Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review : The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Title: The Raven Boys
Series: Raven Cycle #1
Published: September 18, 2012 by Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover, 408 Pages
Source: Won in a Giveaway

“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.

                                                                    The Raven Boys - Goodreads

The Trailer for The Raven Boys 

My Thoughts 

Wow just wow! Shiver has been on my TBR list for quite some time and I never actually got around to reading it for some reason so this is my first book by Maggie.There are tonnes of YA Fantasy books out there and I've never come across a book that I can compare to The Raven Boys-it was an exceptionally original book.

At the beginning I had no idea where the plot was headed because all the elements seemed to be just all over the place but as the story progresses everything fell into place.
What I loved the most about this book was that ALL of the characters both Blue and the Raven Boys(Gangsey,Adam,Ronan and Noah) were very much involved in the story and did not just keep popping in and out of the scenes.

Usually I prefer reading books written in first person narration because it's more relate-able.
The Raven Boys was written in third person,that is the perspectives of Blue,Gangsey,Adam and Whelk and the transition from one perspective to the other was smooth.

The interaction between the characters was pretty cool and there were some laugh-out-loud moments too!Blue's family members were great supporting characters too.

The only thing I wished for was a little more interaction between Blue and Gansey. Well I guess we still have the sequel to see more of that!Can't believe we have to wait till September 2013 for it though! :(

Overall,it was a great book-one that I'd recommend for everyone!

“You missed World Hist.""Did you get notes for me?""No. I thought you were dead in a ditch.”

The Author

Maggie Stiefavter - history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor,equestrian artist,ex-Navy brat and awesome author of The Raven Boys,Shiver Trilogy,The Scorpio Races,Lament and Ballad

My Rating 



  1. I loved this book, too! I've also had my eyes on Shiver for a long time now but still haven't read it yet. I don't know what made me pick this one up immediately. And it was amazing! Also, each characters - with their different personalities and roles - are very essential in the story. I especially love Gansey!

    New follower! :)

  2. @Haraiah
    Thanks for following and for giving me your feedback,Haraiah! :D
    Although Gansey was sweet I loved Adam more.What I loved about the characters was that each of them had their own flaws and this made the story more relate-able. :)

    I will be stopping by your blog too.

  3. Nice review and great site!


  4. I love this book too, I also haven't gotten to Shiver yet, but Its moved up for me after reading this!

  5. I actually have this book in my cart right now at Amazon but wanted to get the 4 for 3 promotion so I was just going to take it out and switch it with another book...but now I've got to get it. I've been thinking about reading this book for a while. :)

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  6. Something is seriously wrong with me! I couldn't like this book! I did love Shiver though :-)

  7. @ Lauren - Thanks for dropping by!Love your blog too! :D
    @ Paperback Princess - You should definitely do that!
    @ Julie - I promise The Raven Boys is going to TOTALLY worth it!
    @ Lectus - Aww!I'm sorry you didn't but hopefully you'll like the sequel better! :)

    Thanks for all the comment love guys!I'm following all your blogs too-It's amazing to meet all of you on the blogosphere! :D

  8. Nice review! I'm excited to read this book


  9. Loved it too. Maggie has an exciting, unique voice. I don't even know how to categorise her books. And that makes them harder to review, WOW is a pretty good start though! :)

  10. I love this book so much! It really isn't even a book I'd normally read. I've never liked any of Maggie Stiefvater's previous books. The Raven Boys just did it for me.
    I reeeaaally can't wait to get my hands on The Dream Thieves. I'm so jealous of all those bloggers who already have its ARCs.
    Basma @ My Bookish Thoughts


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