The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review #57

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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 is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aliongby boys. Know 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 tactiurn 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 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.’

Let me just start off by saying that I tried reading The Raven Boys a few years ago and couldn’t get into it and thus got angry at the book and ignored it for a year or so. Much to my chagrin.

Well, I got it out from the library again, and I’m so glad I gave this book another chance! The story telling, the characters, the pace of the book, all of it: amazing.

Before I read the book I had thought that this book was so simple, and while reading it I found out it wasn’t! Which was awesome. I couldn’t really predict anything, although I did know some stuff about the books already; thanks to tumblr. I don’t mind though! A great thing about The Raven Boys is that there are multiple points of view! I’m really surprised that I like the different POV’s. The different views don’t flip back and forth really fast. Like, the view will be in Blue’s point of view, and then when her view of things has died out a bit, the view will change to someone else. So on and so forth.

Everything really started making sense about halfway through the book. Even then it was great seeing these characters; Ronan, Noah, Gansey, Adam and Blue form this friendship that I don’t think otherwise would’ve happened.. I mean, they’re from different social worlds, and the fact that this group of kids have become familiar with each other is close to a miracle. Each of these characters are unique. Yeah, there are some small things that connect them, but its really their differences that bring and hold them together.

I love the ending to The Raven Boys! I really(!) love the ending. What a great way to, one: keep readers interested and two: just a great way to end the book.

The writing is great, I mean like, I didn’t even realize I was reading a story. The writing is so smooth. Its amazing. Sooner than later I had realized that I had finished the book! There was a plot twist that I didn’t expect and holy crap? Can I say that this is one of the best plot twists I’ve read in a long time! I love this twist. Its amazing, and I love love love it.

I loved this book so much that after borrowing this book from the library, I bought the first and second books!

You can find The Raven Boys on GoodReads, if you want to check the book out. This should be known from my review, but if you haven’t already read this book, I really suggest that you get your hands on a copy!!!

If you have read The Raven Boys, what did you think?

Thanks for reading!! Until next time,
Adele

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7 thoughts on “The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review #57

  1. Kiwi Reads says:

    The Raven Boys was awesome! Unfortunately after I read it, I didn’t have a chance to check out the sequel, but I’ve been meaning to finish the series since forever.
    Great review!

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  2. betwixt-these-pages says:

    Awesome awesome review–I LOVE this series so much, though it took me a little bit to realize it (when I started reading the first book, I was intrigued but..not necessarily invested I guess?) I’ve read up through Blue Lily, Lily Blue and am DYING for The Raven King…it’s going to break the entire world apart, I have a feeling! Thanks for sharing!

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