Hype or Like Friday, is where I discuss a given topic each week and at the end of the month I review a hyped up book, you can find the goodreads page here for more information. This months book is the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and this week I am reviewing it.
This is a spoiler free review
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 18th September 2012
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.
THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS
I have mixed feeling about this book. One thing I know for sure is, this book is an introduction to the series. This is not the type of book and think that was a nice complete story, I might read the second one. No, this book leaves you with a lot of questions along the lines of WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?
In the reviews I had read before I picked up this book a lot of them complained about her writing style, I can understand why people would be put off by it but I actually liked it. I am unsure how to describe since I have not properly studied texts for five years and that was only at high school level. I would say it’s written like how I would retell the story to a person.
This is very much a mystery story with fantasy/supernatural elements thrown in. You have a smidge more information than Blue through out the book, but unless you are really good at guessing what will happen (which my sister is very good at) then you are as clueless as Blue and Gansey.
The supernatural aspects of the book really interested me. Blue’s mother is a psychic along with the many women who live in her house and I loved how their predictions were weaved into the story. Also I liked how at the start of the book it was firmly established that the predictions might be vague, but they were true and would occur. The other supernatural thing I liked was Ley Lines, the idea that magic flows like energy through lines which connect the entire world.
I wish the book was told solely from Blue’s point of view she was the only character who I truly liked. The was she thought was interesting and I liked her internal monologue. Her wardrobe was eccentric and I personally would have loved an entire chapter dedicated to describing her wardrobe and jewellery.
The raven boys: Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah where real characters, they had flaws and each that their own problems. I don’t like characters where there personality traits and problems are solely beneficial to the plot.
A problem I had with the book is the amount of women Blue lives with. In the beginning I was a little confused and getting them all mixed up. Then there is one who is mentioned in the first chapter and disappears except from a couple of very quick mentions until she is told to leave the room near the end of the book. I can’t remember her name, but she was pointless and I only hope she actually becomes a character in the second book.
Overall, I really liked this book and the story line was so interesting it kept me reading all day. I will definetly be reading the second book in the series really soon because I have a lot of question that need answering.
As this is a hype or like post and not just a normal book review, there are two rating systems.
If you have read any of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, how did you find the writing style?
Also, if you have read this book I would love to talk about it with you 🙂
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