Book Review: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book Description

“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.

My Thoughts

God, this book was SO DAMN GOOD! I barely read fantasy because most of the famous ones are a part of a series, but I’m so happy that I read The Raven Boys. It is probably one of the best books I’ve read in 2019, and I’ve read a lot of books that were REALLY GOOD.

The Raven Boys is a story of Blue, who is the daughter of a psychic, and is foretold that her first love would die. She goes to the churchyard with her mother where her mother sees the spirits of people who are gonna be dead in the next twelve months. One day, in the churchyard with her mother’s sister, Neeve, she sees a spirit of a young boy, Gansey, who is from Aglionby Academy and wants to find and wake up the ley line. There’s only two reasons why Blue could see the spirit – either he’s her true love, or she’s killed him. Blue gets drawn to Gansey and his friends – Adam, Ronan and Noah – from Aglionby Academy. Now, Blue really needs to keep in check her feelings and help the Raven boys in their quest.

As I’ve already stated above, I dislike reading series, and I never pick up the second book in the series immediately after I finish the first one. However, this was not the case when I finished The Raven Boys. I immediately wanted the second book, so I went hunting for the audiobook, which is narrated by Will Patton.

I was hooked when I’d read the very first chapter. I yearned to know what happens in the story after Blue meets the Raven boys. I needed to know if and how she falls in love with Gansey, and I needed to know how everything plays out. And when the book ended, I felt incomplete. I’m happy that I read it now because all of the books are out and I won’t really need to wait before picking up the next ones.

I liked the story, but I loved the way Maggie Stiefvater told it. She is an awesome writer, and this book shows that. I loved the writing and the eerie atmosphere the author created – the book got creepy sometimes, and that’s what made me keep at reading it.

I loved the characters. I love Gansey, even though he’s a bit condescending sometimes. And I adore Blue, Adam, Ronan and Noah. I really wanted more of Noah, though. But I guess his absence makes sense.

This book does not focus on the romance, even though you kinda think it will, because of the description. And the tiny bit of the romance is adorable and I loved the couple.

I even loved the secondary characters in this book- a lot of them are women, and all of them strong and likable. My favorite is Persephone- I loved her from the very beginning, and she’s one of my favorite characters from the book.

If you want to read this book, let me warn you that it talks about anxiety, depression, a past suicide attempt, abuse, murder, death, death by cancer, and other things that I’ve probably forgotten. If these things can hurt you, don’t read this book.

However, I really enjoyed the book, and I’m sure that y’all will enjoy it too. I totally recommend it!

So, have you guys read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s talk in the comments below.