The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys 
Author: Maggie Stiefvater 
Pages: 416 pages 
Published: September 18th, 2012 
Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"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 Aglioby 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 Rave 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. 

r 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. 

Buy it now!

*mind blows up* This book literally took me on a roller coaster of emotions and feels and like how I feel on all amusement park, I got a bit sick and nauseous. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, like it could somehow sneak it's way into my favorites of 2015, but there were so many quirks that really made me hate it all at the same time.

If you're looking for an urban fantasy psychological thriller, hurry up and start this series! It came me one of the biggest headaches ever because there were moments where I had to sneak back a few pages to reread what I didn't understand. The first 100 pages of this book were confusing, very, very confusing. I didn't get the story up until the main characters and "the Raven Boys" had actually met. The synopsis on the back of the book doesn't give us anything and just confuses the crap out of me. I will somewhat do a better job at explaining it:

Blue Sargent comes from a long line of psychics, however, she can't predict the future. She does though enhance the powers and energies of the people and things around her and that, is powerful all on its own. When she get's her own future told, they tell her that she will kiss the one she loves and he will die. The "one" happens to be Gansey, a handsome student of the elite private school Aglionby. She tries to stay away from him and has a bit of a crush on Adam Parrish, another boy in the Raven Boys group. Together they go on a journey to find the ley lines of Glendower and to save Gansey. What they don't know is secrets and dark magic will unveil itself as they get closer to the energies.  

So that basically sums it all up. The beginning was confusing, so I hope I kind of cleared things up for you. But besides that, Maggie Stiefvater really knows how to tell an amazing story about love and the danger behind it. I love the characters- especially Blue. Well for starters, her name is Blue! How freaking awesome is that! She also had a snarky personality and knew how to slap-talk a guy when she was offended. I loved her, not necessarily a female heroine, but an enjoyable character nonetheless. The guys in this book were so freaking mysterious like it was so lyrical how everything came and went together.

There's a lot of drama that goes on and once you get past the beginning, the action never stops and you'll be stuck in such an awesome, fantastical world! I can't wait to see how the story continues in the next two books and am awaiting Gansey's death *looks sinister* No I'm just kidding LOL! I love Gansey. The Raven Boys is a great example of urban fantasy with a very ancient and sinister twists. The book was very dark for most fantasy reads I usually do read, but still excellent!

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  1. I keep saying that I'm going to read this and I am totally, one of these days. I'm glad you enjoyed it and great review!

    1. Kept saying the same thing. it was time for me to live up to my promises.

  2. I've been wanting to read this for quite some time!! Ughh, I feel like I say that about everything now! Lol! Awesome review, Alex! I really hope to read The Raven Boys sometime soon! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

  3. Great review!! I have been seriously FORCED to buy and …read this book haha!! So many of my friends love it and just rave about it. I DO love Dark fantasy…so I like that its dark but i am kinda nervous how you said it was kinda confusing, I don't like books like that. Will you continue on with the series??
    After reading your review I'm not sure about reading this in March (I was thinking about it for my challenge but now…eh) haha I think I can wait a little longer. My main priority is probably: Diviners (which is a big one!) / Throne of Glass (I'd like to start in March.. middle of it probably) / Between the Spark and Burn or Book of Life (I really want to finish a series this month too!)

    1. Diviners...yes I need to read this book!!! And Throne of Glass is a must, as you already know because of my constant fussing Lol!!

  4. I love this series! It gets better and better so keep reading. Maggie's writing is so beautiful and I love how intricate the plotting is. It doesn't seem to make any sense and then suddenly it makes all the sense. And the twist... ugh! Great review.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. That's exactly what I've heard so I can't wait to read on!

  5. Oh my gosh I love this series! The first book was a little confusing in the beginning but I loved the first line so much that I had to keep reading. It was such a promising opening! I definitely hope you keep reading. The third book was my favorite and messed with my feels a LOT. The books get better as you go along which resulted in my massive crush on Maggie Stiefvater's writing. That lady knows how to use all the words to their highest potential. =D

    - Jazzie @ The Book Dancer

    1. Lol when I saw your post on you being addicted to Maggie Stiefvater, I knew that this had to be one of the books I read next. Thanks gurll :D

  6. I haven't actually heard of this novel .. o.O I don't know what rock I've been hiding under lol. I'm glad you enjoyed it though, lovely review :) I might check it out for myself now!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I always get that feeling that I've been hiding under a rock *scratches head*

  7. I loved this book so much!! I love those darn Raven boys. I loved the writing and the unique story. Ahh so good. Lovely review <33


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