Review: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

”Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only meant trouble. But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.

This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist. This is the year she will fall in love.”

The Raven Boys is a book that is part of a new series by Maggie Stiefvater, and revolves around the girl Blue who lives under the same roof as quite a few psychics. Blue herself is the only non-psychic of the household, but she still participates in most events and readings as she makes everything “seem louder”. Blue has always been warned about kissing boys as a prophecy has said that when she kisses her true love, he will die. This hasn’t been a problem for her until she at an annual event for the first time sees the spirit of a boy her age which changes everything.

The book also revolves around the four boys Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah who has set out to locate the so-called ley lines which are paths filled with magic. With Gansey at the lead they try everything in their power to search and find the old legend of Glendower.

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I’m going to start off mentioning the first thing I realized as I began reading The Raven Boys. The perspective of the story changes in every chapter which, I must admit, is something I’ve always hated when reading. You never get enough time to get to know one character before you have to go to the next, and I find this very confusing. This does get better throughout the story though as the different characters meet and start to interact with each other. As this happens the perspectives no longer seem to change that much from chapter to chapter.

What I also find very problematic about the book is that it starts off very slow. After more than a hundred pages the plot has still only made it till day three or four. This was a problem to me, because I from the start was looking forward to something which first would happen far into the book and this made the story kind of tiring to read. Like before though, this does get much better after the characters have actually become friends.

After this the book becomes very interesting. It has amazing characters as the character development is done smooth and nicely and not stereotypically at all. The reader will not automatically favor the main characters as you would do in many books, instead the reader gets to pick from a variety of characters since they all have their own interesting personalities and life stories.

As for the book’s plot itself, it is very interesting and Maggie Stiefvater has managed to completely get away from the clichés of many young adult books nowadays. She has included some really awesome, though sometimes very tragic, plot twists. And I must admit that ley lines sound pretty amazing, though I can’t decide whether I would want to find one or not, since they seem pretty eerie.

Also some of the paragraphs in the story are hilarious. I’m not sure if they were supposed to be, but I laughed. A lot.

The ending of the story was very nice; all the intense stuff that had happened toned down to a minimum and faded out nicely. The ending did come very suddenly though, and I’m still a bit confused about what actually happened right before it. As the book is part of a series there are still a whole lot of important things and questions that has yet to be answered. Too many things if I should say so, but I’m guessing they must be answered in the next books.

I’m still indecisive of whether I should continue reading this series or not, but I’m thinking about waiting until a few more books has been released to decide it.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (English), 454 pages, Scholastic Inc.

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