Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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As the daughter of a psychic, Blue Sargent doesn’t have a problem believing in the occult. Every year, on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue accompanies her mother to an abandoned churchyard so she can identify spirits that appear. As Blue is merely an amplifier of psychic ability and not one herself, she doesn’t typically see the spirits. That is until this year, when she sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey.

Ever since she was little she has been warned that if she were to kiss her true love, he would perish. Could Gansey be her true love? To Blue, it doesn’t seem likely. Gansey is a rich student at the esteemed Aglionby private school and she’s always careful to stay far away from the raven boys. But there’s something about Gansey that she just can’t resist. Maybe it’s the fact that he too believes in things most don’t or maybe it’s his dedication to his unusual quest that entwines Blue in its mystery. Either way Blue is entangled with Gansey and his raven boy counterparts, Adam and Ronan, as she helps them search for answers. Having never believed in true love, Blue never thought the prophecy would matter, but things are getting more confusing by the day and Blue can’t even begin to predict how it will all end.

Rating:

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Genre: YA Fantasy
POV: Third person
Read this if you like: Paranormal, Strong heroines, Magic, Psychics, Romance
Would I recommend to a friend? YES! YES! YES! If you haven’t read this yet, you need to!

 

 

My Thoughts

I FINALLY READ THE RAVEN BOYS! I’ve had my eye on this series for a very long time and I finally bit the bullet and purchased the first two books in the series because (1) I’m a bookish risk taker and (2) I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them so I figured there was a pretty good chance I’d at least like to continue on to the second book. Now I’m regretting the fact that I just didn’t purchase the whole series because I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It was everything I expected and then some! It’s funny because I tried to read Shiver long, long ago and I really didn’t like it, at least at the time. That didn’t put a damper on my hopes for this book though and thank goodness for that. So if you’re like me and didn’t care for Shiver, don’t let it stop you from reading The Raven Boys! Trust me 🙂

Plot

I found the plot of The Raven Boys to be incredibly original. I really don’t think I have read anything quite like this. I loved that it involved a lot psychic/paranormal topics. Also I loved Gansey’s quest. Definitely unique. I thought that the pace was great and I was as interested in the beginning as I was at the end. There were a couple of well placed twists/surprises mixed in there that really got me! And the end… Ya trust me that you’re going to want the second book.

Characters

I really loved all of Maggie’s characters in The Raven Boys. They were so complex and well developed. They seemed real! Which is an enormous plus as this book largely character driven. Blue was awesome. I found her to be very mature for her age and I really enjoyed her ability and the fact that she wasn’t actually a psychic herself. Otherwise she would have been almost over equipped. I also really enjoyed Noah. He was quiet but had a big impact. And of course there are the raven boys. I literally could not pick a favorite! They’re all so unique and equally compelling. Gansey may have been a privileged rich kid but there was so much depth in his character. He’s definitely just not a spoiled brat that gets what he wants. Even the secondary characters were unique and very much their own characters. I loved Persephone. She was so quirky and different. Also notable mention to Chainsaw. She may be a baby bird, but I just loved that she was named Chainsaw, plus ravens are awesome. The one thing that I would have liked to see in this book was a little more relationship development between Blue and the boys. It wasn’t bad by any means but it was just a little lacking in my opinion. Though since this is book one of four I’m not putting too much weight on it. I did however think that the relationships between the boys were really well done. Especially Gansey and Adam. Also, there is definitely no insta-love which again is a HUGE plus!

 

 

My Thoughts in a Nutshell

The Raven Boys was a great read, complete with a unique plot and well written characters. My only wish would be for a little more development in the relationships between Blue and the boys, but even that is a small, picky complaint as I feel it is something that is likely to be quickly resolved as the series continues. I will definitely be continuing on with the rest of this series and am pretty confident it will be one of my new favorites!

 

 

Favorite Quotes

 

“When Gansey was polite, it made him powerful. When Adam was polite, he was giving power away.”

 

“We have to be back in three hours,” Ronan said. “I just fed Chainsaw but she’ll need it again.”

“This,” Gansey replied “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”

 

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

 

 

 

WARNING…SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s chat about…

A lot of you have probably already read this series but these are just a few things that I wanted to mention because I had to! Haha.

 

Neeve

Um what in the ham sandwich (I’ve been watching Kimmy Schmidt clearly 🙂 ) happened to her. I’m wondering if wherever she is, she’s going to find Blue’s dad? I don’t know. Speaking of her Dad I wonder who the heck he is and what role he’s going to play in all of this because I’m thinking it will be significant. I don’t have a single guess though.

 

Adam

POOR ADAM! I’m nervous at what the consequences of his choices are going to be. Plus was I the only one not feeling the whole Blue/Adam situation? Didn’t do anything for me.

 

Noah

Oh Noah. Shocking and sad would be the words I would use to describe his whole situation, though at the end I was definitely feeling much happier!

 

The vision tree and Blue’s prophecy

UM LOVED THE VISIONS! Not Adam’s though because that was sad.. Anyways, I’m just wondering how the heck the whole no kissing thing is going to get resolved. Again no guesses!! AH!

 

Ronan

THANKS FOR THAT ENDING!

 

Ok… time for book 2!!

 

 

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Comments

  1. YAY!!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this 😀 How great is it! The series just keeps getting better and better too. I’m so excited for to read the rest of the books, especially The Dream Thieves because that one is my favourite. It’s also interesting seeing your questions because now knowing all the answers to them it’s like cool to remember back to when I was wondering all the same things.

    The friendship between Blue and the boys definitely develops over the rest of the series. It’s honestly one of my favourite friendships ever.
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    • BookLoversAlliance Says: May 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

      It was seriously AMAZING!!! The story was so original. I really can’t think of anything I’ve read that has even been remotely like it. I’m actually already on The Raven King now and I can’t stop!! It’s just so good. I love Blue and the boys. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen, I don’t want it to end! AH! I also find myself really wishing I could have a raven now hahaha 🙂

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