title: The Raven Boys
author: Maggie Stiefvater
publisher: Scholastic Press
publication date: September 18th, 2012
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.
!!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS !!!
I know I know I’m way behind on reading this series but I never seemed to be in the right mood to read this book. Now I’m glad that I finally decided to pick it up and give it a try, after everyone kept raving about it so much.
I’ve been a fan of Maggie Stiefvater, her books and especially her writing ever since I’ve read Shiver, which was in 2010 (if I remember right) so of course I was going to love this one. And even though I’m not gonna rate it 5 stars since I was bored from time to time (please don’t kill me) I still liked it a lot, especially all the great characters and I cannot wait to continue with The Dream Thieves.
The characters in this book are beyond amazing, seriously. All the boys (Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah) are so different from each other, it was so much fun getting to know them, especially Ronan who managed to capture my heart in only a couple of pages into the book. And of course I liked Blue, a lot actually. I love how she is so different from other girls in young adult reads. I love how quirky she was and I absolutely love the way she is written. It makes her such a refreshing and interesting character. She says whatever comes to her mind and I love how she doesn’t care that people might not like that. She’s fun and nice and interesting – I wouldn’t mind being her friend to be honest. I think she would make a great friend. I mean don’t you agree that she’d be such a interesting friend? I mean she, the daughter of a psychic living in a house full of crazy women who can see the death and the future and whatever? I would definitely love that.
What I also loved so much about the book is how Blue and the Raven Boys grew together as a group solving mysteries together. It actually reminded me a little bit of the Scooby-Doo Gang or Buffy and her friends. One of my favorite thing was Ganseys sassiness and his and Blues relationship. From the start I knew I’d love them as a couple.
That leads me to the thing I didn’t like quite that much. I mean it is made pretty clear from the very beginning that Gansey is going to either be Blue’s one true love or that she will kill him or maybe both. So when I started the book, well thanks to Twitter and Instagram I knew that the book was about two main characters named Blue and Gansey so of course I expected them to fall in love … maybe, not right away of course. To fall in love takes time but I at least expected them to be interested in each other, to at least be flirting or something. They are both kind of drawn to each other but neither of them acts upon it plus Blue rather spends her time with Adam. I mean I love Adam and I love Blue but I just don’t like them as a couple because – don’t even ask why I have no idea – I kind of ship Adam with Ronan. Maybe because of how Ronan protected him at the end. Who knows?
What I also didn’t like that much about the book was that sometimes it was a little boring; sometimes I just didn’t feel the urge to pick up the book and read it. Also it was a little confusing sometimes to be honest. I had to read some paragraphs over again and pretty often had to go back a couple of pages to figure out what was happening right now. But the plot twists happening towards the end? Mind blowing.
All in all I really enjoyed the book and I’m so glad that my boyfriend got me book 2 yesterday so as soon as I’m done with my current read I will continue with The Dream Thieves and I cannot wait, especially to read more about Ronan since he’s my favorite and definitely owns my heart. And I really want to know if maybe Ronan and Adam is going to be a thing haha so please no spoilers. Thank you!