Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18th, 2012

Interest: Author / New series / Supernatural

Source: ARC received as a gift from a friend

Summary (From Goodreads):

“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.

The Raven Boys is getting LOTS of early buzz and rightly so since Maggie Stiefvater is a writing genius.  Since I know many of you will be reading rave reviews for the start of her new series, I’ve decided to make a list of the reasons I love this book.  It doesn’t hurt to get straight to the point from time to time, right?

  • The third person point of view, while confusing at the beginning, ended up being completely fantastic and engrossing.  I wanted to really know every single one of these characters and Maggie Stiefvater delivered.
  • Speaking of characters, The Raven Boys is full of elusive, interesting, dynamic characters.  So much is discovered about all of them, but at the same time, so much is still left to learn in the second book.  Let me know what you think of Ronan when you finish reading.  Mysterious much?!
  • The setting and the mood is magical and just the tiniest bit creepy.  Maybe even a little romantic at times, but the book isn’t full of romance. I know that probably sounds goofy, but it’s true!  There’s one scene in particular that involves a wooded area (I’m not going to spoil anything) and some magical/mystical events including Gansey and Blue that made my heart ache.  It’s a quick, foreboding scene, but it’s full of emotion and vividly beautiful writing.
  • Plan on reading The Raven Boys when you have a long afternoon ahead of you because you won’t want to put it down.  Like I said, I had trouble following the story in the beginning because the writing took a bit of time to get used to, but once I did I was hooked.  I finished reading and wanted the second book immediately while also wanting to re-read it because I loved it so much.  Honestly, I was sad that I finished it.
  • I simply can’t get over that ending. (It needed to be stated again.  It really did.)
  • I’m still not sure if the women living with Blue and her mom are aunts or her mom’s friends, but regardless of who they are, I thoroughly enjoyed their scenes.  Their supernatural abilities add so much suspense and intrigue to the story.  There’s a scene when Gansey and his friends get tarot readings which had me on the edge of my seat.  I kept thinking back to the scene over and over as I continued to read the story.
  • It reminds me a little bit of both the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl and Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.
  • The Raven Boys is by far my favorite Maggie Stiefvater novel.  Plain and simple.
  • Gah! Ronan! 🙂


  1. Now you’ve got me stoked for this one. I wasn’t sold on the hype.

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