29 May 2014

Reading Adventures with Nora Oliver: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

About Nora Oliver
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.  G.K. Chesterton

Hi and Hello! Name's Nora Oliver. Born in the great Year of the Pig! I was sorted into Ravenclaw, and have the personality of an Earthbender.  It takes vast amounts of energy to be boring.  "What's the point of language if you don't say what you mean?"
Let me start this review by stating, for the record, that I am a cynic. As cynicism goes, I am usually most cynical about the books I read. In my experience, many books and authors have the same layout to every story in their repertoire: Boring exposition, minimal character development that leads to flat and unimpressive characters, a conflict with a logical solution that the main character will instead jump through hoops to overcome, and finally a hastily written climax that skids into the next "most anticipated" book of the series.

Thankfully, Amelia has opened my eyes to a series that does not follow this slippery slope. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater has captured my attention having only read the first book. The Raven Boys, the first book in the series, has left a cynic like me excited for the next book in the series.