Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Book: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Paranormal
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ and half :)
For: Fun and Review
From: NetGalley

After loving The Scorpio Races I knew I'd be reading this, the latest Maggie Stiefvater book. When I finally got my hands (eyes?) on it, I dropped all other books and dug in.

This is a book about a girl named Blue who lives with a bunch of her physic relations... her mom, her aunts, and their friends. But she, of course, is not. However, she does have SOME sort of power, the ability to enhance magic and boost the physic abilities of the others. That's how she finds herself sitting at the church during St. Mark's Eve helping her aunt, waiting for the almost dead (those who will die that year) to make their appearance. And that's when she finds out who her true love will be.

Speaking of her true love, her family has warned her for her whole life about a particular feeling that they have, a very strong feeling, that if she kisses her true love, he will die.

Meanwhile, at the nearby posh all-boys prep school, four friends are on a quest to find a long lost, but not dead (only sleeping) king! And to do that, they must find the ley line which they are certain is in this very area. To help them, they come to the psychics!

How's that for a wonderful plot set up? I love it! I was fascinated by the ley line magic, a sort of magic that feels very real to me. So it was a blast learning about that.

And then there are the boys! Yes, the raven boys themselves! Four such very different, yet all wonderful personalities.  There's the typical prep boy type, cute and and rich and smart, or at least that's what he appears to be; there's the shy quiet stick-to-the-background boy; there's the rough and tough kid with a back story that tears you up; and then there's the tall gangling boy who's so sweet and nice and yet he feels like he belongs no where. I couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I just loved them all.

Once they get together with Blue, they are off on to such fabulous adventures complete with sweet magic and even a mystery that I could get into.

But, then it ended. Not necessarily on a cliff hanger, but before I was ready for it to nonetheless. There was so much more to tell! I felt incomplete. And now we wait....

Bottom line: Loved it!

Other Reviews:

I can use any number of glowing adjectives to describe it - striking, haunting, and beautiful to name a few. From Book Harbinger

And I love Ronan with seven kinds of crazy stupid love....But it is Adam that has the jagged edges that worry me (and that ultimately endear him to me forever). From Angieville

But once the action gets going, watch out! It grabs on and won’t let go. From Proud Book Nerd

I met a lot of interesting characters and look forward to visiting them again soon. From Milk and Cookies

This book as amazing and just as good as The Scorpio Races. From My 5 Monkeys


  1. Oooh :) I keep hearing great things about this book. I wouldn't normally pick up something like this but you've made it sound pretty darn good!!

  2. Now you're making me nervous! Should I wait to read it till the second is out? Argh!

  3. I just got this one from Scholastic. I can't wait to read it, especially since you're raving about it :) Oh, and I love your new "Other Reviews" format. Fun!

  4. thanks for linking me :) I adore maggie's books and her writing. I loved the boys too

  5. I love Maggie Stiefvater's books, and this one seems great with the magic and all. I think I'll wait until the sequel comes out though. Great review!

  6. Suey, I feel your pain! I wanted so much more. The long wait begins. :) Are you going to one of Maggie's Utah signings?

  7. Suey, I feel your pain! I wanted so much more. The long wait begins. :) Are you going to one of Maggie's Utah signings?

  8. Suey, I feel your pain! I wanted so much more. The long wait begins. :) Are you going to one of Maggie's Utah signings?

  9. I'm still trying to get to The Scorpio Races -- this one sounds so good too! Why are there always too many good books?!



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