Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven BoysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Published September 18th, 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published September 1st, 2012).

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“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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. (Goodreads)

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This is a book I will never forget. It’s been quite a journey to finally have this book in my possession and then finally read it. As you can see from the details above this book released four years ago. I have wanted it the entire time, but for some reason while Barnes & Noble had stock of the hardback I kept passing it over. Then by the time the next book came out The Raven Boys was in paperback, and so the cycle went. I checked often, maybe once a month??? I finally gave up having the series in hardback. Then my round 3 #otspsecretsister sent me The Raven Boys in paperback. I was over the moon because it meant I could finally get started on reading it. Then for my birthday Patti, one of my dear friends on YouTube sent me the first three books she had in hardcover! Not to mention I attempted to listen to it on audiobook. That did not go well, so all this back and forth was done on a whim, praying I would love it. And I did!

I have to say the synopsis is quite misleading. It sounds like it will be a tragic love story with a bit of paranormal thrown in. It’s quite the opposite in the love story isn’t what you think, the events of St. Mark’s Eve happens in the first couple chapters, and the real story centers around the hunt for Glendower, a long-dead Welsh king said to be buried along the ley lines. What makes this story so great is the atmosphere that Stiefvater so magically crafted. Plus there is a fantastic cast of characters. I 100% recommend this book for those two reasons alone. The Raven Boys: Gansey, Adam, Noah, and Ronanare prep school boys at Aglionby Academy. Blue is the only non-psychic from an entire family of psychics. On St. Mark’s Eve she crosses paths with Gansey in an unexpected way and the story takes off from there. There’s so many twists and turns to the story. There’s so much depth. It keeps you guessing and wanting to know more. Gansey and his boys are trying to wake the ley lines to find Glendower and Blue just might be the key. She is drawn to help in The Raven Boys in their quest despite her earlier reservations about boys, particularly Raven Boys.

Make sure to check out my playlist for The Raven Boys. It fits so well with the atmosphere of Henrietta, the fictional town in Virginia where the story takes place.

Have you read The Raven Boys? Are you as obsessed as I am?

“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”

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