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Hype or Like Friday: Review of The Raven Boys

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June 24th: Review of The Raven Boys

the raven boys

I feel everything has been said about this book, but I’ll chip in anyway.

Unlike everyone in her family, Blue can’t impress people with visions or other mental abilities. According to her own words, she is a battery, making others’ energy stronger when she is around. She uses it to help the family psychic business. The other things making her special is the prophecy warning her she will kill her true love. How depressing.

The Raven Boys are four very different but complementary older teenagers attending a prestigious pre-ivy league private school . The bad boy, the leader, the quiet, and the poor. Don’t worry, this is the simplistic version. Each of these boys carry secrets and burdens.
Are you still with me?

Now comes a quest, the strong desire of one of the boys to find something very special. Guess who is great at finding things?
In the meantime, our frustrated Blue finally sees something. A boy. On a very special day. A vision that seals her fate to those of the boys.

I was a little skeptical about the romance. And the paranormal. And the blurb. And the hype, of course.

But I think I’m in love. Let me tell you why.

The characterization makes it impossible not to fall for a character, or in my case all of them. The variety of personalities creates a likeable group you are bound to root for.

Blue’s family is colorful and loveable. Yes, they are psychics. But that is not all there is to them. The author manages to play with the cliché and build a string of interesting women. They are not cardboard characters, there is a background, there is life. A mother raising her child alone, in a house full of creative minds.

The boys. A novel could be written about them. Wait, it’s been done. I don’t feel like saying too much about them because I believe no words could describe them better than the ones used by the author. All you have to know is that a leader can me a thousand more things. So can me the bad boy. It applies to all of them. Maggie Stiefvater gave life to characters with distinct personalities that you can’t fail to love.

Blue. Yes, it took me a while to get used to her name. Then I remembered someone had called their kid Apple, which is cute, but unusual. Blue became one of my favorite female characters. It bothers her to be seen as sensitive, but she can’t deny she is. She is friendly, curious, clever. It was refreshing not to get stuck with the strong main character with a hidden show-off super power whining about how her life is so boring until the day something happens and bam, she is transformed into a superhero. Blue is different, in a different way (this is so deep!). Her actions, the relationships she has or builds make her who she is, not her power. I cannot wait to see what happens to her in the next books. Her relationship with her mother and her family felt genuine and spot-on, differing in many ways from the usual teenagers-parents bonds we can find in books.

The romance. No insta-love. No long paragraphs about longing for each other. No heavy forbidden-love atmosphere. It is only an element among many others in the plot. I really loved the way every relation was built, how deep the bonds between the boys were, and how love took its place without causing waves or demanding tear-jerking chapters.

Back to the plot now. Psychics, Magic. A dead king. A quest. Trees. Nothing that appeals to me. Except this time. Everything is framed so perfectly that it creates a suspenseful and absorbing story that leaves you turning pages faster than the wind gets rid of a tree’s leaves. Don’t dread falling into something too supernatural for you, the right balance keeps you knee-deep in reality while sending you down the magic road.


The writing. I don’t even know what to say. I wish I used words the way Maggie Stiefvater does. She makes the trees alive, turns conversations between teenagers into something entertaining, powerful, or the saddest thing you’ve ever read. She gives nouns and verbs a deeper meaning. Feelings become tangible.  Her writing style made me hungry for more.

If case you hadn’t noticed by now, I fell in love with everything in this book. The story swept me away and the characters filled every chapter with life. I finished this book last night, and I miss everything about it. Isn’t it what you call a book hangover? Don’t send my a doctor or aspirin, I’m happy here.


The Raven Boys deserves all the hype and even more.


29 thoughts on “Hype or Like Friday: Review of The Raven Boys”

        1. I am not alone, haha! I really did not want to spoil any detail, and that’s awful for reviews. Plus I won’t reread what I wrote because I did not check the English and I’m sure I made up weird sentences and stuff xD But the book deserves its own language!

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  1. Maybe it’s the fact I have zero patience that I’m not connecting with this book. I’m not a huge fan of third person either. I thought this would be told in first person by Blue or one of the boys. I’ve also been in a weird mood this week, so I’m probably not giving this one the attention it deserves. I don’t know. 😂 But I’m glad you and the entire world loved this book. I’m still plugging along, slowly but surely. I’m about 13% into the book. So the king he mentions early on is actually part of a quest in this book? I was wondering if he was nuts or if that would somehow factor into it. And I didn’t get why he was recording Blue talking the day of the ghost thing. Whatever it was called. Hopefully my opinion will change by the end of the book. Your review makes me want to open it back up. 😉

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    1. I really wanted The Raven Boys to be The One for you XD but I’m keeping faith, we’ll find a book of the month you like!
      The fact you haven’t given up gives me hope. Yep, you’ll hear more about the king, and the recording of Blue’s voice was accidental on St. Mark’s day. It also has to do with the quest. I’m glad! I was afraid it was just gonna be have the opposite effect, with all the love, haha.

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  2. I gave this one a go in February, but couldn’t get into it. I think what bothered me was that it took so long for the actual plot of the book to start and by that time, I was bored and felt like I was forcing myself to read it. I’m thinking about reading The Dream Thieves, though, because I heard the series just gets better & better. I’m super glad you enjoyed it!!

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    1. I’m really happy too! I’ve enjoyed fantasy since I started reading it again but this time it is pure love! I need to buy The Dream Thieves soon! The Raven Boys does take a while to actually get into the plot. Usually I like being thrown into action but the slow building totally worked this time 🙂

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      1. I’m so picky lately and I just like to be thrown immediately into the action or I get bored. That’s why I get so bored with Sarah J Maas’ books lol

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  3. Great review, Donna! 🙂 I just finished this, and it took me a little while ago but it was so different to a lot of YA fantasy I’ve read recently. I can’t wait to read the second book and see what happens to all of the characters and where the plot goes. x

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I just let it all out the day after reading it so I don’t find it all that great, haha! Like you, I just want to know what is waiting our great teenagers in the next book. I know I won’t have the patience to wait long to discover it!

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    1. My review is non spoilery because the best way to discover this story is by reading this awesome piece of writing, but you are right 😀 I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it!


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