Aug 10, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review + Giveaway

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(Raven Cycle, #1)
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 408 pages
“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 want to start out this review by saying that Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors.  Her Wolves of Mercy falls series is one of my favorite series that I read last year.  Her writing is just so captivating.  I could probably gush about Maggie's writing all day.  She has this ability to make you really feel for her characters.  Even characters that you just know are rotten, she somehow makes it so you feel sympathy for them.  Needless to say I was really excited to read the Raven Boys, and this book did not disappoint.

The Raven Boys starts off introducing us to is teenage girl named Blue.  Blue's mother is a psychic, and together they live with other female psychics.  Psychics interest me.  But I've always been a little bit too afraid to actually go and visit one.  I worry that the psychic will be spot on, or that it will be a big sham and I'd be out of money.  Blue's mother and her friends are definitely not impostors.  They are real psychics, but Blue is not a psychic.  Even though Blue is not a psychic, she has the ability to make a psychic's ability stronger just by being near them.

In the prologue it is mentioned that it was predicted that if Blue were to kiss her true love, he would die.  This caught my interest immediately, and I knew that this book would be good.  I simply adore Blue.  I love how she doesn't take nonsense from anyone.  I just love strong female leads in young adult books.

You're also introduced to Gansey, who I call "the guy every teenage girl wants to date".  Seriously Gansey has everything that most teenage youth wants in a guy.  He's good looking, athletic, smart, and he's wealthy.  And that's just the materialistic things about him.  As the book progresses we get to see how incredibly loyal and dependable Gansey is.

The beginning of the book is a little slow because that's when you are getting to know the characters.  But it's necessary because character development is important.  But once Blue and Gansey meet  the book really picks up and the pace is set.  In fact the first real exchange between Blue and Gansey is hilarious.  I actually went back and reread that scene because I enjoyed it so much.

One of things I really did enjoy is the foreshadowing.  As you read this book, you can just feel that something major is going to happen.  And it's not just foreshadowing for this book, it's foreshadowing for the later books as well.  As a reader you think you know what's going to happen, but you wonder how can this possibly happen?  And that's what makes this book so amazing.  Along with a really good paranormal story. A story where you are rooting for the characters to succeed.  Gansey is on this quest, this journey, this obsession of his that as a reader you want to see accomplished.  And you're given just enough at the end of the book that will hold you over till the next book, but makes you want to come back for more!

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  1. I actually haven't read any of her work but this would be the first one!

  2. I loved Shiver. Sam is amazing!! And wolves RULE!!!

  3. So far I have only read the Wolves of Mercy Falls books but I think Shiver might have been my favorite of those. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. I really liked Forever in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

  5. I like the whole Wolves Of Mercy Falls series...not sure if I can say which is my favorite of those.

    Thanks so much!

  6. Shiver is awesome and my favorite!


  7. I haven't able to read any of Maggie's books but I heard a lot about The Raven Boys and so far all of them are positive ones. I can't wait to read it! Great review by the way.

  8. I haven`t actually read any of Stiefvater yet..

  9. I haven't read all her books yet but I plan to especially this book and Scorpio Races.

  10. I haven't read any of her books yet, but am most excited for this one!

  11. Shiver but I haven't read any others I have to finish the series still haha!

  12. My favorite book from her's are all of them! The whole Mercy Wolves series and The Scorpio Races.

  13. I am currently reading Shiver and I love it. :)

  14. I would say Shiver because it was the 1st Maggie work I read! & it's beautiful and poetic!

  15. I would say Shiver because it's beautiful and poetic!

  16. I haven't read anything by Maggie Stiefvater yet but I keep seeing good reviews and plan to read her books in the future.

  17. I have not read any of her books yet but I am really wanting to now that I discovered her.

  18. I haven't yet read any of Maggie's novels, but I hear that Shiver is great. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. The Scorpio Races is one of my favorite books of all time! I also love Shiver :)

  20. Shiver introduced me to Maggie's beautiful writing, plus I loved
    how she presented the *werewolf* theme - it's my favorite <3

  21. I have enjoyed Ms Stiefvater's books since her wolf series books.
    Although these don't have hot werewolves, I really enjoyed these
    characters. The relationship between the Raven Boys is really
    interesting and Blue is the most clever character I have had the
    pleasure of reading about in a long time. I loved the paranormal edge to
    this book. I highly recommend it.

    Maycee Greene (TRUSTprice - Software Download)


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