The Raven Boys | book review

The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, #1
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours
Narrator: Will Patton
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Original Publication Date: 2012
Genre(s): Young adult, Fantasy

Blue Sargent is not a psychic like the rest of the women in her family, so when she sees a boy on St. Mark’s Eve on the church road, it can mean two things: either this boy is Blue’s true love, or she’s the one who will inevitably kill him. But Blue has been told since birth that her kiss will be the thing that kills her true love, so could it be…both? Blue makes it her mission to find this boy, and to somehow save him from this destiny.

Though that is a synopsis of the book, it’s awfully incomplete and inadequate. Not because it’s not true—it absolutely is. But the plot of this book is so crazy and contains multitudes that I cannot possibly explain it all in a single paragraph. Also, most of the fun is figuring out the plot yourself, so if what I wrote sounds even a little interesting, buckle up: this story is about to blow your mind.

The Raven Boys is told in third-person omniscient, a POV I rarely get to read anymore. At first, I was extremely confused by this book. The story didn’t make sense, the narration seemed jumbled, and I could not for the life of me tell the characters apart. I don’t know if it’s because I decided to listen to the audiobook version or not—I know it’s risky to listen to fantasy like this, trying to keep the story and characters and everything else in your head without being able to see it all in front of you, maybe turn back the page every now and then to recall something. But fear not, because things swiftly started making sense. The plot started coming together, though as soon as I thought I had it all figured out, it developed and changed further. But by this time, I was so into it and up to speed that it really just enhanced the book. What I’m trying to say is, I was enthralled. The plot is hard to nail down and explain, but in a fascinating, exciting kind of way.

As for the characters, they all grow on you. All of them. Yes, even Ronan, who I couldn’t stand until suddenly I could have kissed him. I love Blue and her raven boys. Parts of this book had me yearning for an adolescence I never had. Part of it was a little too real, in Adam’s case. His character arc was too emotional for me. I’m so invested in these characters that I already know I’m in trouble before picking up the next book…

This is my first Stiefvater experience. I know, I know. I never read Shiver. Am I really a YA fan? It just never appealed to me. But then again, neither did this book. My friend Heather is obsessed, though, and I honestly will give anything a chance if she says she loved it. So far she’s been 100% spot-on. Because I am now obsessed too. The writing in this is incredible. Everything felt real and raw and emotional. The mood of every scene was palpable. The last 30% of the book had my heart racing, I though I was going to go into a panic attack. Really just an incredible experience overall.

I am so excited to read on. I’m so nervous to read on. Thank you a million, Heather. It’s just as good as you said it was.

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