Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted August 29, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 4 Comments

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18, 2012
Pages: 409
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
Also by this author: The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

“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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I absolutely love Stiefvater’s writing style.  I love it in the Wolves of Mercy Falls, and love it even more in the The Raven Boys.  She just has a wonderful way with words.  This review will be short and sweet, there’s a lot of spoilery stuff that happens, and I don’t want to reveal it.

The characters are magnificent.  Each one has gone through some pretty difficult stuff.  There are so many layers to each and every person in this book.  You can’t even begin to scratch the surface on them in one book.  Blue does what she thinks is right, even when those she lives with don’t agree.  She’s independent, and awkward.  Blue doesn’t have many friends, but it doesn’t seem to bother her too much.  Gansey is a very solid person.  He has this need to take care of everyone, especially his friends.  He also tries to think through consequences of anything he does.  Ronan is an impulsive character.  He flies by the seat of his pants, and doesn’t seem to care about anyone but himself and sometimes Gansey.  Adam is a total sweetheart.  He’s a nice guy, but deals with awful circumstances.  I like his demeanor, but sometimes he comes off as proud or arrogant.

The pacing of the book is easy going.  Ley lines are a heavy focus in this book, but you don’t learn a lot about them.  You learn a few things, but it makes me want to know more.  The family dynamics for all the teens in this book is odd.  Well, except for Gansey.  But Blue’s is the most strange.  I’m just glad they find a way to make it all work out.  The ending left me wanting the next book. I loved the storyline, and the mystery surrounding Glendower.  I definitely have a lot more questions that I hope to have answered as the series progresses.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

4 responses to “Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I agree! Loved this book. Read it when it first came out, but just listened to the audiobook a few months ago to refresh myself before the sequel comes out. The characters are very complex and there are a few surprises along the way. I like when the four boys and Blue are together. Can’t wait for The Dream Thieves to find out more about Ronan!

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