Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Description:

"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

Book Review:

The Raven Boys is about teenage girl, Blue Sargent, who made a decision to stay away from those Raven Boys. The so called “Raven Boys” are from Aglionby, a rich private school. Blue has always been leery of boys in general because of what she has been told; that when she kisses her true love, he will die. But when a band of Raven Boys come to her house for her mother, Blue knows she can not get out of this one. Especially when she meets Gansey, the one that she cannot explain. Surprisingly, a crew of three Aglionby boys, a psychic's daughter and a raven named, Chainsaw, will discover the secrets of the ley lines. 

The Raven Boys is officially, literally, one of my favorite books. I mean omigosh, this book is every teenage fangirl’s dream. I can see what all the hype is about now. I thought that Blue’s life is extremely well-written. A normal teenage life with a splash of magic, okay maybe more like two cups. Blue is awesome. I found her to be different, but not obnoxious. She acts like a girl who has grown up in a household full of psychics. Blue is also a warrior, she don’t take crap from anybody, especially Gansey. 

On the topic of Gansey, let's take a moment to appreciate how Ms. Stiefvater played the Raven Boys. I mean Gansey acted like a rich, privileged, white boy and he knew that, which I respected because he knew he would be in the wrong. All three of the boys, plus Noah, had different personalities and quirks. You had the creepy, scary one, Ronan, the sweet, trailer-boy, Adam and then the smart-mouth, Gansey. 

The Raven Boys surprised me so much. I’m surprised I’m still sane. The plot twists and character development gave me joy. I love books that are just satisfying. Speaking of satisfying, if you are someone who loves endings that make you sigh in relief, then you will love this. I can’t wait to read the second book! The Raven Boys is fangirled approved! Five stars!



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