Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book in Review: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater



Scholastic Press


“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.

Why I Read This:

I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing.


Despite the fact I haven't finished The Wolves of Mercy Falls series yet, I couldn't resist picking up Maggie's newest creation, The Raven Boys. At first I wasn't so sure if I would like it as much as Shiver. It was very slow paced, I kept getting the boys mixed up, and so much is revealed so slowly. I'm extremely happy I stayed with it though. The Raven Boys is one of those books where everything comes together in the end and I wanted to go right back to the start so I could read it in the know (I haven't yet, but maybe one day).

So first off, the boys. The Aglionby boys (or the raven boys, as Blue calls them) are sort of your stereotypical narcissistic rich boys. At least that's what they seem like before you get to know them. Gansey has so much money in his family he doesn't even understand how things work in the real world. Ronan is so messed up he wants to drop out of school, and he'd still be set for life. And Adam is well...Adam. He's a raven boy, he hangs out with him, but he's really more complicated than that.

I loved Adam. His story was down to earth and heartbreaking and more complex then he lets anyone know. Gansey was amusing. I loved the dynamic between him and Blue. I still can't imagine the two of them together because they just get on each other's nerves but their two paths and their interests are crossing and it seems inevitable. It took me a really long time to warm up to Ronan, and when I say warm up...he was cold. He was creepy, mysterious, and I didn't know what to think of him until the very end when Blue herself is beginning to see a different side of him. And that last line of his - awesome!

As for Blue, I thought her house of psychic's was pretty awesome. I loved the dynamic between all the women there and the little peeks into their business. For some reason when I started reading the book I had this impression it was set somewhere in Britain. It wasn't, but as the story has much to do with an old British legend, that did enhance the story for me thinking of them this way!

When I started reading, I also wasn't so sure about the fantasy aspect. I knew there would be psychics, but what else? There was so much mystery to the book and I had to keep reading to find out more. On top of that was another layer of fantasy, making the world this magical place and a puzzle for all of them to solve. It was dark, beautiful, and somehow nostalgic feeling, like I should have known about this place all along.

I think you can tell, but...I absolutely LOVED and ADORED this book. I can't wait for the second one in the series, and you can bet I'll be getting back to more of my Maggie Stiefvater books very, very soon.

My Rating:


I received an ARC of this book as a gift from a friend.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you loved it! I felt like the book was a lot different from what I expected based on the description, but it surprised me in a good way. It was definitely a slower paced book, but I still adored it so much.