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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, reviewed, reviewed-for-blog

The Raven Boys has been on my TBR since 2014, and finally, I got to it! While I may not have liked the Shiver trilogy, I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to continuing the series.
/Trigger warning: abuse, mentions of self-harm and suicide/

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Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5

If you don’t feel like reading this long review, here is my review in a nutshell:

This book is breathtaking. Maggie Stiefvater's writing teleports you into Henrietta and Cabeswater, where the characters feel so alive and real.

“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.”

The Raven Boys is an atmospheric novel, following characters who seem to leap from the pages. Blue Sargent is the daughter of a psychic and lives in a house full of psychics, but her only ability is how she manages to serve as a battery, making it “louder” for those with the second sight. When she meets Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah, she joins their quest to find the lost Welsh king Glendower. And a little fact that may be important to know- Blue has always been told she will kill her true love. And her aunt revealed she will fall in love this year.

The plot is definitely interesting, filled with magic woven so beautifully into the small Virginia town of Henrietta, but it’s not the most gripping part of the book. The first half of the book feel slow, as the world and characters are established. However, after that first half, the book really picks up. Also, to be completely honest, I was spoiled for a lot of the twists and turns that happened in this book (and later on), but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it. Despite knowing most of what would happen, I still found myself absorbed into this story.

While the plot is intriguing, this book is truly character driven. All of the characters come to life in this novel. Blue is strong and independent, without being the cliche and boring “strong independent female protagonist”. She and her family are eccentric and strange, but charming in their own way. I absolutely loved reading about her life on 300 Fox Way. Meanwhile, Blue’s raven boys, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah, are all equally interesting. Gansey is the rich, spoiled kid who doesn’t understand how privileged he is yet would do anything for his friends. Ronan is damaged and hurting, and while he seems abrasive he deeply cares for his friends. Adam is the scholarship boy, from a broken home, who wants to be equal to his peers. And then there’s Noah, who is quiet and happy in the shadows of the rest of the group. The boys are all so different, but their friendship is believable and honest. I loved watching them develop, and I look forward to seeing them develop more in the later books.

The setting is amazing. The magic is believable and built up gradually in a way to make it seem so possible. I imagine the fantasy aspect will only grow in the sequels. The mythology and magic system is completely unique and utterly fascinating. Although, what really makes it stand out is the fantastic writing style of Maggie Stiefvater. The images she creates are cinematic, the sentences seem so carefully crafted, and it is absolutely breathtaking. Even the most simple of statements feel profound with her writing.

Pros- Fun and diverse characters, beautiful writing, and a bewitching setting
Cons- The plot is initially slow
Overall- 4.5/5 stars.

The Raven Boys is an atmospheric read perfect for those searching for a haunting and enchanting tale.
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Quotes Cait Liked

Maggie Stiefvater
“My words are unerring tools of
destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater
“We have to be back in three hours," Ronan said. "I just fed Chainsaw but she'll need it again."

"This," Gansey replied "is precisely why I didn't want to have a baby with you.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater
“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn't know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater
“If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater
“Ronan said, "I'm always straight."
Adam replied "Oh, man, that's the biggest lie you've ever told.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater
“Is this thing safe?"
"Safe as life," Gansey replied.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Reading Progress

April 19, 2015 – Shelved
April 19, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 21, 2018 – Started Reading
March 21, 2018 –
page 156
March 22, 2018 – Finished Reading
March 23, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed
May 12, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed-for-blog

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