A review: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

Here we go, a book series that is highly commended across the bookish community and by one of my best friends. She’d been telling me to read it for ages, so she bought it for me for Christmas so I really had no choice but to read it!
Aside from all this, I did also want to read it off my own back, but my TBR pile was already quite large, I couldn’t warrant getting another one to add to the list!

The Raven Boys primarily follows Blue Sargeant, daughter of a psychic who was once told that if she kisses her true love, he will die.
Then, Blue meets The Raven Boys; Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah and embarks upon their quests, both together and personal – which delves further into the supernatural that even Blue knows about.

This review will contain no spoilers.

Overall, I think I went into this book and the series in general with severe expectations that I don’t think it ever could’ve reached. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book – I very much enjoyed the book, however, there were a few bumps along the road, perhaps a few more than I anticipated.

As soon as you get past the initial introductory chapter to Blue Sargeant – which is a good chapter. It greets the reader with the knowledge that the supernatural happens here – with a splash of cynicism that doesn’t make it seem too far out of the world we’re in now. It sets a spooky, paranormal atmosphere and the overall tone of the book. It got me hooked.
Then any sense that this might be a slow burn is quickly turned into a full-blown inferno and we are thrown head first into the plot. If I’m honest – for the first few chapters I honestly questioned whether I was reading the first book and hadn’t inadvertently gotten a sequel; the plot is that unexplained.
Even as you progress through the book and you get to grips with the pacing of the book, the motivations of the characters are never truly explained and you only ever get partial truths. Perhaps (and I hope), it is fully explained in the other books in the series.

Thankfully, this was my only gripe with the book – as big of a gripe it may be. It does have an incredibly big redeeming factor, in its characters. I very much loved these characters and cannot wait to see how they develop further in the sequels. I can imagine, and dearly hope, the characterisation can only get better as I read on.
The main female protagonist, Blue Sargeant, is a breath of fresh air. She’s incredibly relatable and it’s incredibly interesting to read from her POV. I adored her personality and her chapters were definitely my favourite ones. I really enjoyed her how her relationships differed with each of the Raven Boys; how she was very relaxed and gentle with Noah, yet challenging with Ronan – it was great to see these shades.
Then we come to the boys; I have to admit; Gansey got my nerves, but it was necessarily always bad, and as we were shown his inner battles it was all very open. I just couldn’t get to grips with certain aspects and decisions.
Adam was easily the most relatable, and real of the four. He was my favourite and on various occasions I just wanted to give him a big hug. I cannot wait to see his character progress.
Ronan is very a very dividing but obviously complex character, this book didn’t give too much away about him in general. Even if you didn’t know that you find out more about this character in the next books, its easy to tell. I cannot wait to have this character with more of a voice.
Lastly, we have Noah who is honestly a precious gem and such a fragile little bird.

Overall, I am very intrigued as to where this series head. I hope beyond hope that the psychic aspect is explored more as some of my favourite interactions came from Blue’s Mum and her sisters. They were funny yet spooky in the most perfectly atmospherically creepy way. I so, so hope we get more of them further on and that it’s explained more as it is most definitely the best aspect of the books for me.

Have you read The Raven Boys? What were your opinions, were they different from mine – let me know what you thought?



2 thoughts on “A review: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

  1. This series is definitely one that I hold dear and that’s because of the characters. As you said, they’re all unique in their own way and still mesh really well together. They’re one of my favorite friend groups in any book I’ve ever read. The psychic side of things, the characters and their adventures are all explored so much more in the coming books. I actually really like Stiefvater’s writing style for this series since it really doesn’t give you much to go off of. I think it added to the mysteriousness of the area and all the talk of ley lines and old kings. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the series!

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