The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater || A beautifully magical book

January 4, 2016 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 7 Comments

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater || A beautifully magical bookThe Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads 4.5 Stars

“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.

MY THOUGHTS

I love this book a lot.

This book is unlike anything I have ever read and I love it precisely because of that. I honestly did not know what I was getting myself into. In my defense that is mainly because the blurb for this book is so wrong. When I first read the blurb I was intrigued by it but at the same time I was expecting this cheesy romantic YA novel with a type of forbidden love and drama but I was so wrong. First off that is not the main plot line of this book, it’s a part of the mystery and stuff but the book isn’t about that. I personally think that this is probably the most difficult if not impossible plot to describe. All I know is that it works and its amazing.

There’s so much that goes into this book. So many aspects, so many little details and so many mysterious and magical things happen in this books but it’s done in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t become overwhelming or incoherent. I will say that at times it can get a bit confusing if you aren’t really immerse in the story so my advice to you is that you pay attention to the details and the descriptions because they will help you understand and make the reading experience that much better. Honestly I have nothing but good things to say about Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.

But the main reason, the absolute truth and the most amazing aspect of this book is that it has amazing characters. These are probably the best set of characters I have read ever. I love them all so much. MY CHILDREN! They are just wonderful, beautiful, fun and just overall amazing. And what surprises me the most is that when I read books like this I usually have like two or three characters that I pay attention too and the rest are just there, that doesn’t happen in this book. I need them all. And I love them all so much. I mean I do have my favorites *cough cough* Richard Gansey the Third and Ronan Lynch but I have grown attach to every single one of them. It also amazes me the amount of depth and personality these characters have. And put them together and it’s just perfect. Each and every single one of them is know for something or has like a very peculiar personality. Believe me when I say these are some of the most beautifully written characters.

Also Blue is one of the most amazing and most peculiar female YA characters I have read. This girl is quirky, sassy and so strong. I love that she is such a strong female character, there’s no excessive whining about her life, no stupid drama or no obsessing over a boy. She is definitely one if not my favorite female character. She feels so real to me. So relatable. Definitely one hell of a female protagonist.

A book full of magic, mystery and intriguing surprises. The only thing left to say is READ THIS BOOK!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“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.”

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.”

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

 

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  • I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I’m so disappointed in myself. Perhaps 2016 will be the year I meet these characters.

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  • I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series. I cannot wait to binge-read the series once the final books come out. I need to know how the series ends before I can make a decision. I love how you described the characters. They all sound so well-written. Can’t wait to hopefully meet them soon! 🙂
    Lovely review!

  • I plan to start this series soon! I have always been kind of confused by summary so it is good to know that blurb does not talk about main plot line. Nice review, Gaby 🙂

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  • Gaby, you’re making me want to read this right now!! I got this from the library back in November, but never read it because I ended up in a slump, but I’ll definitely be going back to the library soon! So glad you enjoyed this one!

  • Awesome review Gaby! I have had this on me on my Kindle for a while and just haven’t gotten to it! But your review definitely make me me want to!!!

  • Great review! I absolutely LOVE this series and I can’t wait for its conclusion (although I’m sad, too!)! It is definitely unlike any other series/book out there and I love Maggie Stiefvater’s brain!!

  • Fabulous review! I know what you mean, I waited until this year to read it too- I wish I hadn’t, though we will be spared the pain of the long, long Raven King wait I guess 😀 I must confess that I did not read it earlier because ummm I thought they were actual Ravens. Like, Bird People? Yeah. So ummm once I found out that they were humans, I was very pleased, And a little embarrassed but not embarrassed enough to stop telling the story 😉 So glad you liked it too! Have you read Dream Thieves yet? I need to ASAP!