Friday, November 23, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: September 18, 2012
Hardcover: 408 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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.

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
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Maggie Stiefvater is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  I had discovered her Scorpio Races earlier this year and LOVED it.  So I went back and read her most popular series Shiver, Linger and Forever.  I wasn't sure how I would feel about them considering they are about werewolves, but I was very pleasantly surprised.  I credit this to Stiefvater's writing, which just keeps improving with each book she writes.

The Raven Boys is no exception.  It is an incredibly mysterious, intimate and nuanced story.  But, buckle your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen - It's going to be a long ride.  I don't mean that in a bad way Maggie Stiefvater is clearly playing the Long Game with The Raven Cycle.  She doesn't reveal a lot in this first book but instead sets up the players and and starts putting the plot into motion. The beginning of the book is a little slow, but starts to get really fun once Blue joins up with the boys.  There is a lot of character building, which I loved.  You really have a chance to get to know the characters and how they all fit together. I also enjoyed Stiefvater taking her time with the relationship between Blue and Gansay.  The rest of the book is strange, unique and wonderful.  I honestly can't say I've read anything like The Raven Boys and I can't wait to see where The Raven Cycle goes. 


  1. I was waiting to see a review for Raven Boys - I haven't read any of her books except for the Scorpio Races, but I loved that one and thought she couldn't possibly equal or top that one. Sounds like she can, so when I can, I'll be looking for the Raven series. :)

  2. Yes I lived this too! Some people complained about the pace, I loved it and I like that she didn't use "creatures" now rather something that is more tangible like ley gates. I've always been fascinated by this phenomenon and I was so happy that Maggie wrote it into the story.

  3. I absolutely adored this book and I love that she's keeping her readers interested by taking it slow, I hate when things go too fast. This will definitely be a great series! I feel like I have to check out her other books now.



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