I picked this book up during LALAthon as one of Lala’s favourite fantasy series. I have had my eyes on this series for a while and already managed to get all four books in the series expecting to like it 😬 I’ve finally managed to get to the first one in the series and it didn’t disappoint.
Thank you, Lala, 😁
This is the first book I finished for LALAthon, but the second book I picked up and the second review I’ ve done. The second book I finished was Love Beyond Body Space and Time and the review for that is here 😊
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Synopsis by GoodReads
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.
the characters felt real
I did not expect a witchy novel! I don’t know what I was expecting but witchy was not it and neither were ley lines. I kept imagen the Charmed sisters’ house and the sisters themselves for Blue’s mother and friends. It was very homely and cosy but still witchy. It was great.
I love the story on ley lines. I’ve known about ley lines since I was a child and I was also fascinated with them. Though thankfully not as much as Gansey. I’ve never read any fictional work the focuses on ley lines and found it very well done.
I also love Adams story or a trailer boy with three jobs trying to pay for school while not telling his parents because his father would beat him up type story. I really felt for him.
The overall story with all its different point of views, merged nicely and it felt like it was one story with small bits added for effect in the individual viewpoint, but didn’t distract which I liked. It made it feel more like one story that several individual stories about one thing. I like that.
The benefit of magical realism or semi-fantasy novels is that the world is ours with some spice. You, therefore, don’t need much world building; you readers will know what a car is and does but the world building done here is don’t well and smoothly and not too fast.
We are first introduced to Blue and her psychic family where she introduces the raven boys before she even knows them. I like it and the witchiness of Blues family sets the tone for the rest of the book. I always like it when the first pages and the rest of the book match and find it really annoying when it doesn’t match.
We are introduced to the ley line as a research project almost via the introduction of a new character. So as a reader we are also eased in, but we know there are more to it. When it came to the ley line world everything was turned a bit upside down and I think that worked well. it made the world seem more magical which it was and distinctly separate the real from the magical.
The ley lines are fascinating and I’m not even sure I fully understood them which could be the point. They seem to have a lot of power and there also seems to be no set rules.
I felt the characters to be very real. They felt like my friends, not just characters in a book.
Blue is the main characters and she is destined to kill her true love, as you do. She is the daughter of the psychic and
Gansey is a raven boy and one of the rich and is the one obsessed with the ley line research. He is the one who led the search for the ley lines. For being rich he’s not that snobby, but when he is he doesn’t mean to be. He’s a complex character and I really liked him.
Adam is a raven boy too and the one trying to fit into a world he doesn’t feel he belongs in. As mentioned earlier I liked Adam’s personal story and I felt for him. He makes the dynamic of the Raven Boys more interesting as he is not from a rich family.
Ronan is a raven boy whose father had passed, and he is struggling with both his own presence in this world and the loss of his father.
Noah is a raven boy who is hardly ever there, and he doesn’t like pizza. I mean, he’s weird, lol. But I like him cause he is cute and quiet and different than the rest. I did question where he was in some scenes and it was all explained halfway through the book. I liked him even more after that.
The book is atmospheric, and I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. I like the pacing too.
I have never read any Maggie Stiefvater before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I will definitely come back for more.
I don’t think I knew what this would be like, and I jumped in without thinking about how deep the water was. I need to finish this series now…
Thank you, Lala, for introducing me to this series. The dream thieves here I come!
Have you read this? What did you think?