Spoiler Free Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Edition: Paperback, UK, 421 pages, published September 19th 2012 by Scholastic
Synopsis: 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?

Again, I was uncertain about this book. As with mystery, I don’t read a lot of fantasy. Therefore I always tend to be a little more hesitant when diving into the unknown. But again, I was pleasantly surprised…I loved this book!

The plot…is really steady. The first 100-150 pages are compelling but I didn’t feel so immersed in the story.

I have heard this book be described as a ‘slow-starter’, and although I see how this could be true, they are not the words I was use exactly.

The simplist way to put it is this:

The start is good – but the middle and ending are great.

The characters…I love them – especially Blue and shy, quiet Adam. The only thing to improve would be to learn more about the other characters (Noah!) and maybe have different POV (Points of View) from them.

The writing…is outstanding! It took me (as it does with good books) by surprise, when I halfway through The Raven Boys, discovered it was written in third person.

Now that, right there, is when you know you’ve read a good book.

Something I liked…the characters and the setting! I rarley like, or even notice settings in some books – especially contemporary and romance – but I loved the mystery of Henrietta and Cabeswater.

Something I disliked…I didn’t dislike anything, as such. There was just something tiny missing. Something I would have liked more of. I can’t pinpoint anything, as such, but there is something. It needed something more.

My rating is…

☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
4 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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