Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted September 8, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 409
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: four-stars
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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this one.

I find that with series that get so much hype, I fear reading them. I want to love what other people love, I have serious FOMO with hyped series. Did this live up to it?

Kind of.

I LOVED the chemistry of the characters in this novel. I loved the writing style, the setting, the magic, the humor – practically everything. Yet, this still felt a bit lack luster for me, and I’m not sure why. I think it could have been the complexity of the magic and the quirkiness of the characters. I found their antics boring at times, and really had to force myself to drag through the slower parts in the middle. YET! YEEEET! The last seventy-five pages or so zoomed by. The action picked up so fast, the characters became so much more intriguing – it was like Ms. Stiefvater knew I was losing interest. I would have given this read four stars if the middle hadn’t dragged for quite so long. The ending definitely has me wanting more (in fact I already started book 2) and it was a perfect choice for my Fall reading kick off. Pick this one up if you’re curious, and give it an open mind. I loved so much, and disliked so little. Maybe you will feel the same!


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