Thursday, April 17, 2014 22:25

Review 251. Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys.

13449693Title: The raven boys.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Pages: 409.
Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press.
Sort: The raven cycle #1.
Source: My friend Christina, an early birthday present!
Link: Goodreads.

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.
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It's my birthday today and I've been saving this review for it. THANK YOU Christina! She got me this book a while back and it was great. I’m hooked to Maggie Stiefvater now (and I'm very happy that I also received Dream Thieves today!) I read this one when I had a lot of 'meh' reads and this was exactly what I needed.
This book shines when it comes to characters. We have a colorful cast and I appreciate how interesting the secondary characters are. I have a feeling everyone is playing a role and they aren’t ‘just’ there. I think that my favourite secondary character is Persephone. She has a whimsical, innocent and almost fairytale-like personality.

The Raven Boys are a fascinating group of boys, consisting of Gansey (the leader), Adam, Ronan and Noah. Blue is later added to that mix, because her special gift might come in handy and she has caught Adam’s attention. These two are incredibly sweet together and Adam was probably the raven boy I felt most connection with. Not because I’ve been in the same situation, but his actions, emotions and reactions felt very realistic to me. I have a soft spot for him. Gansey grew on me, but I don’t feel I know him well enough. I hope he shows more of his personality in The dream thieves.

Blue heard the same over and over again. You are going to kill your true love with a kiss. When she finally sees a ghost, it belongs to Gansey – and this means he will die soon. Their fates are connected and it’s one of the reasons she offers her help to him. Gansey is obsessed with finding the ley line, because once activated, he can find Glendower. There is a story that Glendower was buried, but he can be awakened and he will bestow you with a gift.

But The Raven Boys aren’t the only one looking for the ley line and it’s starting to get dangerous. You already know who the ‘villain’ is, but it didn’t make him less creepy. This is a person who is willing to sacrifice anyone and anything to get what he wants. The plot around the ley line and Glendower was good. I liked how we slowly figure out why Gansey needs to find it and the ending makes me very excited to see what is going to happen in The dream thieves.

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Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

35 comments:

  1. I have this on my list, and I really want to read it! I have heard so much about Maggie Steifvater and this sounds like a really cool book conceptually. Glad to see you enjoyed it! Characterization is huge for me!

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  2. I'm really happy that you really liked The Raven Boys, but for me, it was just not my cup of tea. Throughout the story I was very confused, and I found the characters flat :S I also did not like The Dream Thieves, but I'm certain you'll like that one since you loved TRB. Also, happy birthday! Hope you have a great day filled with love, books, and food. :D

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    1. Thanks! I had a wonderful day :D It's a shame you didn't enjoy this one, but like you said, everyone has a different taste and sometimes books just doesn't work for us!

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  3. Happy birthday Mel! I hope you have a fantastic day! This book sounds absolutely fantastic, with great characters and a haunting storyline. Can't wait to delve into it.

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  4. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAYYYYY!<3 (or HAPPY BIRTHDAY if it's still the 17th over there since it's the 18th in Aus right now :D)
    I have this at home and am definitely hoping to read this soon<3 Can't wait to start it!!

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!!!!!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day :) :) I loved this book, and The Dream Thieves as well! I think that is a pretty great birthday read if I do say so myself ;)

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    1. Oh yes, it was the perfect book. Thanks Nicole <3

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  6. Happy Birthday Mel. <3 I'm so happy you loved The Raven Boys. I also loved this book, too (better than the sequel but that's because I love Gansey so much. *winks*). Birthday and fantastic read are worth celebrating for!

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  7. Oh it's very interesting to hear your thoughts on Adam. I am a HUGE fan of this book (and its sequel!) and it always makes me happy to see people enjoying it. I think Gansey is probably my favourite, and I look forward to seeing what you think of him after The Dream Thieves. :) Lovely review, Mel!

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    1. Haha, I think I'm pretty alone in my Adam admiration, but I can't wait to see what I'll be thinking about Gansey!

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  8. Yay, Happy Birthday Mel!
    I'm actually quite reluctant to read Maggie Stiefvater books since Shiver (Which failed kinda miserably for me) but this one sounds really interesting! And ooh, and nice and developed characters? Even for the secondary one, and they all have their own role? So, okay, you conviced me. Adding this one to the TBR right now :)

    Nice review Mel!

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

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    1. Thanks Neysa :D I've heard more people complain about Shiver, but I have no bad words to say about this one!

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  9. Great review Mel. <3 I'm so glad you mostly loved this book :) Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 Ah, how I love these books. Sigh. But gah! How can you not fully love Gansey yet? Hih. Hoping that will change for you when you read The Dream Thieves :)

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    1. Haha, I guess I have a weakness for underdogs :p

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  10. Love your review! I totally loved The Raven Boys and I'm even more eager to hear your thoughts on the follow-up...keep me posted when you read The Dream Thieves :)

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  11. I'm always so hesitant about reading books from this author but this one seems to be getting a lot of positive reviews so I might check it out soon. Great review, Mel :)

    - Hershey @MissReadiculous

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  12. I'm really, really curious about this one! I tried listening to the audiobook a while back, which is maybe the reason I stopped. Audiobooks are not my thing, really. I didn't get that far in so I still have no clue about the book, but I really want to read it now! Plus I want to meet that creepy-yet-obvious villain. :) Glad you enjoyed this one, Mel!

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    1. Audiobooks also don't work for me, but I hope you give the physical book a chance!

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  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for the honest review! I keep meaning to read this book since I see it everywhere but I'm procrastinating because of the huge hype surrounding it. However, I think I'll finally pick it up after reading your review on it. :)

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  14. EEP! I'm so sorry I didn't stop by earlier, Mel! >< But I just wanted to wish you happy belated birthday too! <3 Christina is really awesome to get this book for you! :D
    I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! :D I've not gotten around to reading it, but I've seen mixed reviews for this one, but I think I'm more inclined to pick it up because a lot of reviewers whose opinions I trust (like you ;D) really enjoyed this one so… :3 BAM! SOLD! :D

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  15. yep. definitely considering to retry this. i dnfed it the first time but after book 2 came out, the praise for this series has been never ending.

    lovely review, mel! <33

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    1. I hope you will give it another shot Mel :D

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  16. I've wanted to to read this book for a long time.As soon as I saw the blurb in GR,I was intrigued by the concept,but I am waiting until I can get a physical copy.Looks like you've loved the book a lot.I hope you love the sequel as well.
    Happy Birthday by the way,Mel:)

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    1. Thanks Mishma! :) I hope you can get your hands on a copy soon!

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  17. Happy to hear that you liked this book! It's been on my wishlist for a while now but I never end up buying it. I'm a little scared I won't like it...

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  18. Happy belated birthday Mel! I hope you had a great time on your birthday! My sister actually owns this book and I'll probably pick it up when she finishes it. So many bloggers have loved this series and I'm excited to start it too =)

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    1. I had a great day, thanks Stephanie :) I hope you can read your sisters copy soon!

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  19. Wonderful birthday choice-read Mel! I have yet to read this one myself but I finally own a copy thanks to a friend and I'm planning on reading it VERY soon! I've wanted to since before it came out so YAY! Anyways, I'm excited you loved this one as much as you did, your thoughts on the characters reminded me why I was so keen on reading this one before, it sounds thrilling and exciting too! You've reminded me of all the wonderful things I'd heard for Raven Boys and gotten me even more pumped to start it!! Thanks Mel xx

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    1. That is great, I'm happy I could make you even more excited :D

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  20. Happy (way) belated birthday!! (This is how far behind I am on commenting LOL)
    I'm so glad you loved this one! I totally agree. It was just so great, the characters are fantastic, and the concept is just so unique, I think! I hope you continue to love this series! I thought the Dream Thieves was just as great and in many different ways!

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