Synopsis: Blue, the daughter of a psychic, has no psychic abilities herself, but her presence magnifies the abilities and supernatural presence around her. She meets The Raven Boys: Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, all students at private Aglionby Academy. The Raven Boys are searching for ley lines and the mythical Welsh king, Glendower. Blue gets caught up in their search.
Review: This was a very interesting book. I didn’t love it, but parts of it were fascinating and I honestly did not know what Maggie Stiefvater was going to bring into the story next.
I read this book for the Goodreads group Hype or Like Friday. It was our June book, but I was bad and didn’t finish the book on time. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is book one in the series The Raven Cycle. All four books of the series are out now, so if reading incomplete series isn’t your thing, then no worries with this series!
I don’t want to say too much about the plot besides what I have mentioned in the synopsis above, as part of the magic of this book is seeing the plot unfold.
The plot does have psychics and magic and an element of the supernatural, so if you like that type of book, you will probably really enjoy this. I’m not big into the supernatural in my books, so I didn’t fall under the spell as so many have. But, I will say that even though the supernatural and ghosts and ceremonies and just odd things are all in this book, it wasn’t scary. It was more interesting than anything else.
So many people talk about the wonderful characters in this book, I thought the characters were just alright. Blue and Gansey are both fairly bland. Ronan is more interesting, but he’s the “bad boy” of the bunch, and I’ve always been drawn to that type of character. Noah and Adam are also boring, and are only memorable because of certain plot events. There really isn’t much personality to any of the characters. I couldn’t tell you who was funny or who liked what or anything other than what kind of car Gansey drove (orange Camaro) and umm…wow. That’s about it. Ronan probably has the most personality, but that’s because he is written to be so surly and sour, that he stands out.
I didn’t see any of the plot coming, which was good. It took me awhile to get through The Raven Boys, but once I got to 65% on my Kindle I read the rest quickly. I felt that the most interesting aspects of the story were glossed over fairly quickly, and parts that were boring or had seemingly no relevance to the overall main plot dragged on for far too long.
I wrote in my notes that I was “utterly confused” after finishing the book. I have zero idea why Blue and the Raven Boys are looking for Glendower and why I, as a reader, should care about their quest. This is my biggest issue with the book.
This series has been hyped so much. Book bloggers are constantly talking about it, and there are many pictures of the books over on Instagram. Is the hype justified? Ehh… I’ll hold off on judgement until I read the whole series, but based on what I’ve read so far, no it is not justified. I will continue on with the series, I’ll just wait a bit, and I’ll be getting the next books from my library rather than purchasing them.
I think I’ve got YA burnout, so I need to wait awhile before reading another YA book.
Bottom Line: Interesting start to a popular series. Intriguing, but not fully captivating.
Have you read The Raven Boys? Did you love it? Did you dislike it? Does the series get better as it goes along or is wasted time and disappointment in my future?