The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review

Hello Humans! Tis I with a book review that’s been a long time coming. I forget who exactly it was that got me excited about reading The Raven Boys. I suspect it was Paper Fury but honestly I’m not sure. Either way, I picked up TRB as part of a Blackwells 3 for 2 deal and I am so glad I did!

Goodreads Summary:

“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.

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This is my first time EVER reading a Maggie Stiefvater book. I know, how has this happened? I’ve seen TRB on the shelves for years I just never quite brought myself to buy/borrow it. What were you doing past me? Why would you deny yourself this amazingly wonderful book for all those years? WHY?

This story has a host of fascinating characters, from Blue, growing up in a psychic household to Gansey the privileged private school boy. There’s not one character (including the baddies) that wasn’t intrinsically interesting to read about. Nor did the friendships and relationships in this book feel forced in any way – something which is often lacking in other books.

This is what I would deem a page turner. I was reading this everywhere I could, on buses, on trains, in the middle of the night a first thing in the morning. I had no idea how the story would end, it was so meticulously crafted, so I had no choice but to read until I had figured it out.

There are plot twists and turns that are set out from the beginning and there are those that come out of nowhere (I genuinely gasped at one point). This turns what could be a fairly ordinary story into something a little bit transcendent.

This story is spooky, it’s got some kind of power behind it moving you forward through these character’s lives. I don’t doubt that the sequels are just as amazing and I may have to buy them for myself as a personal birthday present!

My rating: 5/5 stars

All opinions are my own.

What say you? I know there’s a lot of Raven Boys fans out there – what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

J

 

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