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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
ISBN: 978-0-545-42492-9
Suggested Ages: 13+
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Buy From Indigo

Description: “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.

My Thoughts:  Maggie Stiefvater is a brilliant writer whose talent for setting mood and landscape is unparalleled. In this book she has once again showcased her talent brilliantly. That being said I cannot lie, I just could not get into this one at all.  For regular readers of my blog you know I usually do point form, but in this case it would just make the book look awful, and that is just not the case.   To be fair to the author, I think a lot of lack of enjoyment is because of my state of mind right now. I have actually kept the book to read it at another time because I am usually a huge fan of Maggie and want to give it another chance. That being said while reading it this time around  I  felt confused about what was going on (and after finishing I am still wondering)and I felt no real connection to any of the characters. I kept forcing myself to keep reading hoping that I would love it more. I actually feel horrible giving it such a low rating but I have to be honest guys.  I still say give it a shot and I hope you like it better than I did -- in fact check out some other reviewers opinions on this one. Sorry Maggie you know I love ya.  I would recommend this for those far more intelligent and poetic than myself and most definitely not for the reluctant reader.  Now for the good things, it is truly a unique and unusual story and the opening chapter will suck you in.  Lots of surprised that you will never see coming and some delightfully dark humour added in in exactly the right spot. She is one of the most talented YA readers out there today and I still feel horrible about not loving this. BTW, will still pick up everything she writes.

Favorite Quotes

"He wasn't naive; he carried no illusions that he'd ever recover the Ronan Lynch he'd know before Niall died.  But he didn't want to lose the Ronan Lynch he had now."

"Helen was beautiful in the way a super computer was beautiful; sleek with elegant but utilitarian styling, full of top-notch technological know-how, far too expensive for most people to possess."

"Gansey knew he had to make a difference, had to make a bigger mark on the world because of the head start he'd been given, or hew was the worst sort of person out there."

2.5 Dewey's (Not based on authors talents, just on my enjoyment of the story)

I picked up a copy at Book Expo America 2012


  1. I've read so many reviews like this which really make me NOT want to check out the book. Though, I'm still so interested in Maggie's work! I think I may have to check out Shiver, or even The Scorpio Races first.

    Great review, Jennifer!

    1. Thanks Kristilyn - I have also heard fabulous things about it as well, but I just couldn't get into it - loved The Scorpio Races - mostly for the haunting atmosphere

  2. Paula , previously from Chapters.December 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I really liked this one and can't wait for the sequel...

    1. Awesome Paula, I am so glad you liked it. I still feel horrible for not loving it, I kept it though hoping to read it when I am more in the mood for it. If I get the sequel I will give you a shout and pass it your way. BTW, I truly miss you, you were always wonderful to work with, The store isn`t the same without you!!