The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
YA > Fantasy; Fantasy > Paranormal; Romance
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
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, and he’s 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 to sure anymore.
And now, we have another novel that I plan on reading because of Nikki (@xonikkee).
The Raven Cycle is her favorite series and after hearing her rave about it for a while, I decided to finally read it!
Thoughts While Reading
“Oh boy, here we go”
“I love women”
“IS that a bad boy I read”
“God I love bad boys”
“I love this book already”
“Please just MEET”
“Oh that’s going to cause problems huh”
“He just . . . “
“Her comeback omg I love this”
“Gansey . . . you poor soul”
“Just walk away”
“This is gonna get SAD”
“Okay, I understand”
“SWEET BABY ANGEL NO”
“I’m sad wow”
“Understandable, have a nice day”
“This is going to prove problematic”
“OH MY GOD”
“Wow that’s actually really amazing writing”
“Adam don’t do it”
“THIS IDIOT NO”
Huh, uhm . . .
I mean I knew I was going to like it but I wasn’t expecting THIS.
Favorite Quote from the Novel
“A realization that even if you had discovered the future, it really didn’t change how you lived in the present. They were truth, but they weren’t all of the truth.”— Maggie Stiefvater, page 2
I Am SO Invested
I am just . . . so entranced with this story. I haven’t read anything like it and I just loved the story so much.
The characters are simple, yet complicated. You get a layer of them on the outside but there’s so much more that they are or that they are going to become other than who they are when we first meet them and it’s such an intriguing and fun journey to find out who these characters truly are.
The story itself is also very captivating. I love history so this one immediately caught my attention and even reading about Gansey’s passion for his hunt was so endearing and relatable. And as the novel progressed with different connections and storylines, I found myself having to set the book down to take it all in and I just loved every second of it. I love stories that make me think and this one definitely did that, but it was also so easy to read and comprehend that I read it super quick.
Let’s Talk About that Ending — Because it’s Kind of My Brand at this Point
This is probably my only complaint about this book. After the big events of the awakening happen, there’s like three pages as a conclusion, and they involve Noah’s burial, grave robbery, re-burial, and making his family cry. But the events of the awakening were so HUGE and I don’t like how it just cut off with no explanation at all.
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Now for the more descriptive, spoiler-y part of that — what the hell is up with Adam? His “ending” is primarily what I’m confused at because the book jumped from him awakening the line to them all grave robbing together. I just wish there were a little more about the immediate aftermath of Adam’s decision rather than a cut off.
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OKAY COME ON — HE’S THE ULTIMATE BAD BOY
But besides that, I just love his character so much?! Like he’s this tortured soul who has so much depth that I cannot WAIT to be explored. He just is so much as a character already and there’s even more that he has the potential to be and I just love him so much UGH.
(I also love Noah so much but we’ll save him for another book)
Final Review and Rating
I love this story so much, I’m so glad I read it, and I can’t wait to continue. The reason this wasn’t a higher rating for me was that it felt a little slow sometimes, my rant about the ending, a few other minor things combined.
Would/Will I Continue the Series?
I mean, yes. Of course. I don’t have the rest of this series yet BUT, the next novel is called The Dream Thieves (I have a feeling it focuses on Ronan and I love that so much).
Who Should Read This Novel
The history buffs and the lovers of all things paranormal, forbidden romance vibes, and bad boys who are secretly kind of soft (and one that isn’t soft at all).
If you could have one “psychic” or supernatural ability, what would it be?
- Reading minds. This lies more in supernatural but I think reading minds can also go into reading people, which is a little more psychic-y. But! I think I’ve talked about how much I want to read minds before and guess what!? It hasn’t changed.