book review

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads: 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.

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I have had at least fifty people recommend The Raven Boys to me throughout the years. In the past, Maggie Stiefvater’s books have been a miss with me. I really didn’t want to read this book, but the hype and constant recommendations got to me.

The plot sounded really intriguing and unique! I thought it was going to be some paranormal romance about a girl who couldn’t kiss the love of her life or he’d die, kind of like Pushing Daisies, but it hardly focused on that. There’s some ancient Welsh king who was buried along a ley line, and whoever finds him is granted a favour.

This wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. I wanted to give up and mark it DNF many, many times, but I was told to push through to the end, or at least make it to around 70%.

A majority of the book is just introducing you to the super flat and boring characters, and talking about this king. Things don’t pick up until the plot twist about one of the characters about 3/4 of the way in. I’m just not a fan of Stiefvater’s writing, it never captivates me, and it always leaves me confused and having to go back and re-read/rewind.

Don’t let my negative review discourage you from reading this. Everyone has different tastes!


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