Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads Synopsis:

“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.


I absolutely loved this book so much! Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing writer and I have loved all her books, and this definitely did not disappoint.

Blue joins the Raven Boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, on their journey to find magic and the impossible (can’t give away what they are searching for…) After ignoring warnings from her surprisingly lenient mother about staying away from Gansey and the other boys, Blue joins their travels and becomes immersed in their life and search.

Blue is an interesting girl, to say the least. She lives with her psychic mother and psychic aunts, and although she is not psychic herself, she intensifies her family’s powers. Gansey is amazing! For a boy who has virtually everything money could buy, he still cannot fill some part of him. He is an incredibly complex character and I cannot wait to see more of him in the sequel. Adam is quiet but adorably sweet and stubborn. Boy, I have not met any one more stubborn than him (you’ll see what I mean). He is a scholarship kid, and he hates being around his friend’s money when he has none himself. Ronan is the epitome of misunderstood! He is definitely a bad boy, but he has reason to be. At times, you get a glimpse under the façade he shows the world and it’s wonderful. Noah is so cute and nice! He is always observing and following, but he is a big part of the story that I did not see coming. I also loved most of Blue’s family, Persephone especially, and her mother. They have a wonderful family and they are just so quirky.

I love how each of the Raven Boys interact with each other. They definitely have a bond, but they do not always see eye to eye. Blue fit really nicely into their little group, as well. The way Maggie describes each of the wonderful, deep characters is one of the reasons I love the book so much! The romance was not such a strong part of the book as I would have liked, but it was definitely hinted at, and I cannot wait until the next book to find out more!

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review! I have this one on my shelf and I can't wait to read it. I love Maggie Stiefvater!