Review The Raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4/5
Genres: Young Adult,
My thoughts:
“Keep being brave.
Unique, eerie, compelling and magical. These are the attributes that
perfectly describe The Raven Boys.
But perhaps I am redundant in my words due to the fact I am a few years late to
the hype and all I could say has been already said. Rest assured though, I’ll
keep my fangirling to a minimum. I do have a series to finish.
The story in this book is the epitome of weeeeird. Strange and otherworldly. Original and enthralling
nonetheless. I mean — ley lines and Welsh hidden kings? Um, wut? First of all,
what the hell are ley lines (I needed
Google to educate me on that) and second of all, how is any of this interesting?
Initially, it was not. I couldn’t care less about the plot because yeah,
uneducated new age freshman right here. I was all about the characters because
I suddenly couldn’t stop reading about Blue and her overall awesomeness (more
on that in a minute) and these 4 peculiar yet alluring raven boys. But then the
plot somewhat became the characters themselves. I know, I know, I don’t make
sense but, personally, I felt this whimsical quest for Glendower become an
integral part of each of them: Blue’s subtle desire to be special, Gansey’s
blunt obsession, Adam’s hope for a better future, Ronan’s deepest secrets and
Noah’s tragic existence. It all made for an intricate spider web of
characterization that in the end rendered this book as both character and plot


Ah, and speaking of that, these characters are GORGEOUS. I kid you not. I was feeling like I was in the presence
of long-lost friends, effortlessly immersing myself into their world and
Blue is undoubtedly
amazing. I never felt this uniqueness about a female character ever since I
acquainted with Karou and Zuzana from Daughter
of Smoke and Bone
. She’s like a fairy, a pixie, but one with a strong and
honorable personality. She’s weird alright, but in an endearing way and I’m
glad to see she brought a speck of color into the boys’ lives.
“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She
was interested in going out and finding her own.
Adam Parish is such a
lovable character. You cannot but love him instantly, including his hard-work,
grueling efforts, endurance, burdens, intelligence and overall sweetness. His
integrity brought tears to my eyes and his selflessness was just another
testament to show what a great guy he is. Plus his subtle romance with Blue is
lovely. Gosh, everything about him is lovely. He’s like a flower. Or a puppy.
As I said, lovable to the nth degree.
“Don’t throw compliments away, so long as they’re free.’” His
face was very earnest. “That one wasn’t meant to cost you anything, Blue.”
The one who stole my heart though was Gansey. Richard ‘Dick’ Campbell Gansey III. This boy-king awed me
with his drive and spark of brilliance, with his inquisitive mind and
commanding leadership. He also made me love him because of his unknown naïveté
and innocence that was at odds with his old-money upbringing. He is still a
boy, trapped in dreams of other realms, but his ambition alone might make those
dreams a reality. And his friendships with the boys were incredible; he is the
axis of the group, the alpha, but followed through love, respect and borderline
adoration. It’s mutual, however, and the fact that he struggles to keep them
all together is nothing short of awesomeness.
“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come
unequipped with the ability to disarm them.
Noah Czerny, you poor little
creature. Even though he is always a bit in the background, I couldn’t help
than want to barge in Henrietta and give him a fierce hug. I hope to learn more
about him, especially after all the twists and turns regarding his persona.
Regardless, I already assigned him cinnamon roll status.
However, without a doubt, the most peculiar of the boys is Ronan. He is
also the most mysterious and he remains so throughout the novel. I loved his
pissy and mercurial personality, which goes to show how messed up and broken he
really is. Regardless, besides Gansey and Blue’s family, he cracked me up as
well. I’m hoping he’ll get more page time and he’ll become central once more,
because I am dying to know about his father, his family, his dynamic with the
boys and that hell of a jaw-dropping revelation at the end of the book.
Considering the title and the cover of the 2nd book, it appears I’ll get my
“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.
The innumerable women (okay okay, three) in Blue’s life deserve a
shoutout: Maura, Persephone and Calla. This trio right here made the book
better, even if they’re not in the light 24/7. As secondary characters, they
were incredibly well developed, with distinct personalities and I loved each
and every one of them, not to mention their lovely relationships with Blue. In
a way, I felt that even though Blue is fatherless, she has 3 mothers. 3 really
cool mothers.
The boys as a group were a wonder, but throwing Blue into the mix
achieved the ultimate perfection. She fit in naturally, not to mention her
bizarre yet great family. I cannot wait to see them develop this little group
of theirs.
“They were always walking away from him. But he never seemed
able to walk away from them.
And ohmygod I just want to
know how the story will pan out because that was such a tease to continuously
plague us with bits from the future! The Gansey prophecy better not be
happening. But what about Blue’s faith to kill her true love with a kiss? The
Gansey and Blue vision is so gut-wrenching I just can’t even. And how will that
come to fruition since we’re only getting Adam and Blue vibes for now? A love
triangle? Deaths (please not)?? I am equally scared and exhilarated to find out
The prose is beautiful, but I didn’t expect anything less from Maggie
Stiefvater. I regret having forgotten the rest of the Mercy Falls series into an endless pile of TBR (note to self: bump
them up). The third narrative was lovely manipulated to build up tension and
shiver-inducing sequences, whereas the atmosphere was worthy of an Edgar Allen
Poe inspiration: often bleak, cold, but enchanting. I read the book during
nightly hours just to get the full experience and I gotta say it is the wowza
kind. Also, do I hear ravens in the background? 
Oh, and thank you to the wonderful TRC fandom on Tumblr: your fan arts
and edits made me cave in and read this book and I am not one bit regretting
this decision. I can finally understand some references and not scroll past
spoilery images yay!
Now I’m off to read the sequel. Thank God I’m late to the party and do
not have to experience the excruciating pain of waiting a year in between
installments. I’LL DEVOUR THEM ALL.
I can definitely say that The
Raven Cycle
series has the potential of becoming a new favorite of mine
just by having read this first installment. It irreversibly won me over with
its gothic nuances and just plain fun and sweet contemporary. If I have wrongly
deemed myself the last person in the bookish community to not have read it and
you’re the rightful beholder of that title, than please go ahead and pick this
up. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
“If you had a special knack for finding things, it meant you
owed the world to look.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Aveam seria de ceva timp si amanam, pana in primavara vreau sa o citesc. Mai convins!

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  2. Bitten( fanforever)1992 says:

    Am auzit de autoare. Stiu cum scrie. Am doar seria Lupii : Fior si Sovaire.


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