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(The Raven Cycle #4.5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  14,372 ratings  ·  2,093 reviews
An enchanting story from Maggie Stiefvater featuring Opal, Ronan, and Adam from her bestselling Raven Cycle, taking place after the events of The Raven King.
Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Scholastic Inc. (first published February 27th 2018)
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”With intellectual curiosity, she watched ribs and hips and arms and legs and spines. She had no lust, because Ronan hadn’t dreamt any for her, but she also had no shame, because Ronan hadn’t dreamt any of that for her, either.”

Seriously, I didn’t even realize that I needed this so badly, but to be back in this world!? Ahh, it was so amazing and more than just wholesome for my heart. =))

Opal is such an honest character and I absolutely adored her innocence and the way
1.) The Raven Boys ★★★★★
2.) The Dream Thieves ★★★★★
3.) Blue Lily, Lily Blue ★★★★★
4.) The Raven King ★★★★★

“She loved him the best when he was very sad or very serious or very happy. ”

You all, I can’t even begin to put into words how good it felt to be back in this world. And Opal is such an amazing protagonist to see the world through. She’s so curious, and so precious. My favorite secret. I loved animal days and I loved dream days. I loved it all.

“…and something about when R
C.G. Drews
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[Read 2] oct 2019
Thoroughly just reread this to still the homesick ache in my heart while waiting for Call Down the Hawk. And the audiobook version is absolute perfection (I adore Will Patton's interpretation of her work!!) Also the boys make me both happy and sad, like Ronan's dream rain. 😫💛They are precious. Pls don't spend the whole CDTH hurting.

[Read 1] April 2018
Ohhh my heart is very very full right now. Like it's not freaking secret that I ADORE this series and this was perfect. I don't ev
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it


If you've previously read my reviews* for any of the books in the Raven Cycle, you probably know by now that I'm a huge fan of Ronan Lynch. So finding out about this short story dedicated to Opal, aka Ronan's dream girl, had me beyond keen on returning to their world.

“She was to remember that she was a secret.”

Set after the events of The Raven King, this story, like all the best things, starts with a dream. And just like that, upon opening the first page, I felt like I had nev
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
i woke up this morning with a strong longing for my raven boys and this definitely helped my pining. this short story is such a dream, one i swear ronan dreamt up himself.

the writing in this is quite lovely. opals voice and point of view is so unique, so innocent. it gives such a pure quality to ronan and adams relationship with each other, and with her. this story isnt exactly necessarily, but it does provide a good bridge for the upcoming ronan trilogy.

also, this moment:

‘she loved him the
Miranda Reads
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

Sometimes bad ideas were so bad they looped right around until they became good ideas.
The war is over, the battles are all won... but what now?

Gansey and Blue are off on an adventure, Adam will be leaving soon and Ronan needs to figure out creating a new Cabeswater...but what about Opal?

Well, for one hoofed-girl, there are quite a lot of things to be learned.
Hiding objects from other people counted as stealing, unless the objects were presents, which you hid but then laughed
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, reviewed
Um screw Maggie Stiefvater for being so damn talented holy shit..... it isn't just how she writes, it's what she writes and the emotions and thoughts she explores. So unique and captivating... I will never get tired of reading her work.

Also, I love Adam so much and I missed him so much and now that I'm finished this I miss him again. No character will ever compare to him in my books.

Also, give me the dreamer trilogy right now and make every chapter in Opals point of view. K thanks bye

P.S. Rona
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 The Raven Boys ★★★★★
#2 The Dream Thieves ★★★★★
#3 Blue Lily, Lily Blue ★★★★★
#4 The Raven King ★★★★★
#4.5 Opal ★★★★★

How could I possibly, in any way, shape or form, give this less than 5 stars? I've become so obsessed with this series and these wonderful characters, and all this did was make me crave the Ronan trilogy even more than I already was.

Opal is precious, bizarre, hilarious, and a legitimate treasure. That said, the real gem in this story is watching Ronan and Adam interact and try to
hey, anyone know if there's a small magic hooved child I can be friends with? just wondering.

this wasn't so much a "story" as a "small plotless image," but as long as said plotless image takes place in the world of the Raven Cycle in the language of Maggie Stiefvater I am happy as a clam my dear boy.

also if The Raven King hadn't made me fall a lil (I said LIL - no I told you sos) in love with Adam and Ronan, a) this story wouldn't have and b) it would have been pretty boring. but that wasn't a p
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have had this for 6 million years and just now getting to it because I damn forgot!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars
(5++++++++ Stars for Adam and Ronan)

"It won't be what you imagined, but it'll be just as good."

Holy hell have I missed these characters. This is only 30 pages, but Ronan and Adam are just as dynamic and interesting as they are in TRC. There's hints of both of them maturing and healing, as well as making plans for the future, and it's amazing.

But-- and I know I'm the minority here... I don't love Opal?

I think she's funny. I think she's quirky. She's definitely unique and seeing her
Lauren Lanz
Please excuse me while I lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling, trying to sort out what the hell just happened to my heart. Apparently Ronan and Adam's adventures on the farm with their little dream girl is everything I've ever needed.

“Sometimes bad ideas were so bad they looped right around until they became good ideas.”

Why did I think I was prepared for this novella?

a) The Raven Cycle withdrawal was too much
b) I love Pynch more than any other fictional couple
c) Call Down The Ha
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, e-books
Post-reading review:
Adammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I like adam but I am not the biggest fan of Ronan
The writing style gets 5 stars
The story gets 3, nothing too special as the rest of the series!
(already read it twice to make sure I didn't miss anything)

Pre reading review:
Adammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Deborah Obida
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love it! This is amazing, its just so short, why is this not longer?

The setting of the novella is the summer after the incident at Cabeswater, Only Adam, Ronan and Orphan girl are present in this biok, even at that its amazing to read about these three adapting to regular life especially Orphan girl.

Opal(i.e Orphan girl) is the narrator of this book, its so cool been in her head, her thoughts about human life is hilarious, even the way she views Adam and Ronan.

The only thing stopping me from
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t wait to have a entire trilogy of freaking Ronan!❤️
I need more Adam.😫
And I loved Opal😍

Adam and Ronan in this were a blessing that I really needed it. I NEED MORE NOW!

“Opal often got full days of him, only having to share with Chainsaw, who Opal resented hugely and sometimes daydreamed of eating”

yes😂. Everyone wants Ronan.
Ronak Gajjar
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I literally have like no words enough how to describe my feelings after again submerging myself into the world of The Raven Boys.
I have missed them and this excerpt is one more perfect drop into the Cabeswater of memories!
For me, the wonderful way to express after reading Opal:
Opal is as abstract as Ronan’s dreams.

P.S.: This will always remain my favourite gang!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars.


38 pages of bittersweet moments that made me smile. It's nice to come back to the Raven Cycle world with my two favorite boys and their companion, Opal. This may have been a short novella, but it was definitely worth reading.

I've always been curious about Opal and Ronan and their dynamics since their personalities are different. With Opal, we get to see how she sees the world and the way she acts around Ronan and Adam. Then we have our favorite boy Ronan who can come off as a bit harsh b
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was so adorable and sad and funny and magical AND it’s provided me with more questions than answers ANYWAY i need ronan trilogy NOWW


Nina ✿ Looseleaf Reviews ✿
Yes hello it is 1:30 a.m. on March 1st and I am already done with this masterpiece. Excuse me while I read it at least 3 more times to process my emotions.
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
4.25 stars!!!

I'm willing to sell both of my kidneys for additional Pynch moments. I. AM. THAT. DESPERATE.

This book is once again, a tease. I won't be guilty to admit that I was dying to read this book because I expected a lot of Ronan and Adam moments here but I was damn disappointed!!! But nonetheless, I'll take what I can get. It's better to have something than nothing right?

This story is intriguing because Maggie hinted some things and some characters that might appear to the dreamer trilogy
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am sooo happy to have re-read this! Now i am all ready for "Call down the hawk" eeek!!!

I loved this short story so so much! Made me realize how much I have missed them - fabulous! I soooo want more!!..
Feb 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-on-my-phone
anyway this book is cancelled and i hate maggie so much


Maggie ☘
HELL YEAH RONAN AND ADAM and OPAL!!!!! LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! Really excited for the new trilogy to come out. 4.75 stars

“Sometimes bad ideas were so bad they looped right around until they became good ideas.”

Right after saying this, Adam said, in a different voice, “I’m being a shithead.”
“You are. And a shitfoot. Where are your shoes?”
“Still under the table.”
“Opal, could you get them for him?”
Opal could not, because it was too boring to go back to the house when they were out here being exciting
Dannii Elle
"She was never tame. Only afraid."

This is a short novella from Opal's perspective, to bridge the gap between The Raven Cycle and The Dreamer trilogy.

Opal is born from a dream and so has the curiosity and innocent perspective of a child. It was dually heart-warming and heart-breaking to view how the characters have progressed, since the events in The Raven King, from her perspective. A portion of this was giggle-out-loud funny but the latter events were infused with clutch-your-chest sorrow. I am
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Well. This had me confused in parts because it’s been so long since I read the series and now I’ll have to prioritize my reread.

However, I loved seeing things from Opal’s POV and of course Ronan and Adam and my sweetness, Chainsaw.

I’ve never wanted the Ronan books more.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the pynch was domestic ! handholding ! making out ! dumbassery and Tenderness !
also opal is cute & im READY for call down the hawk. bring it on maggie, im a bad bitch you can’t kill me
wow i can’t wait to read this novella based on my favorite ya trilogy!!! can’t wait to ignore trk completely and live off of domestic pynch!!! 😌
☆ Anneli ☆
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
My boys!😉
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"He had always been dying in his dreams, or getting small pieces cut off him, or being pitted against faceless gunmen. Nuclear bombs exploded in his hands and fish broke through windows to ruin sofas and myriad bodies showed up in myriad driveways. Not all of his dreams were terrible, but that made them collectively worse, not better."

Didn't know I needed this. Obviously not going to be writing a full review, as this is a short story, and I don't really feel as though it's necess
joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
this book features in this blog post on starburnt reads
adam and ronan?
adam and ronan.

seriously though, this was really well written (as always, ha, it's stiefvater), and i loved opal's unique voice and way of seeing the world. i also love how there was actually a plot and sense of intrigue/mystery.

short stories often fall flat for me or bore me, because sometimes it takes a while for me to get really into a story, and i walk away feeling like there wasn't enough substance to leave a lasting imp
When I heard Maggie was doing something with Adam and Ronan, I was super excited! Becauseeeee... I love them in the original series and I want to read more about them and their relationship. I didn't expect it to be like this though.

• I'm pretty much like Opal right now, I have no fucking clue what just happened.
• The writing is just as eerie and mysterious, but reading it from Opal's POV, kinda didn't work for me. Don't get me wrong, Opal's cute. But I don't think as a narrator she worked for m
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater l

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