Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Date published: September 18, 2012
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.
I feel like I haven’t done a review-type post in a while, but I just HAD to talk about THE RAVEN BOYS. I finally read it after years of procrastination and avoidance, and I AM SO SHOOK!!! I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and this post is a compilation of those thoughts. So, here are some of the thoughts that went through my head while I read this absolutely killer series starter:
- why did I wait so long to read this book? This is the main thought that went through my head while reading THE RAVEN BOYS, though I do know the answer to this question. I hated SHIVER so I avoided Maggie Steifvater at all costs for years before finally warming up to the idea that this was a very me-sounding book.
- the only way this could be a more “me” book was if it was gay. Seriously, if THE RAVEN BOYS had Blue as queer, that is the only way it could be a more Mel book. It’s witchy and has TAROT and is obviously going to have a hate-to-love romance and just omg. So many magical things.
- I can see all the characters really clearly except Noah. AND THEN. If you’ve read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about. But Maggie Stiefvater is such a good writer that she made Noah’s character development fit with the story and just…I can’t. She’s too good.
- I will never be able to write as well as Maggie Steifvater. Maybe I shouldn’t try anymore. I’ve never had this experience, but throughout the whole book I just kept thinking that I will never be able to write as well as Maggie Steifvater, so maybe I should just give it up. It was weird, because obviously that’s a little sad, but on the other hand, I was so thrilled to have found such an excellently written book.
- I haven’t had a new favorite book in so long. I really haven’t had a new all-time favorite book in a LONG time. Probably since AN EMBER IN THE ASHES? And that was…2015ish? But DAMN, I LOVE this book so freaking much.
- What if the rest of the books aren’t as good? I’m not usually a series person, but obviously THE RAVEN BOYS needed to be a series, but what if the rest of the books don’t live up in writing quality to the first book? How can Maggie Steifvater possibly keep up such strong writing momentum for THREE MORE BOOKS??? Is she that good? I hope so.