I know I'm super late to "The Raven Cycle" bandwagon, especially with the conclusive book's release in April 2016, but that doesn't mean I can't do a review anyway. Plus, if you happened to miss out on this series, I'm here to let you know that you should give it a try. I wasn't certain how I would react to the series going in, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I haven't read a book set in our modern world mixed with magic in a while. Usually, I just stick with straight fantasy or contemporary. I wasn't sure how it was going to work and how the author would balance it. I think it was a smart choice of Maggie Stiefvater to make one of the main character's, Blue, in a life surrounded by magic without having any abilities herself.
Another really strong point in this first book, "The Raven Boys," was the characters and POV shifts. A lot of the characters can seem very one dimensional when they're looked at from the POV of Blue, so shifting into the other characters minds is a great way at showing sides we wouldn't see otherwise. It also gives the readers a lot of information that Blue wouldn't find out for a while, and fills the gaps of time where she isn't involved in the action.
There was only one character's POV I found to be kind of a chore to read from, but I feel as if it was due to the fact that we as readers were not supposed to enjoy this character. Still, I was tempted to skim at times, which isn't something an author wants a reader to do.
I found myself finding each of the characters interesting and unique in their own ways, and I am also intrigued to figure out where the story goes. There was an interesting enough arc in The Raven Boys to make it a good read, but I can tell there's an overarching plot just waiting to happen. I will be picking up the second book in this series as soon as possible!