Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


From Goodreads:

“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.

I really wanted to like this book as it had gotten so many rave reviews, but I just couldn’t completely get into it for at least half of the book! I found this book to be drawn out and tiresome and though I didn’t dislike any of the characters, I certainly didn’t care a lot for most of them.

The description is misleading when it says “Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain“, which isn’t true. She’s drawn to him because she saw his ghost which was explained that that would mean she kills him or he’s her true love. Wouldn’t you be curious about someone that fits that criteria?

Although the quest is intriguing and the only aspect I found remotely interesting, there were minimal scenes which were short-lived. The antagonist was blatantly obvious and bland. The women who lived with Blue were mostly unnecessary and possessed your stereotypical psychic characteristics. The boys and Blue were likeable, but *spoiler alert* when they found out Noah has been actually dead the whole time, it didn’t seem to faze them whatsoever! Like, “Oh you mean you’re a ghost? Okay, what’s for dinner?” That bugged me.

I give it credit for being original- dealing with ley lines and even incorporating actual Welsh ruler, Owen Glendower, and his re-buried bodied. I didn’t find much mystery to this novel, though the quest itself with the persistence of the boys and Blue made the journey bearable.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars

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