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

Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Maggie Stiefvater created a wonderful story in the world we live in. With her whimsical writing style, the world instantly became more magical. Everyone in the book is so unique in their own ways, they have their own problems to solve and running away from their troubles. However, they compliment each other despite their differences.

Henrietta felt so vast and magical in The Raven Boys, I love it every time they venture into new place. Everyone is so witty and sarcastic, even Blue’s psychic family. I LOVED IT.

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!!

Because of her upbringing, Blue’s very carefree and is incredibly independent. I love seeing her take on this journey with a bunch of guys she just knew who are from Aglionby.

Despite coming from a rich family, Gansey doesn’t flaunt his wealth around but he has zero idea on the concept of money which landed him into Blue’s bad books. Being the leader and instigator of the whole adventure they’ve embarked on, he often has to show a strong front and worries too much about his friends. He gets lost in his head most of the time.

Ronan is extremely troubled by the past, of what we don’t know yet but one thing is for sure, he is very special. Ronan can be fierce and strong-headed which not everyone can take, hence he’s always butting heads with people. 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. His stubbornness is what pushes him to do better but it also pulls him back when he doesn’t accept help from others. He wants to live his life on his own capabilities and not in the debt of someone else.

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.

The Raven Boys was wonderful read. The start could feel slow but the action is worth it. I felt so immersed throughout the book as if I was also in the pages, on the journey with them.
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“This,” Gansey replied, “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”

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