The Raven Boys
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Synopsis: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. – Goodreads, The Raven Boys.
Once I started reading The Raven Boys I couldn’t stop. I gobbled it down like I was starving for this book and I’d never even known.
I loved everything about this novel. The characters, the plot, the twists and turns, the lack of immediate infatuation. It was what I needed in a YA novel after reading so many insta-love stories over the last few months.
I’ve never read anything by Maggie Stiefvater, but I’d heard so many good things about The Raven Boys series that I figured it was time for me to read it.
It was everything I needed.
I feel like I’ve said this so many times in the last two weeks but I’m usually not into more than one, maybe two points of view. I think multiple POV can be tricky for authors and if they haven’t sufficiently fleshed out their characters it shows. Stiefvater uses four POV in The Raven Boys and they all just add to the story. The characters don’t lack, they all have their own issues and back stories and histories. It creates these fleshed out characters that feel like people.
So, I sat down Friday evening and read about 100 pages. I was intrigued, but wasn’t quite as obsessively engrossed in it that I would later become.
On Saturday, I lie on my couch in my nineteenth century creaky apartment located in the Valley of Virginia (an area that, if Henrietta, Va., was real, would be very close to where I currently live) reading into the early hours of Sunday morning. I was so engrossed with The Raven Boys that I actually got paranoid that I was living on a ley line and that the creaks I was hearing were actually some ghost haunting me.
There wasn’t a character in this book that I didn’t love. That’s not something I’m ever able to say. There is usually at least one character I find weak, or deficient, but not this book. I was interested in Blue and Gansey and Adam and Ronan and Noah. But even more, I felt myself wishing I grew up with Calla and Maura and Persephone.
I know the synopsis makes this sound like some weird sappy love story. Like some girl meeting the guy she’s supposed to fall in love with. But it’s not that. It’s so beyond just some teenage love story. It’s an adventure with a bunch of character’s you’ll wish were real because you could easily be best friends with them.
If you haven’t read The Raven Boys and you’re ok with it shattering your life and forcing you to binge the other three books in the series (I’m currently trying to hold off from reading through them too fast), then read it. I cannot recommend The Raven Boys enough.
If you have read it, please comment. I would love to talk to other people about it.