Since I read this series back to back without time to write individual reviews, I'm summing up the whole series in one review. Lazy? Guilty as charged.
Book 1 - 3 stars. It was different and though set in real time, easily drifted into fantasy time.
Book 2 - 3 stars. Possibly the one I enjoyed most in the series. The concept of a dream thief was fascinating. Plus, loved the action.
Book 3 - 2 stars. What happened? New characters were overwhelming. Something I overlooked in the other books - dialogues that left things unsaid as well as confusing dream sequences - really irritated me in this one.
Book 4 - 2 stars (maybe 1.5). This could have been a trilogy in my opinion. This last in the series dragged. Again, why are all these new characters not fundamental to the tale of the foursome? I was hoping for lots of action to resolve the story but it lacked for me, regretfully.
Narration - 5 star across the board!
I've read raven boys more than I can count. its one of my favorite books. listening to it now, when the end is so near. when in a few short weeks I'll be holding Raven King in my hand is something magical. This story has the magic of Cabeswater, the sheer want to know more like Gansey, the tough exterior of Ronan Lynch and the quiet forgotten softness of Noah. If you are reading this wondering should I buy this then do it. you will not be disappointed
A thrilling and spooky tale. High prose mixed with common language. Blue was my favorite character, though Noah was the most spectacular and Gansey the anchor of the whole.
In preparing for the final book in the series being released I decided to reread the series by listening to all the audiobooks and I'm so glad I did.
I loved the series the first time around and it was even better on audio. It's an atmospheric and character-driven book which translated so well to this format. The narrator does a fantastic job in creating the world and developing the characters.
And then there's the brilliance that is Maggie's writing. It's beautiful and impactful with so many surprises and twists along the way. A must read for fans of Magical Realism.
This is my favorite series, young adult or any age.
I was a little worried when I saw Will Patton was doing the narration but he actually might have done the best job of any of the books I've listened to. It drives me crazy when men do women's voices but he kept it simple so it worked well.
Stiefvator created an awesome world with compelling characters and her own brand of mythology. I couldn't give it five stars because the ending was simply a setup for the next novel, which I now have to read.
I've heard this is a good book so I went in with high expectations. but I had a hard time getting into it. I'm not sure if it was the narrator who has kind of a slow voice or the writing I felt would stop and focus on unimportant points for a long time when I just wanted the story to continue. but I honestly really liked the characters. I found them likeable and interesting. and the story was alright as well. I think I will probably continue this series because I like the characters.
Likes: So much detail and everything is a little creepy. I love Will Patton. I can't wait for the new book! The story sucks you in.
Dislikes: Some of the story line isn't quite clear. When I read it the second time it made more sense.
it was great I loved it from the beginning I couldn't wait to see what happened next it was just amazing try to finish all the way through
I'm not really one for stories that involve fates and true love, but everything about this flowed in a way that felt too real to succumb to the stuffy traps I'm used to. Steifvater has a beautiful rhythm that worked quite well with Patton's narration, and though some of his voices were questionable, it all formed a cohesive work of art.
I'm incredibly glad I have this a chance.