Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Review | The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Boys #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
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Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Number: 416
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
“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.

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My Review:
NOW I understand all the hype around The Raven Boys. Because I loved it. I loved it so so much.
So, basically, The Raven Boys is about a girl named Blue (I know, right?) Sargent, who comes from a family of psychics, which is hella cool. Then she meets this crew of awesome, heartbreaking, and mysterious guys from the Aglionby Academy, The Raven Boys. And she does awesome stuff. And it's awesome. And yeah. Honestly, I knew nothing about this book. When I found out about the psychics...O.O MINDBLOWN. Well, sort of.
Let's talk characters, because they are my favorite part of a book (usually. Unless...EMBER...yeah.)
I loved each and one of The Raven Boys and Blue with a piece of my soul (well, not really....or...). The Raven Boys each have one of their own character traits that make them so unique, but as a whole, they're incredible. We have the violent sarcastic Ronan, sweet Gansey (fangirling), Adam, the smart one, and Noah Czerny, the shy one. 
Blue was such a unique character, but you'd expect that with a family of psychics. But I did have a problem with Adam. I was all like, GANSEY + BLUE OTP, right? But Adam...sigh. No spoilers.
The writing was also classic Maggie Stiefvater, very beautiful writing. It really flowed with the story and made it much more enjoyable (if it wasn't already). 
This book is mysterious, and throughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it, but don't get too deep with the spoilers. The less you know, the more surprising this book gets.

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