Book Review: THE RAVEN BOYS

the raven boysAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Number of Pages: 409

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18, 2012

“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.”

I have read several of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, including Shiver, Linger, Forever, and the Scorpio Races. I love the way she mixes real like with a dash of fantasy, how she combines realistic characters with some fantastical settings and plot twists. This type of genre is really enjoyable to read because it isn’t pure fantasy, but it isn’t strictly contemporary YA fiction. Instead, it contains a healthy dose of both genres, which is very refreshing and different. I was hoping that The Raven Boys would be written in a similar fashion, and lucky for me it was! The characters in this novel (Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, etc.) are so real and life-like, yet the setting of Henrietta is so magical and mysterious. The contrast adds quite a lot of depth to the story. The fact that the story was centered around ley lines was very interesting. I did not know much about the theory of ley lines before reading this book, so it was really neat to read about. Also, I liked how Blue lived in a house full of psychics. It was really unique and it added a twist to the story.

I found it very interesting that Blue developed more of a relationship with Adam than with Gansey. Usually, the main character is the one that ends up in a relationship. However, I did feel like Adam was a better fit for Blue than Gansey, because Gansey is so focused on finding Glendower. It sometimes seemed as though Gansey was stuck in his own little world, trapped inside of his mind along with his words, dreams, fears, and memories. Adam seemed to have more in common with Blue. Also, the dual plot involving Whelk was very interesting and unexpected. It’s fun to read and watch as the two story lines intertwine until they become one single giant story. And Noah… I couldn’t believe what happened to him! I won’t spoil it for you, though. When you read the book you’ll understand what I mean.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. Even though it took a while for me to really get into it (the beginning was rather slow–paced) it was still a very pleasurable read. The Raven Boys is a novel filled with suspense, fantasy, modern-day issues, mystery, and a sprinkle of romance. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series, which is called The Dream Thieves and is said to be coming out on September 17, 2013.

MY RATING: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND?: Definitely.

Yours,

HOLLY

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