The Raven Boys Review

Posted August 27, 2012 by Pixie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stievfater
Release: September 2012 by Scholastic Press

“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.

Dark, twisted and full of magic… just the way I like it. I’ve been a Maggie Stiefvater fan since The Books of Faerie; I loved her dark humor and her lyrical prose. Although, I adore her Shiver series, I missed the creepy/dark factor of Maggie’s writing and The Raven Boys gives me back that darker side of Maggie.

When I read the synopsis I thought this was going to be a one person narrator – it’s not, you get multiple narrators and at first it was a little confusing; but as the story progresses it becomes easier to follow.

The story line is very “out there” – have you ever wanted to peek inside an authors head because you wanted to know what the heck is going on in there – how did they come up with this? That is exactly how I felt after reading this story.

The Raven Boys starts off with Blue Sargent as our narrator- she is an odd girl, but is an easy charter to attach too. Blue is only certain of a few things in her life – first, her mom and aunts are seers, she’s not and second, she will kill her true love. Because of her family’s special talents, every year they participate in St. Mark’s Eve, where they see the spirits of those who will die during the next year.  Blue’s job is to write down the names that her family calls out, but this year, things don’t go quite as they normally do, she sees and interacts with one of the spirits, a young man named Gansey. Her aunt tells her she can see his spirit for one of two reasons, she is either his true love or she kills him. Knowing her fate and now his, she starts looking for him.

Gansey and his three friends Noah, Adam and Ronan all attend the local private school; because of their uniform the locals call them “Raven Boys”. Gansey is on a secret mission (one too complicated for me to explain) and each one of his friends brings something to the table, although they don’t always get along.  Gansey is a nice guy – he is rich and privileged and sometimes condescending, but he means well.  He is need of some answers that only seers can give him – so he makes an appointment with Blue’s family. When the boys show up at Blue’s house, all hell breaks loose. Blue is forbidden to have anything to do with him – um hum, you know how that works, it just pushes her in that direction.

As the story progresses, everything starts to get entangled and twisted. Blue realizes her mom has been lying to her and each boy is hiding something – everything is coming unraveled and it all has something to do with Gansey’s secret mission.

The Raven Boys is a very complex story line and gets a bit confusing but I was enthralled. It will definitely keep you up at night – not only reading, but trying to piece all the intricate puzzle pieces together. I can’t wait to find out what happens next …and to see a little bit more of Ronan. Seriously, what is it with Maggie’s “bad boys”? She has a way of writing them that just draws me in; I am usually a good guy, best friend sort of girl.


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5 responses to “The Raven Boys Review

  1. Now i'm more excited for The Raven Boys because the sound of different POVs really excites me! I can't wait to get my hand on this when it comes out. I'm hoping to buy it for my friend as well to thank her for introducing me to The Wolves of Mercy Falls.

    And have you seen the book trailer? It's really cool! You should check it out.

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