Book Review – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

the raven boys“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 recently read the whole Raven Cycle series, so thought I’d do consecutive posts of reviews, I hope you enjoy!

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I have been wanting to read this for some time, but never got round to it. I wasn’t convinced it was for me, but it’s one of those series that is consistently on “you should read this” lists.

Well, I loved it. There’s something about the way Stiefvater writes that creates such at atmospheric universe – very much in line with sitting in an empty churchyard! Blue is a great lead character, but I do like that we see other POVs throughout. I totally understand her feelings on Aglionby boys haha, but glad she connects with Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah. I also like that as much as it has relationships in, and Blue has been told she will kill her true love, it’s not a romance. And the relationships within the story really add to it.

The boys are just lovely, though Ronan definitely takes a while to grow on you. Adam is probably my favourite here, but it’s hard not to feel as the others do, swept along by Gansey’s quest. I will admit, Blue is very much the “special” girl, not like anyone else, but I love that in this case while that is very true of her peers, it’s only true at 300 fox way because she isn’t special, to a degree.

Talking of, his quest is FAB. He is about 30 years too young to have done even half the things he is supposed to have done, but I adore it all. The ley lines, the welsh king, the history of it all. They all play together really well, and add brilliantly to the overall atmosphere.

The introduction of Cabeswater and their journeys there somehow just spoke to my soul – they are so lovely and so atmospheric.

And the 300 fox way ladies have my heart. They’re just so fab. I love all of them.


Buy The Raven Boys from Amazon UK.

2 thoughts on “Book Review – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. This is a series that gets such RAVE reviews but I just can’t get into. To this day I can’t tell you what happens in the first one, and I have reread the entire thing at least 3 times. I’m sad because I really want to get in on the fandom but it seems like this is just not meant for me 😦 Great review though!

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