Review – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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.
This book had things that I loved and things that I wasn’t into. The writing was excellent, and I was super invested in the plot. I had a bit of a difficult time buying into the characters and their relationships. It was in many ways a book riddled with metaphors rather than interactions. I suppose I would’ve liked more interactions to breathe life into the characters. But overall, a worthy read.
The book was rich with description and world-building, and the character of Gansey seemed to come to life more than the others. I enjoyed being inside of Blue’s head and seeing Gansey through her eyes, but I found myself having difficulty picturing her. I couldn’t bring myself to get too attached to Adam. The bits about Declan Lynch seemed superfluous.
I’m going to take a break and then read the next book in the series.