Mon, August 27, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review

 The Raven Boys book cover

The Raven Boys book cover

The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: Sept. 18, 2012
Scholastic Press, 408 pages
Source: Publisher

It is 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.

From 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.

— Goodreads.com description

Maggie Stiefvater is one of my all-time favorite writers. Her settings come always alive in my imagination, her word choice is beautifully poetic, and her stories always tug on my heartstrings.

The Raven Boys, though I would say I enjoyed it overall, was a slightly different experience. The writing was much less lyrical than in some of her past works, which took a bit of getting used to and didn’t seem very “Maggie Stiefvaterish.” And at parts I was a little confused as to what was happening, in all honesty. I have to admit that made it a bit of a mixed bag for me.

Still, I applaud her for trying something new. And I adored that this series is more of a magical mystery. The characters were crazy and endearing, and I’m eager to follow them into the unknown.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: adventure, friendship, maggie stiefvater, magic, paranormal
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  1. Tarryn said:

    I haven’t read any of Maggie Stiefvater’s stuff, so I’m interested in seeing if my experience is similar to yours (from what I can tell, I can see that we like similar books/feel the same way about the same books).

    I know that loving and reading a set of books, or even just one book from an author can influence the way we read and enjoy others.

    Can’t wait to try this!

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  2. caitlore said:

    I have not read any of Steifvater’s works yet, and then I found this and I am dying to read it. I have several friends who have recommended her earlier works so they are now on my to-read list! Great review!

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  3. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    Gotta read this one soon!

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  4. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I’m reading this one right now, and I can totally agree with the part about it being strangely not the Maggie writing style I’m used to. It’s sort of there, but sort of not. I’m really enjoying it though!

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  5. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    Warning: You may want to go all-cappy on me after reading what I’m about to type.

    I haven’t read any of Maggie’s books.

    I was (am) super looking forward to The Raven Boys because I was intrigued by the idea. So sad it didn’t feel the same for you as her other works.

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  6. We Heart YA said:

    Hm. We’re sorry to hear that it didn’t live up to your hopes/expectations. After falling in love with THE SCORPIO RACES — our first and only Maggie Stiefvater book so far — we were really looking forward to this. After your review, we still want to check it out, but our excitement is a bit tempered. (But that’s okay! It’s always better to know what to expect.)

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  7. Pocketful of Books said:

    I love the cover and premise of this novel and I love the idea of ‘magical mystery’. Sad that is was confusing but I’ll probably still try it!

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  8. Mary @mysistersbookshelf.com said:

    I loved loved loved The Scorpio Races but did not ike her Wolves of Mercy Falls books. I think a little departure here sounds exciting! Or maybe just the words “magical mystery” which are pretty mich an automatic win for me!

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  9. mariana @ Book Travels said:

    I haven’t read any of her other books, but this summary made me wishlist this book. It sounds different and something good. I feel better knowing you liked.

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  10. Lori said:

    I’m a HUGE Maggie fan, but it took me forever to get into this book. I agree that it wasn’t as lyrical and Maggie Stiefvaterish. I did end up loving it a lot in the end.

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