Book review of “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater

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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. (From Amazon) I give it 3.75 stars out of 5

I have seen this book on almost every Instagram account that I follow, read countless reviews, and heard so much praise about Maggie’s writing style. That I knew I had to read this. So I made the whole series my June TBR. I finished Raven Boys just a few moments ago.

While I did enjoy the book, I could not really say I liked the book, until I was about 3/4 of the way through it. But that last 1/4 of the book was fantastic. And I do look forward to starting the next book tonight. I really like the character of Gansey, I do not trust Adam, Blue was sweet, and trusting, and I can’t wait to see her full in love . Although what a burden to carry on your shoulders, being told you will kill your first love by kissing him. I have previously never read books with this type of story-line. psychic’s, magic, energy. It is all kind of neat, and slightly refreshing to not have a love story, (at least in the first book) to be solely based on friendships. However I think that will probably change throughout the course of the series. This was my first read of anything written by Maggie, however I do have almost every book she has written sitting on my bookshelf. So I look forward to reading them. I like her writing style, it’s very unique, and does not fit in the stereotypical YA genre.

 

β€œI guess I make things that need energy stronger. I’m like a walking battery.”
“You’re the table everyone wants at Starbucks,” Gansey mused as he began to walk again.
Blue blinked. “What?”
Over his shoulder, Gansey said, “Next to the wall plug.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys