Friday, December 07, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Paranormal, Young-Adult
Series: Raven Cycle #1

Hardcover, 408 pages

Publication: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press 
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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.

This is my first book by Maggie Stiefvater, I heard of her other books but they never sounded interesting enough for me to pick them up. Then I heard about The Raven Boys, the tagline ‘’either you’re his true love…or you killed him’’ captured my attention immediately. I did not like this book at all, I feel the synopsis did a bad of capturing what the book was all about. I was thinking we’d learn more about Blue and the mysterious guy that’s fated to either be her true love or be killed by her…I didn’t get much of that. Instead the majority of the book had Blue and the Raven Boys out hunting for Glendower, a noble said to grant a wish/favor to whoever wakes him.

The story itself was confusing, and boring. I know this is a start to a series so readers aren’t getting everything answered immediately but jeeze from start to finish I didn’t even know what I was reading or what’s the point in everything? Stiefvater uses way too many words to describe everything that happens in the book, I guess it’s meant to be ‘’lyrical’’ or whatever but it just bored me to death. I was so close to giving up on this book so many times, I lost count. I kept reading hoping that the story will pick up, or something exciting will happen but it didn’t.  The only thing that this book had going for it was the somewhat interesting characters and their dialogue. When I started to get into the story, the author stops the dialogue and jams the next couple pages with more useless information/description.

Once I got to the end, I literally went “WTH!” because the whole Glendower escapade that happened in the entire book didn’t even get resolved! I am still not sure what to make of that ending, did they find him-ish or not at all? It’s not even a proper cliff-hanger because with a real cliff-hanger you at least know it’s happened…I didn’t even know the book ended till I saw the acknowledgement on the next page (sigh). I wished I got back all the time I wasted on this book, seriously. There are a lot of readers that adored this book, but I wasn’t one of them. That said, I will not be picking up the next book in the series.

FTC disclaimer: Scholastic Press   provided me with a copy of The Raven Boys (ALA), and in return I provide an honest review.


  1. An interesting book was a page turner , cant wait for the second book to see what is going to happen to Gansey and the crew.

    Maycee Greene (Cowboy boots for men)

    1. Thanks for checking out the review Maycee. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. :)