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The Raven Cycle Book Tag

The last Raven Cycle tag I found was one of those “pick a character” ones. (And I hate those.)

This is a whole new SCENARIOS tag found on Paper Fury!

IT’S DESTINY.

I love this series and these characters and a reread is LONG overdue.

Which REMINDS me that Claire still has my copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue

On to the tag!

 

[CONTENT WARNING: Today’s rape culture rant was brought to you

by Joy McCullough’s Blood Water Paint. Anger up ahead.]

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In the books, Maura is the relaxed mom who is more Blue’s friend than actual mother. Who is your favorite mom character?

 

Am I the only person who doesn’t think Maura is…the best mother?

I NEED A REREAD.

Maybe once I finish my ballerina thriller.

Know who’s NOT my favorite mom character? Carolyn Fletcher.

Or Francine Finn.

Or Jocelyn Fairchild.

I’ll be honest: this prompt is a struggle.

I really don’t like YA moms, it seems.

Jessica Valenti would have something to say about that and SHE’D BE RIGHT.

Okay, YA lists are failing me.

Alanna was a mom.

How cool would it be to have Alanna of Pirate’s Swoop for a mom?

Answer: the coolest.

 

Adam wanted to go to Aglionby so he could one day escape where he came from. Have you ever dreamt of living somewhere else? Where?

 

I wanted to go to school in New York when I was much younger.

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In high school, I dreamed of moving to Colorado and attending Christian college.

Luckily, neither of those things happened. (Something tells me I would have regretted applying to CCU.)

I’d still love to move to Portland, Oregon in the future.

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Vegan paradise. Donuts and bridges galore.

 

In the second book, we meet the Gray Man, a hit man who loves poetry. Name a book that you thought was going to be one thing but turned out to be something else.

 

This happens to me…often.

I barge on ahead with first impressions and never correct them.

Then I get upset when the book differs from the picture in my head.

Long-time readers will know I touted All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages as a speculative sci-fi anthology.

It…was not that.

The book was an occasionally-fantastical historical fiction anthology.

VERY good, minus the space battles I for some reason expected.

 

Gansey has searched most of his life for a buried king who is promised to grant one wish. What is one wish you would ask from Glendower?

 

This is about to get sad.

Not tragic, just…indicative of the U.S. economy.

I would really love it if Glendower made my student loans disappear.

Imagine if I could afford to rent a place with an ACTUAL bedroom.

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Or travel somewhere besides Oregon.

What would it be like to travel through Europe without incurring credit card debt?

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IMAGINE.

 

In this series, you get to see Greenmantle as a fleshed-out character but also as a villain. Name your favorite type of villain.

 

I like it when a villain does evil things for personal reasons.

These villains don’t care (that much) about the cause; they want to pay a debt or restore their honor or avenge their friend or something.

I spend my time rooting for these villains to switch sides.

They’re not BAD people, just misguided ones!

In conclusion, Kylo Ren will redeem himself. I JUST KNOW IT.

 

Blue’s got her Raven Boys. Who makes up your bookish team (4)?

 

How about….

Think of all the sass and feelings.

Ronan and Kyo probably wouldn’t get along too well…

SHOULD I WRITE THIS FIC???

 

Ronan is a bad ass with a sensitive side [Note: YEAH HE IS.] What book have you read that was action-packed but had beautiful emotional scenes as well?

 

Sadie gripped me…in more ways than one.

IT SQUEEZED MY VERY SOUL.

SQUEEZED IT, I TELL YOU.

My girlfriend can verify that I screamed while reading this book, I was so wound up.

I CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER DEAD GIRL.

 

Noah has a heart of gold. Who touched your heart recently?

(CW: rape)

Blame Joy McCullough for making me weep with rage.

Blood Water Paint is gorgeous and compassionate…and infuriating.

In Blood Water Paint (as in real life), Agostino Tassi rapes Artemisia Gentileschi.

Not only does he escape torture (unlike Artemisia, THE VICTIM), he only gets 5 years banishment from Rome?

AND THAT SENTENCE IS NEVER CARRIED OUT???

What’s that you say? Injustice like the above continues to this day?

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At least his appeal fell through.

Believe survivors.

Hold rapists accountable for the harm they cause.

And, by God, STOP DEFENDING THEM.

YES, THIS IS DIRECTED AT YOU, SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONFERENCE.

800+ VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE?

NO, I WILL NOT PRAY FOR THE MEN WHOSE LIVES “MIGHT” BE RUINED BY THESE ACCUSATIONS.

FIRE THEM AND CALL THE COPS.

 

Calla is a woman who speaks her mind and puts her foot down when necessary. Who is your favorite strong female character?

 

Who did I just put in my bookish squad?

Jane Eyre, of course!

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Jane escaped the trappings of today’s Strong Female Characters.

She doesn’t wield a sword or disdain femininity.

She’s just a woman standing up for herself and looking out for her own interests.

She chooses self-respect over true love.

That’s worth celebrating.

 

Chainsaw is an awesome Raven Boy pet. If you could have one “exotic” pet, what would it be? What would you name it?

 

I’ve long dreamed of having a pet wolf.

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Do you know how COOL I would be if I had a WOLF??

Specifically a black wolf with white markings, like Dreamer from Avalon: Web of Magic.

I hear there’s a wolf sanctuary somewhere in the state and I’ve always wanted to go.

Why don’t I sponsor a wolf?

I should DO that.

Officially giving wolf sponsorships to all the people on my Christmas list.

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Squash ONE, squash TWO…

HEY, if you forgot, Call Down the Hawk comes out this November!

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Get excited for The Dreamer trilogy!!

And participate in this tag, if you want.

Author:

She/her. 4w3. Lover of vegan cream cheese and performative angst. Seattle-based writer currently dabbling in socialism and progressive Christianity. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

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