The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

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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 am probably one of the last people in the universe to have read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. There is so much regret coursing through me because I didn’t pick up this book earlier. I loved this book and gave it a 4/5 stars.

Going into this book I didn’t know much about it. I picked it up because it’s really popular and I had yet to read a Maggie Stiefvater book (actually that is a lie. I dnf-ed The Scorpio Races but that was really early in the audiobook. One day I’ll read the actual book).

 

The Raven Boys is an urban fantasy and I don’t normally read books from this genre. It was very interesting how in this completely normal world is home to magic that actually fits in with how the world is. It doesn’t change your understanding of the world at all. In fact the magic here kind of has a scientific explanation (Please don’t ask me to explain it though. Ask Gansey ;).

Blue is the main protagonist of The Raven Boys. All of her family is psychics except for her. In a way she amplifies their psychic abilities. Every year on St. Marks Eve she is taken to the graveyard so that her mother can talk to the ghosts of the people who will die in the next year. This year she sees one of them and that can only mean he is her true love or she killed him.

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Blue meets him in person one night and is immediately repulsed. He is rude but she does find one of his friends, Adam charming. I ship Blue and Adam because Gansey is so annoying and can go away. She becomes friends with Gansey and his crew while helping them to find this ley line.

They are trying to find something and until the book starts Gansey is very open about his search. At the beginning of the book he gets kind of paranoid that someone else is looking too.

A source of magic in this book is a ley line. We don’t learn much about them and I’m dying to learn more. I know that they are hard to find, time is different on them and stuff but other than that they are a complete mystery to me.

At the beginning of the story Blue’s aunt Neeve comes to stay with them. Honestly I don’t see how Neeve contributed to the plot. She just made excuses for why she was there and it was annoying. In a way she was an antagonist because she added unnecessary roadblocks that aren’t even explained. In the next books Neeve will probably have a bigger role and do something other than get in the way.

The Raven Boys lives up to the hype. I love it and you should read it. Now excuse me while I go read the sequel!

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