Monday, 19 May 2014

Reasons Why You NEED To Start The Raven Cycle Series


I am a little bit obsessed with Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series... Just a little bit. I may have sealed my soul into a box to trade for the third instalment, but really, I have this obsession perfectly under control.

Today, I want to talk about all the brilliant things that make this series so. I re-read the first two books of the quartet (again), The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, very recently, and would like to declare to the world (again) why getting started on this series is maybe the best idea that a person can have.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)  The Dream Thieves (Raven Boys Quartet) Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)



1. There is magic in these books. The Raven Boys is a story of ley lines, lost welsh kings, and a girl named Blue, surrounded by clairvoyant women, told time and time again that kissing her true love would result in his death. The Dream Thieves builds on that and gives us more still; drag-racing, nightmare creatures, haunting enemies and shattering secrets. There is ancient mythology, trees that speak latin, dream-like settings, psychics and wonder and adventure. Some things we've seen done before, some things are entirely new, and all of it is wrapped together with skill in a way that is captivating and rich. It's all wonderfully atmospheric, a touch of mesmerising fantasy in an otherwise modern-day Virginia.

“Have you heard of the legends of sleeping kings? The legends that heroes like Llewellyn and Glendower and Arthur aren’t really dead, but are instead sleeping in tombs, waiting to be woken?”



2. I dare you not to fall in love with the raven boys. I'm entirely certain that I've read about private school boys before, but none like these, not characters that have been written with such artistry and insight. We have Richard Campbell Gansey III, intrepid explorer, chewer of mint leaves, owner of a bright orange Camaro, and both the glue and center of the group. Ronan Lynch; blunt, foul-mouthed, savage, and oddly endearing, with a pet raven named Chainsaw. Adam Parrish is the scholarship student, cautious, often silently bitter, smart and gentle. And the final member: Noah, cold, quiet, sweet Noah, the raven boy that has triggered a sad smile from me more times than once. These boys have an odd friendship, and unconventional friendship, but one that is right and real and that you can't help but want to be a part of. 

“Gansey could’ve had any and all of the friends that he wanted. Instead he had chosen the three of them, three guys who should’ve, for three different reasons, been friendless.” 



3. Madness, love and psychic readings. One glimpse inside 300 Fox Way and you will want to be best friends with Blue, laugh at Calla's bold statements and wonder who Orla is really talking to on the phone. The ladies of 300 Fox Way are psychics, friends, mothers, daughters, aunts and cousins, all quite unusual, and some slightly more eccentric than others. Here, we have family and female relationships approached in an entirely different sort of way, one that is both entertaining and vibrant. The best part? Seeing how main character Blue Sargent fits into it all. She is smart, fierce, tiny, a girl with a distinctly individual dress sense, and the only member of 300 Fox Way that lacks a sixth sense. It's hard not to love the chaos and quirkiness in this household, to come to think of these people as your own.

“Do you eat all of the men in the family? Where do they go? Does this house have a basement?” 
Blue stood up. “It’s like boot camp. They can’t hack it. Poor things.”

Maura made something with butter and Calla made something with bacon and Blue steamed broccoli in self-defense.”



4. Sleeping kings or not, there is time to laugh. These books are full of dry, witty lines and quietly entertaining statements. It's subtle humour, intelligent and perfectly timed, the sort that makes you smirk along with the characters or take a moment to grin. I am a huge fan of humour in books (who isn't?!) and appreciate it all the more when used well in a story that, for the most part, isn't all light and breezy. Yes, there is folklore, death and darkness, and, for many of the boys, the disappointing weight of reality and its problems, but between all of that, there is friendship, silliness, the free and amusing remarks that make me fall in love with this world and its people every single time.

“We have to be back in three hours, Ronan said. I just fed Chainsaw but she'll need it again.” 
This,” Gansey replied, is precisely why I didn't want to have a baby with you.” 

“Blue tried not to look at Gansey's boat shoes; she felt better about him as a person if she pretended he wasn't wearing them.” 

“She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one. Ronan wasn't a fan of lamps.”



5. Waiting is a pleasant sort of torture. There is no sense of rush in the storytelling. It's carefully slow, especially the start of The Raven Boys, with no explosion of events or feelings that the reader hasn't had time to get invested in. The story sounds quite tragically romantic, fairytale-esque even - death and true love, somehow intertwined - but romance, perhaps unexpectedly, plays a very small part in the books. And it's perfect, heartbreakingly and wonderfully so. An almost-kiss can sometimes stir more emotions than an actual one. A quiet exchange of glances can speak more words than real ones. That faint thrum of anticipation is satisfyingly present, and it works so, so well. 

“It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she’d done this before and already she longed to do it again.” 



6. Maggie Stiefvater gives me writing envy. And I am not even a writer. The writing here is not flowery or excessive, or lacking sincerity. It's consistent, full of understanding, quiet but strong, in a way that almost looks easy to pull off, but is so distinct and so Maggie Stiefvater. The art of subtlety is an art, and there is so much truth behind the power of show vs tell. It's put to good use. The pacing is never off-kilter. You get a sense, with every sentence, that Stiefvater understands her characters, all the way down to their cores, and knows exactly when to say something and when not to, and how much emphasis to say it with and with which combination of words. It's partly why everything in these books works so well. 

“He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.” 

“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.” 

“It was a sort of ferocious, quiet beauty, the sort that wouldn't let you admire it. The sort of beauty that always hurt.” 



This series makes me kind of frantic and just a little bit insane with wanting - wanting more, wanting the next instalment, wanting my neighbour, his mother and his dog to hurry up and read it already. I am torn between forcing people to pick it up, and just getting on my knees and simply begging. I like to think most people have already started this series (right? right?!), but if you haven't, for the love of all things books and bookish, do it.


Because I am crazy excited about Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book of the four, I will happily pre-order a copy for someone, as long as The Book Depository delivers to wherever you live. Please read the terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below before entering. Good luck!

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116 comments:

  1. Angela Pratt19 May 2014 18:31

    I will be getting this series!! Thanks for the recommend!

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  2. I'm so so tempted to order the 3rd book. I can't get over my love for the cover of it. Stiefvater has such gorgeous covers, but I can't get over TDT. I wish I had enjoyed the second book more. Is your blog more minimal than it used to be? :) I'm just loving the white and blue! It's beautiful!

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  3. If I hadn't already read both books and LOVED them, you would have convinced me! Such a great blog post, I hope lots of people take a chance on the Raven Cycle because of it. I'm dyinggggg to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue. You really captured the books well: the slight but beautiful romance, the tragedy, the magic, the humor. I really love all the dry sarcasm. Ahhh. Might need to reread soon :)

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  4. Justine @ paperback heart19 May 2014 18:34

    I love this series and absolutely can NOT wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue - even if it's just to see that cover in person!

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  5. Samantha Wallace19 May 2014 18:36

    I love The Raven Boys series, it's a great series to read and it's one of my all time favorites!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  6. I couldn't agree with you more of ALL of these. I am a huge fan of this series as well and I can not wait until Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I am so excited and on the edge of my seat. I love Blue and her Raven Boys!

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  7. I love this series as well. Have you listened to the audiobooks? Will Patton did an amazing job with The Dream Thieves. I hadn't seen the cover for Lily Blue, I really like it. Maggie is just amazing.

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  8. Jess Hearts Books19 May 2014 18:47

    I totally agree with you, Sam! Personally if I hadn't already read these books I think the quote you used at the start would have sold me because COME ON! My favourite thing about this series is definitely the characters and Maggie's beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing your love of this series through the giveaway!

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  9. This makes me insanely happy. I hope you enjoy it, Angela!

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  10. I'm so so so dying to get my hands on this one!!! I've already won a preorder of it, but I'll share the giveaway cause everyone needs to read this series!!

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  11. It's stunning, right? I loved the covers for the first two books, but Blue Lily's just blows me away. And yes! Slightly. I have the same theme but changed the background and the header font. I'm really glad you like it. :)

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  12. I'm so glad you're a fan of them too! I approve of re-reading. ;) I usually get incredibly nervous about sequels in series that I love, but I have a huge amount of confidence in Maggie Stiefvater. October really couldn't get here any sooner!

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  13. It's beautiful. I haven't been so enamoured by a cover is a very long time! It's the sort that I would love to blow up and hang on a wall somewhere.

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  14. I'm glad! I love it when others love these books too. :D They're so good, I just want the whole world to read them and flail with me.

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  15. Samantha Wallace19 May 2014 19:20

    I agree, Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing author and her books are just as amazing as she is!!

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  16. I'm excited that you are excited! I'm so glad you're a fan. Blue Lily is probably the one book that I want more than any other this year, and also the one book that I'm certain will meet my expectations.

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  17. I am a huge fan of the audio versions, Heidi. I completely agree - Will Patton is BRILLIANT. I'm not normally a big buyer of audiobooks, but the story here is so wonderful to listen to.

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  18. Laura Clipson19 May 2014 19:32

    I've read the first two books, and I love them! It really is an amazing series, and I can't wait to read the next book.

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  19. Thank you! And I totally agree. I've made it a life mission to get everyone in my non-reading family to read it. I can't wait to finally get Blue Lily, Lily Blue. :)

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  20. The characters and the writing - definitely the things that make this series work so well for me. I love the story, and I don't think it would be half as strong if somebody else had written it. So many great quotes that I wanted to share!

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  21. It IS amazing. I'm happy to hear you're a fan! I am dying to get my hands on Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I have a strong feeling it will be just as fantastic as the first two.

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  22. Your post is PERFECTION. You've basically hit the nail on the head with every. single. point. I love this series, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment!

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  23. Yes to all ! I especially like the last reason. I got this book on someone's suggestion and I honestly thought it was going to be like Twilight or something with a girl swooning over hot boarding school boys and I was so surprised. I think this was my first ever 5 star review ! Can't wait for the new one ! ! ! !

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  24. Completely agree with your points. The Raven Cycle is one of the most magical, original, and well written series out there. Can't wait to read more about Blue and the boys.

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  25. I feel really behind now as I still haven't read book one, but I absolutely loved the way you shared your book passion with us - thanks, Sam!

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  26. I tried the audiobook of this series and had to stop because the narrator was ehhh... But after this post I think I'm going to get the print version and give it a go!

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  27. Why thank you! I'm glad you love this series too, Alexa! I find it SO hard to talk about these books sometimes, as is usually the case when it comes to pushing the things I love. It's hard to find the right words. :)

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  28. I actually quite liked the audiobook! It's one of the few that I've been able to listen to all the way through. That said, I do think everything is ten times better in print, so buying a physical copy sounds like a good idea to me. :) I hope you enjoy it, Meghann!

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  29. Such a great post! I just read The Raven Boys last week. My first Maggie Stiefvater book. I didn't quite fall in love with it, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where the series goes.

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  30. I'm planning on doing a binge read for the series once they are all out. I'm fairly positive I'll like them enough for it :)

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  31. Thanks, Rose. I'm glad you're still planning to continue with the series! I loved The Dream Thieves, and I hope it will work for you, and that you enjoy it, at least. :)

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  32. I really hope you do like them! I can't wait to read all four books together myself.

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  33. I read the Raven Boys and not the second one! I wasn't so sure about the first one at first, but I can't help myself with Maggie Steifvater's writing, I keep thinking about these books and how I MUST get back into them and read Dream Thieves. Thanks for the blog post, I take this as a sign to head to bookstore within few days and pick it up! :)

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  34. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings20 May 2014 02:41

    THE SLOW BURN! IT KILLS ME!


    I love this post, Sam! I adore this series and everything about it, from the characters to their complicated relationships with one another and especially the mind-boggling mystery infused with lore and magic, is just so beautifully written and superbly crafted. I love reading a series where it is so evident that the author knows exactly how the end is going to play out and seeing as I loved Forever, the last book of Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy, the most of that series, I have no doubt that this cycle will conclude perfectly as well. SO excited for the next installment -- let the countdown begin, pleasee!

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  35. I LOVE these books and I'm so happy to see more like-minded fans. The characters are what has gotten me to reread the series at least 3 times already. I can't wait for book 3! Give me more Blue and her boys!!

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  36. Sam...don't hate, but... *gulps* ... I read The Raven Boys and it was kind of meh for me. :( But I completely trust you and your ratings, so I think I'm going to give it another try because I have a feeling that at the time I was reading it that I wasn't in a mood for a fantasy. I'll let you know what I think the 2nd time around, okay? ;)


    And thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway! You're so sweet! <3

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  37. Oh Sam, thank you (again) for reminding me that I NEED to read this series. I KNOW. The tricky part is finding the time of course and there always seems to be something that comes up that gets in the way. But I swear I will have read both books by the time Blue Lily, Lily Blue comes out and I cannot WAIT. I only read my first Maggie Stiefvater book last year (The Scorpio Races) and everything you said about her writing is absolutely true. I could not have loved The Scorpio Races more and I know I'll feel the same about The Raven Cycle. Thank you (again), Sam - totally brilliant post!

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  38. This series makes me fangirl uncontrollably; it's just so perfect in every way, from the covers to the characters to the writing that makes me want to cry sometimes because it's so lovely. I just about hyperventilated when the cover for Blue Lily, Lily Blue was revealed, lol.

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  39. VeronikaDream20 May 2014 06:57

    I've heard about the series but never been brave enough to start it. But after reading this post I think I'll give them a try. Btw, the covers look so beautiful!

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  40. <3 I love the boys! Only read the first book, but the second is waiting patiently on my shelf for its turn. Yes, yes, yes to all your reasons. LOVE this post and thank you for the Giveaway! =)

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  41. Jennifer Messerschmidt20 May 2014 07:17

    I've been wanting to start this series forever. She is coming for the book tour so I hope to read them and get them signed this summer!

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  42. This is a great series!! So different and original. There's mystery, love, friendship, it has a bit of everything!!

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  43. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)20 May 2014 08:18

    Even when her writing was far more flowery, it never struck me as insincere. I guess she always managed to hit just the right note with me. Something about her moves me to no end. Like you, I'm slowly going out of my mind waiting for this one. Unlike you, I have zero chance of getting an arc since neither Scholastic US or UK send them internationally. But I'll survive, I guess. Maybe.

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  44. I've only read the first book of the series so far and I loved it! Can't wait to read more :)

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  45. Amazing post Sam. <3 And oh, how I agree with all of it. This series is AMAZING :D Gansey, my love. <3 I need to re-read it soon too, I think :D Thank you so much for sharing. Sigh. My love for these books are strong. Just like yours :D But ack. The wait for book three and four is torture.. I NEEDS IT. Thank you so much for the pre-order giveaway as well. <3 You are the best :)

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  46. I am not so sure trading your soul for book 3 is a good idea... you might want to save it for book 4 because the way Stiefvater rolls, we're probably going to die waiting for book 4 to come out. :P


    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS POST THOUGH SAM! It's the best!! I want to re-read the first book again now :D

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  47. Sam! I love this post so much. Your love and enthusiasm for this series is so contagious. I'm truly ashamed to say that I have yet to read this series. I actually started it some time back, but I couldn't finish reading it because the book was due at the library. I need to buy myself a copy though. You and I share very similar tastes when it comes to books like these.
    I think I might already have fallen for the boys. Also, yes! I love the sound of the slow writing. It's the kind of style that works for me.
    And these covers are so pretty! I think the latest one is my favorite.

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  48. This sounds exciting!! Thanks so much for the great spotlight!

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  49. I wasn't so sure about some of Maggie Stiefvater's older books at first too, but you're right, there is something about her writing that makes it hard to stop reading. I liked The Dream Thieves just a little more than The Raven Boys. I hope you enjoy it, Kendra!

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  50. I met her too! When she was last signing in London. I'm a pretty socially anxious person, so I don't go to very many author events, but I just HAD to see her. It was definitely amazing. :)

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  51. RIGHT. *weeps* I am just desperate to see what will happen next. No doubt it will be heart-wrenching and perfect and everything in between. I'm so glad you love this series, too, Keertana! I completely agree - it's brilliant when it's clear that the author knows exactly she is doing and where the story is going. It's pretty obvious when something is added something for the sake of dragging out the plot, but you never get a sense of that with Maggie Stiefvater.

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  52. I always return for the characters, too. I just never want to stop reading about them!

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  53. ZOEEE. WHAT. ;)


    Haha, it's okay if it doesn't work for you a second time too! I have a crazy sort of love for this series, one that borders on unconditional, but I completely understand that it won't be for everyone. No book ever is! Though I love that you're willing to try again. SO YAY. :D

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  54. I have so much love for The Scorpio Races. I don't think I could decide on a favourite between these books and that. BUT AYLEE. I can't WAIT to see what you will think of this series. I have a good feeling that it will work for you too, seeing as though you loved TSR.

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  55. I love the covers too. Especially Blue Lily's! I can't get over how beautiful the artwork is there. And I'm so glad you'll consider starting this series soon. I hope you aren't disappointed!

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  56. One of my favourite things about the second book was getting a deeper look at the relationships between the boys, and the boys and Blue. I really hope you will enjoy it! And thank you. :)

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  57. Exciting! I met her at a singing once and she was so sweet. I hope you can start the series soon!

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  58. I definitely agree that is has a bit of everything. One of the reasons why I love it so much!

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  59. I know how much her books mean to you, Maja. I don't think I would have understood quite so well if it hadn't been for this series and The Scorpio Races. Those titles just really secured my faith in her writing. And I have no idea if Scholastic are doing ARCs this time! At least, not Scholastic UK. But if they are, I will beg for one, and pass it straight onto you if I get lucky.

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  60. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Kristia. I hope you like the second book too! We get more Ronan in that one, which I loved. :)

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  61. GANSEY. Sigh. For me, there are few characters that are as original and believeable as him. I honestly just adore every moment that he has in these books. :) And I really love that you love this series too. It's so much better being excited about something when there are others to get excited with you!

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  62. I AM DYING ALREADY. Though a part of me never wants the final book to get here, because then, it will be over and I DON'T THINK I CAN COPE WITH THAT. *cries at the thought*

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  63. I could probably count on one and a half hands the number of series-in-progress that I'm really obsessing over, and this one comes out on top of them all. I SO want you to read it, Nick! We do have very similar tastes in books, and I'm almost certain that you'll only come to love the boys more by The Dream Thieves. I know I did! :D

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  64. Thanks for reading, Erin. I'm glad you liked the sound of it, and I hope you will consider trying the books one day!

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  65. I HEAR YOU. I get excited about most cover reveals, but this one just shook me on a whole new level. And I completely get what you mean about the writing. It's like Maggie's quote; "that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness." I very much feel the same way. :)

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  66. I DONT WANT IT TO COME TO AN END EITHER. I hate it when one of my favorite series comes to an end.
    *cries with you*

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  67. Imlove it since its really different writing style. Also the supernatural elements ae great. I was skepitcal at first but once i read it really enjoyed it.
    <3 Britt

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  68. I loved the raven cycle series Maggie Stfievater is an amazing author

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  69. I loved both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves and cannot wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The cover is gorgeous and I've loved all of Maggie Stiefvater's books so far.

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  70. Speaking of sincerity, your post here teems with it. I think I am one of those few YA reviewers who just hasn't picked up this series yet. I don't have any good excuse - I loved The Scorpio Races so much - but there's no way I can put off reading The Raven Boys for much longer after reading this post of yours, Sam! I love how your reasons are formatted, I love the use of quotes, and the aspects you highlight of this series all sound fantastic.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention again. I will start this series soon - I promise! :)

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  71. I looooooove this series. Love it so much. I got hooked thanks to the TRB audio and stayed for the boys. <3



    - Shae

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  72. I really need to read the second book soon, but I think I'll reread the first one first. I love Maggie's writing and it's something I'm always happy to return to. I totally agree about your points!! Great post, Sam :))

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  73. I LOVED the first book and for some reason did not enjoy book two...however, you've made me want to re-read them, I might have a better reaction if I read them one after each other, and I am still excited for book three!


    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  74. I cannot not order the first of this series from the library after reading this post, Sam, because it's just a must now, apparently. I absolutely LOVED the post and your reasoning was very convincing, so even though I hadn't been particularly interested before, I am now and am extremely excited to meet these characters for myself.


    I was tempted to enter the competition, but at the same time I felt maybe leave it for others, because there's the possibility I won't like the books and I hope whoever wins it loves it as much as you, Sam, already or in the future! xx

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  75. I've read most of her books so far, but this series is by far my favourite. I also really love The Scorpio Races!

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  76. The Scorpio Races is BRILLIANT. I don't think I could ever choose between these books and that one! Maggie just has a way of making her stories work for me now, it seems. :) I really hope you will enjoy The Raven Boys, Amanda. I can't wait to see what you think of it!

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  77. Her writing is something that I am always happy to return to, too. There's just something about her style that makes me feel like it was written just for me! I hope you enjoy The Dream Thieves, Tanja. :)

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  78. I remember that you weren't a fan of TDT. Re-reading them back-to-back might help, and if you do, I hope you have better luck the second time around. :) I'm glad you're still excited about BLLB, though!

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  79. The Scorpio Races is one of my favourite books!

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  80. My job here is complete. ;) I'm so glad you're planning to read TRB now, Romi! I can't quite remember if you've read The Scorpio Races already, but if you liked that one, I'm almost certain you'll enjoy this series too.


    And that's so thoughtful of you! But know that you're MORE than welcome to enter if you change your mind. :)

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  81. TRB wasn't my first book by Maggie Stiefvater, but it was the first of hers to convince me in every single way. I tried The Scorpio Races straight after it and loved that too. And I'm SURE you weren't ever stupid, Vivian! :D I find I always notice far more every time I read a book, and I've read these books many, many times. ;)

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  82. The boys! Definitely :D I've fallen in love with all the characters and I still don't know who I like the most. They all have something unique and special. And that dry, subtle humor is fantastic. I love Blue's sarcastic replies.

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  83. I definitely need to get around to reading The Dream Thieves! I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, and there's just no excuse for me not having read the sequel yet. And this post just made me all the more excited to continue! I love Stiefvater's writing style, and the boys. haha great post! :D

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  84. ♥Rachel♥23 May 2014 01:49

    Wonderful post, Sam! I love this series too, as you know. I listened to the audio version of The Raven Boys right before I read The Dream Thieves and it was better the 2nd time around. Funnier, too. I should do them same with The Dream Thieves before I tackle Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I hope it's at the ALA when I go! I think BL, LB is my favorite of the covers so far. :)

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  85. Awesome giveaway! I love your reviews for this series, Sam!

    -Hershey (@MissReadiculous)

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  86. I love Ronan and Adam! Shipping them so hard. I don't even care about Gansey and Blue.

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  87. After such you've got positive opinions I think I have to read this series! It looks amazing and I don't know why I've waited so long.

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  88. Blue's responses to the boys, especially Ronan and Gansey, are the best. ;) I love them all too, and agree that they all have something that is unique and special about them. Can't wait to reunite in the next book!

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  89. Thanks, Courtney! I loved both books, though I enjoyed the character interactions in The Dream Thieves just slightly more. I can't wait to see what you think!

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  90. I loved the audio of The Raven Boys. It was the first audiobook that I was able to listen to all the way through without any problems. Blue Lily's cover is definitely my favourite of the series so far too. The artist behind these covers (Adam Doyle?) is so incredibly talented!

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  91. Ha! Blue and Gansey are my OTP right now, but I love Adam and Ronan. Now THAT would be interesting. :D

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  92. My sister owns the first copy. I was going to wait for her to finish it before I started it, but I'll just have to sneak it from her when she's not looking ;)

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  93. Sounds interesting! I love the covers on these books.

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  94. P/K's book blog26 May 2014 00:58

    OMG Thank you so much for the giveaway :)))

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  95. YES TO ALL OF THESE THINGS. I know I've only read the first one, but I am already in love. And in two weeks it's summer and I am probably going to reread - again - before starting TDT. Maggie Stiefvater is simply something else altogether. I didn't expect the female characters and relationships, the friendships between the Raven boys were unusual, but worked *so* well and the writing and ideas were just stunning. So yes, people should read this.
    Awesome post, Sam, thanks for sharing! And thank you for the giveaway also. :)

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  96. TDT is perfect to read in summer, as it's set during that time! I'm so glad you love the series already. It is one of those stories that can make you fall in love with just the first book.

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  97. I haven't read the first one yet! I know, I know. It is absolutely terrible. I have been told over and over again and again that I need to put down whatever I am reading and put off whatever comes next, and read this series already. I want to, I really do. I was just trying so hard to wait until the final book came out. I honestly don't know if I will make it that long! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  98. I haven't read the any of the books yet, but I've heard lots of good things about it! My friends constantly talk about them on Twitter so I definitely need to check it out soon. And thank you for giving me more reasons to read it! :D

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  99. I can't wait to read these books! I really look forward to finding out what everyone is talking about!

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  100. It sounds really interesting! I'm going to look for a copy! :)

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  101. I love this series! I think it's one of the most beautifully written ones I've read in a long time. I just love the otherworldliness of it.


    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. I haven't started this series yet but I keep hearing about how great it is so I'm going to start it soon!

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  103. Wonderful series description Sam, I have both books on my shelves but I haven't started it yet, and you make me want to! It sounds perfect all around, beautiful and totally magical. Yes please!

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  104. I love this series so much! I'm dying to get my hands on Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I love the characters and Maggie's writing is seriously gorgeous, jaw dropping stuff. I love the boys and the ladies of 300 Fox Way, and that in addition to the magic and heartbreak there is a lot to laugh at. UGH I LOVE IT SO MUCH! :-) Wonderful post!

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  105. I have tried so hard with this series. I started the first book probably a year ago now and I still can't finish the darn thing. I read about half of the book. Put it down for months, then I read another 50ish pages and put it down again and never picked it back up. I think it is just taking too long to get going and so it is boring me. Maybe one day I'll try again.

    Thanks!

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  106. Ikao @ Sky Duck Books30 May 2014 14:20

    I've heard great things about this series, but I still haven't picked it up. But wait, 4 attractive boys in a book? I love this post, you should make another post like this about your other favorite series. This is so convincing XD

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  107. Love this post! I have been seeing this series a lot lately but haven't really paid a lot of attention to it. I might have to start considering reading it now lol

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  108. This is my favourite series of all time! Gansey and Ronan are actually my best book bromance :D


    AHHH, SAM I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS *fangirls insanely* Seriously though, you rock.

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  109. I love the series, & I love the way Stiefvater writes, it's magical!

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  110. quasinotsodarling1 June 2014 17:34

    My friends have been telling me to read this series and said that it is absolutely brilliant. Still trying to find time to read it haha Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  111. Alright you've convinced me! I've purchased book one and definitely putting it on my summer TBR!!

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  112. Danielle @ Love at First Page11 June 2014 00:03

    I love this post, Sam! You did such an excellent job capturing why you love this series so much! I actually haven't read it yet, but will definitely be fixing that once the third book comes out! I admit that I held off in fear of the Blue-Gansey-Adam love triangle, but it doesn't sound too bad (more like a progression). Everything else sounds amazing - I don't expect anything but brilliant writing from Stiefvater (all of her sentences feel so carefully crafted and full of importance and emotion - there isn't a wasted word), and the magic, the boys, and Blue herself all sound wonderful. Can't wait to dig into this series!

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  113. I love point 6 about her writing. And the way you described it! Yes, this is an incredible series that is familiar and also very unique populated with such authentic characters. But it's the odd, very grounded and yet sort of mystical way Steifvater expresses everything that really makes it so incredible.

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  114. I've been meaning to start this series for so long, and basically give Maggie's books a go. Definitely more interested in TRB than her Shiver series :D

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  115. I really want to continue with this series, but I did find the slow burn, well, slow in the first book. I do want to read the second book, but I am just so tempted to get it in hardcover because the paperback's pages aren't nicely bound at all. But I could end up not enjoying the series at all, and that would be a waste, haha.

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