Maggie Stiefvater

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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#CrushYourTBR May 2015 Wrap Up!

Hey! So, the past weekend was the #crushyourTBR read-a-thon.  To see my TBR list for this read-a-thon, click here.  Overall, this was not the most successful read-a-thon, but it was fun to participate in and do the sprints!

I wanted to finish 3 books this weekend: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 

I managed to finish The Young Elites and I adored it! To see my full book rambling, click here. I loved the characters (especially Raffaele), and the twists and turns that Marie Lu took us readers on were intense.  Also, this novel has a very, very dark narrator, a dark anti-hero type, and it was so fun to read from her perspective! Definitely recommend.

Then, instead of reading my other two chosen books, I chose to read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater instead.  I thought her writing was very beautiful, but I developed no attachment or interest towards any of the characters or their relationships.  The ending was much better than the beginning, but it was too little, too late in my opinion.  I will NOT be doing a book rambling on this novel, and I probably will not continue the series, which does make me sad because I don’t like uncompleted series, but there are so many other books I need to get through. 😦

I ended up not picking up Game of Thrones this weekend because it was just too heavy after The Young Elitesbut I did start The Book Thief!

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