Top Ten Tuesday: How Do I Love the Raven Cycle? Let Me Count the Ways

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Reasons I Love Xcould be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.” Whoa, a chance to gush about anything? I didn’t know where to begin when I saw the topic for this week. There are so many possibilities and in truth, I think I’d like to revisit this topic in the future and share a little about my other obsessions. But for today, I’ll be gushing about one of my favorite series ever, Maggie Steifvater’s The Raven Cycle. No one quite understands my enthusiasm for this series and that’s because I work hard to hold myself back when talking about it. Hopefully today’s post doesn’t shatter that fragile facade of sanity I work so hard to maintain while speaking about these books. Covers below are linked to Goodreads. Click images below to enlarge.

The Raven Cycle:

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1. Unique Plot – I’ve never come across a series quite like The Raven Cycle. The whole concept revolves around a group of teens trying to find a missing Welsh king, rumored to grant a favor to the one who wakes him. You’re probably thinking that sounds rather unusual and you are right, it is unusual and yet it works.

2. Character-Driven – I love character-driven novels. I’m always drawn to complex characters and I loved watching these characters grow over this series of books. I could go on and on about Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. Each is truly unique and feels so dynamic, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a group of characters that feel more real.

3. Book Covers – This is a shallow reason to like this series, but can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful and different these book covers are? The cover art for this series is amongst my favorite and oh-so photogenic.

4. Fantastic Friendships – If you read the synopsis for the first book, you’d come to believe that this novel is essentially a love story and I’d agree, just not in the way you’d think. Friendship is a kind of love story and you will not find a set of friends more devoted to one another than the one found in this series.

5. Love Stories – Because yes, the characters do fall in love and the development is a rewarding thing to watch, especially when certain characters are very determined not to like another.

6. Interesting Minor Characters – There are no stock characters in this series to fill out the universe. And every minor character Stiefvater introduces could have a book devoted to their own story. Even the villains in the story are interesting, like how in the world did I come to care so much for a hit man?

7. The Humor – Because this series never ceases to make me smile. Whether it’s a snide remark about why someone never wanted to have a baby with another, or someone musing that lamps just aren’t their thing, there’s a quiet humor to Stiefvater’s writing that usually elicits a silent chuckle from myself.

“This is what you get, Maura, for using your DNA to make a baby,” Calla said.

8. Adult Characters – It drives me crazy when adult characters are nowhere to be found in YA books. This isn’t the case with The Raven Cycle. Not only are the present, but they are important to the story and all deliciously interesting.

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9. Perfect Reread Material – Before the final book came out, I reread the first three books and became deeply immersed in the story, marking significant passages that I hadn’t realized were so significant the first time around. Stiefvater has written a story that deserves to be reread because oh my gosh, she foreshadowed so much.

10. Beautiful Writing – Sometimes Stiefvater’s writing is so achingly beautiful, I don’t know what to do with myself. The parallels, the foreshadowing, the lovely prose, the dynamic characters, just everything is told with such care, I’m just in awe of her writing ability.

And Because This Quote Sums Up How I Feel:

“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was so big that it felt like sadness.”

Are you a fan of the Raven Cycle series? Are you undecided about reading it? Have I convinced you to pick it up? Which book series are you positively obsessed with? What topic are you covering for this Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know in the comments and leave a link to your own TTT post and I’ll be sure to visit!

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