The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Read: May 14 – 25, 2016
My Book Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy Teen
I heard a lot of good things about this series so I had really high hopes when I began reading. I read Stiefvater’s book Shiver in the past and enjoyed it, though I didn’t love it. That ended up being the case with Raven Boys.
Basic premise: Daughter of a psychic (Blue) is told all her life that if she kisses her true love, he’ll die. So she doesn’t date or kiss boys. Ever. Meanwhile, a group of boys over at the prestigious Aglionby Prep school (aka raven boys) are on the hunt for some magical “ley line” which is supposedly going to lead the leader of the boys (Gansey) to some dead guy who will give him something he really wants. I didn’t really understand all the ley line talk.
Alright, so that’s that. The book starts out in Blue’s POV and I really liked her. She had a unique POV being the daughter of a psychic and living in a house full of other psychics as well. Meanwhile, she’s not even remotely psychic. All was going great, I was loving the book! Then….
We switch to Gansey’s POV and we’re inundated with talk of these ley lines. I was so confused. I was bored. I didn’t care. I just wanted to go back to Blue’s POV!
Finally after about ten chapters Blue and Gansey finally meet and the story REALLY starts. I did end up liking all of the boys by the end, there was a mystery surrounding one of the boys that was really eye opening once revealed. Had I not been bored so much in the beginning I’d be tempted to go back and re-read it just to look closer for the clues.
Finally the book ended. And it was…. Okay. I didn’t hate the ending, but at the same time I wasn’t left with a burning desire to read the next book. Chances are I will read the next book, but I’m not going to go out of my way to get my hands on it any time soon.
In all, this book was meh. There were good and interesting characters, but it took too long to get to know some of them so I didn’t really care what was happening to them, and what was happening to them was interesting, but… again, I just didn’t care.
I’m curious to see what other people thought of this book. I do think Ms. Stiefvater is very talented and has a lot of great ideas, I just haven’t found a book from her yet that really resonates with me and leaves me wanting more.
When it finally happened, when she finally saw him, it didn’t feel like magic at all. It felt like looking into the grave and seeing it look back at her.
Blue had two rules: Stay away from boys, because they’re trouble, and stay away from raven boys, because they were bastards.
He said, “I’ve always liked the name Jane.”
Blue’s eyes widened. “Ja—what? Oh! No, no. You can’t just go around naming people other things because you don’t like their real name.”
“I like Blue just fine,” Gansey said. “…However, I also like Jane.”
“I’m not answering to that.”
“Aquamarine is a wonderful color, and I won’t be made to feel bad for wearing it,” Gansey said.
“Blue. My name’s Blue Sargent.”
Blue signed. “Jane.”
“Oh, Jane! I thought you were saying Blue for some reason.”
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that’s a most interesting review Caroline, thanks
The pacing of the book is a hit or miss for most people. I actually enjoyed it, but I understand why people don’t.
I didn’t like the ending, not because it was a cliffhanger, but because it was a confusing cliffhanger that obviously requires you to read the next one to understand. I don’t like being pushed towards other books so bluntly! But I let it go, I read the rest and enjoyed them a lot. My review for the entire series actually goes live tomorrow.
I really think if the ley line stuff hadn’t just been THROWN at me, I would have liked it a lot better. If it had been more of an enigma that was revealed to us as Blue learned what the boys knew.
I actually didn’t really mind the ending much, though I did expect a little more resolution, obviously they couldn’t resolve everything, else there would be no need for more books.
I like your review style!
Thanks! I started doing the quotes after seeing your blog. HA!
I want to read this book so badly!
I’m still not sure entirely if I liked it or not! It’s probably worth a read? Especially if you go in knowing not EVERYONE thinks it’s absolutely fabulous, then expectations are lower. 🙂
I’ll be curious to know if you do like it!
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