The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, #1) ~ Book Review


“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.

Book Info:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Format & Pages: Hardcover, 408

Published: September 28, 2012, by Scholastic Press

Source: Providence Public Libraries

Will I Buy It? Yes.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a breathtakingly horrific masterpiece of a story. I loved every freaking word of it.

I was pleasantly surprised by the way that the ‘fated romance’ did NOT make it’s way into the story so much that it took over the plot. It was a shocking reminder every now and then, but I got much more caught up in the search for a lost magical currency called a ley line. It was fascinating and creepy. Smashed in skeletons and sacrifices and haunting… I did get scared a few times. Which was really cool! I haven’t gotten really freaked from a book in SUCH a long time, and I guess I missed it.

A lot of people have had difficulty getting through this one, because there isn’t a lot of action and the writing is quite slow paced. But I absolutely flew through it and devoured every sentence. I liked the way the tension and twists were built up… it was a refreshing change from the usual violence and sudden surprises.

There were about five main characters in this book, so I think I’ll devote a quick paragraph to each one:

Blue Sargent:

imageBlue was such a cute person. Everything she said and did was so quirky and intelligent. Her name was strangely perfect for her… I never thought of a color as a legitimate name until now. She played a crucial role in the story, and somehow managed to enhance the Raven Boys’ personalities.

Richard Gansey:


Gansey was funny and intense on his purpose. He made for a great character. He was at once an obsessed searcher and an edgy highschooler. In a way, he was like Two-Face from Batman… but a lot less insane. I enjoyed Blue’s fascinatinon with him.

Adam Parrish:


Adam was just so sad. An abusive father, an impoverished life the ending! I seriously almost started crying. I’m sure my eyes would’ve been pouring tears, but it’s hard for me to physically express my emotions while reading. And the worst part was that he was Blue’s original love interest, and she kinda tossed him around while thinking of Gansey. But he was so perfect for her!

Ronan Lynch:


I didn’t really understand Ronan. He was a moody, angry Irish guy who didn’t really add much to the story. However, he was the most appealing of the Raven Boys to me, because he obviously could be nice. When he took in that abandoned raven baby, I warmed up all over.

Noah Czerny:


Noah was fabulous. No spoilers, but he was the most horrifying part of the story. The way Maggie Stiefvater managed to twist him in there in the most appaling ways was incredible.

This series will definitely be a new favorite in my collection. For the first taste I’ve had of Maggie Stiefvater, I’ve come away with a very good impression. Her style is unique and her plots are unheard of! I am definitely ordering the next book, The Dream Thieves, right away.

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Maggie Stiefvater has been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. She plays several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), she still makes art, and she recently acquired and unacquired a race car. Visit her online.


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