Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review ~ The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
YA Fantasy
Published: September 18th 2012
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"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.

My Review: 
**2.5 Stars**

I didn't not like, but I didn't love it either. It took me a while to actually get through it. It just didn't have a fantastic flow, and the 3rd person POV kept changing between characters without warning.

I didn't like how Blue kept repeating her "no-boys-especially-Raven-boys" motto at the beginning. It seemed really repetitive and unnecessary aside from the initial mention. I did like how Blue and Gansey came together and ended up working together. She fit right into their group. Noah.... surprised me. It was sad what happened. I would actually like to hear more of his story from before The Raven Boys. 

Blue's family was also interesting and I do look forward to hearing more of their stories. So, yes, I guess I will be continuing the series. It won't be at the top of my list, but I will continue.

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