REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Published: September 1, 2012, Scholastic Inc.

My copy: Paperback (bought at Barnes & Noble)

Summary: “‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,’ Neeve said. ‘Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.'”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all — family money, good looks, devoted friends — but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. [Goodreads]

So, for some strange reason, I’m just joining the Raven Cycle bandwagon. I read this book like, three years ago, but I must have forgotten about it or something, because I never read the other books. But, I’m here now! And boy, do I love these books.

I bought The Raven Boys last month (check out my January in Review) along with some other books that I’m planning on reading soon, and I will admit that I picked this one up over the weekend because it was the smallest. However, I was super happy that I did! Not only are the characters so intricate and loveable (or intricate and scary), but their relationships and the plot give the book a lot of layers and mystery. I’m normally not big into paranormal stuff, but sometimes you have exceptions (*cough* this book *cough*). Most people have a favorite Raven Boy, but I don’t know if I can choose. Seriously, I love them all. Noah, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, they’re all such different characters that it’s hard to compare them!
The plot was kind of all over the place in the beginning, but it starts to come together nicely in the middle, which is when things start to go wayyy downhill for Blue and her boys. however, it mostly made sense to me, yay!! Sometimes, these paranormal types make me really confused, but Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is so good in these books that I was loving every page 🙂 plus, she writes such detail, how could you not love it?
“I guess I make things that need energy stronger. I’m like a walking battery.”
“You’re the table everyone wants at Starbucks,” Gansey mused as he began to walk again.
Blue blinked. “What?”
Over his shoulder, Gansey said, “Next to the wall plug.”
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

11 Replies to “REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Hi Julia!! Mrs. G. sent me a link to your blog–glad to see you’re still reading like crazy! I LOVE The Raven Boys series, and am looking forward to the release of The Raven King! Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is so beautiful. Keep up the great work with your blog!

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  2. Hi!!! Thanks for showing interest in my reading after all these years of me tearing through books in silent reading time! I’ve only read The Raven Boys, but I’m planning on getting the next two sometime this month so that I can be caught up by the time The Raven King comes out. I’ve started keeping track of what I read, because I’d forget all the books otherwise! 🙂


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