Review: The Raven Boys

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: young adult, paranormal, urban fantasy
Rating: 5/5

Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

I’m a fan of Maggie’s other books, and The Raven Boys did not disappoint. Scorpio Races was fast-paced and action-packed. The Shiver trilogy was slow and introspective. The Raven Boys comes down somewhere in the middle, and hits the balance perfectly.

All the characters are memorable and well-developed, even the more minor characters, and Maggie does a good job of planting plot-twists early, so that when they come to a head, you’ve forgotten you were ever suspicious. She doesn’t overlook any details, and, as always, the setting of her book feels like a character itself.

As always, Maggie is a master of alternating perspective, and keeps each voice separate and distinct. There were a few moments where the narrative felt more omniscient than alternating-third, but for the most point each POV characters was separated by chapter breaks.

This is one of those books that starts out being about one thing, and throws something else completely at you by the end. It never really stops being about that first thing…but it grows and develops so much, even in just this first book, that I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here. I know one thing: it’s going to be good.

About Lucy

If you want to get fancy, Lucy lives in Portland, OR, and has a MA in Writing/Book Publishing, with a focus on Young Adult Literature, and a heaping disregard for literary snobbishness (she was an English Major–she’s seen and spouted her fair share). She works as a social media marketer, and has dabbled in developmental editing as a freelancer.
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