Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Published: September 5th 2013.
Sort: The raven cycle #2.
The raven boys #1. The raven boys.
Source: Birthday present from boyfriend.
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…
There are small spoilers for the first book.
The first book was more about all the characters, with a mild focus on Adam. This book is mainly about Ronan, definitely the most fascinating Raven Boy to me. He is a dream thief, a person who can take objects from his dreams into the real world. Dangerous people are after this gift, but they don’t realize it’s a boy; they are all looking for an object. This is how the Gray Man comes into the story. He is a complex character with history of killing, but he is done when he is finally settling down in Cabeswater. The only problem is that his employer still wants what he hired him for.
I liked this book, even when it blew a hole in my ship. Ronan was a mysterious, silent boy in the Raven Boys and I feel like I know him a lot better now. He has his own way for dealing with things that bother him. He is not an easy character, but I started to appreciate him more. I also admired how Stiefvater handled some things around him. SPOILER: his love life. He shows a good character development and I can’t wait to see more of him.
Adam was different. Waking up the ley line changed him – and I don’t think I like that. It’s great that he has a new role, but I dislike how easily he shuts people out. He is too proud for his own good and I want him to be more part of the group. There were some scenes where I wanted to shake him in the hope to open his eyes. It’s obvious how damaged this boy is after growing up in an abusive environment.
I warmed up for Gansey. I like how he deals with his growing feelings for Blue and how passionate he is. A lot of people would have stopped with their quest, but he has a positive look on things. I admire characters who stay strong despite setbacks. Blue is a wonderful girl. She is so feisty and sassy! I think we could be best friends in real life. She knows what she wants and she won’t let other people tell her otherwise.
There are also a lot of other interesting side characters. Persephone is still my favorite one. She is so dreamy. The addition of the Gray Man was nice, because he brings another kind of romance into the story. We have the tension between Blue and a Raven Boy and the growing attraction between the Gray Man and someone from Blue’s family. I’m happy that this stays on the background, because the mystery around the ley line is great. I look forward to Blue Lily, Lily Blue!