The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

“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 fro...

Title:The Raven Boys
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ISBN:0545424925
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:409 pages

The Raven Boys Reviews

  • Emily May

    I seem to have this habit. For the past couple of years, I've mostly been deliberately avoiding paranormal YA from authors I don't already love. The genre is a hard sell for me, filled with tropes that lead to low ratings and irritated reviews. But really, what tends to happen is this: the first book comes out and I avoid it, look the other way as other bloggers get excited and fangirl over the upcoming sequel.

    Then t

    I seem to have this habit. For the past couple of years, I've mostly been deliberately avoiding paranormal YA from authors I don't already love. The genre is a hard sell for me, filled with tropes that lead to low ratings and irritated reviews. But really, what tends to happen is this: the first book comes out and I avoid it, look the other way as other bloggers get excited and fangirl over the upcoming sequel.

    Then the next book appears and more positive reviews roll in and, I admit, I start to get curious. But I ignore it. Then the third and often final book is about to be released and everyone is so damn enthusiastic that I... just... have to... check the series out. Yes, I am a fool. I am that cliche about the cat and curiosity.

    It's sad because I love a good paranormal tale, but I don't know if I'm just getting too old and cynical to read these supernatural romancey teen books. Either that or I've read one too many. Because I am honestly not sold on the big dilemma in this book.

    Basically...

    ...um, I’m not really seeing a difficult decision to be made here. The only thing I'm seeing is a whole lot of melodrama and names that make the characters sound like horses.

    I know, I know, TRU WUV and all that, I am so cold. Well, forgive me if I’m not caught up in this emo love angst, but could you please get over yourselves, choose life, and go find someone else. But no, of course not, because this book is largely about the will they/won’t they, which is also likely what the following novels are about too.

    There is some good writing at points and a decent ghostly atmosphere; though I'm still not convinced two stars isn't leaning towards generous. The complex plot that has been so praised by critics and bloggers just

    . I guess it's imaginative in some sense and I haven't heard anything quite like it before - props for that - but it was soooo slow. And it seemed to take forever for the author to reveal WHY the Raven Boys were searching for some Welsh king, so I had no reason to invest in their mission.

    And yes, then we have Mr and Mrs Angst. The usual relationship/love drama aside, I found it so difficult to like these characters. I have a hard time finding sympathy for a rich white boy with his own apartment and vintage car (at seventeen!), who wants to kiss a girl but can't. Blue isn't much better... overly quirky outcast - i.e.

    - who makes her own clothes and judges people she doesn't know.

    But it's my fault. I knew it was a bad idea. I suck. Please don't hate me, I brought a cat gif:

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  • Zoë

    Reread in 2017:

    I loved it

    much more the second time! Every character was unique and fleshed out and I fell in love with them all! Well, most of them. Can't wait to pick up The Dream Thieves!

    Book 34/100 of 2015:

    I really enjoyed this! I came into this book not knowing anything about the plot, just that there were some weirdly named kids and something about ravens. It was a little difficult to get into as I had no idea where the plot would go and it was just overall pretty slow. However, halfway

    Reread in 2017:

    I loved it

    much more the second time! Every character was unique and fleshed out and I fell in love with them all! Well, most of them. Can't wait to pick up The Dream Thieves!

    Book 34/100 of 2015:

    I really enjoyed this! I came into this book not knowing anything about the plot, just that there were some weirdly named kids and something about ravens. It was a little difficult to get into as I had no idea where the plot would go and it was just overall pretty slow. However, halfway through it really picked up and surprised me! I will definitely be picking up the next book sometime in the near future.

  • Natalie

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    I went into this book expecting to hate it, but I was truly surprised by it— right from page 1.

    I read the prologue before I went to bed and I had to convince myself to put it down because I knew if I wouldn’t, I’d be extremely sleep deprived the next morning. It was so

    .

    And it was constantly on my mind the next morning, I kept thinking about that fat

    This review contains

    .

    I went into this book expecting to hate it, but I was truly surprised by it— right from page 1.

    I read the prologue before I went to bed and I had to convince myself to put it down because I knew if I wouldn’t, I’d be extremely sleep deprived the next morning. It was so

    .

    And it was constantly on my mind the next morning, I kept thinking about that fateful moment when I could just sit down and read it.

    I finished

    in 2 sittings (although reading it at night was extremely scary for me).

    This book follows the events of Blue Sargent. Every year, Blue 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.

    I loved Blue’s family. They captured my attention in the prologue and were the reason that I had to finish this book.

    I was so intrigued by them, they reminded me of my favorite family in

    .

    I love it when I find books with families similar to

    family.

    There are also no words that can describe how much I appreciated Blue’s mother, Maura.

    This book is mainly told from the perspectives of Gansey and Blue.

    Gansey is on a quest that has encompassed three of his closest friends: 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.

    I love books where we get multiple main characters.

    But it took me a few chapters to get used to Gansey’s voice. His chapters felt a little slow-paced compared to Blue’s.

    Initially, the only thing that made his chapters more interesting was when Ronan showed up. I found his character to be a lot more compelling than Gansey’s. I really cared for Ronan (especially when he took care of his raven, Chainsaw)

    But the more I got into the story, the more my love for the characters grew. They all added something so heartbreaking to the story.

    The only time I remember really smiling (instead of crying) was when Gansey and Blue interacted with each other, they were so comfortable with one another and incredibly funny. I loved them.

    Blue was a great protagonist, she is one of the most unique females I've ever read. She is vulnerable but tough. She is clever but has moments of doubt. And her relationships with her family is heartwarming, especially with her mother.

    And Adam Parrish broke a little piece of my heart.

    I was crying when I found out why Adam didn’t show up at school the morning after Gansey called him at midnight about Ronan being missing.

    And when Gansey came to check on Adam, I was just in tears. I was so emotional. That part hit too close to home.

    I had to put down the book for a few minutes just to try and calm down.

    But towards the end when Adam was confronted by his hideous father, and Ronan came to save Adam— there were tears just streaming down my face (I was so thankful that I was home alone).

    I love Ronan. And I’m so emotional.

    Ronan's reply broke me.

    was definitely a book that astonished me with its beautiful writing style, memorable cast of characters, and complete uniqueness.

    I love books that can surprise me with how good and eccentric they are.

    Also,

    really fit the mood of the book for me.

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