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.
Okay, I think I’ve freaked out for long enough, even though I could probably come up with at least 8 more reasons. I’m going to hand the speaking stick over to other people and fellow Raven Cycle fans. I asked everyone to tell me why people should pick up The Raven Boys if they haven’t already, and this is what they responded with:
@BooksofAmber Maggie Stiefvater and Blue x Gansey and twists and ships and epic bromance and awesome villains and magical writing.
— Siiri (@LPofImagination) August 25, 2014
@BooksofAmber because Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess and writes perfect books.
— Cicely Wynne (@ciclovesbooks) August 25, 2014
@BooksofAmber It has a very colorful and interesting cast. Blue is a feisty girl. The romance is subtle. Good twists and solid writing-style
— Mel (@Dailyprophecy) August 25, 2014
@BooksofAmber GLENDOWER!!! LEY LINES!!! SOLID PLOT!!! GREAT WRITING!!! VIVID CHARACTERS!!! PSYCHICS!!! UNLIKE THE REST OF MAGGIE’S BOOKS!!!
— sandra (@TeaBetweenBooks) August 25, 2014
@BooksofAmber Maggie’s writing is lyrical & the supernatural concept is like nothing I’ve ever read – haunting & magical w/ great characters
— Jaz (@pixelski) August 25, 2014
TRC has super intricate Welsh mythology with amazing parallels to the characters’ lives and relationships but it never bogs down the story.
— Ellis (@trtliterator) August 25, 2014
Flawless characters form complicated, heart-wrenching bonds while on a quest to discover the magic and wonder beneath the skin of the world. — meg (@megsaysthings) August 25, 2014
And of course great ladies, amazing friendships, characters that love each other to death, queer representation that will make you sob,
— Ellis (@trtliterator) August 25, 2014
ships that will make you sob, funny moments, terrible moments, moments of pure torture, all in the most beautiful prose. — Ellis (@trtliterator) August 25, 2014
Oh, you should also read it because Maggie Stiefvater is a fucking wizard who words like a queen.
— meg (@megsaysthings) August 25, 2014
gansey’s amazing boat shoes, how he calls blue ‘jane’, Adam musing about how Ronan swearing sounds like poetry… — Tatum (@AlwaysMyDarling) August 25, 2014
@BooksofAmber A gorgeous tangled web of friendships/ relationships, feels that’ll stab your heart, Bluesey Ronan Adam did I mention my heart
— Gillian Berry (@mizgillianberry) August 25, 2014
@BooksofAmber For the characters. I’ve rarely seen a more amazing group-dynamic than Ronan/Adam/Gansey/Noah/Blue. They’re all REAL. <3
— Nikki (@jnikkir) August 25, 2014
Hopefully this post managed to convince anybody who was hesitant about starting the series because everybody loves it. And if you don’t (Rita!) then there is no hope for you at all. If you have already read the series, then let me know why you think everyone should be reading The Raven Cycle in the comments below!
And are you all looking out for clues to do with the scavenger hunt? I hope so! Clue #1 has been hidden in this post. I know, I know, I’m smooth. It’s in code, by the way, so I hope you have your thinking hats on!
The character that you will have to emulate this week is BLUE! Post your picture(s) on your blog or social media accounts as though you’re Blue herself. What happened to you this week? Did an annoying guy call you a prostitute? Or is your family being weirder than normal? Tell us in photos, and don’t forget to use the #TRCReadathon hashtag so we can find them!
Thanks for reading! Bless your face.