Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Published by Scholastic Press on September 17th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 12 hours 48 minutes
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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Maggie Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two." Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.
Ever since I started blogging almost two years ago, I feel like everyone has been talking about this series! It’s a favorite for a lot of people and I’m late to the bandwagon. The last book in the series released earlier this year and I still need to continue the series – now I have two books left. I read this back in March and it was a buddy read with my friend Amber @ Du Livre. I love her blog and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t! She does great reviews that are honest and to the point. I think she’s hilarious!
I had heard that the audiobooks for this series were good, so I decided to give it a try with this sequel. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it on audio as much as I had hoped. I’ll probably not continue on audio but will read the physical copies instead. I mostly didn’t like the narrator’s voice for these characters. As I’m writing this, I’ve realized that the narrator is Will Patton, who’s an actor and he has done a TON of audiobooks. It’s not necessarily that I didn’t like his voice at all, I think it was more that he didn’t sound like the voices I had already established in my head. I read the first book physically and Will Patton’s interpretation of the characters voices didn’t mesh with mine. I won’t let this experience deter me from listening to Will Patton’s other audiobooks. I think I could still enjoy him narrating different characters. I don’t often have a problem picking up an audiobook after having read a book in the series physically, but I did have that issue with this one.
This series is definitely character focused and this book was no different. The plot is not very fast paced and exciting. Instead, the story really focuses on the characters and their relationships. In this sense, the book reads a lot like a contemporary with a paranormal twist to it. I don’t typically like books like that, but I have really enjoyed this series so far! There is still an overarching plot and I’m enjoying seeing that progress. I’m starting to make some connections in the big picture mysteries and that is exciting! Still, there are still a lot of loose ends that need tying together – good thing I have two more books to go! This book and series definitely has an atmospheric and dream-like quality to it. In that sense, it’s a little on the quirky side and almost reads like magical realism.
This second book focuses on Ronan, who isn’t my favorite Raven boy – but I know he is a lot of people’s favorites. If you already love Ronan, I think you will love him more after this book and will really enjoy this one since he is the focus of the book. (PS Gansey is my favorite Raven boy in case you were wondering!) What I love most about this book and series is the group of friends and how friendship is portrayed in this book. So much of YA is romance focused or focused on one to one relationships. In this book there are both platonic and romantic relationships (which is so refreshing) and group friendship dynamics (which I think is more realistic).
I really enjoyed this second installment and I can’t wait to finish the series. This book is not faced paced, but this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it. I love all the characters and their relationships with each other. The paranormal twist adds that layer of mystery that I need to keep me interested in a book that is borderline contemporary (in my opinion). I recommend this book and series to people who enjoy character driven stories and think the paranormal twist will be interesting! If you read the first book and felt it was too slow and boring, I don’t know if you’ll find the sequel much more interesting.