{Effie Reviews} The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted February 3, 2017 by Effie in Reviews / 8 Comments

{Effie Reviews} The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published on September 18th, 2012
by Scholastic
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: Blue Lily, Lily Blue, The Raven Boys, The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4), The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue

“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.

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.

5 Stars

I must admit, though horrible as it is, I didn’t expect much from The Raven Boys.

The Raven Cycle was recommended to me by my best friend Bee, my other lovely friend Lexie from The Honest Bookclub and ruling Dragon Queen Cait from Paperfury.

And after finally reading the first book of this saga … I AM IN LOVE!!!!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being thrown/pushed into the lives of Blue and the Raven Boys. And can we just talk about that writing style please? OMPOFFERS …………*can’t find words anymore*.

I have no idea why I waited so long to finally read these books! I should just go back in time and kick myself in the ass for delaying to read them.

Everything about the book drew me in to be honest. From the writing style, to the characters to the plot and story told on the pages. And I adored how magic and mythology were mixed into perfection. It felt like something that could be real. The details ……. oh mother planet have mercy those details! It’s heaven, I can practically see the foreshadowing of stabs and doom that are gonna hit me in the feels when I start reading the other books. I mean, c’mon Maggie, you can’t just put in such gorgeous details and not have us pick up on them.

Like at the cave, I DO NOT WANT GANSEY TO DIE BUT THE CAVE FORESHADOWS HE WILL AND NOW I’M ALREADY FREAKING OUT!!! GAH I NEED TO READ THE OTHER BOOKS TO PROVE ME WRONG!

AND THE SASS!!!! Lady, help me because there were times I was laughing so hard, I couldn’t breathe (and one time I almost spat up my coca cola all over the pages, but we won’t talk about that, nope) and that dry humour! Can we say, more pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase?

Let’s not forget about those wonderful, complex and adorkable characters.

Gansey is my top favourite of the boys. I can’t help it. I just wanna hug and squeeze him and tell him how adorkable he is when he talks about finding Glendower and everything he’s discovered. Not to mention how much he loves his friends and cares about them (even when they shove his love back in his face *coughRonancoughAdamcough*). He’s just so nice and sometimes oblivious in a way, only rich kids are. But even that is cute about him.

Blue is sooooooooooooooooooo sassy! And sensible, we can’t forget sensible (not like we have a choice since we’re reminded of that quite often). But really Blue is so unlike most of the girls I read about in books. She’s quirky and weird (that could also just be because her family is weird, but a good weird and psychic, can’t forget that either) and she’s just all around awesome. I really like her and I also adore the way her relationship with the boys builds up throughout the book.

Ranon is special. He’s mean and doesn’t mind showing he’s mean. But even through all the bullshit and trouble he causes, I still like him so much. I’d like to see how a verbal spat between me and him would be like (just for the record: it would be epic #truth). And despite all his meanness and crappy atitude, he has this hidden softness. WHICH BRING ME TO CHAINSAW AND OMP SO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!! #dying #cutenessoverload. For those of you who don’t know, Chainsaw is Ranon’s special baby raven. It totally shows that Ranon has a heart! (even if it’s hidden deep, deep, deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep down) And, yes that makes me happy.

Adam needs to be bundled up in fluffy blankets and fed cookies and milk and be loved for all eternity! He’s such a precious little munchkin. He did frustrate me with his pride and stubborness and I still want to kill his dad. That’s one mean SOB and I hope he dies a horrible death in one of the other books. He’s the most complex in my eyes of all the boys. It’s why I love him though.

Noah, my precious shy little sweetheart. He’s so mysterious and also very easily to forget about. But I adore him, there was just something special about him, after the his first appearance in the book. And giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl, was I in for a surprise at how special Noah really was. I mean… WHUT EVEN MAGGIE??????? DID YOU HAVE TO HIT ME IN THE FEELS LIKE THAT??????

I could go on and on about all the wonderful characters in this book. But I’m going to limit myself now and just say that I really liked Blue’s mom Maura and her two best friends Calla and Persephone. They’re all so weird and yet so awesome. Can I also mention that I think Declan is kind of a dick? I don’t really like him, I don’t know why since Ronan has a way worse atitude, but I just don’t like Declan. He rubs me the wrong way. Let’s not even get started on that mangy rat, Whelk. He definitely deserved what he got. And I agree with Adam on that one too, sorry Gansey. One more character that I’d like to mention is Neeve, Blue’s aunt. She creeps me out. There’s just something seriously off about her and I can’t even put my finger on it. I’m sure, I’ll find out in the sequels I guess.

With all that said (yes, I’m almost done, people) I can’t deny that I utterly and completely fell in love with The Raven Boys. And I’m excited to start reading the sequels and find out how Blue’s and the boys’ story unfolds and ends.

Effie

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Effie

I am a book lover, a writer and an amateur gamer.

I use most of my free time doing either of those three things. When I'm not reading, writing or gaming, then I'll go watch movies with my best friend, Bee or I'll treat myself to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

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8 responses to “{Effie Reviews} The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. This is one of those books that have been on my shelf forever. I have this one and the second book in the series, but I haven’t read them yet. I honestly don’t know why, I just keep pushing them back and focusing on new releases I guess. However, your review was fabulous and it’s really making me want to fall in love with this, too! It sounds like such an amazing book with so many awesome characters and ALL THE FEELS.

    • Effie

      READ IT!!!!! If anything you’ll be like me and be like: “WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?????” because The Raven Boys is definitely worth reading…. like immediately. I didn’t expect much from it either and I kept pushing the reading, but now I really wanna kick my past self in the butt for waiting so long. So my advice? READ IT, READ IT, READ IT, READ IT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!! 😛 LOL

  2. Okay, let me say first that Maggie is one of my favorite authors and the Raven Cycle is one of my favorite series EVER!

    I’m glad you loved it Effie, I’m not sure we could keep you in the blog otherwise… Just kidding!

    • Effie

      *gasp* YOU TOO, LIZA????? LOL, I definitely loved it and I’m reading The Dream Thieves this week. I dread the feels I will feel.

  3. To reiterate – THOU MOST GLORIOUSEST CREATURE OF INFINITE WISDOM AND MOST IMPECCABLE TASTES! WELCOME TO THE CLUB! (Down side: we speak Latin. Up side: WE HAVE RAVEN KIBBLES!) I mean, talk about the impossible magnificence that is THE GREAT STIEFVATER and THE GREAT STIEFVATER’S BEAUTIFUL BRAIN OF NERDINESS, VILLAINY AND SASS!

    I. WANT. TO. SAY. THINGS. THAT I CAN’T SAY. BECAUSE #SPOILTRCANDDIE BUT YOU HAVE A RIDE AHEAD OF YOU AND YOU’RE GONNA LOVE IT! Because… the aforementioned impeccable tastes. *nods*

    EVEEEEEEEERYBODY IS MY FAVORITE, REALLY (it’s like PICKING CHILDREN!), but Gansey was the most speshulest of the snowflakes for me in book #1, in the best and most nerdypompouslovingcharming way possible, so WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.

    AAAAAAH, THE TRC MANIA SPREADS EVER FARTHER! MY UTOPIC BOOKISH UNIVERSE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

    • Effie

      NO SPOILING OF FUTURE BOOKS, PLEASE!!! MY HEART CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH RIGHT NOW. AND I WILL BE READING THE DREAM THIEVES THIS WEEK!!!! But seriously though, I’m sooooooooooooooooooo glad I finally read The Raven Boys too. It’s just what I needed to lift my reading spirits.

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