Book Review: ‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater

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‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater


“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.

Rose-Worthy Features

            This book is a reread for me and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed reading this book the second time rather than the first time!

            I love the characters in this book! I found Blue to be really be really intriguing. She comes from a family of physics and she has the power to make the ghost louder not to mention that she’s always been told that if she kisses her true love he will die. I mean who tell their child that? That’s just crazy. I found Gansey and his friends to be really interesting. Gansey was the ambitious leader of the group, Ronan was more of a trouble maker, Adam was the sweet smart guy with a hard family life while Noah is just one big mystery. They all seemed to fit perfectly together. I can definitely say that after reading this I would love to meet all The Raven Boys!

            I found the plot to be really mysterious. Gansey and his friends are trying to find Glendower and all the struggles that come with trying to find him. There’s another man trying to find Glendower, there a lot of twist and turns and this book had me gripping the edges toward the end.

            Even though it’s said that Blue’s true love is Gansey, they don’t really have any romantic scenes together. If anything, Blue and Adam have more romantic scenes together then Gansey. I guess you could say it was a bit of a love triangle but it would definitely be hard to decide which guy I liked her better with. Adam was so sweet but Gansey was just Gansey, what’s not to like?

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. I’m so glad I re read this book because I liked it so much better than the first time I liked it. I adored the character and through the plot was really intriguing! Honestly this whole book was so intriguing. I definitely recommend reading this book.

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