Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

October 11, 2012 Book Review, Fantasy, Ghosts, Maggie Stiefvater, Paranormal, Scholastic Press, Supernatural, The Raven Boys, YA, Young Adult 18

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.

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~My Thoughts~

Surprisingly addictive, The Raven Boys totally blew me away in ways I was not expecting! Right from the get-go I was enchanted with the characters and writing. While I did enjoy Stiefvater’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, I didn’t quite fall in love with the books, and I was afraid I would feel much of the same here. That was not the case! It was exciting and strange, but in a good way, with characters you can’t help but root for.

The plot was CLEVER. I mean, really clever. So unlike anything I have ever read. There are so many elements I didn’t expect, but I felt like everything was explained really well with very little confusion, which believe me, is HUGE for me. I do not want to delve further into the paranormal aspects of the plot because I would hate to spoil any of it, so I’ll focus more on the characters.

We start off with an introduction to Blue and her lifestyle with a family of psychics. This hooked me right away. What a fun family dynamic to read about. Every scene Blue shares with one of them made me smile and often laugh. We then meet the Raven Boys, as Blue likes to call them. They each had their own story but what I loved about them the most was how much they loved and looked after each other like family. They are the type of friends everyone should have by their side. The characters were all developed so well and I grew quite attached to all of them. I am already craving for more to see what will happen with them all next!

I must make a note and say I think the synopsis is slightly misleading, at least for this first book. I was expecting more of a romantic feel, with a character who was unable to kiss a boy or fall in love. While that is part of the story, it feels more secondary to the rest of the plot, in my opinion at least. Though I feel like it could potentially be a great generalization for the series on a whole.

Somewhere in the middle I did find the plot dragging a bit. It started off so strong and I just wanted to get back on track. This was where I feared my enjoyment might unravel. But, a little over the halfway mark. . . BAM! Something I totally didn’t see coming happens! From that point on I was so engrossed and amazed and what the author managed to do with this novel. I am already dying for the next installment and would highly recommend The Raven Boys to anyone who loves paranormal and the unexpected!

*I would like to thank Nikki at Take Me Away for lending me this fantastic novel! 🙂

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

18 Responses to “Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Melanie

    Wow, this book sounds awesome!

    This is my first time stopping by your blog, and I have to say, I love your header. Tigers rock. 🙂

  2. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    I’m so happy to hear you loved this one too! It’s one of my favorite books this year. I definitely know what you mean about it being misleading at! first because I went into this book expecting a romance story right away. I’m so excited for book two now! Great review! 🙂

  3. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I still have to read this book. I’m going to, as soon as I get caught up!
    Loved Scorpio Races and am hoping I love this even more.

    And, on a side note, misleading or TMI synopses (sp?) are becoming one of my #1 pet peeves.

    • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

      I still need to read The Scorpio Races. I had put it off but after reading The Raven Boys I definitely want to pick it up!

      Sometimes I have to reread the synopsis a few times while I am reading a book. I definitely did that here.

  4. Born Bookish

    I find Maggie Stiefvater’s book to be very hit or miss. While I enjoyed her Wolves of Mercy Falls series I really disliked her Lament series. This one sounds like a miss for me but I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love when books exceed your expectations! =)

  5. Hannah

    OH YAY! glad to see another happy review of this book. I didn’t like Shiver and Scorpio Races was O-K, but I’m really hoping I’ll like The Raven Boys. I so want her to be redeemed in my eyes since lots of people love Maggies books. I got this on Netgalley from Scholastic and now I’m looking forward to reading this! Thanks for another fabulous review!

    <3 Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

  6. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    So glad you enjoyed it! I totally loved this one, but I agree about the synopsis. I wasn’t sad that the book wasn’t more romance, but I was expecting it based on the description. Can’t WAIT for the next book!

    • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

      I wasn’t too disappointed about the lack of romance either. Well, of course I would have loved more but it didn’t take away from the plot at all that it wasn’t there. Definitely was surprised though. Maybe it will be more prominent in the next? We’ll see!

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