The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

“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. (Goodreads)

I’ve been having a hard time putting words to my thoughts of The Raven Boys. I’ll do my best to review the book, and not just write a love letter to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. The Raven Boys is so different from her other books, yet very Maggie. The writing is beautiful, but it’s not written in the lyrical prose like I was expecting, and the story is written in third-person from four perspectives. I’m a huge – HUGE – fan of Maggie’s writing. I love her lyrical prose, her descriptions, and most of all, her fantastic characters, which usually tell the story in the first-person. So I have to admit these differences concerned me in the beginning, but I decided to trust Maggie’s writing, sit back, and enjoy the ride… and I did!

I never rush through Maggie’s books; they’re my save for a rainy day, curl up with a blanket and savor books. So I took my time with The Raven Boys. Though it didn’t immediately grip me, I was intrigued by the story, which is dark and magical, and slowly builds as you learn about the characters, their intentions, and the magic. As usual, I was amazed by how Maggie observed and perfectly described the settings and presented her characters.

The characters are deeply layered and complex. I instantly liked Blue and her family of clairvoyants. I loved Gansey, and getting to know the different sides of him. I loved the friendship between Gansey and Adam, Ronan, and Noah… and how he brings these drastically different people together. By the end of the book, I too had become fascinated by ley lines, and wanted to meet up with them all at Nino’s (their local pizza joint) to discuss them, Henrietta and the quest for Glendower, siblings, life, whatever.

I’m so excited for this new series! The last line of The Raven Boys has me dying for the next book. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the gang! Check out the trailer, created by Maggie herself, below and be sure to add this to your TBR list for fall.

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16 Responses to Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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  2. Amber Elise says:

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed The Raven Boys! This was actually my WoW for this week and I don’t know what to expect because I’ve never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater! 🙂

    Thanks for your review~!

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  3. Hmmm, Maggie writing in third person, I think I might like that. And the story sounds great so I’ll definitely pick this one up!
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  4. Kate the Book Buff
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    This book sounds so good! I love a good paranormal book with a different storyline from all the other cookie cutter crap out there 🙂 Thanks for the heads up on this awesome book. I love the cover too!

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  5. I’m looking forward to reading this one!
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  6. I’m really curious about this book. I wasn’t a fan of the Shiver series, but I LOVED Scorpio Races, so I’m not sure which way I’ll feel about this one. I hope I love it though 🙂 Based on your review, it sounds pretty good.
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    • Jen
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      I LOVED The Scorpio Races too, more than the Shiver series. I didn’t love this one as much as TSR, but it’s definitely a great story, and I’m really excited that there’s 3 more books coming in this series! You definitely should read it, I hope you love it too!
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  7. kimbacaffeinate
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    eep, this is so on my wishlist..I love your review of this and so glad you enjoyed it!
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  8. Lola says:

    I need to read this. Like yesterday.
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  9. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Shiver but I did love The Scorpio Races. I’m hoping The Raven Boys will provide a similar experience.

    Isn’t it great when you find those authors you absolutely love? There’s a few that I always preorder their books but then find myself waiting to read them because I want to “save” them.
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  10. fakesteph
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    I loved this one so much… OMG RONAN… I need more Ronan. And you’re right… Maggie’s books are good for savoring. I am dying for the rest of this series.
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