Book Review: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

Alright. Let’s do this.
The Raven Boys is my current record of “book that took the longest time to read” this year, with a record holding of 5 days.

Note that all my Raven Cycle reviews will be in the US paperback versions, so the cover would be different from the hardbacks.


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Name: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher(s): Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: September 1, 2012 (July 30, 2013 my edition)

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.


Book Cover Comments

I mean, who doesn’t love that cool-ass font and the sick raven, with it’s heart glowing?


The Review

 

I’m currently in sleepy mode.
oh dear.

So as you guys read from my intro, I took like 5 days to read this. And one of those days was just a few chapters, cus I entered a mini book slump and read manga instead. I’ll do a manga review on that when all the books are out, which is soon trololol

But despite the extremely slow pacing, which is something that kept me procrastinating on finishing this book in 3 days, was all that paranormal and cool stuff. Blue’s family, so her mom and her aunts are all clairvoyants and seers, so it’s super cool to see their work and the tarots and stuff, because I am quite interested in these kind of things. Honestly though, Blue’s aunts are one of the highlights in the book.

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This whole seer thing just reminds me of Yuuko’s store from xxxHOLiC.

Lol is it just me or are we all confused when all the four raven boys are introduced at once, and when we get into their private lives, everything is just like ????!??????
But these boys are really cool. Each of them are unique in the sense that, for instance, Gansey has a really strong passion for what he looks for and what he believes for, and Adam is just a little stubborn with his pride. Ronan is a really interesting and mysterious character, and the very last line of the book is why Ronan gets book 2’s cover all to himself. trololol. And Noah, he’s a very special Raven Boy, so be sure to give him lots of love and *@#*$&!&(@#&(@*##%&)$@(#!*#&$^*@&#*!@&#*&$ (spoilers)

I like Blue. She shows what teenage freedom is all about, not following what your mother says (lol) and doing what she wants to do, and her relationships with her aunt are on point. All the aunts seems really cool and really nice in my opinion, and of course, mysterious. And as I’m typing this up, I really don’t seem to see a lot of places that really shows Blue’s character (it’s probably just me as well). But I do like her curiosity with things, and the fact that she wants to be even the slightest bit closer to having the abilities of her mom and aunts, in which she don’t, as she has another extremely rare ability that will be kept a secret. And with her so called true love, there’s just an extremely low amount of romance development in this book, so i’m like asdfghjkl wherawhatwhowhenwhyhow. But yea I super love the entire idea that Blue’s prophecy is that she will kill her true love if she kisses him.

Another thing I wanna talk about is the POVs. It can take place from Blue and any of the Raven Boys’ perspectives, so some parts kinda get confused, and I get kinda lost as well, haha. Other than that, the book was really really awesome and cool, and though slow paced, well paced. (contradictory. I’m such a jerk)

I hope that the rest of the series will pick up the pace a little bit, and I’m sure the next few books won’t disappoint me!

 

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