[Review] The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 2 Comments 1st November, 2014

[Review] The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Published by Scholastic Press on January 1st, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 409
Source: Purchase
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four-half-stars
“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.

Ugh, okay. So, this book wasn’t high flying on my radar or anything. It never really was. I’d tried some of the author’s other books and they just didn’t jive well with me. I must have been in a poor place to deal with character driven novels, or perhaps it was the characters themselves. Or, maybe it was the authors unique voice. Whatever it was, I couldn’t immerse myself into them, so I never picked up this series.

But, with the advent of the third book in the series plopping down on Netgalley, everyone went a twitter with excitement. Then one of the people on my Twitter was actually going to read the book and wanted people to read it with her, so I joined in. Now here I am, absolutely flabbergasted that I waited this long to read it.

I guess it could be worse, I could have read it immediately and been forced to wait for other installments. As it is, I can move seamlessly from Ronan’s infobomb into the next book.

I had no idea what to expect going into this novel and for the most part, that worked really well. While the first chunk was pretty slow, with building mystery and character development, it transitioned quite quickly into something more sinister and creepy. It’s a rare book that can creep me out and this book accomplished that. Latin trees and time loops will do that to you.

The characters were fun and unique to themselves. Even when Blue fell off her special snowflake path and decided she wasn’t going to stand by her rules for not dating or hanging out with the Raven boys, it didn’t seem forced or conflicting with her morals.

Some of the reveals only made me mad that I didn’t figure it out before hand. Still, the book was extremely compelling and I blew through it (when I finally sat down and read it). The characters are unique and interesting and their base goals are all different. Yet, they’re all on the same path, due to comraderey and love.

Anyway, the book pretty much just left me with more questions than answers. It’s kind of like trying to watch Lost, in that there’s creepy stuff and an end goal in mind but then other random stuff happens and you get lost on the way but then you never actually find out why there’s a giant foot with five toes. Yep, it’s exactly like that.

Loved it. Can’t wait to dive into the second one!

Written by Fry

Fry

Probably in a dungeon somewhere. Game Master for the D’n’D actual play podcast Roll For Wenches .

2 Responses to “[Review] The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Beth W

    YAY! Every book blogger whose opinion I trust seems to love this one (which means it goes on my wishlist right-the-fuck-now). Thanks!

    • Fry

      Oh yeah, I was genuinely surprised I liked it so much. Absolutely cannot wait till I can find the time to read the rest!

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