[635]: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater


The Raven King

by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m a part of the population who died a little when this book’s original publication date was pushed back. I was devastated. I needed to read it like I needed my next breath. But there was nothing else I can do. Earth continued to orbit around the sun. Seasons changed as I came closer to my death. With very little desire to live, I trudged on and waited with everyone. Until that one fateful day when I was given a reprieve: my bookstore had it three days earlier than its publication date. Huzzah.

So I got ready to boogie. I settled in with my Trenta Black Tea Lemonade and told my family to leave me the hell alone. Hours passed. After a few starts and stops, I grew agitated.  Brows furrowed, I start to question if I might be reading a different book. For one, I was reading and rereading passages. For another, I was confused af. This is not the Maggie I knew and love. She was no longer speaking my language. Days passed. I was no closer to deciphering the words. Why was it so complicated?  What changed? Why am I suddenly struggling to imagine what she was describing? I wanted to cry. I wanted to shout at a cruel god who made me wait extra long for a book that will not fulfill its promise of greatness. But I persevered. Who cares if it will take me longer than necessary to read something that I proclaimed to be the most anticipated book to come out this year? I didn’t give up hope. Somewhere in there, I knew I’ll get all the lovin’ feeling back.

The story went on. Gansey and Blue continued to ignore the four-letter-word flashing above their heads. Blue continued to resist kissing Gansey. The women of 300 Fox Way proceeded to exist in their mystical magnificence per usual. Blue’s father was still doing his rendition of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet. Adam and Ronan circled each other like prey and predator (which is which was everyone’s prerogative). Ronan brought strays he collected from his dreams like always. The story went on but I couldn’t even muster an ounce of excitement for what’s unfolding before me. Because the truth of the matter is, The Raven King dragged. The writing didn’t work for me. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t ever remember Maggie’s writing to be this complicated and long-winded. It’s too pretty for my taste. And I’m the type of reader who was a high tolerance for purple prose. I know how to appreciate cloaked meanings. But above all, If I was disappointed in The Raven King, I was even more disappointed in myself. Because I knew that I would be the black sheep in the community after everything is said and done. I am ashamed.

Towards the end,  a couple of things happened. There was kissing that became a preamble to chapter 39; the culmination of all my wanting happened. For the last two years, I’d imagined how it could be. Who would make the first move? Who would be the first one to  run away after they realized what had happened? I had imagined it in every conceivable way but nothing could’ve prepared me for that moment. It was glorious, splendid, beautiful and way too freaking short. But it doesn’t matter. Because in a few short pages, The Raven King was redeemed. That was all it took. Two kids kissing.

It turns out that I’m easy. I can be bought with the right bribe. You can irritate me with your beautiful words. You can prolong the agony of waiting for my ship to sail. But if you give me everything I’ve been hoping for, you can forget that I ever considered abandoning your book in the first place.

All’s well that ends well.

  • Girl… Love the review! It started with long waiting, then seemed to descriptive, but I love how easy you were won over by two kids kissing!

  • I love this review Joy! She writes such yummy words too! I need catch up as I need that kiss : )

  • YOUR REVIEW! Girl, don’t EVER scare me like that again lol. I seriously thought you were going to hate it and toss it to the side to collect dust or something. I heard it’s a bit long-winded, which isn’t surprising, especially since I felt the books are paced slow as hell anyway. I still have to read Blue Lily, then it’ll be time to cry in my corner when this series is finally over for me. * cries *

  • Jazmen

    Man I need to try this one. I feel so–out of the loop.

  • Gahhh. I did not really like TRK :c BUT YES I AGREE the writing was so long winded. There were so many useless chapters imo. And I didn’t really love Blue or Gansey so the kiss wasn’t all that special for me unfortunately. I’m glad you ended up enjoying it despite the dragging, Joy!

  • Great review. I’ve actually not started this series yet. So many series, so little time. I will get to it eventually. I promise.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Aw 🙂 I love this review of yours Joy. <3 All the hugs. So so so glad you ended up liking it a lot. But gooosh. I am so sorry it took you so long to read it, and that you didn't care for the writing 🙁 SOOOOBS. But so happy the kiss was good 😀 Yesss. But too short. Sniffs. Not good, haha. I also died when release day changed. Ugh. And so I have yet to read this one.. sad face. BUT SOON 😀 I'm just putting it off a little, lol. I have not read much this year at all 🙁 Makes me so sad. Anyway. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts. <3

  • Yeah, a good kiss (or sex, whichever the case may be) scene can redeem a book!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m sorry this was a disappointment for you, Joy! I admit to feeling confused when I finished this, only because the ending was so open and ambiguous. I’ve been thinking about it almost nonstop, though, and am growing to like it more upon reflection. Anyway, I’m glad this wasn’t a total disappointment and that you still managed to love aspects of this. Wonderful review, Joy!

  • LOL – Kissing makes everything right again. I need to read this series, and thankfully I won’t have to wait so long between boos. 😛

  • kindlemom1

    I couldn’t agree more especially about the final kissing scene, way beautiful and way too short!

  • karina

    Thank God for your perseverance, J.! I would have given up half way 🙂

  • It seems like this one meant you had to be patient for things to work out the way you wanted them to. I haven’t read any of the books in this series before but it’s one I have high on my TBR to start at some soon point in the future! I’m glad you pushed through with this one and that in the end managed to really enjoy it.

  • Your reviews are the best! I’ve been seing this book everywhere, but this is definitely the tipping point – I’m going to have to start this series. It sounds too good to pass up! I’m glad there was a redeeming end for you 🙂

    Vivacious Reads

  • I’m so nervous about this one. I’ll be listening to the audio and I hope that it doesn’t drag for me. I have a short attention span and low tolerance for anything annoying lately. I guess we’ll see. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • I love your reviews, they crack me up. I haven’t read this series, but I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out on something big.

  • Ellen Baldwin

    This review is hilarious! I plan on binging this soon and your honest review definitely let me be informed/excited. Nice one, joy!

  • did you say dragged… noww… i am not so easy to please!!
    I’m still waiting for my turn with the library book

  • Nick

    You are such a romantic,Joy, I love it and I love you for it. I love that the kiss that you’ve been waiting for was so perfect that it redeemed the book for you. I am sorry to hear it was rough at first, but I’m glad in the end it was worth it for you.
    I’m hoping to pick this series up soon and I can’t wait! 🙂
    Wonderful review!

  • Melliane

    I haven’t tried the series but I heard a lot about it, I need to try one day

  • If it dragged that much I do not know if the kiss would have saved it for me