Review: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stievfater

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0545424925
Source: Audible
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

“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.

My Thoughts:

I adore Maggie Stiefvater's writing because it is always hauntingly beautiful, mysterious and incredibly romantic. Her newest literary creation, THE RAVEN BOYS embodies her wonderfully enchanting writing style that I have come to adore while hosting a myriad of characters that I could not seem to forget.

Blue Sargent is THE RAVEN BOYS main female character. A girl that lives with an eclectic group of clairvoyants that have always told her that she will cause her true love to die. Talk about bummer deals, but let's move on. One night during a customary event Blue is visited by an Aglionby boy named Gansey and from that moment on she is never the same. She tries very hard to avoid boys from Aglionby school but one day they appear on her doorstep and avoidance is no longer an option. Soon, despite her mother's wishes she becomes involved with Gansey and his crew. It seems they are on an elusive quest that has plagued Gansey for many years and it seems as if they are not the only ones. 

I had a very difficult time becoming attached to this story. Previously, I had always gotten quickly consumed by anything that Maggie Stiefvater would write, but this was not the case with THE RAVEN BOYS. Admittedly, it took me almost 100 pages before I became lost within it's pages. It felt like sitting in a cold car waiting for the heated seats to come on, you know that it will feel amazing but have to wait a bit to get there. I am glad that I stuck it out and stayed with it because although THE RAVEN BOYS had a cryptic and dark start it is beautifully written while having some amazing plot twists and turns and all the while still maintaining a mysterious edgy vibe. Romantic tension is what Maggie is great at doing and she did not fail to bring it on as she toyed with Blue's heart, thus playing with ours. She also brought to life four distinctly different boys that will I could not easily forget. Each seem to hold a place in my heart but the "chainsaw" loving one is my favorite.

THE RAVEN BOYS is not to be missed, especially for those fans of Maggie Stiefvater but if you find yourself having difficulty sticking with it I highly recommend that you do because ultimately you will not be disappointed.



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