Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Review: The Raven Boys By: Maggie Stiefvater

Book Description:
“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.

My Thoughts:
So at first I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars and changed it to 4 out of 5 stars.

It started out really slow and I've attempted to read this book before but couldn't get through it. I had tried to read her other book Shiver and I didn't finish because it was sooooo....STUPID and then I read her The Scorpio Races and wasn't that impressed (I finished it and gave it a 3/5 stars) so I was really skeptical about this one. I keep hearing about it so FINALLY after a failure to get into it the first time attempted and made it through and ended up liking it a lot!  :)

I was impressed with all the fun unique names, Blue, Gansey, Declan, Persephone, Ronan thrown with normal names such as Noah, Peter, and Adam. I like the complication of everything. The story being told from different perspectives, generally I wouldn't like that but in this book I enjoyed it. Maggie did a great job of keeping each voice his/her own and each character had such a UNIQUE and DIFFERENT personality that I really enjoyed each perspective. I enjoyed the "treasure hunt" and mystery of the entire story. I like how the romance was VERY subtle and it didn't overwhelm or take over the story.   

I will read the 2nd book because of how Maggie wrote this book and left SO MUCH unsaid and undone.

Language: HEAVY (F words along with choice words)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild (one character gets drunk and talk of alcohol)
Sexual Content: mild (mention of kisses)
Violence: moderate (talk of murder, murder attempts)

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