Book Review: The Raven Boys

Book Review: The Raven BoysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18th 2012
Pages: 409
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“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.

In The Raven Boys, Blue is from a family of clairvoyants but she herself only inherited being able to amplify the others powers. When she was young, a prediction was made about her true love, that if she kissed him, he would die. Every since then, she's sworn off dating, boys and any thoughts of true love. When she stands on Saint Mark's Road, she sees visions of those who are going to die, as they do every year on St. Mark's night. One intrigues her, the image of a boy who is still in high school, taken before his time and he is a Raven boy, one of the boys that attends the private, elite school near her.

When she is working as a waitress, she sees the boy Gansey, who approaches her about his friend Adam who seems to like her. Blue takes it the wrong way and starts a rocky relationship with the boys. Gansey has his own story and is searching out ley lines, which brings him to Blue's house to talk to her mother.

Finding herself drawn to Gansey and the mystery behind him, Blue becomes more engrossed in the mystery of everything that is going on. Stiefvater does an amazing job of twisting plot lines together and pulling together characters. The characters are layered and full of life and I'm impressed by her books every time I pick one up.

I'm not sure where the relationships are going in this series as there is so much implied between Gansey and Blue, but Adam is truly her love interest. I fell in love with Adam myself, who is a scholarship student and has a rough home life but is strong enough to know he cannot be dependent on Gansey. The relationship between Gansey and Adam intrigues me the most as he wants to be the solution for every problem that he comes across which comes into play a lot between these two boys.

I think the sideplots of the boys really lent itself to the story, giving us a true insight to each of them and how imperfect they are. Even Gansey, who always seems the perfect everything has his moments and you can tell he has a front up almost all of the time. The novel really picks up at the end, where I could not put it down as events I did not see coming push themselves to the main plot and all of the buildup finally fits together.

Final Verdict: The Raven Boys is the first in a series that I cannot wait to more of and I hope the next book is just as good as the first one. I recommend The Raven Boys for fans of magic, mystery and dynamic characters.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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3 responses to “Book Review: The Raven Boys

  1. I just picked up the second in the series at the library yesterday.  This series didn't grab me in the same way the "Wolves of Mercy Falls" series by the same author did, but it did pull me in enough to want to read more.  

  2. Tif

    I really enjoyed this book and I listened to it on audio!  I can't wait to find out what happens next and need to get my hands on a copy of The Dream Thieves soon!

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