Book Rambling: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: Raven Boys (Book #1)

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal/Magic

Publication: September 18th, 2012

Rating: ★★★★3/4


“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.”


The reason I took off 1/4 of a star is because I thought the beginning was a bit slow.  I tried reading this a few months ago and stopped after a few chapters, but I tried again this time through a buddy read with Kate from Kate Reads Lit!  I don’t know about her, but I had a blast buddy reading this with her and being able to freak out and fangirl with her.

“My words are unerring tools of
destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

The beginning had a eerie feelings which made me dislike some of the characters.  It was hard for me to connect with the Raven Boys at first.

However, the writing was flawless throughout.  I read Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I think her writing in this book was significantly better than in Shiver.

“It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.”

Once I got through the first few chapters, the plot rapidly picked up.  There were so many unexpected turns and twists; I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.  I was buddy reading this, but read really far ahead because I couldn’t just stop reading (oops, sorry Kate!)

Although the magic wasn’t my favorite part of the book, this is definitely a character driven story. Stiefvater really makes you fall in love with the characters and creates a marvelous mystery along the way.

It’s worth all the hype and more!

I feel like the last person to read this book, so tell me your thoughts in the comments below!  AND CAN WE JUST DISCUSS RONAN/NOAH/GANSEY/ADAM?!

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  1. Okay, it sounds like I REALLY need to read this one. I’ve heard so many good things, and your review just made the story sound glorious. I don’t mind a slow beginning if the plot picks up later (it’s so satisfying to see a plot build), and the lines you quoted are beautiful. This review left me wanting more of Stiefvater’s writing, so I may have to go pick up one of her books sometime soon.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this so much! Haha, so close to five yet so far. I read Steivater’s Shiver but I didn’t like it that much. However, I’ve heard so many amazing things about this series that I’ll give her a try again. I’m just hoping the hype lives up for me!

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