The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher/Year: Scholastic Press September 18th 2012
Series: YES OMG YES!!!
Other Books From Author: Shiver series, The Scorpio Races, Books of Faerie series
Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.
Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.
Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?
OKAY. OKAY. I was so happily surprised by this book!
Originally, I was hesitant to pick this up because I don’t really enjoy Maggie’s writing style. I read the story and then I feel myself falling out of it and just reading the words. You know when that happens? Your mind just kind of wonders because they’re describing things for so long? It wasn’t till maybe 50 pages in that I adjusted to the writing style. You have to adjust to it. Once you do, you’re fine and then YOU’RE FALLING INTO THE STORY THIS WHOLE SUPERNATURAL THING JUST SNEAKS UP ON YA.
This is told from multiple POVs but our main leads are Blue and Gansey. Blue is a psychic’s daughter, and Gansey is a weathy kid on his quest with 3 best friends to find Glendower, this dead king who was supposedly buried but still alive because he’s buried on an energy line called ley line. Blue gets involved and…
I LOVE the characters. I can’t repeat that enough. They are fleshed out and there for a reason. I hate it when authors dump “filler” characters who don’t add any value to the story (e.g. the bitchy cheerleader, the gay best friend). In The Raven Boys, there is life to each of them. They have complexities and desires that aren’t all explained, which makes them very mysterious and interesting to read. You know there’s this giant web of backstories that Maggie’s hiding from you… AND YOU WANT TO KNOW IT!!
From the beginning, we are told that if Blue kisses her true love, he would die. We know Gansey is the expected love interest but right now Blue’s kind-of with someone else… BUT IT’S DEFINITELY A THING IN THE FUTURE. IT’S LOOMING. THERE WILL BE BLUE AND GANSEY <3 On their first meeting, they had this whole misunderstanding and argument about prostitution, because Gansey doesn’t understand Blue’s thought process yet. As the book goes on, he tries harder and harder because he doesn’t want to be that condescending rich kid who speaks like he’s better than everyone. I loved the flash-forward scenes of him and Blue, and I think they’ll be really fun together. They share things with each other so easily and THE STORY ABOUT THE WASP. MAN. That was really really scary.
The whole story is set magically, and it could easily get out of hand but Maggie does an excellent job of grounding everything such that I absolutely believed it. That’s my problem with fantasy books– nothing is grounded and it just goes higher and higher without any transition. Here, I surprisingly felt comfortable in this weird crazy world, like I could step out of the house and hear trees speak Latin. Geez, I don’t know what’s real anymore.
I can’t believe how FAST I fell into this after thinking, “I just don’t really enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style”… then before I know it I’m on page 266 and I’m like “I NEED TO FINISH!!!” If you’re looking for something different, I recommend picking it up and give it a shot.
That’s all for my review before I launch into a fangirling garble. If this sounds interesting to you AT ALL, read the book and then come back and discuss with us! If you have read this book— Your Thoughts? SOME CRACKPOT THEORIES? Leave them in the comments below!