The Raven Boys (Book #1 of The Raven Cycle) – Maggie Stiefvater
Title: The Raven Boys (Book #1 of The Raven Cycle)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Paranormal
Page Length: 409 pages
I picked this up due to a recommendation I received on the series. I had read Stiefvater in the past and had not been hooked, but I decided to give her another try.
The storyline was intriguing, and I enjoyed the individuality of all the characters. I loved how Blue, the main protagonist, came from a magical family but she herself was not obviously magical. I actually would have enjoyed more time learning about her family.
On the other hand, I had a hard time embracing the whole quest of the ley line obsession. I never quite understood why waking the ley leins was all that important. Also, I found the quest to be rather tiresome. Additionally, I didn’t care for the boys personalities all that much. They were all troubled in their own way and I never felt the chemistry between Blue and the boys.
Stiefvater is a good writer, and I felt she developed her characters well. But overall, I just wasn’t that engrossed. I had to force myself to finish the book. Now that it’s over I will move on to something else. I wish I felt otherwise, but I think Stiefvater just isn’t my storytelling flavor. However, most of the reading community disagrees with me, so if you like fantasy and young adult this book may be just what you are looking for.
You can find the story on Amazon in multiple formats.
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.
OWL Rating: for writing well and having an original concept