The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review

raven boysT”here 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.”

My Thoughts

This book is absolutely beautiful. It is haunting and strange and magical and everything you could possibly want from a paranormal YA fantasy book. The story is slow to begin with but when the plot really picks up this book is unputdownable. And the slow beginning means that as a reader you get to really know each of the main characters.

I loved Blue. She lives with an eccentric family of physics and is feels a bit like a spare part, with no clairvoyant powers to speak off, although she makes other physics stronger. To live with the burden of knowing that if you kiss your true love he will die must be so hard, but Blue is really stoic with her fate. She is really unique – but she isn’t trying to be, she is just being herself. She is just one of those characters that you want to be friends with. I also loved the four Raven Boys. Maggie Stiefvater has done such a great job with the boys – they all have very distinct personalities. I really identified with Adam and his plight to do better for himself in the most difficult circumstances. Noah, the quiet listener was also written SO well and Ronan was such a great anti-hero. Gansey was, to put it simply, charismatic. He just leapt of the page and it was so easy to picture him. Its rare to see such a well formed and complicated character and I cannot wait to read more.

The plot was extremely slow to start with, the main focus being on the characters and their motives. This was quite disappointing for me, but then when the plot actually probably started, it blew my socks off. There are so many twists and turns that I just didn’t see coming and the end climax is just explosive. I really hope the second book is as action packed as the last half of The Raven Boys.

I really loved this book, and Maggie Stiefvater’s writing was just exemplary. I cannot wait till the next book, The Dream Thieves is out.


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