Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Disappointed: The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Date Released: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 408 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Teenreads
Rating: Liked a little
Series: Raven Cycle (#1)

Goodreads Synopsis:  “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.

From Goodreads

My Review:

Tagline: "The Raven Boys was a book I just really was hoping for more but ended up getting something disappointed but I do have high hopes for book two"
With all the hype for The Raven Boys and winning an ARC of Teenreads I was really hoping for something amazing and completely epic, but all I got was a huge book of disappointment. The Raven Boys was a mix of paranormal, suspense, and magic which was really intriguing at first but other elements were missing.

Blue Sargent, is a clairyovant, meaning she can see dead people and talk to them. The day she heads out to a church, she talks to a boy named Gansey and after that they are all thrown in a world of intrigue and suspense. I really liked Blue a lot, she was smart, cool, and like able and I was hoping for some more longer chapters with her because she was fun to read! She was someone who always didn't flirt with any boy next to her, especially the Raven Boys. But there are also other "psychics" that were related to Blue which were I admit fun to read and they lightened up the story a bit.  
The Raven Boys (Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah) concept, to be honest sounded really cool, but reading it it could have been more developed and layered upon. It was really hard to know which Raven Boy was doing what and that for me means one confused reader. Really, I hate it when you read it all over but you still have no clue which one is doing what! 0_0
But the ending was something that made me want to turn the pages fast enough. There was a lot going on towards the end, which I'm not spoiling but reading the Raven Boys I got a lot of gernes put into one book. You got paranormal hints, touches of suspense and mystery, and romance, but no insta-love at all for sure. I definitly liked Maggie's poetic writing and this book was perfect to showcase that. I'm not a ultra big fan of her but I did like the book and would want more for her!

“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.”

The Raven Boys


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