Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal
Synopsis: There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
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I’m absolutely in love with this series. If you haven’t started reading it yet, I don’t know what you’re doing, but you have to get to it immediately. It starts off a little slow, but every second you spend on it is totally worth it, because the characters are fantastic and the writing is so so beautiful. I love how Maggie Stiefvater sets such a concrete atmosphere and every word she employs just contributes fully to the tone of the books. I love how well developed the characters are, and how they just grow with each book. I think this is my favorite book after The Raven Boys, and I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the fourth one.
I think BLLB was the strongest out of the three when it comes to plot. The other two were slightly slow, but this one was very fast-paced. There was a lot going on with a bunch of different characters, so there were a couple of different storylines happening simultaneously. We get to see our characters put into very difficult situations that test their relationships with each other as well as themselves. The new characters introduced in the second book are pushed a little further.
I really enjoyed the climax of this book, and I wasn’t expecting that ending to happen, so it took me completely by surprise. We get to learn a little more about the characters’ backgrounds, and we see more relationships developing while the existing ones are pushed further. That cliffhanger, though.
I can’t say enough good things about the characters in this book. Even the secondary characters are fantastically well-developed, their personalities distinct. Every single character in these books feels real, like it could be anyone living around you, anyone with a secret. Each and every one of them is infinitely flawed, but Stiefvater writes them and presents them in a way that makes these flaws endearing and a part of why we love these characters so much.
Blue is so feisty and full of personality. She’s quirky, but she’s also impulsive. She loves unconditionally, but she’s also careless. Gansey is sweet, intelligent and charming but he’s a pusher and slightly insensitive. Ronan is loyal and fierce, but he’s hot-headed and temperamental. And Adam – by far the most complex character in the series – is a good person with a tormented past, someone who is ambitious but arrogant and stubborn beyond belief. And Noah is gentle and reliable, but- well, Noah’s a ghost.
I feel like I know these characters. Their relationships with each other (especially the boys’ connection to each other) is such a delight to read. Their loyalty to each other, the strong friendship they have makes me very happy and very sad at the same time. Happy because it gives me hope that somewhere, such loyal people may exist, and sad because I still haven’t found my own. 😛 The character development in this book was fantastic, especially Ronan and Adam’s. I can’t wait to see where Stiefvater takes these characters in the future, but please, please Maggie, don’t hurt any of them!