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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, paranormal
Read 5 times. Last read January 3, 2018 to January 5, 2018.

5th read: January 3-5, 2018, 5 stars.
An all-time favorite, forever.

4th read: March 27-29, 2016, 5 stars. Make way for the Raven King! This book always feels new when I read it. I love that.

3rd read: June 1st-3rd 2015, 5 stars.
Nothing to add to my existing reviews except that I haven't read a book this many times since Harry Potter or Wuthering Heights. I really really love it, the intricacies of the language and relationships and story threads. It always feels like a new book, a fresh book.

Re-read: September 24-25th 2014, 5 stars.
This book is infinitely better the second time around! I really liked it the first time (my original review is below) but I had problems getting into it and with the ending. I decided to reread because I'm SO excited for Blue Lily, Lily Blue and this is one of those series with an immense amount of detail and nuance. Usually I feel guilty because I have so many unread books waiting their turn but I'm SO GLAD I read The Raven Boys again! Knowing Stiefvater's writing style right off the bat helps, and I loved seeing the fateful twisting of strands bringing Blue and her raven boys together. It was just so enjoyable. And there were a LOT of details and foreshadowing that I missed the first time around! I didn't remember learning anything about Blue's father originally. The ending also makes a lot more sense- I remembered the big points of the book but I had forgotten so much of the delightful in-betweenness that it was practically like reading a new book. 5 big, important, wonderful stars. I love it all, especially the strangeness. Onto The Dream Thieves!

First read: December 5-16th 2012, 4 stars.

This was a weird book for me. I really liked it, but it took me a few days to get into it and I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I was hoping it would stand on its own more than be seen as a trilogy jumping off point. To be honest, I'm curious to see what a series would look like- I felt this could have been a standalone book (if it was longer that is).

That being said, I loved the characters!! They were all incredibly unique, and interesting, and multi-layered. Their interaction with each other was masterfully done and added so much depth to the book. The story was intriguing as well; almost everything about the book, from the tone to the POV to the plot itself was unusual. I liked the mix of mythology and history along with the supernatural. I was mildly uncomfortable the entire time I was reading, waiting for the shoe to drop so to speak. I think it added to the experience of reading a mysterious and somewhat sinister book. I would definitely recommend it- the writing was wonderfully lyrical and I'm so anxious to see where the story will lead!
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Reading Progress

August 20, 2012 – Shelved
December 5, 2012 – Started Reading
December 7, 2012 –
page 29
7.09%
December 10, 2012 –
page 97
23.72%
December 15, 2012 –
page 137
33.5% "I like this, but it's slow going for me so far... very interesting though."
December 16, 2012 –
page 262
64.06%
December 16, 2012 – Finished Reading
September 24, 2014 – Started Reading
September 25, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 26, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
June 1, 2015 – Started Reading
June 3, 2015 – Finished Reading
July 8, 2015 – Shelved as: paranormal
March 27, 2016 – Started Reading
March 29, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 3, 2018 – Started Reading
January 3, 2018 –
5.0%
January 3, 2018 –
page 139
33.99%
January 3, 2018 –
page 219
53.55%
January 5, 2018 –
page 364
89.0%
January 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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