 and book 4 that dragged for me, but I was in a slump when reading both of them so that’s probably why
  • How late Henry was introduced. I really think I could’ve loved him but Stiefvater left it too late for me to really care enough to say I loved him. I did like him, though
Do I Recommend It?

YES! I’d recommend giving the first book a try, even if you’re not the bigger paranormal fantasy fan (I’m not!). If you like character driven stories, you’ll love this.

One Quote Per Book:
  • “She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.” ― The Raven Boys
  • “In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
    Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
    Her raven boys.” ― The Dream Thieves
  • “Desire and dread lay right next to each other in his heart, each sharpening the other.” ―  Blue Lily, Lily Blue
  • “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.” ― The Raven King
Favourite Cover:

This is so hard because they’re all so damn beautiful but if I had to pick I’d say The Raven King, maybe because it’s the most recent and I’ve taken loads of pictures but I love the art on the cover.


Favourite Book:

Again, picking a favourite is really hard for me since I gave them all the same rating but I think I liked Blue Lily, Lily Blue the best.




14 thoughts on “Series Overview – The Raven Cycle

  1. Ola says:

    This series is on my radar for some time now, and it seems that I’d like this book. I need to bump it up on my TBR list, or actually on my to-buy list 🙂


  2. FaebulousBooks says:

    I just read the Raven Boys and I quite liked it. It wasn’t quite as good as it was hyped to be but I’m excited fort he rest of the series! Loved this post.


  3. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    I love this post! I absolutely agree with everything you say, especially the things you didn’t like. Everyone just seems to give the last book 5 stars on principle, but there were many things about it I found unsatisfying. I did give it 4 stars at first, but the farther I get away from it, the more dissatisfied I was with it. Though it was still really good, it wasn’t as good as I expected/wanted it to be. Still a great series with wonderful characters, though, overall!


    • ohbookish says:

      I agree with the more you move away from it the more dissatisfied you get with the last book. There was so many characters that didn’t get proper conclusions and it kind of left me feeling meh. It hasn’t ruined my opinion of the series as a whole though, since like you said it was still a good book. Thank you!

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  4. Lizzy says:

    Oh, god, I have got to get to the rest of these! I’ve only read the first, and the second is in the massive pile of books currently residing on my nightstand.


  5. teamingwithbooks says:

    I still haven’t finished the series yet, but I’m hoping I’ll like the way it ends. Overall, I’d agree and probably give 4/5 for the series so far. Still, I have a soft spot for Adam and Ronan 🙂


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