28 December 2013

{Book Review} The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 December 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | |

clip_image002The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 409
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: 4.5 Birds

“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.

This was my first Maggie Stiefvater novel, and boy did I get a bit obsessed with THE RAVEN BOYS while I read. I was completely and utterly captivated with the mix of characters, folk tales, and magic.

First and foremost, I loved all of the characters—even as I hated them. They are all so distinct to the point that I don’t think I could’ve mixed up their banter if I tried. There are very few books that keep that natural separation in my mind. Then there’s Blue and her supernatural family, who add grounding to all the magic weaving through the story. It was great to see the day-to-day effect of magic on the characters when it wasn’t all wrapped up in constant conflict and danger.

“But what about the romance and Blue’s dilemma of the ghost,” you ask? The romance is quite subdued in THE RAVEN BOYS, and for good reason—would you freely give your heart to someone who you’d never met and knew was going to die soon? Not likely. So Blue keeps her heart pretty close, but even so, there are some sparks the fly, tender moments, and most importantly, a strong bond formed with all of the characters.

There was only one part of THE RAVEN BOYS that truly bothered me and that was the last line. This was shaping up to be a fantastic start of a series: great characters, amazing development, a full story arc . . . that, wait, stands alone? Almost. The final line is a way to specifically set up the next novel. It wasn’t necessary to this story at all. I understand why authors or editors or publishers add these, “come solve this new riddle or cliffhanger next year!” But honestly, when it’s not needed it bothers me more than it should. And THE RAVEN BOYS had enough set up to leave it out.

Despite my pet peeve with the final line, I absolutely loved THE RAVEN BOYS and am very excited to start my copy of book two, THE DREAM THIEVES.


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  1. I'm really glad you enjoyed The Raven Boys! I highly enjoyed it, also, when I read it. I have yet to get my hands on The Dream Thieves, but when I do, I will devour it.

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