I'm going to give you the summary after the picture, but even it's a little spoiler if you haven't read The Raven Boys, so it will be in white, like all my spoilers.
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after.\
Why I read it: If you read the first book in The Raven Cycle, you know. There's something about these characters, the way the relate to each other, the way they drive the plot, all of it. Not reading the second book was not an option.
ZOMG yes: Really, this should be my category for the entire review. First: you get to know Ronan a lot better in this book (in case you couldn't tell from the cover). I really liked that. Ronan intrigued me in the first book, and I wanted his perspective. I wasn't disappointed. He was every bit as broken and at war with himself as I had hoped, and Maggie does such a good job of bringing that to life in this story.
I also loved the new villains in this story. They each had their own depth to them, and I wanted to know them more, to understand what drove them. SPOILERS (like some big ones): I really would have liked to learn a little more about Kavinsky's back story--what drove him crazy--but I know it's there even if it wasn't divulged. And the Gray Man? Maggie, how could you make me love a hit man? Much less a hit man with the past target he had? I love and hate you for doing this to me.
If you've read Tracey's review, she's completely right about that scene with Noah and Blue. I loved it, but I really wanted more Noah in this book. Maybe in the next one? You know now that SPOILER: the ley line is feeling a little better.
I loved getting to see more of Maura, Calla, and Persephone here. I especially love the reveals about Persephone as they tied to Adam's part of the story line. So those of you Adam lovers out there: don't worry, we get further in his story, too.
Also. I ship Gansey and Blue.
Hmmm: So the end. There's that. SPOILERS: I'm confused at where Gansey was in the epilogue. Anyone else? Also curious to see what drove Maura to her decision. I'm waiting to meet Butternut, and I think her choices are tied to that.
kthxbai: If you haven't started this series, you really need to. It's a wonderful story, but the writing alone is reason enough.
All the chiweenies to Maggie!