Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This one would have been
five stars if it weren't for the ending! It's kind of a shame. I was so
into this one and then the ending really threw me for a loop. No
spoilers, but it was not at all what I expected and I still don't
actually know what happened. I'm very glad I have the sequel right
beside me, so I can hopefully figure things out!
I didn't have an
immediate connection with the characters, but by the end, I found
myself caring about all of them. Well, except Neeve, who gave me the
creeps. But all of the boys and Blue for sure. The boys are all
different and I feel like each one was his own cautionary tale, showing
the effects of traits like pride, obsession, recklessness and following
blindly. Of the boys, I think Gansey ended up being my favourite,
although there were aspects of all of them that I loved. Blue herself
was probably the main character I had the least connection with. I did
care about her, but I just felt she could be a touch blah. I hope to get
to know her better in the sequel.
I fell in love with the world
of Henrietta. I loved Blue's family, especially Calla and her snarky
attitude. I also loved the creepy vibe Maggie Stiefvater was able to
invoke. Probably not the best book to read alone in the dark. It's not
scary in a goes-bump-in-night-jump-out-and-grab-you way, but in a more
subtle way that still managed to send a few chills up my spine.
I mentioned, the one thing that knocked this one down from 5 stars to
only 4 was the ending. To give you a non-spoiler explanation, while I
was reading, I realized I only had 18 pages felt. It felt like there was
so much left to happen that I was sure it was going to end in a huge
cliffhanger. But it didn't. It just sort of ended and then had a final
chapter that felt like an epilogue. It left me a bit disappointed,
although I'm hoping to find out what actually happened in The Dream
Thieves, which I'll be starting next.
This one is worth the read
for the atmosphere alone. I know some people found it a bit slow, but
that didn't bother me at all. As I said, I'm excited to start on the
sequel and I'm hoping to get all my answers from the ending answered
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Also, I'm super excited to be going to meet Maggie this week! Fellow bloggers Ambur and Lisa will be coming down as well, which is awesome, since I haven't seen either of them lately! Watch for my signing recap on Sunday!