The Raven Cycle Readathon

Blue Lily, Lily Blue Speculation Part 2

 trcSo this is the final discussion post of the readathon, and the second-to-last post EVER. For the readathon, that is, not my blog or anyone else’s. Heh. It feels like the readathon has been going on for ages and, let’s be honest, it has. I’ve had a great time, and creating this post was one of my favourite moments.

Bec, Tatum, Ellis, and I all gathered a couple of days ago to discuss where we thought the series would go next. None of us had read Blue Lily, Lily Blue at that point, which meant the speculation is completely in our minds. We spent what felt like 19 hours just fangirling and coming up with crazy theories. If you want to see the first part of the post, you should hop on over to Readers in Wonderland.

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Guest Post: Queer Representation in The Raven Cycle

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Hello everybody! I hope everyone’s having a good time with the readathon, and that I’m not the only one so excited for Blue Lily, Lily Blue that I’m having trouble breathing! Today, I am here to talk at you all about something very near and dear to my heart: queer representation. You might have seen me around, either here on Amber’s blog or shouting on Twitter, and those of you that have will know just how important to me personally this subject is. So gather round, young ones, and let me show you all about how awesome Maggie Stiefvater is, especially with regard to queer representation.

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Which Raven Cycle Character Are You?

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Don’t you love old school quizzes? I used to have so much fun back in the day when I used to collect magazines that came with quizzes such as “Who is your soulmate?” and “What personality type are you?” and 19 other questions. So much fun, in fact, that we’ve decided to challenge you to see which Raven Cycle character you are. Answer honestly, or pick the craziest answer, it’s up to you. Also, I should probably mention that the answers will spoil The Raven Boys for you, so you might want to read the book before taking part!

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The Raven Cycle (Re)Readthon: The Raven Boys Halfway Point

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Where does the time go? We’re now officially more than halfway through our scheduled read of The Raven Boys, and it feels like the readathon only just began! I’m having a blast so far with the reread, and also checking out everybody’s posts and Ravenagrams that are being posted on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. My fellow readers are awesome, and I’m jealous of their creativity. Anyway, here’s a quick round-up post of what’s been going on over the past couple of weeks, and what’s still to come!

The Story So Far…

Everybody is freaking out because Blue has met Gansey, who is the guy that she’s going to kiss and kill (*sob*), which will probably be payback for the time he called her a prostitute. The gang have been looking for the ley lines together because apparently Glendower is buried somewhere along one, and it turns out that the boys’ Latin teacher used to do the same thing! Adam suggests that they will need to wake the ley line, and Gansey gets confirmation on the matter. Luckily, Blue is very in the know and is able to show them where the ley line is after deciding to try to FIGHT THE POWER and save Gansey from the Kiss of Death.

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Reasons You Should Be Reading The Raven Cycle

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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.

2. Weirdness

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.

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