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Book Review: The Raven Boys (Cycle 1)


The first book finished and reviewed in 2013 is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! 

Genre: Young Adult

Summary (from Goodreads): “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.

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.

Review: I loved the characters! All of them. Including the few adults in the book. It’s not often that I like side characters and want to know more about them! The pacing was great. And the characters are very well developed. I wish the other books were out already!

I can’t say that I have any dislikes. Maggie is a great writer and I believe her strengths are in character development and pacing. She knows how to get the story out there but also how to make you feel the story. No info dumps or pages that seemed to go on and on. 

Recommendation: Buy it and read it now! (No. Seriously.)Image