Dani Reviews: Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys

13449693“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.

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545424925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545424929
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I picked this book up because of how much I loved the Shiver Trilogy.  Stiefvater is an excellent writer, and her stories are always rich and beautiful.  She has a great ability to enthral her readers.
However.  The Raven Boys is a very slow book to get into.  There was too much setting the tone, and not enough action to really hook you from the start.  It took me a long time to get through the first forty per cent of the book.  I almost put it down.
I didn’t.  And boy, am I glad.  The second half really picks up.  I very much enjoyed the characters, the setting, the story, all of it.  By the time I finished this one, I was wishing I had the next instalment to start immediately.  It doesn’t help my longing that the story ends on an unresolved note.  Not a cliff hanger per se, but an unresolved note.  Luckily, Ms. Stiefvater is hard at work editing book two as I type this.  I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment.
  • AshleyG January 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I really loved this book. Yes, it starts off slow but the payoff is worth the wait. I thought this book was original and something completely different from most of the YA books that are out there right now. I can’t wait for book 2!

  • Rain Maiden Jen January 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I have this book sitting on my TBR pile. I love action so I’ll be sure to stick to it. Enjoyed your review.

    • Dani January 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Definitely stick with it! Like I said, I almost didn’t, but I was glad I did. Enjoy!

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