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I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS trilogy, and I recently listened to SINNER in audio which is what prompted me to give this series a whirl. Well, that and the fact that I won a copy. The author’s lyrical writing style that I’ve come to know and love was out in full force, I connected remarkably well with all of the characters after only one installment, and I also really liked that this wasn’t your typical paranormal listen in that it doesn’t feature the usual supe suspects. However, I found that the lore was a lot to take in—I had to listen to several chapters more than once in order to grasp all of the intricate details—and, I wasn’t completely sold on the narrator’s delivery. But, I remember not having instantly clicked with SHIVER, so I’m more than willing to give THE DREAM THIEVES a chance, I just won’t be downloading a copy asap.
The first few chapters were kind of meh because all of this series’ players were introduced, but Stiefvater didn’t connect the dots until three hours in which caused THE RAVEN BOYS to have a rather slow start. Then all of the symbology, Tarot aspects, and Welsh lore kicked in, and I was once again swept again by this author’s masterful world-building skills. Readers are left with way more questions than answers, however that’s to be expected from a debut installment, so even though it was frustrating, I was still pleased with the end result. I’m infinitely curious about the corpse road, ley lines, Cabeswater, Glendower, the dreaming tree, and what it all means because at the moment there seems to be many MANY pieces to this puzzle, and I don’t have two clues as to how they fit together.
I took an immediate liking to all of the characters; from Adam the trailer park trash trying to make it on his own, to Gansey the wealthy adventurer that attempts to be middle-class but fails horribly, and Blue the only non-psychic among a family of fortune tellers who just wants to be special too. The prophecy surrounding Sargent’s true love added an extra layer to the intrigue, then there was Whelk & Neeve’s individual motivations, and the whole possibility vs reality angle. And, just when I thought that I was beginning to figure the story arc out, Stiefvater goes and drops the Noah bomb on me, followed by multiple visions of likely outcomes, and a semi cliff hanger ending about a ghost’s dreams and a raven named Chainsaw. Colour me thoroughly confused!
I liked Will Patton’s narration, but I didn’t love it, and there were a few reasons why. The main one being that he whispered a lot, and although I found that it fit this novel’s darker tone, it also made him difficult to understand. The whole time I was listening, I thought that Cabeswater was actually caves water, and this happened for several words that I later had to look-up in order to write an accurate review. This also may have been what caused me to have to re-start several chapters rather than putting all of the blame solely on the author’s complex world-building. I really disliked the voice he used for Persephone, and for the most part, he felt too old for a Young Adult book. However, after eleven+ hours of him streaming through my earbuds, he did grow on me, so I’m not prepared to write him off just yet.
THE RAVEN BOYS made me go WTF way too many times to count, as all good mysteries should, so mission accomplished Maggie Stiefvater. We will meet again in THE DREAM THIEVES!
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