Review~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.

I only heard good things from this book so I was willing to give it a try, but to be honest I have no clue what to expect and along the way I was quite surprised by the story and the ending result.

It started with the main character name Blue living with her mother who is a psychic and they are expecting her aunt to come over who is also a psychic. She explained that all through her life she has been told that if she kissed her true love, he will die.

Then you got another point of view involving Gansey who is one of the Raven Boys from Aglionby School. He is a very high interest in the supernatural and the unexplained happenings around Henrietta and is determined to find the source of Glendower and the leylines that could be the reason why so many unknown things is happening in Henrietta. And another point of view is a teacher in Aglionby who is creepily obsessed of the supernatural happenings in Henrietta just as much as Gansey is.

It started off as what you expected at the beginning of the first book of the series. An introduction to Blue and her family by giving us an insight on their lifestyle and what they believe in. After Blue’s aunt came in she immediately takes Blue to the church on Corpse Road to see who will die in the near future on St Mark’s Eve, even though Blue is not psychic she somehow has unexplained power to make psychic’s abilities become stronger and that is the main reason why Blue accompany her. Then the story starts where Blue was starting to see a ghostly figure on a young raven boy answered to the name Gansey meaning that she would either fall in love with him or kill him.

It does start of slow but you will be able to see different insights and different perspective from these three characters and then slowly but surely everything is starting to connect, Blue and the Raven Boys starting work together, there are twist and turns with both the boys and their Latin teacher and someone else might be involved as well.

For me it did take its time to get to the actual point of the story but as it progresses it becomes more and more interesting to the point where I couldn’t put it down. Around the end I was literally on the edge of my sit and I started to get annoyed with people interrupting me but I always wanted to know what happens next and the twist at the end will leave you blow away.

Overall I will give this book 4/5 stars and I am considering continuing the series.

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Happy Reading! 😀


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