Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count: 437
WARNING: ALTHOUGH THERE AREN’T ANY SPOILERS FOR WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE SERIES, YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THE FIRST BOOK BEFORE READING THIS REVIEW.
If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.
I was debating whether to write a review on this or not, but since I recently finished the third book in the series I realized I wanted to review that book so why not review this one as well? If you want to know my thoughts on the first book, you can read my review for that here.
“A secret is a strange thing.”
To start off, I wasn’t completely blown away by The Raven Boys (as you can read in my review of said book) but this book changed my thoughts and I grew to love the characters much more than in the first book. It did take me around 50 or so pages to get into this book, but that’s only because Stiefvater has such a unique writing style and I hadn’t gotten used to it yet. I think that’s the main reason why I gave The Raven Boys 3.5 stars.
This book delves into the characters and their internal and outer struggles a lot more than the first book did. The first book mainly focused on introducing the characters and establishing the kind of relationships they would have with each other. I think Stiefvater is a master at realistic, fleshed-out characters, as well as developing relationships realistically.
This book was about Ronan Lynch. It was about everyone, really, but Ronan had a much larger role in this second installment than in the first book. At the very end of the first book we readers (and all the other characters in the book, besides Ronan, obviously) learn that Ronan has the ability to remove things from his dreams and bring them into the real world. That is what he did with his pet raven, Chainsaw. In this book we not only learn more about Ronan and his family, but we also learn about his abilities as well as people that are searching for someone like him, someone who can bring things from his dreams.
Ronan aside, we got to learn a lot of new things about the other characters as well, especially Adam and Gansey. Adam and Gansey are polar opposites when you compare them on the social spectrum. Gansey is the ‘golden boy’ at Aglionby and has a rich family, while Adam is poor and is struggling to pay his tuition for school, as well as dealing with hardships at home. They feud and squabble during this book and Adam does things that could make you dislike him, but he’s still one of my favorite characters in this series so I only got slightly (maybe a bit more than slightly, actually) annoyed at him.
Blue grew as a character in this book for me and she seemed more like a character to me than just an outlet to explore the Raven Boys and their antics. She’s a strong character and I have grown to admire her as a female character. She keeps the boys in line and puts them in their place whenever they say or do something… boyish. You should know what I mean by that. For lack of a better word that’s what I’m going with.
Rating: 4 stars
Overall, this was a wonderful second installment in the series which I enjoyed immensely more than the first book. I’ll try and write a review for the third book soon, as I said in the beginning of this review that I finished it recently, thus the reasoning behind me writing this review.
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