Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
“And Ronan was everything that was left: molten eyes and a smile made for war.”
This review took me way too long to write, because it was just so hard to compile my feelings for this book into actual words on a screen. I paced myself and went through this book so slowly, because I couldn’t stand not to savor it. It was easily one of the best books I’ve read all year, and has made this one of my favorite series of all time.
“It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she’d done this before and already she longed to do it again.”
There is so much character development with my sweet babies Blue and Gansey, and they just broke my heart a million times over and re-mended it every time. I love them both so much and I love their interactions together and there is just this one freaking scene that I have probably reread six times now because I can’t get enough of it and I’M TRYING NOT TO SPOIL THIS BOOK FOR YOU GUYS BUT OH MY GOD.
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”
Then, of course, there are Adam and Noah, who are so far my least favorite Raven boys (don’t throw anything at me!), but I do still love them so much I can’t stand it. Adam is so full of heartache and rage and hurt, and then poor little Noah is the epitome of a cinnamon roll and I just want to hug him and fix everything. 💔 Can we talk about the Blue/Noah scene in Monmouth? KILLED ME DEAD.
“I am being perfectly fucking civil.”
And then… there’s Ronan . This felt like Ronan’s book, first and foremost, and I loved every single word on every single page that involved him. He’s such a brilliant, badass, lovable character and the development that he underwent in this installment was mind-blowing. I loved learning about his dreams, and his family, and the soft little heart tucked under all that anger and stubble and ink.
On top of these lovable little delights of my heart, you’ve got more fun shenanigans with Maura and the psychics, breathtaking antics with a few morally gray characters (heh, get it?), deliciously creepy Cabeswater adventures, and a hell of a lot of magic. Through it all, Maggie’s writing is so stunning and fun, and these characters made me want to live in Henrietta just to watch it all unfold.
If you enjoyed The Raven Boys, you positively must continue the series. If you haven’t picked this series up at all yet, well… what are you waiting for?!