May 25, 2017

#BookReview: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

 

“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.




Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels ShiverLingerForever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


This one just didn't work out for me. I held out for 40% of this one and after that I just couldn't do it anymore.  In short, this one bored the ever living crap out of me. The other thing that bothered me is that the mystery on why the Raven Boys were looking for this Welsh King didnt get told and it wasnt told in a way that made me want to find out why they were looking for some dead guy.  I just didnt feel invested in it at all.  The romance between Gansey and Blue just seemed stupid as well.  Blue at the very start (first page!!) knows that if she kisses her true love he will die.  Ok so simple dont kill him! Everyone lives end of story.  It just kinda seemed a little stupid to put that out there like she just wont be able to help herself.  I mean really!!  

The characters in this one seemed pretty shallow as well.  I really hope that when the TV show of this is made they make the character's likeable.  I just really didnt care about anyone.  I liked the premis of the ghosts etc. but the story as a whole just fell flat for me.  













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