Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review: The Raven Boys

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publication: September 8th, 2012 by Scholastic Press
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis from The Raven Cycle website:

"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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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."

My Review:

I. Love. Maggie. Stiefvater.

I've said it once and I'll say it again. I love this author! She's one of the reasons that I can't "move on" from young adult/teen fiction. Her writing is well done, her plots are original and her story telling is superb.

Okay so maybe her Shiver series wasn't the best, but "The Scorpio Races" continues to be one of my favorite books of all time.

And "The Raven Boys" has definitely met my high standards. The characters are unique and complex, each having their own backstory that could be its own novella. Blue is a great character, and I would definitely nominated for a YA Heroine award.

Not once while reading this book did I ever have the sensation of being bored or too overwhelmed by the amount of information give. I just keep wanting to read more and more, the story having been on I hadn't heard before. To wake the dead for a wish, but each character having their own stakes in it, it's enthralling.

Honestly, this is probably my least coherent review ever posted, but I can't put into words how amazing this book is.

If this isn 't enough to convince you to read the book, check out the book trailer!

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