Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - 5 Star Review!

Hi all!

A really promising new series!




Title: The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Release date: 18th of September 2012
Published by: Scholastic Press
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 454 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

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?

Review:

I absolutely loved this book. I had no idea what to expect or what the story would in hold and where it would lead. I still completely don’t understand everything, but I don’t even care because the overall atmosphere and premise of the book was just that gripping and strangely eerie (was I the only one who got kind of creeped out by the scenes in the dark woods and the dance around death in many different contexts?).

Obviously there would be some paranormal element included based on the summary, but I couldn’t imagine that it would be to that extent and so incredibly interesting. Not to mention that this side of the plot seemed quite original amongst other YA (at lest amongst the one I’ve read). There are so many secrets, mysteries thrown out there and whilst first steps were made, many still remain to be solved and I was left puzzled and needing answers to several questions by the end.

Some of the twist (and I expect future ones as well) left me surprised and excited -  ok, so I could somehow to an extent guess a couple of things but, overall, they still turned out to be eyebrow raising and promising.

The lack or romance was something I can’t say I didn’t mind in the least, but there was so much fascinating and engaging going on that I didn’t think about it as much as I thought I would. Not to mention the glimpses and possibilities of romance are more than worth the initial wait. I bet it will be heart meltingly sweet. And yay! No insta love, BUT, please let’s leave the love triangle, please.

The writing for me took some time to get used to, but I guess the reason it needed more concentration and why it really stood out, in the end is the same – the writing was very detailed, the diverse vocabulary and beautifully crafted sentences successfully created a vivid picture for the story.

Characters:

The characters were definitely one of the main highlights of this book. Especially the bond between the four Raven boys and how they functioned and who they were perceived as together. Of course, each of them has a difficult, but colorful background overflowing with baggage. It made them all stand out and contribute in diverse ways. With the addition of Blue to the quest the boys were on, the team is complete and they go through some fascinating experiences, incredible adventures and stumble on unbelievable findings.

I really liked Gansey, he was determined, daring, dashing, totally oblivious to the effect of some of his comments to other, slightly reckless, caring, messed up to a degree, and simply unintentionally charming to me in everything he did. He definitely convinced me to root for him in his quest and in regards to Blue.

I sympathized with and understood Adam’s frustration and feeling of being trapped. I didn’t, however, entirely liked him, I guess him not being able to swallow his pride at times got me annoyed. The again, he’s a nice and smart guy who, unfortunately, is constantly in unfavorable situations. Ronan I couldn’t figure out at all, at first glance he seemed like your typical misunderstood bad boy, but he left me more confused as time went on till his cryptic last lines. I adored Noah! He was such a doormat, but so sweet and cute in his own way, like a puppy dog.

Blue was someone I felt wasn’t so fleshed out as the other four boys. She was spunky, nice and likeable, but nothing really popped about her. I hope we got more deeper insight into her during the next book.

Overall:

This is a great adventure/paranormal YA book which I think is suitable also for boys. The emphasis was more on character relationships between the four boys, overall character development and the mysteries and journey in store for them which I really liked. I recommend this book alone for those reasons, but this is overall a great book.



5 stars!


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3 comments:

  1. I recently finished this book too, and I loved it! I thought it was very original and I can't wait for the next one! :)

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  2. Completely agree! It is refreshingly different and, yes, usually I like a book and would love to read the next one, but I NEED to read the next one in this series :D

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  3. Awesome review Lea!! I read Maggie's book Shiver and did not enjoy it too much lol But this sounds really great so I think I may pick it up, thanks for the recommendation! (:

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