Monday, 9 June 2014

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Book: The Raven Boys

Series: The Raven Cycle #1

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastics Press

Pages: 409 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Won in a giveaway from Kimmy at Pingwing's Bookshelf

Where to Buy: Amazon CAChapters IndigoBook Depository

Goodreads Summary

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Review

I wasn't blown away by this book. I actually thought it was just alright. The writing was good, but it was so slow, and not in a good way. It was basically just a info dump for the rest of the series. The character's were alright, and the writing was pretty good, but everything was just... meh.

First things first, I don't know why, but I couldn't stand Blue. I was just erked by everything she did, and the way she thought. From her mannerisms, to the way she treated her mother at times, and im not proud of this last one, even her name (I know, from a girl named Indigo, it shouldn't bother me, but it did for some reason). 

The only thing I really appreciated in this book was the world building. Since this book was just an info dump, I'm very glad that the world that we were learning about was actually good. The world was so well built, but even then, I feel like there's nothing more to learn about, even though I know that there is. 

I don't think I'll invest in the second book, but I might pick it up from the library this summer. I'm really only interested in the romance at this point. 2.5/5 stars. It was only a 50% for me.


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