REVIEW : THE RAVEN BOYS

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TITLE: The Raven Boys
AUTHOR: Maggie Stiefvater
SERIES: The Raven Cycle
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 408
PUBLISHED: July 30th 2013
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Inc

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.”

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, and he’s rich student at Aglionby, the loval private school. Blue has a policy to 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.

WHAT I THINK

“We have to be back in three hours,” Ronan said. “I just fed Chainsaw but she’ll need it again.”
“This,” Gansey replied “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”

So The Raven Boys. After finishing the book, I still can’t shake the feeling that I’ve read this one before. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how this book ended. But I can’t recall ever reading this. I just bought this this year, never picked it up. Checked our library, it’s not available there. So I really don’t know what’s going on. Or maybe I’m a psychic like Blue’s family?

Anyway, I was super confused and frustrated most of the time I was reading. Yes, it might have something to do with the fact that I knew what was happening but mostly it was because everything was left unexplained. Everything was one big secret until the very end of the book. And yet there is still a lot of thing left unanswered. But if anything, the cover of the next book makes much more sense now.

Other than being confusing, it was also boring, meh. There were some ups and downs in the storyline but mostly it was dragging along in a slow pace. This first book seems to be mostly just research and very little anything exciting happening. Something happened at the very end of the book but for me that wasn’t that exciting either. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t sit well with hyped books and my head is all weird and wrong, lol.

As for the characters, they definitely were different than usually in the books I read. They all were unique, not two characters that were the same. I liked the rebellious Blue but at the same time I was laughing a little for her thinking that her mother and the others wouldn’t know about that. I mean they are psychics right? So of course they would now.
The boys, well um. I liked them but none of them hit me that much. None of them grew to be that important. Maybe that’ll change when I continue with the series, but now they all were pretty much meaningless for me. Though I liked how they all were so different yet still pretty much the same.

All in all I want to continue with this series and I just hope the next ones will be somewhat more fast paced than this one. And I would like to have a deeper connection with the characters.

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3 thoughts on “REVIEW : THE RAVEN BOYS

  1. I always see so much hype and praise for this book series, but I’ve always been so scared to pick it up since I’m afraid it wouldn’t live up to it. Your review totally hit on a few things that I had thought could happen or what I heard about before. Eventually I might give it a try, but I’m definitely going to have to what you said into account and definitely put it on the backburner. Wonderful review! 🙂

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