The Raven Boys Review (Spoilers)

by Maggie Stiefvater (Published September 18, 2012)



“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love… or you killed him.”
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them- until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, and he’s 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

What I Liked:

The Aglionby Boys.
I love when people don’t fit their stereotypes. Adam, although he goes to a private school with the richest people in the city of Henrietta and around it, is from a trailer park. He’s not wealthy at all. You’d think he was if you only saw him in his raven breasted sweater. Ronan, although rich and wealthy, is a fighter. He’s not prim and proper and uppity about anything. He makes sarcastic comments at almost anytime he can and has quite the crap life, but you wouldn’t think so just seeing him. Gansey though, is the most fitting to the stereotype.

The Mysterious Plot Line.
I’m glad this book belongs to a series because there is so much more to find out, so many things that to be solved. My favorite stories are ones were I can try and guess what is going happen at the end, or when a certain problem is solved. This causes so much shock. Stiefvater is a great writer because she hints at so many things that no one may pick them up. No one would have thought when Noah first said he was dead that we’d actually find Noah’s skeleton.

What I Didn’t Like:

Adam and Blue’s Relationship.
It was too quick too the start. Too much wanting for a love line when the story didn’t necessarily need one yet. In a way, you can compare it to Romeo and Juliet due to the fact that it started so quick and out of nowhere.

Overall Thoughts:

It was a great read. Definitely well made up and a well recommended book. Constantly interesting and attention grabbing. Probably the best fantasy book I have read in a while.


5/5 stars. 9/10 stars.

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘You’ll have a great night with him and then some other girl can have a great night with him tomorrow.'” -(Ronan) page 48

“‘If you are going to punch someone, don’t put your thumb inside your fist. It would be a shame to break it.'” -(Persephone) page 260

“‘I am not a prostitute.'” -(Blue) page 62

“‘We’re psychics, not strippers.'” -(Maura) page 120


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