The Raven Boys Book Review

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Publish Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. {synopsis from Amazon}

This book gets 5 stars from me and here’s why…IT’S AMAZEBALLS!!

This story follows a few plot lines: Blue {our MC}, Gansey {the ley line expert}, Whelky {the Aglionby School’s Latin teacher with a secret} and Neeve {Blue’s witchy aunt}. Everyone has a piece of the puzzle and the way they all fit together chapter after chapter is just brilliant. I realize with multiple POVs it can get confusing but the flow of each chapter into the next melded well. I didn’t have to go back and reread anything or check for reference points… it just made sense.

I really loved the characters, their interaction and dialogue, and their personalities. Blue was a strong MC without being cocky, without having something to prove, without being the Billy Badass. The “Raven Boys” {Gansey, Ronan, Noah and Adam} are motley crew. Gansey  is the rich kid obsessed with finding the ley line, Ronan is the rich kid with anger issues, Noah is… ellusive and Adam is the scholarship kid who lives in a trailer park. They each have their quirks but one can’t do without the other. They go together like lamb and tunafish. Blue’s family – a gaggle of clarvoyant women- each bring something to the table and their comedic timing is on point.

Maggie Stiefvater is a wonderful storyteller. Over the course of the book I: gasped out loud, clapped my hand over my mouth, got the chills, looked behind me to make sure I wasn’t being watched, choked up, shook my head, told my cat that this book was really good {she was wondering why I wasn’t playing with her}. This quickly became one of my favorite stories as it was intriguing and creepy and not-put-down-able.

If you want a YA book that’s has the right amount of creepiness and humor, adventure and mystery but not built around a love triangle…then this is your book!!

 

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