The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | ReviewThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18, 2012
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 409
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

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.

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I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a massive fan of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. So much so that I’ve read through the series three times. YES. It’s literally that good. That’s why I was really intrigued by The Raven Boys. I mean, that and the fact that so many people have loved this series so I just knew that I had to check it out.

what i liked

  • There was a massive group of characters and I seriously loved each and every one of them. Except Adam. I didn’t really like Adam because he got on my nerves.
  • GANSEY. I literally love Gansey. My heart lies with him and I just want him and Blue together.
  • Blue was a very different main character. I loved her uniqueness and also that her name is Blue. I mean, how much cooler can it get?
  • All the psychic stuff. I am usually not a big fan of books with psychics, though I found this psychic book really interesting. I feel bad for Blue though because she has no psychic powers.
  • That plot twist at the end.
  • NOAH. I mean, yeah I seriously love Gansey, but Noah is one of my all time favorite characters now. Especially with that plot twist that happened. I’d talk about it more but I don’t want to be spoilery!
  • The multiple points of view. I seriously love reading from different perspectives regarding the same story.

what i didn’t like

  • This book was so slow. When I say that, I mean that it took me a ridiculously long amount of time to actually get into it. I didn’t expect that from a Maggie Stiefvater book because I’ve read and loved four of her books and I didn’t find them slow at all. Even though it was slow, I wanted to keep reading.
  • The book is very character-driven. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, because I love all the characters. However, if you’re a big fan of an action-packed plot, then this book may not suit your fancy. 
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I gave this book a solid four stars because I really loved the characters and the world, though I found it a little hard to get into. Despite that, the ending made the book well worth the read.

Have you read The Raven Boys? What were your thoughts?

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  1. The pacing does take some getting used to, partly because it is so strongly character driven and the plot meanders a bit. It does pick up a bit as the story goes on, but on the whole the books stay really character driven.

  2. The Raven Boys is one of my all time favorite series! I'm so happy you liked it 🙂 The first book is definitely the slowest, so the rest should be quick reads for you. The Dream Thieves is my favorite of the four.
    Great review! 🙂

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