Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 409 pages
Source: Bought
Series: The Raven Cycle #1


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

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


This is my second time reading this and I am freaking in love this this series. I was very hesitant to read this because I didn't like the Shiver series that much and it takes time to get use to Maggie's writing. Plus when I first read this, I did not like it. I almost gave it a two stars. There were many good reviews on it and the whole shipping thing with Gansey and Blue on Tumblr made me want to give this a second chance and I am so happy I did.

I would say give it about 100 pages if you feel like you want to put down this book. It wasn't until for 50 pages for me to get sucked in. I guess what really made me read was Gansey and Blue. The thing with this relationship is complicated. If Blue kisses her true love, he would die and that guy she sees in the spirit thing in the very beginning in the book is Gansey. But later on, the whole concept of the book kept me reading. 

It's multiple point of views but the main one is Blue. She's from a family of psychics. They are actually legit psychics, not fake or scams ones. Blue is the only one not a psychic but she's more of a battery. She enhances their ability more so the readings are more clear and stuff like that. 

Gancey is from a wealthy family but he's not like a typical rich guy. He has these three dedicated friends to help him find this person that's complicated without spoilers and then Blue gets involved. It's all very complicated until you read it.

I am really excited to see where this series will go and how the ending with Blue's true love end up.


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