To celebrate the release of The Raven King, the final book in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, I was asked to be a part of the blog tour, run by Scholastic. Of course, I jumped at the chance because I’m a MASSIVE fan of the books, so here are my five reasons to read the series!
1. The Characters Will Feel Like Your Best Friends
The whole series is driven by the characters and the roles they play in the plot. In fact, you could take the whole plot of the series away and still have amazing characters left behind, who don’t feel fictional but instead feel like you’ve known them your whole life.
I love Gansey to within an inch of my life, Ronan grew to become one of my favourite characters over the course of the series and I want to live in 300 Fox Way with Blue, Maura and the other members.
2. The Lyrical Words
I almost feel as if I could fall into each sentence and swim around in the world that Maggie has created. Each word feels calculated to either break or melt your heart and I felt so affected by all of it together that I took me so long to read The Raven King because I had to take my time to absorb everything.
It’s been a pleasure to see Maggie evolve as a writer throughout the series.
3. The Journey and Experience
I loved the series from the moment I read the first page of The Raven Boys and since then I’ve waited years to finish the series. I have fond memories of reading each of the books and that enhances the reading experience so much. It’s the best feeling in the world to revisit them and bring all of those memories back!
4. CARS (but mainly the passion)
Even though my knowledge of cars is zero, I love seeing Maggie’s passion for them come through in the series. Take out the cars, though, and there is still passion. The passion the characters have for finding Glendower, for each other, and the passion the readers have for the books. Which leads me nicely on to…
5. The Fandom
Even after you’ve finished reading the series, it isn’t over because the fandom is there to welcome you into its arms. I’ve loved scrolling through the tag on Tumblr since I finished The Raven King, relating to comments left by other people and seeing different thoughts on the events that happened. I love the community aspect, which I definitely didn’t expect when I started the series!
The Raven King is out now!
The Sunday Mode30 April, 2016 at 12:29 pm
I’ve never heard of this book or the series before but is sounds really good, especially because I’ve been looking for a good new book to read as well. I also love it when you read something and get so attached that the characters feel like your friends.
Chel30 April, 2016 at 2:24 pm
Haven’t heard of this series, but it sure looks interesting. I love a good series that just sucks you in and you fall in love with all the characters. I haven’t had that in a while so I will defiantly look into this series. The first book is The Raven Boys?
Thank you for the suggestion.
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Emma30 April, 2016 at 3:36 pm
I’ve never read this series. Although so so many have loved them. I started The Raven Boys years ago but could never get into it! Maybe I should now as the whole series is out! Sometimes I do like when ey are all out! 🙂
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Krystianna1 May, 2016 at 3:05 am
I want to read this series so badly! I have read and loved four of Maggie’s other novels but this is her only series that I haven’t started. I’ll have to get onto the bandwagon ASAP!
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Imogen2 May, 2016 at 10:34 am
Just found your blog and I’m loving it! Very slick and professional 🙂 I haven’t started this series yet but it’s definitely on my TBR – especially now I can binge-read them all back to back…
Hollie11 May, 2016 at 8:39 pm
This post speaks to me on a spiritual level. EVERYONE should read this series!
Tasya25 May, 2016 at 4:25 pm
I’ve been putting off TRK because I’m not ready yet to say goodbye to this amazing series, but I know I have to read it eventually! I just really love how amazing the characters in this series are, each one of them is really distinct and unique (my faves are Ronan and Noah). And the writing style is just gorgeous. It just really hits the mark and make you feel for the story. Wonderful post Lucy!
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Daayla29 May, 2016 at 2:22 pm
I have heard so many excellent things about this series, I can’t wait to start reading it. First book is on it’s way to me by post as I type and I’ far too excited!
Lovely blog you have here, keep up the good work and hope exams went well for you – and everyone else taking them 🙂