Saturday, October 13, 2012

REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

When I at first saw this book, I wasn't interested.
It was kind of like the "judge a book by it's cover" thing. But the cover wasn't the problem, the problem was... the title.
"The Raven Boys"
 I don't know if it was just me, but for some reason that made me think that the book was about ravens... that are boys.
I found that weird, odd, and not very interesting.
 But I kept seeing this book on Goodreads so I decided to see what was such a big deal.

As it turns out, this book is not about ravens that are boys!
It's about ghosts, a dead guy, and the hunt for the mysterious! (It's honestly very hard to explain what the book is about if you haven't read the book)
 The strange thing is, there is NO ROMANCE in this book! Based on the synopsis you would think there would be romance...
"For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die." Sure, this might become more important further on in the series but this book seems to be more about what I will call "the hunt for the mysterious".
 This book was an interesting read. But it was also confusing, there seemed to be a lot of parts that made no sense and parts that you might think are pointless but actually end up having a point. I know this makes no sense but there were a lot of times in the book where I had no idea what the heck was going on and my expression was a lot like this...
 but overall, I give this book about 3.6 Wheels!
Meaning: I liked it... and it was amazing. But not extremely amazing.

1 comment :

  1. Props for the David Tennant gif!

    Publishers and authors have so very little time to get our attention - cover art, title, back of the book blurb. . . I too would have thought this was some kind of urban fantasy romance, starring Ravens who are boys, or boys who turn into ravens, or something like that.

    from your WTH reaction, I am suddenly very intrigued!