book review: the raven boys – maggie stiefvater 

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance, magic

links: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads

Ratings: 4/5 ★

Goodreads summary:

 

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.

The Raven Boys is a slower-paced book since Maggie Stiefvater has to make the world more comprehensible. The book is set up in our world but it’s filled with magic and mysteries.

I love it every time they venture into new places together. Even though The Raven Boys are “misfits”, with problematic backgrounds, they complement each other so well. I looooooooove their friendships, especially Ronan and Gansey.  

I was surprised that the book wasn’t filled with romance between Gansey and Blue. I appreciate that there wasn’t an instant attraction between them. I want to see how they develop their friendship into something more. I can’t wait to see them together!!

CHARACTERS

Because of her upbringing, Blue’s very carefree and is incredibly independent.

Even though Gansey is from a rich family, he is humble but he has no concept of money and he’s burdened by many unknown things. He’s the leader, so he has to show a strong front and he worries about his friends too much.

Ronan is extremely troubled by the past. He’s very special. He is extremely fierce and strong-headed. He is driven by his emotions- mostly by anger or despair. He doesn’t get along with people easily, but he’s most comfortable with Gansey.

Adam doesn’t have the same background as the rest. He wants to live his life on his own capabilities. He wants to be independent without the help of his family and Gansey.

Noah fades in and out of the book. He’s like a lingering figure, always at the background and pops up once in awhile. It’s nice to see how well he can click with Blue.

OVERALL

I’m a little, tiny little bit, disappointed that I didn’t love the book. I like it but not love. Maybe it was because of how slow-paced the book is so that the world could be crafted more completely. But the last couple of pages were action all the way.

The Raven Boys was wonderful read. I will recommend it to everyone. The characters and magic in the book are worth the read. I was pleased when I found out I was reading The Raven Boys on St. Mark’s Eve 🎉🙌🏻

I hope you liked the review and thanks for reading. Have a great day!

Love. Belle.

“This,” Gansey replied, “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”

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