The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: 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. (From Goodreads

Hmmmmm. I finished this book last night and had a chance to sleep on my feelings for it, and I’m still???? Kind of not sure??

Look, the last book in a series always has the potential to be amazing or be shit. So, the fact that the conclusion to (probably) one of my favorite series was NOT shit? That’s pretty remarkable. It wasn’t amazing, though.

There was a lot of jumping around between characters which I’m sure was a way to bring closure to their journeys, but I felt like the book was just jerking me in different directions. While I enjoyed one of the newly introduced characters, Henry, it felt a like he was shoehorned in as a way to provide a solution that the others could not. Especially considering I just watched the latest addition to the group before him, Blue, spend the past three book growing and learning how to be friends with the others. Plus, having Henry provide comedic relief particularly in the end really drew me out of the scene.

The final scene felt a little rushed. At four hundred pages of build-up, I was a little disappointed that some random character just shot Piper and Gansey’s death managed to get wrapped up in like two pages.

Still, it’s the end of an amazing series. I’ve grown to be obsessed with the Raven kids and the story. I can’t believe how much I fell in love with Gansey and Blue falling in love. And Adam and Ronan??? Their scenes were always breathtaking. Overall, it was a solid ending.

Rating:  ★★★☆☆

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