Review: The Raven Boys by Meggie Stiefvater

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 409
Source: ARC via Publisher
Series: The Raven Cycle (#1)

Summary ( “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 Review: 
The summary doesn't to this book justice. Yes the stuff mentioned does happen, but it's kinda just a shadow in the background of the real story. I feel like after reading this that the summary should go for the next book not this one because as a first book it’s just leading up to it. This book is about Blue and how she saw Gansey on Corpse Road but I feel it’s more about Gansey's search for Glendower. He has brought all these people together for that one purpose and everything in the plot revolves around that search. The search for Glendower and everything that dealt with the ley lines was what really drew me into this novel. I was intrigued by this book from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down! I really can’t say much more about the plot without spoiling everything, but know that the mystery of it kept me on my toes. The plot was original and in-depth and the characters were superb! I can’t wait for the next book in the cycle. I highly recommend you read this thrilling novel!

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Tony Lama Cowboy Boots said...

The story was a bit slow sometimes but it picked up fairly good enough to keep me interested towards the end, I will read whatever is next in the series just to give it a try and because the love triangle hasn't developed that much and I would really like to see what happens there.