The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

November 25, 2012

The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefavter
Series: Raven Cycle
Pages: 408
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date:September 18th,2012
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.


You guys I am so caught on how to start this review. While I did like some aspects there where some parts I just didn’t. While I loved Maggie’s Mercy fall series so I really wanted to like this one really disappointed.
In this book it was just so confusing. I know some people are going to read this review and disagree, but honestly, just at some points I had no clue what was going on. When the Chapters switched back in forth sometimes with no dialogue just description of what they were thinking, it got confusing and then when I realized who it was I had to re-read that part. So it got to be really annoying. Also, blue’s mom and aunt really confused me and I kept getting mixed up when they were talking sometimes.
I really hate having to write this review because of how much I loved Maggie’s writing before. :(
Now while that was what I didn’t really like about it, what I did like was the boys—Adam, Ronan, and Gansey. The only one who really annoyed me sometimes was Adam. I know that I felt really bad for him with the whole dad situation he became really aggravating wanting to get out, but not wanting to accept the help his friend wanted to give him. However, I did like Ronan. Hehe. Ronan is the typical bad boy disguised in a BMW. He and his brother often have conflicts and I like how he grows and really finds some independency to himself in the end.
Overall, I did really like the story. There were some twist and turns and I didn’t really expect them, but the characters and point of view just didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped.
      While I am disappointed, I still want to try and give this series another try. Seeing as how I did like the story line, hopefully in the next book the characters will get better and I can follow along better next time. So I can’t wait, I’ll be looking forward to the Raven Cycle #2.

1 comment:

  1. Dude. I can't remember if you saw my joint review with someone on this book...NOT good. My experience was pretty much:

    "Who's Neeve? Who's Nevel? Wait, there IS no Nevel? WHAT?!?!?! What about Adam? Who's he? Who's BLUE?!" and it is SO confusing! I was just totally lost throughout all of it!

    Sorry you didn't like it as much I hope you enjoy the next one!