The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) | Book Review


Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 5/5 Stars


“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.


I picked this book up after I saw all the hype that everyone on bookstagram had said about this book. Of course, I had the paperback for about a year but never read it. Than I had a change of heart and ended up buying the entire series in hardback, because why not? Who needs money when there are more books being published everyday?

I’ve never read a book before where I love every single character equally.
Blue: she is everything i aspire to be and i just want to be bffs with her
Gansey: corrupted historian? YAS PLEASE
Ronan: he’s so scary and angry but you just know he secretly loves to watch cute cat videos
Adam: he must be wrapped in a warm blanket and protected at all costs
Noah: my precious snowflake

It’s almost frightening how accurately the writing fits the mood of this book. It’s dreamy and magical and moody, but still very real and honest and grounded in reality. How she manages to combine to polar opposite things in such a well-executed way baffles me.  Talking trees in a magical wood, dead Welsh kings, and fast orange cars. But it’s set in rural Virginia in the present day, and it’s all tackled by sixteen and seventeen-year-old students and psychic women.

I found the plot very intriguing. There was a lot of mystery and everything was so dark and twisty. The main character, Gansey, has dedicated himself to finding a dead king and along the way they discover loads of crazy shenanigans. My favorite scenes have to be when the whole cast was together!

I can’t decide who my favorite character is. There’s Gansey, who reminds me of an old British professor but a younger and way hotter version. He’s the sweetest. But there’s also Ronan, this super “tough” guy but deep inside I know he’s so sensible. And there’s also Noah. He’s like a cute little puppy. Lastly, there’s Blue, who’s a very feisty girl. I like her and her peculiar psychic family.

I loved how the events played out and flowed from one to another. Some of the perspectives were a bit confusing but once you get further into the book, you begin to understand the quirks and flaws of the characters.

Overall, this has been one of the best fantasy-type books I have read in a long time. I can’t wait to continue reading the rest of the series. As well, the fourth book, The Raven King, is being published in April, so I have a couple of months to get done the rest of the series.

-Read On Darlings!


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