Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
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This book was the conclusion to the series and I don’t really know what to say about it. I liked it, it was entertaining, it was fitting, it felt like coming back to something familiar. But it was also slow, which was a common denominator in all the books, it was anticlimactic, it was slightly confusing, and a little all over the place.
So, the good.
Depending on where you began this series, it was about Ronan Lynch and Adam Parrish.
That’s what this series turned into for me in the end, a series about them. The main reason I cared about this book, had the motivation to read it when I did, was because I wanted to know how their stories ended. I wanted Ronan to be happy, to get everything he wanted after losing so much. And I wanted happiness for Adam, for his dreams to come true in all the ways he wanted after enduring so much pain. In the end, and through it all, I stayed with this series for them, and I can say that I am glad I did. I am throughly pleased with the way they progressed in the novel, where their stories took them, and how they concluded. The growth Ronan does in this one alone is astounding, and the person Adam becomes is beautiful.
I can’t talk about the good in this book without mentioning the writing. Damn Maggie Stiefvater can write. Some of the most beautiful, poetic, descriptive, and flowing writing around. I absolutely adored the way multiple chapters started with the same sentence. It was just so well done. So, while there are issues I have with it (see further in the bad section for details) the writing is ultimately why I constantly think about this world, even when I’m not in it.
And sadly, the longer bad section.
Depending on where you began this series, it was about Henry Cheng, Noah Czerny, and every other pointless character in the series meant only to waste pages. Literally why I can never fully enjoy these books: the 500 side characters with seemingly 0 plot. Henry Cheng, introduced in book 3, becomes a main character in book 4 and seemingly takes the place as Gansey’s best friend. He even becomes a little trio with Blue and Gansey and I just??? When did this happen? Was I in the bathroom and missed the pivotal moment? He didn’t even fill a plot purpose, I was waiting for him to turn into a villain and betray everyone. He was just dumped into book 4 as a main character and I was supposed to feel intense love for him. I just have absolutely no idea what in the world his role was for and I would love any explanations people have.
Adding to this, why was his mom in this book? Her whole role was so pointless, it just added unnecessary pages for me to read. Laumonier, a fascinating character(s) was so pointless. In fact, every adult except like the psychics and Artemis were essentially here for??? Who knows really. A lot of inclusion of a hot mess for no reason.
Other mini reasons this was a bit of disappointment: the entire Glendower storyline was a huge letdown. I get why it turned out the way it did, but at the same time huge build up for a bit of nothing. Then there’s the writing.. I love her writing to bits and pieces but it reads very slow and a bit dull at times. Not a lot of action and none of the action included is suspenseful because of her writing style. Not a huge complaint but because it was the last book, at times it felt a bit out of sync with me.
I also still found myself with 0 care in the world for Blue Sargent, and I love Gansey but because of his storyline being interwoven with Blue and Henry, he becomes less of an importance for me.
And lastly, and certainly not least, my main qualm with this book, and the series overall, is what Maggie Stiefvater did to Noah Czerny. I understand why his role in the books diminished over time and over the books. It was necessary, I get it, but the way it was done was honestly such a sad aspect to me. Noah was such a key role in this friend group in book 1. He was one of the Raven Boys, one of Blue’s 4 boys, one of the key parts of a group of 5. But somehow, by this book, no one acknowledged him, no one mentioned him, no one CARES that he’s barely there, no one cares about him at all, and his tiny little role in this book is actually one that makes him look bad. The lack of appreciation and care for Noah is such a bother to me. It’s why I almost debated giving this 3 stars instead of 4. Noah was important. Noah is important and to throw him away, to not even mention him in the Epilogue when he played such a vital role to something in the end, was a disservice to his character that I cannot forgive Maggie Stiefvater for this no matter how hard I try.
I liked this book. It was satisfying and a good conclusion and I am happy to be finished it, but there were issues I had and things about the series as a whole that bothered me. I don’t think it’s the best series ever but I can see why a lot of people adore it, I can also see why people don’t like it. I enjoyed it, I will always keep this world and these characters for me, but for now I’m saying goodbye to my Raven Boys.