Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
(Raven Cycle, #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Released |September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press|
Edition |Hardcover, 408 pages|
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“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.

This is the second book I've read by Maggie Stiefvater and I enjoyed it. I thought this was a very unique book and haven't read too many like it. The whole concept of this book was very interesting. 3.5 stars.

When I first started this book, I wasn't really all that into it. I wasn't connecting with the characters and things were moving along pretty slow, but I kept pushing on since I've heard so many great things about the book. I'm glad I did continue because when things finally picked up, my nose was glued to the book. Something about book really intrigued me. The characters personalities where uniquely weird and different. That's not a bad thing. I just could not figure any of them out. They were just so different, especially Ronan.

If you have read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie, this is nothing like it. It's not centered around love at all. To me, I didn't get a feel of any romance. I know Blue's kiss will kill her true love, which is suppose to Gansey, but then there is some sort of thing going on with her and Adam. But the thing about it is, I didn't feel any romance between any of the three characters. I guess I'll see in the next book.

Overall, the book was good. I would recommend it if it interests you. If it interests you, give it a try! I can't wait to see where the sequel will take us. I would like really like to know more about the characters. Like: What's going on in Adam's mind? What will happen with Blue and Gansey? What about the ley line now? and WTF was with that last statement from Ronan? "'I guess now would be a good time to tell you,' he said. 'I took Chainsaw out of my dreams.'" WTF?!


  1. Oh, I've been dying to read The Raven Boys, but I just can't seem to get the chance! I loved Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves Of Mercy Falls trilogy and can't wait to read this, in spite of there being no romance. ;)
    Glad to know that you're curious about the enxt book and really great review! :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  2. I didn't like this one as much as I hoped I would love it.

    I agree with you. There was no romance in this book. However,I like Adam more than Gansey. I hope second will be better.