September 14, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Review

Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 18, 2012)
ARC: 408 Pages
Series: Raven Cycle # 1
Genre: YA Paranormal
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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.

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.

Review by Jess
THE RAVEN BOYS, by Maggie Stiefvater, is a new kind of paranormal story that is so realistic it is hard to tell what is fiction and what isn't. With a cast of such real characters and a new kind of plot this book is impossible to put down.

I was immediately excited to read this book, I mean it's by Maggie Stiefvater, it did not disappoint. This was such an original story with realistic...everything. Part of me wonders if this was a part of Maggie's past or something. The plot was so beautifully constructed, there wasn't a single thing I was confused about. The alternating viewpoints were very beneficial. It added depth to the characters.

Speaking of characters! What a cast! Upon reading the synopsis, I figured Blue meets a snobby rich boy, but there's more to him than that, but I was pleasantly surprised that another boy was added to the mix and she isn't insta-love with the boy, Gansey, in the synopsis. Every single one of the characters had such depth, and were so believable. I can't say that enough. I can honestly say I have never read a book where the characters were so realistic.

As usual, the writing was beautiful, the plot was well constructed and the imagery was great. I could easily imagine the characters and their surroundings. There are twists and turns and I love the bit of edgy family drama going on with each of the characters. They all have some pretty dramatic family issues. Overall, I loved this book, it was a fast read and I am highly anticipating the next installment of the Raven Cycle!


  1. oh yes The Raven Boys was AMAZING. I've read SO MANY reviews and every single one loved it.

    great review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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