Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Published: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press.
Sort: The raven cycle #3.
Source: I received a copy from the wonderful Ellis.
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up. Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
Blue is still searching for her mother, who disappeared after she left a mysterious note. Maura is now part of the game and more players are ready to join. Gansey isn’t the only one looking for Glendower and the dangerous Colin has arrived in town with his wife Paige. The battle is about to begin.
I loved the addition of new characters, especially Jesse and Paige – although she’s not a likeable character. She is meant to be a bitch, but she’s an intelligent and kick-ass one you sometimes have to admire. A complex villain who is going to play a bigger role, if you ask me. Jesse was too adorable for words, but I had to get used to the fact that his lines are written in caps lock. It was hard to imagine a guy screaming all the time.
I will always be a fan of sassy Blue, who keeps proving herself as solid character. She struggles with her feelings for Gansey, while she is trying to stay strong for the rest of her family. It’s great that they are always a part of her life and: DAMNED, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TO PERSEPHONE? She was still my favorite secondary character and I did not see that coming. Select for the spoiler. Adam seemed to get more lonely by the minute and it pained me to see him turning away. There were points where I hoped he would change, but I’m afraid he will keep himself on the side-line. I loved his moments with Ronan though, who is my favorite Raven boy at the moment, and I can see where the ship comes from. They have an unique bond made out of banter and hidden kindness.
This series features one of the most slow and nerve-wrecking romances I’ve ever seen (and I love every minute of it) You keep wondering what is going to happen with them, because in the back of your head you are always aware she might kill Gansey; and you still want them together. I have a terrible feeling we will be broken when we read the final.
The last thing I want to mention is that the plot felt a bit out of control, which is why this is a 4-star book. There was no clear point and with the jumps between POV’s it was sometimes hard to see the destination of the story. At the same time, I was hooked from the moment I began reading. There is something about Maggie’s writing-style that is pure magic. The ending made up for the unfocused plot and has an interesting climax that makes me want to pick up the sequel right away.