February 26, 2015

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 416
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Purchased

“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
Let me start by saying the summary for this book is very misleading. The Raven Boys is not about romance, although it is present, it’s extremely subtle. Speaking of, I really enjoyed how the romance aspect didn’t overwhelm or take over the story. The book starts out a bit sluggish and confusing at times, but don’t let it deter you. As I pushed through I found myself growing more and more attached to the characters. Plus, Maggie’s writing is really poetic but slow, which helps enhance the story. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially Ronan (brutally honest and fearless) and Gansey (the polo wearing rich boy). I also really liked Blue. Her crazy family was extremely entertaining, and provided most of the wit in the book. Finally, the myology incorporated was extremely unique. It includes ley lines, kings, Latin, and more. 
Filled with intrigue,  suspense, and Welsh mythology The Raven Boys is a great read for anyone looking for fiction with a hint of supernatural.

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