Review: Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater

Blue is able to amplify psychic powers. She also knows that if she kisses her true love, she’s going to kill him. When a quartet of Raven boys walk into her life, all of them have a strange attraction that could kill her or them… or endanger others.

17675462I’m not really sure how I feel about this novel. I didn’t really get into the psyche of the characters. I couldn’t keep the boys straight at all to start off with, and although I liked Blue, I just didn’t get along with her. I couldn’t feel anything with her – no fear, no nothing. If anything, they were all too cool. Even when they were in danger, they hardly seemed to care. I didn’t care if they were going to die or not, which isn’t a good sign.

I could see the world around the characters really clearly, and feel the palpable tension in the air. I could see the aunts bustling around in the house, and it reminded me of The Wild Ways which I also loved for giving me a vivid picture of what goes on in a witchy household.

I can’t imagine what will come in the next novel, it felt like this one would be a standalone, but the set up in the beginning with Blue’s fate doesn’t play out how you might expect it to. So there’s plenty of room for the second, which I received originally from Scholasitic and didn’t read because I didn’t own this one! Thanks girlfriend for buying me this one for Christmas 2015.

How sexy is the cover on this bad boy? In fact, I took off my dust jacket and got an even more impressive book to my mind. Check out my Instagram to see those! I’m going to display them on my wall without the dust jackets. Any ideas on where to keep them safe?

I don’t know how I felt about this novel overall. I’ve read other novels by Stiefvater, and felt equally divided.  I think I enjoyed it, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression in my mind. I wanted to read it while I was in the middle of it, but then when I finished I only had a slight inclination to read the second. I’m going to be generous and give it 4 stars, simply because I loved the cover so much.

4star

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