REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, #1)

“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 s 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.

Goodreads rating: 4.06/5🌟
My rating: 4.7/5🌟

First things first, wow.
Secondly, what the hell?

I first tried reading this book few months ago, and while I was in my reading slump, I found Stiefvater’s writing style hard to understand. And because of that, I stopped at the 3rd chapter.

This time, I picked up the book when I was in my reading frenzy, and it was easy to gather her words and overflowing information into a very, I’d say, gripping plot.

The Raven Boys is a book that makes you crave for more. I read chapter by chapter, and found myself intrigued by the tale of a very interesting character named Blue, whose name itself was already unique, a daughter of a psychic, who was destined to cross paths with the raven boys, more specifically, Gansey.

Now, not only that Blue herself was a likeable character, but her newly-made friends–Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, they also had stories of their own. Stories that would make you stay hooked to the book til the last chapter.

Gansey, the main male character, was obsessed with finding the ley lines that would lead him to Glendower, a Welsh king whose body might have been carried and buried somewhere in Henrietta. This itself is a very intriguing point, as Owain Glyndwr was a real person, not some made-up Welsh ruler in the story.

One more thing that I love about this book, or should I say this whole series is that, I kept finding myself fall for the side characters. As Stiefvater unraveled their history bit by bit, their vulnerabilities were shown, and that made me feel closer with the characters.

Recommended? Definitely.


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