Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Posted October 26, 2014 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Raven BoysBook: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 18, 2012

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

Summary: “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: Before I even picked this up, I knew I was going to like it. I actually really loved the Shiver series, although a lot of people say they didn’t and it was boring. I think it’s something about her writing that makes me love her books. I’ve always loved when authors are super descriptive. Some can get away with describing things briefly, but most of the time I definitely prefer a long description. I know that’s for most people as well, not just me. Anyways, when I saw that Maggie Stiefvater had a new book (not new, but new to me), I got so excited. I did a little happy dance and everything.


Now. I’ve seen a few on Goodreads, *cough* a lot of people *cough*, saying that it’s the stereotypical “weird girl meets privileged boy and falls in love” plot. I don’t think that’s the case, and even if it was, I’d love it anyways.

I was completely right about me loving it. Within the first chapter I was in love .

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love,” Neeve said, “or you killed him.”

Best quote of the book.

I saw so many different posts on Tumblr where people had made gifs of who they thought the characters looked like and many, many graphics. I saw that someone had put Evan Peters as it was either Gansey or Noah.. I can’t remember. But I pictured him as Noah in my mind. But these posts are why I finally convinced myself to read it. It had been on my TBR list on goodreads for a while, I just hadn’t yet bought it. I am so so so glad that I bought it and read it and fell in love with it. Everything about it is so perfect and I’m so excited for the next one! Within the first few chapters I was already in love with Gansey and Adam, definitely Noah, and even Ronan a  little bit.


I just bought the next book and I can’t even tell you how freaking excited I am to start it. I already started it last night but I was really tired so I fell asleep half way through. But now I shall go and finish that. Hopefully today. I just gotta know what’s gonna happen. I was left with a cliff hanger. I hate cliff hangers. Ugh.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Rating: 5 pumpkin cats