The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle (book #1)
Pages: 408 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Press, September 2012
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: 4.5/5 Stars (all spoiler free!!)
This is one of those series that are SO hyped all over bookstagram/blogs and at first I didn’t get it at all. HOWEVER, in the second half of the book I started to understood the hype. First off, the premise of this book is so cool! Psychics and magic kings and fancy private schools and just all of it is so interesting.
I’d say what threw me off in the beginning was just that the novel was a little slow, which is understandable. Stiefvater had a lot of world building and story to build up, which she did an outstanding job with! Like I said, it was just a little slow.
The rest of the book though… AMAZING. I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters and their complex backstories. I can’t wait to see what is revealed about them in the next books in the series since Stiefvater only gave us a few details.
The other thing I loved was the main character, Blue. She was so punk and amazing and independent. Normally when authors try to make their protagonists independent they just come off as whiny and annoying, but Blue was portrayed so perfectly. The only part where she came off a little “eh” was when she was waiting for Adam to call her, which I didn’t mind because it’s just a few sentences and we’ve all been there.
Another great thing about this book was the magic element, which is a HUGE part of the story. First off, Blue’s power is so interesting, she makes energy more powerful which is so rare and just really awesome! I can’t wait to see if there is more development there. Then, there is a huge magic element with Blue’s Raven Boys, but you’ll find out about that when you read it. 😉
The plot of this book was also perfectly planned out and really compelling. I loved the super intense ending, it had me clutching my book, I just couldn’t read it fast enough! Also, the character development helps the layout of the plot so much. It’s just so perfect, everything happened in the perfect order and every element fell together and just flowed so great, I can’t even explain it. Overall, I just wouldn’t change a thing, I loved it and can’t wait to pick up the next book, The Dream Thieves.
Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Pacing: 4/5 Writing Style: 5/5 Book Cover: 5/5
Thank you for reading my review!! Until next time, happy reading! 🙂
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