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Novel Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1

Teen ∴ Urban Fantasy > Paranormal ∴ Romance
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Hardcover ∴ 409 pages

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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.

First and foremost IGNORE THE BOOK SUMMARY. I only included it because I want to keep my reviews consistent. I heartily disagree with the cover summary because it tells nothing about the story and totally changes the tone with which you (read: I started) start the book. There is magic and psychics, mysteries and lots and lots of personal struggles. The summary tells so little of what the story actually is, and if I hadn’t seen so many raving reviews for this series, I wouldn’t have read it.

Now, to the good part. I was a little wary of this book/series solely because the blurb is bad. I’ve seen great reviews, fan art, and theories all over tumblr, as well as friends reading it and forcefully telling me to read it. I’m so glad I did. This was so strange but entertaining at the same time.

I wouldn’t put this book the “magical realism” category because the magic is a very prominent and important part of the story. The whole book is about magic and I think it’s important to go into this book knowing that. There is a crazy plot twist (no spoilers, I definitely wouldn’t want to ruin that one for you) that completely switched the way I was imagining this book. I was reading it, imagining it a different way than I think it’s meant to be read.

Don’t go into this book with any expectations. Know that it’s a fantasy/magical novel about a girl and four boys solving a mystery among other, more complicated things. Don’t let the summary throw off your view of this book. Let it show you the way because that’s the only way you’ll feel the way the rest of us do about it.

Reviews for the rest of the series:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue ∴ The Dream Thieves ∴ The Raven King

∴ 4 stars ∴

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