Why I LOVE the Raven Cycle! | LibroLiv

I’m sure you’ve all heard of this series before. If not, I am honoured to introduce to you all my favourite book series, Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘Raven Cycle,’ a quartet of YA magical realism novels that hold a special place in my heart. Carry on reading to see why I love this series so much!

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1. A novel that prioritises friendship

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In The Raven Cycle, friendship is central and always comes first. I just love that. Unfortunately, especially in YA, there seems to be an overarching trend of romance, with the importance of friendship – more often than not – swept under the rug. There are so many YA novels that seem to teach that we should seek out romantic relationships in our adolescence, and kind of push our friendships to the side. In contrast, Stiefvater allows romance to blossom naturally, and friendship to be the key feature. In my opinion, this is so important, especially when considering Stiefvater’s primary audience: young, impressionable people. (Not that they’re the only ones that should read this series!)

2. Poetic writing

It’s so lovely to come across a piece of prose that is written in a way that feels like poetry. Stiefvater’s writing is so rhythmic and generally a joy to read. If you’re a fan of poetic writing, definitely pick this series up!

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3. A slow burner

If you like quick-fire, satisfying endings, The Raven Cycle is not for you. Seeds are planted in book 1 that do not fully blossom until book 4, which I personally love. I really like when authors are so conscious of the plot lines they are weaving that – though the ending may primarily seem shocking – a reread unveils the inevitability of the ending. The Raven Cycle is so well written, so well pieced together, that it amazes me. You go, Maggie!

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There is an array of other reasons as to why The Raven Cycle is my favourite series, but these are just a few! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will – possibly (if I have convinced you!) – love reading The Raven Cycle as much as I did!

Olivia x

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9 thoughts on “Why I LOVE the Raven Cycle! | LibroLiv

  1. I’m so glad I chanced upon this series quite randomly at the book store. It’s so magical and wholesome and quirky! Ronan Lynch has burnt the heart out of me. ❤️ Glad to find someone who enjoyed this series just as much as me.

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  2. Great post! I absolutely love this series. One of my favorite things about it is definitely the friendships and how they are the true focus on the story. Also, the writing style is absolutely beautiful. Maggie is definitely up there for me as being one of the most lyrical writers, same with Laini Taylor. I can’t wait for the rest of Maggie’s books!

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  3. Ugh I love this series so much as well. Its focus on friendship is definitely a highlight, but it also adds themes of family (especially mother-daughter relationship) a lot and very well. It’s totally not for everyone, because of the really slow plot, but I personally love the writing style. Great post! ❤

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  4. Shoto

    I’ve heard SO MUCH about this series but I’m yet to pick it up! I have the first book but never got around to reading it ahah it sounds fantastic though 😀

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