Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How Excited Was I About The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater? Well, as I told y’all early on in our blogging, I loved The Scorpio Races, also by Stiefvater. But one thing I loved about that book was that it was a great, complete STAND ALONE novel! Shocking, I know. So old-fashioned these days. Well, Stiefvater is back at the series game with this one, so I was a bit wary.

Book Rating: 7. There were some things I loved about this book. For one thing, it was scary! And for another, it surprised me! But I felt a little cheated by the ending! I wanted more! It was sort of abrupt.

Book Jacket: 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.

Book Review: I made this my official Halloween read this year, and I kinda thought it was perfect. It was really quite spooky! When my power went out and I was all lonely last week I actually had to put it down and turn to something lighter! Which I suppose just shows I’m a wimp, but here’s the thing… I still picked it back up and finished it! In other words, Stiefvater hooked me.

For one thing, this book surprised me. Several times. I didn’t realize how much of it would be this cool foray into unique male friendships. And I was so ready for insta-love that just… didn’t happen! I should have known it wouldn’t because that’s a great thing in Stiefvater’s works, but reading the book jacket you kinda thought it might be coming.

I would describe this book as creative, spooky, and kinda old school. There was magic… so hot right now… but the relationships in the book, the mysteries and the plotting, etc. all felt like throwbacks. In the best way possible. I was reminded of A Separate Peace. Which if you haven’t read, you need to. But it will break your heart.

I think Stiefvater might break my heart with this one too, but I can’t tell yet! See what I mean about creative? What’s more creative than actually hiding the ball? And getting away with it. I kind of love it and I kind of want to shake her.

And I’m definitely buying book 2.

Recommended for: Candlelight and Halloween… or your next library trip!

If You Liked This Book, You Should Also Check Out: A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Oh, and go rent Dead Poets Society. Sigh.