Monday, 2 June 2014

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 409 pages
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Received From: my public library

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


The Raven Boys' was a thrilling and mysterious story shrouded in secrecy, greed and killer prophecies.

The story revolves around Blue Sargent, the only non-psychic in her family, and her interactions with the Raven Boys, the nicknames for the local private school in her town. Blue is a little wary since all her life she's been told that she'll kill her true love. But, she can't help but feel a little intrigued with their search for Glendower, a historical figure that's said to be able to grant wishes if awakened. Especially since she saw the Raven's leader, Gansey, in ghost form on St. Mark's Eve.

I had a really interesting time reading this book. It was interesting and mysterious... But it was also very disconnected and slow at some times.

What I liked about this book was the whole "I can't kiss a boy thing" with Blue and I found it really interesting when she was hanging out with the guys. I especially liked her relationship with Noah. I think their relationship was my favourite, despite the fact that it was minor, and she was with Adam and Gansey for most of the time.

I didn't like the interaction between the boys and Blue with other characters, and sometimes with each other. I don't know why, but there were times that I felt like there was no chemistry or intensity with the characters. And then I felt like the Glendower plot was a little flat- I didn't feel Gansey's excitement or anything. I think the reason why is because there was a lot of foreshadowing. 

One thing that did keep me guessing was Noah. It was hinted in the very beginning that he may have been a ghost, but not everyone was a hundred percent sure. When we learned about his relation to their Latin teacher, I was so mind blowed and then everything clicked. For awhile, I thought he was Blue's dad, but then it was revealed he died when they were like 9-10 ish.

It was a good book, despite the fact it did lag a bit for me. I think the reason why this book was just 'good' and 'okay' for me is probably because I'm not used to Maggie's writing style- I've never read Shiver or the Scorpio Races. It had a great plot and a lot of set up for the first book, but I found that there was a lot of jumping between POV's and I felt like we should've just stuck to Gansey and Blue's POVs.

But, it really was interesting, so yes, I will be picking up the sequel.

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