The Raven Boys Review


Synopsis from Edelweiss:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

About: The Raven Boys is a young adult fantasy written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published in 9/18/2012 by Scholastic Press, 409 pages. The genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and magic. There are 4 books in The Raven Cycle series: 1. The Raven Boys, 2. The Dream Thieves, 3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and 4. The Raven King. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.

My Experience: I started reading The Raven Boys on 7/3/16 and finished it on 7/4/16. This book is an excellent read! I couldn’t put it down and that’s why it only took me two days to finish it. I am in for a surprise. The story is well written and I do cry for when Adam is hurt. I like that Gansey is smart about money even though Adam thinks otherwise. He’s smart when he thinks that living in the dorms, the money would be gone when school is over, but if buy a house, it can be sold when all is done. I like the Raven Boys friendships because of how they care for each other, despite rich or poor. The psychics are interesting and I have only been to see one once in my life. I admire the things they can see, but still have doubts. Blue, I’m not clear what to think of her. The romance is slim to none. I love the characters and their individual story, but I don’t quite understand the plot. I am interested to read this book again and hopefully understand better. I do recommend everyone to read this book!

Pro: smart characters, hard working, friendships, mystery, fast paced, page turner, couldn’t put down, humor

Con: I don’t understand what ley line is all about

I rate it 4.5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

About the Author:

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Scholastic’s Website).

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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.


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