Obviously I am a huge fan of The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, but what you may not know is that I was less than impressed by Maggie Stiefvater’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and I had little interest in reading anything else by her. But then the praise and the fangirling for The Raven Boys got to me and I was sucked in by Blue and the boys and Chainsaw like the rest of the world.
I thought that I would share some thoughts with you as to why you should read The Raven Cycle if, for whatever reason, you haven’t done so already. If you haven’t read it yet then I don’t really know what you’re doing with your life, so I’m here today to convince you to pick it up and LOVE it. Honestly, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be reading it right this second, and I even have backup from a bunch of other bloggers in case you need extra persuasion.
1. Maggie Stiefvater is a pretty awesome person
She’s intelligent, witty, hilarious, and she’s very involved with her fans. Not only is she providing original art for a giveaway during the #trcreadathon, she is also taking part in a Q&A with us and she’s recapped both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves for Recaptains. Pair that with her Tumblr posts and her witty tweets, and you have a winner.
I like weird stuff, and The Raven Cycle does weird to perfection. The whole tone of the books is simply odd, and you can’t put your finger on what exactly is strange about them. It’s all very ~other~. Maybe this is just me? I don’t know, but I feel like I’m in one of Ronan’s dreams when I’m reading the books.
3. Big arse mystery
I freakin’ love mysteries, you guys, and The Raven Cycle has an awesome one. WHERE IS GLENDOWER AND WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING. It’s all building up to something huge, I know it. While I reread the books I’m going to be looking out for clues. I know that a bunch of people have spotted some foreshadowing for things that have already happened already, so maybe we can put our thinking hunting caps on and try to crack it? The game is afoot!
4. Loveable characters
Aside from a couple of characters who I currently want to destroy (looking at you, Kavinsky) the characters in The Raven Cycle are freakin’ awesome. First there’s Blue and her family of psychics, who all play a huge role in the series. What’s that? A family in YA that is actually involved with the plot?! PROFOUND. Then there’s Gansey and his family of Raven Boys, because let’s face it, Gansey owns them. Poor choice of words? Sorry, Adam. AND CHAINSAW BECAUSE CHAINSAW IS THE BEST.