Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA fantasy
Date Read: 23/12/2015 – 26/12/2015
Rating: ★★★☆


ravenboyscoverThis was a tricky book for me to rate, and I wavered between three and four, before deciding to split the difference. It was a very easy read, and didn’t take me long to get through, but it did feel like I was reading a lot of set-up for future books.

Blue Sargent comes from a family of psychics, though she has no psychic ability herself. When she sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey on St Mark’s Eve, it sets into motion an association with a group of boys from the local private boy’s school, and a search for the grave of Owen Glendower, a Welsh King that Gansey believes is buried in America.

The characters are all have very individual personalities. Gansey is wealthy and privileged and puts his foot in his mouth a lot because of that; Ronan has a lot of baggage and a lot of secrets; Adam comes from an abusive household and resents the privilege around him; and Noah, the quiet observer. Blue’s character is primarily linked to her psychic family; she was a fairly standard teenage girl character, and something of a means to an end-type character (while not psychic herself, she can amplify psychic energy for others).

While there was some interesting world-building based on the idea of magical ley lines across the world, it was sometimes a bit patchy. Big revelations never really felt particularly huge, or they were easy to predict.

Overall, it was an interesting enough read that I stayed up quite late to finish it, and I actually am still interested enough to continue with the series, but this wasn’t quite exciting enough to be plot-driven, and the characters weren’t quite stand-out enough to carry it as a character-driven one.




9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    That was pretty much my experience. I was in the library on Thursday and picked up the next two books, mostly because I’m sure they’ll be hard to get as we get closer to the publication date of the final installment in the series. I hope she’s holding back the amazing revelations for the three books I have left to go because the characters are a likeable, if yet a little unremarkable bunch.


    • Emily Witt says:

      My library’s copy of book 2 appears to be missing, which is pretty annoying, as I don’t know if I really want to spend $8 or something like that on the ebook. I think I might just poke at them to replace it sooner rather than later.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. FrancinaSimone says:

    two things: I started this book a while back and stopped because I had the same reaction…it wasn’t bad but it felt like a lot of set up and I’d just finished reading a great book and this was a huge let down after that. Second thing, I totally thought the WIPpet link timeline was to post for Wednesday and I was like…well I guess I have to wait until next Wednesday to post my link because it’s now Thursday…(*O*) and I’ve missed sign up!!! is there anyway I can still sign up?! I’m totally new to this and just made a huge mistake.


  3. Claire Wells says:

    You definitely have a different opinion than most, which is a good thing. I personally felt the characters in TRB were simply breathtaking. But that’s just me, the future books get wayyyy better! Great review! 🙂

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