The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Date Started: December 28
Date Finished: January 3
Format: Kindle book from my collection

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.

So, after the crapfest that was Shiver, I was really really wary of reading The Raven Boys. Shiver was not the first series by Stiefvater that I had tried to read and completely lost interest in. Was I going to make my streak an even three, you’re out? Shockingly, it didn’t go that way. Don’t get me wrong, The Raven Boys still had its problems; things took forever to explain, the chemistry between characters took too long to really gel together, and honestly that ending? I felt that it was very rushed.

That being said though, I did kind of like the premise – once it was explained – of TRB. And I’m not really sure what to make of Ronan and Gansey. Their characters are still shrouded in mystery. While Blue and Adam…how hated will I be if I say that I don’t really like this ship? I mean, at first, it was really cute, but as the book goes on and the whole thing between Blue/Gansey is revealed, I just…lost interest in Adam. And as for Ronan…that guy is just…odd. And I’m really hoping that in the next book we’ll get an explanation for what the hell he was talking about when it comes to Chainsaw.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This novel takes a bit to really unravel some of its mysteries, but once it does the characters are intriguing and the plot is not something that I’ve really seen before. Looks like I found myself a new series to read.

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