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.
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Number of Pages: 409
Publishing Date: Sept. 18th, 2012
I’ve been wanting to start this series ever since I heard that it was a supernatural-ish, creepy series of young adult novels (meaning it was right up my alley). I picked up this book and read it extremely quickly, then I went online and immediately ordered the sequels. (That in of itself basically shows how much I loved this book.)
The Raven Boys follows Blue Sargent (the daughter of a psychic), a group of Raven Boys that attend Aglionby (a private school), and a mysterious quest that involves magic, ley lines, and a sleeping king. The premise behind this story interested me immensely, so I quickly found myself wrapped up in this story. I love how, although this book is of course heavily concentrated on magic and supernatural elements, there are also some contemporary themes that are strewn through the plot as well. This definitely helped me connect more with all of the brilliant characters within this story. The writing was superb and extremely detailed, the plot was gripping, and the characters were all so well-developed and so interesting.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
The plot of this book had so many different parts to it that I often found myself confused, but in a good way (???). Sometimes there would be chunks of information that the author would give that I would have to re-read a few times to completely understand and then I’d be like, “OH, okay, I get that, okay, I get where she’s going with this story.”
The plot really picked up when Blue began to hang out with the Raven Boys more often. As soon as they began exploring different areas and tried to find the sleeping king, I found myself not able to set the book down because the end of every chapter was cliffhanger-like and left me being all, “Okay, just one more chapter…” so often that I eventually just finished the book after numerous attempts to set it down but then in return I would get re-captivated with the world.
The ending of this book took me by surprise. While I felt that it was just a tad bit rushed, I found myself appreciating that aspect of the ending. I loved how the last few chapters were rushed, so it made the anxiety that I felt whilst reading intensify quickly because of how fast certain events were occurring. And THEN, the last sentence of the book basically left me reeling. It made me confused, curious, and anxious to read the next book.
I think that the plot of this book was very unique and enjoyable, and I’m actually kind of desperate to find out what happens in this story next (thus why I quickly ordered the next books and am impatiently awaiting their arrival).
I absolutely loved every character in this novel. Let’s start with one of my favorites: Blue. Blue Sargent is the type of character that I can’t help but love. She’s confident, self-assured, witty, intelligent, and basically every characteristic that I strive to include within my own personality traits. It’s obvious that Blue can hold her own and I really love that about her character.
“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
The Raven Boys were each so adorable and individualized that my love for them would be equal… if it weren’t for Gansey. Gansey is, as fangirl-me-on-Tumblr would describe, an adorable little cinnamon bun that must be protected at all costs. He’s so smart (like intensely smart, so much so that the intelligence from him practically radiates off the pages whenever he speaks) and his vocabulary is literal perfection. It’s so clear how much he cares about his friends and GAH, I just love Gansey so much, okay?! And then there’s Ronan who is so tough and always angry and actually kind of scary, but deep down I feel like he’s a sweetheart. Adam is really sweet and adorable, although I’m kind of worried about his character and, after certain events that occurred in this novel, I hope he doesn’t begin to change for the worse. Noah, OH NOAH, I love him so much. He’s a gem, he truly is, and I feel like the Raven Boys wouldn’t be the Raven Boys without Noah in the group.
Blue’s family of psychics is truly an interesting bunch of characters and I grew to really enjoy them all. I laughed a few times whilst reading this book and the majority of the time I was laughing at one of Blue’s family members and their sassy remarks.
Speaking of funny moments, I’d just like to take a second to exclaim my love for the scene in which Blue was all like, “You can’t kiss me I’m too… young…?” I may or may not have burst out laughing at that line.
I’ve never read a Maggie Stiefvater book before, but I’ve always heard that her writing is very detailed, and I totally saw that within this book. I loved the world-building that she did, the way that she shaped each character was flawless, and every chapter easily left me wanting more.
Overall, I really loved this book. It was a great introduction to a carefully constructed world and I thought it was incredibly well written. I loved every character, the plot interested and captivated me, the different settings were very detailed, and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series! (The next book in this series is being delivered today and, needless to say, I’m extremely excited.)
Have any of you read The Raven Boys? What did you think of it? Comment your thoughts below!