“Neil was equal parts grateful and irritated.”
Title: The Raven King
Author: Nora Sakavic
Why you should read this book: Because it is beautiful and I say so.
Summary from Goodreads:
The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.
Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.
Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.
“You laughed at Riko on Kathy’s show. If you don’t go, he’ll say you’re too afraid to face him! For shame, Neil.”
I don’t know what to say. I am heartbroken, I am angry, I don’t know what to say. I’ve already said that. See? I can’t think straight. It is a horrible feeling.
I loved this book and I’m loving this series. I wouldn’t have expected to be this obsessed with it. The sport is weird, I still don’t understand how it’s played, the background criminal stuff is a lot over the top but it contributes to the greatness of this book. I know this is not for everyone. You have to be able to stomach a lot of hard and dark issues. It is plenty dark, this sequel, a lot more than I expected. THE LAST CHAPTERS, HELLO?? What is wrong with you people?? This is not okay, I am in a loss of words, I want everything to be nice, I want rainbows and unicorns and my Foxes happy and healthy. It is a lot to ask? I think it is because this book was the end of a little piece of my heart I not going to see again anytime soon.
Neil is still a strong and straightforward character. He has grown from the “I don’t trust anyone” guy he was in the first book. He is starting to see the Foxes as something more than time to waste until his next escape. He sees them as friends and family, he knows them more, he speaks more to them and he is less afraid of the world. He takes bad decisions but they are for the best, he means well, how could he know that the evil scorpion king was in for blood and destruction. I knew Riko was crazy and a sociopath of enormous proportions but this was too much, too much of everything even for him.
Neil is facing dangers he is not suppose to face but he is doing it because he is finally understanding there is more to life (or what is left of it) than exy.
His questions about a certain thing made me giggle a little. He is still trying to figure himself out but I think everyone else knows it already. I just hope he doesn’t wait too much to get what we got chapters and chapters ago.
Andrew threw his hands up. “Newsflash, Nicky: Neil isn’t normal!”
Andrew is my favorite character, besides Neil of course. He has bottled up so many issues it is hard for him to be honest with others. He doesn’t give his trust easily but it seems that he is willing to try opening up with Neil. Andrew’s past is a dark one, so hard to digest, it was terrible to read, I’m still shaken a lot. Nobody had to go through that and grown ups should believe a teenager trying to telling you something is not okay. Andrew is fragile, broken, he needs someone to help him go through what he is going through now.
That’s Andrew for you: making sense since never
The team are very supportive and much more present in this book. Andrew’s lot doesn’t socialize with the other half of the team, it has always been like that but maybe things are changing, I hope for the best because the team can only be stronger if every single one of them learns to know the other. Renee was a nice surprise, revelations were made, pasts uncovered. Dan is such a nice female character, I like her a lot with her love for the game and wanting to bring her team to victory. They couldn’t have a better captain.
About time Aaron, I was going to shake you a little if I didn’t see something more from you. I was happy to discover what makes him Aaron and what is it he has hidden inside to make him that cold. Open up, Aaron, things are stinky, the world is falling down but you’ve had more than one chance to turn everything in your favor. Don’t waste it. (view spoiler)
I can’t wait to read the third and, alas LAST, book of the series. I don’t know if I’m ready to say goodbye, NO, I’m 100% sure I’m not ready. This is going to be hard. Prepare to see my gloomy self until I finish reading it. The joy will migrate from my inner self to somewhere sunny. My soul will be cloudy and stormy. I warned you. Things are going down!
Do I recommend it? Of course, 500% yes, I still feel the need to break something.