Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
Book Summary: “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.

Liana's Summary: Blue Sargent has always been told that she would kill her true love when they kiss. All the time. It's not even fake- her family is full of psychics. So, when she meets Adam, she has to literally tell Adam not to kiss her- that he'll die. And then she starts to feel something inexplicable towards Gansey. The Aglionby boys are on a quest- and in this book, Maggie Stiefvater takes you through this quest- this book- The Raven Boys.

Rate(1-10): 8.5

I've only read M. Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, and when I saw this, I wanted to read it immediately- I wanted to see for myself of if she has a different writing style in every one of her books.

Anyways, guess what! Liana says more romance. (: They didn't even kiss. It was so depressing oh my god I can't even. Apparently Blue was going to kill her true love if she kissed them. I really appreciated the mini-romance between Blue and Gansey, but then Adam was like right there. Holla, he's hot too. And he actually likes her a lot- he even told her. He got her flowers and everything and told her he wanted to kiss her but she said "No, I don't want to harm you." Sigh.

So, every end of every chapter was beautifully written- they were all suspenseful, which just CAUSES a reader to want to read the next chapter already. Perfection! It all made up for the romance's absence. 

Also, the author does a ridiculously GREAT job of foreshadowing you just KNOW what's going to happen. The imminent events are predictable- gasp!

I really like this book better than The Scorpio Races. I mean, The Scorpio Races? I didn't even know what was happening the whole time except for the end-ish. (Where the romance began.) Yes, this is how teen YA readers are, ok. More romance more romance more romance. We are so expectant.

If you read the summary, you get the impression that Raven Boys(Aglionby students) are rich snob man-whore jerks. But they're actually really nice. Well, at least Gansey and his friends are.

This book's plot and setting may be set differently from The Scorpio Races, but the protagonists are REALLY alike. Blue is a really cool name. I don't know what's with the book characters that thought it strange. LOL.
 I have yet to read Stiefvater's Shiver.

And I guess that's all- it's time for quotes.

"..this is the year you'll fall in love."

"And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards."
Well. Okay.

"So he's a man-whore."
That's nice.

"Both of Whelk's girlfriends left him."
Ooooou, snap!

"Like Ronan, Adam studied relentlessly, because his future life did depend on it."
Just like me. I think I'm known as the insane-study-study-study-book-girl now. LOL.

"I am invisible."


"..she wanted to feel his skin pressed against hers, both of their pulses rapid and uncertain."
Uh huh. Keep goin'.


one-does-not-simply-a - One does not simply call their father "puppy".

"..seems to have broken his thumb on a gun."




"Home shit home."

"..Adam's arm was too slow to protect his face."

"..he hated Adam's hideous father and.."


Blue sighed. "Jane."
Okay, what's wrong with the name Blue?

"Also, Neeve hadn't tied him tightly enough."


Yeah, this book was pretty good! I liked it.


  1. Hahaha I absolutely loved your review! xD The gifs had me cracking up. I've wanted to read this one for a long time, since it was first announced actually, your review makes me want to go to the nearest store and buy it :)

    Kaina @ These Flying Pages


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