Friday, January 30, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Guest Post: Kathy from Read This Instead


Welcome to the fifth and final of this week's guest posts on The Series Series! All week this week I'll be hosting guest posts from around the blogosphere, wherein five lovely book bloggers will share their love for a beloved book series by answering ten questions about it. 

Today's post is brought to you by Kathy from Read This Instead and she'll be talking about The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.  I was personally really excited when Kathy told me what series she had chosen, because I haven't started this series yet, and have been wanting to give it a go.  (That GIF especially makes me want to start reading.)  Also, as a side note, Kathy agreed to do this post with very little notice, so basically Kathy is my favorite person in the world right now.  All hail Kathy!  When you're done here, you know the drill: Show Kathy some love by stopping by Read This Instead!

Lastly, seeing as this is the last post in my Series Series, I just wanted to say thank you for all your thoughts and comments (and even posts!) over the past two weeks - I've loved hearing from you, and my TBR list has all but exploded with all the series love I've heard.  I was in a bit of a reading slump, but your enthusiasm picked me right up.  Thank you!!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Okay, on to The Raven Cycle.  Take it away, Kathy!


1. Describe this series in five words:
Prep-school boys seek sleeping king

2. Who should read this series?
Anyone who likes a good character driven story, or magical realism, or Maggie Stiefvater's other books.


3. If this series were an animal what would it be?
A birdsaw 


4. Is there anything triggering in this series that readers should be aware of?  
One of the characters comes from an abusive family, there's some fist fighting, and non-gory violence. There's also some teen drinking and quite a bit of profanity. And there are psychics who use tarot cards and such.

5. What food/drink did you crave after reading this series?  
Yogurt with fruit on the bottom, which becomes a thing in the second book

6. If you were to give this series to someone as a gift, what other item would you pair it with?  
Some lessons in driving a stick shift (at least the book made me think learning that would be cool) :)

7. What emotion did you feel the most while reading this book? 
Excitement. Even though these aren't very plot driven stories I'm always interested in what new twist is going to happen and how the characters are going to deal with it. And some angst because each book ends with a cliffhanger.

8. After finishing this series, what should I read next?  
The last book comes out this fall and I think the ending will be bittersweet, so I'd go with something happy to balance it out. For me that would be contemporary romance.

9. Summarize this series with a GIF:

10. Give your final pitch of why people should read this series: 
This really is a great series! The summary for the first book tries to make it sound like a paranormal romance but that's not what it is at all. (seriously, in three books there have been two kisses: one involving a ghost and the other a hitman. This is not a kissing series.) It's magic and adventure and complex relationships between characters that are very different and flawed. Also psychics and trees that speak Latin. And some car racing. 

Really, there's so much going on you're bound to find something that appeals to you.

18 comments:

  1. I love Maggie Stiefvater!! I really want to read this series.

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    1. Do it! Do it! :) I think they're easily the best books she's written.

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  2. Thanks so much for having me! I had so much fun answering the questions it made me want to start reading these books all over again :)

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    1. It was my pleasure! Thanks for getting me excited about this series! :)

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  3. What hardly any kissing!!! ;) Just kidding. I can totally deal without it ... sort of. ;)

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    1. Hah! I see how the lack of kissing would be a detriment to some, but to a curmudgeon like me it's music to my ears.

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    2. There are still some romantic feelings with the characters, but yeah, there's really no kissing. The author put on twitter the other day that she'd written a kiss into the fourth book & it was a huge deal. (also for the plot because one of the characters was told if she kissed her true love he would die....)

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    3. Ooh, that does sound intriguing. Kind of reminds me of Pushing Daisies- did you ever watch that show?

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  4. Yes one day I'm going to finish this series.

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    1. One day I'm going to start this series! :)

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    2. Yes! I would love to see what you both think about it :)

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    3. I'll let you know when I begin, if you'd like!

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  5. I couldn't finish The Dream Thieves. I've forgotten a few things from The Raven Boys, and I just wasn't in the mood. I was also confused. Anyway, I have every intention of picking this series back up again because I loved the first book. I think I just need to read them all back to back, so I'm thinking of waiting for the 4th book (which I didn't know about, I thought this was a trilogy) to come out.

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    1. I think that will be my plan too: wait for the last book and read them in one lump of fabulousness. :)

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  6. Great series pick Kathy! I'm nervous about the ending too...

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    1. I was glad she selected this series as well! :)

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