The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review

The Raven Cycle: The Raven Boys

the-raven-boys-maggie-stiefvaterDate Published: September 18th 2012

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Length: 409 (hardcover)

Source: Bought

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.

My Review

This, is like the first hardcover I’ve ever bought – I know right? So I was like, this better be good. And I can gladly say it was!

The plot seemed really interesting, but when I actually delved into the book, it was totally different to what I expected. I have to say, the first half of the book was quite slow, and it took me a while to read it. I also was a bit confused because this being a first book and all, there are all these new concepts that were left unexplained for what seemed like agessss. But despite all that, I think I’m gonna love this series once I get into the sequels.

I do love the characters – they are all so complex in their own way. Blue’s personality is a strong contrast to the boys, and her unique family. I’m really curious about Ronan’s character, especially about his relationship with his brother. I loved reading about them together, because I found some chapters to be quite slow when it was just one of them.

The writing was beautiful, to me, it seemed serene almost. The small town of Henrietta honestly feels very eerie and I don’t know how I feel about it. I think though that is due to the mystery surrounding the story, and the amount of stuff that is still yet to be found out.

A little after halfway, the pace started picking up and suddenly became very gripping and even though it was a school night when I finished reading it, I stayed up till like 12am reading it under the covers….oops.

Overall it was a really great book. I did however take a break from the series, as with my busy life, I wanted a light read, and decided to read the Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (review coming soon). However I am returning to the series so I will keep you guys updated. If you are considering reading this, I definitely say, give it a try. Oh, and this being the first hardcover I have ever bought (yes…I know what you are gonna say) the cover did not fail to impress me – it’s so pretty in real life!

I rate this 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review

  1. Adri says:

    I tried to read this book once few years ago, and I remember not liking it. Although, the hype around The Raven king piqued my interest and now I really wanna go read it. Nice review 🙂

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    • thewordwandererblog says:

      Thanks 🙂 I have to say, unlike other series I’ve read, I wasn’t really inclined to read the sequel. The only thing that pushed me to start reading the sequel is because like you said, of all the hype, which makes me believe that it will get better. This doesn’t mean its a bad book, just that the temptation to read the next one wasn’t huge, because normally I don’t take breaks from series.

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  2. Jo says:

    I’ve had this book in my Book Depository basket for months now and I can’t get around to buy it. I think you just made me do it ahah. Excellent review 🙂 You made it sound like totally my kind of book, even though I’m not a series type of girl. I’m going to give it a shot!

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  3. Kara Skinner says:

    I actually just read a review of The Raven Boys saying that it wasn’t that good! After reading two reviews of the same book so quickly– especially so conflicting in views, my curiosity is definitely peaked about The Raven Boys.

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    • Zoe says:

      I have to say, this is probably a book that lots of people will like, but also a lot of people will dislike. It is a bit slow, so keep that in mind if you want to read it. It’s not a normal fantasy series, in the fact that it’s also not that action packed. But, it is a good book if you are into mystery and unique characters. I’d say give it a shot, but if you don’t like it, that doesn’t mean you have to keep reading. 🙂

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