The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read By: Will Patton
Length: 11 hours and 8 minutes
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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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.
I’m going to have to start this off by congratulating myself on making the best decision ever and holding off on reading this series until all four books are published. I’m going to follow that up immediately by saying I am so sorry to those of you who read these as they were published and had to painstakingly wait for each new book to be released. You are superheroes, I have no idea how you survived.
Okay, moving on. If that first paragraph didn’t make it crystal clear, I freaking loved this book. It was AMAZING. I was so drawn in, like my entire life outside of this book melted away and this was basically the only thing I was focused on for the duration of me reading it. I loved the setting, I loved the characters, I loved the magic, and okay I just loved it all!
What I think I love most about this world is that it seems like anything goes. There is not anything that happened in this book that was too weird or too unrealistic. Things happen and all of the characters are just like YEP, this is normal and this is happening, so let’s just not waste any time freaking out about how weird or unreal it is, we have shit to do, things to take care of, must be going. This approach makes ANYTHING possible, which is just so exciting! It also makes it pretty impossible for the book to be too predictable.
At first, I thought that the story was moving on a bit slowly, there seemed to be points where it really lulled, but then other points where so much was happening that I could barely keep up. Looking back over the full book, I think I actually liked the amount of “stuff” that happened, and the action and intense moments were spread out pretty well throughout the book.
It is exceptional how defined Stiefvater has made each and every character. They are all complex and have such vivid personalities – it is so easy to paint pictures in my mind of each and every one of them. I do have to say that I am not the biggest fan of Blue. It isn’t that I hate her, nor can I even pinpoint why I do not particularly care for her, I just don’t. I feel like she doesn’t bring much to the story? Perhaps she will later, but now she just seems like an unnecessary sidekick, a sort of “middle man”. I’m much more interested in the Raven Boys, particularly Ronan. He is definitely my favorite!
P.S. I picture Gansey as Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl – anybody else?
Final thoughts: ADORE this book. Cannot wait to continue to read the rest of the series and see where these lovable characters and the crazy world that they live in go!
Which Raven Boy is your favorite?