Book: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
“Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”
I know a book is great when my chest starts to feel real tight every time I read a chapter or think about a certain character involved in the book. I know it’s fantastic when I’m twenty pages in and I’m already swooning over the protagonists. I know a book is perfect when the main character is real and I feel a connection to her/his/their story.
The Raven Boys is an amazing read that I just fell hard for. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a book, no joke.
I didn’t take me long to be completely enraptured by Maggie’s writing; she’s one of the best I tell you. I knew that already because I’d read Shiver not too long ago but this book… The Raven Boys is Maggie’s beautiful narrative style on steroids. You can tell how much Maggie put into this gang.
The story revolves around a sixteen year old girl named Blue Sargent and the Aglionby boys: the elite of the small town that is Henrietta. Blue has had a very peculiar upbringing, what with her family consisting of psychics and everything paranormal and has been told all her life that she’s destined to cause her true love’s death.
The book is written in third person point of view but each chapter revolves around different characters; mainly Gansey, Blue and Adam. This gives the story a well-rounded view without spoiling any of the events for the reader.
Blue is my main chick. I want to be her friend. Though she isn’t as fierce as other main heroines (whom I also adore), there is this softness about her that makes me adore her even more. And not in the wilted flower type of way but the ultimate caring mother figure kind of way. If that makes sense. She fits in with these boys and it’s solely because of who she is and how she sees the world. She’s very perceptive and lovely and goes the extra mile to understand these boys. She respects their personalities, even makes fun of them sometimes and best of all, she’s a friend.
One of the things I related to the most in this book was Blue’s day to day life. Her house is one filled with women who are quirky a best, maniacal at worst. It reminds me of my childhood since my home was and is still dominated by women. Maura, Blue’s mom, is such a refreshing parental figure without being unbelievable. Her character just brought out so many memories of my own mother, it was surreal. I’m so glad that Maggie took the time to elaborate on this aspect of the Blue’s life since in YA, the norm is to keep parents as vague as possible and/or only exist as plot devices.
Aside from Maura, we have characters like Persephone and Calla, Maura’s two best friends, who also contribute to the story’s richness without stealing the limelight. Maggie is a genius when it comes to secondary characters. Persephone gives such a Luna Lovegood feel without being a replica and Calla is just straight out bad ass. I love that I get to love them this much.
To love everybody this much, especially the boys.
I’m a sucker for guys in books, it’s a given. The Aglionby boys are no exception. Maggie’s way of building up these boys is why I couldn’t pick a favorite. Instead of writing about the strictly physical aspects of each boy, she takes the time to give us small details that are exclusive to them. You get to know their essence as a person. I cannot for the life of me tell you the color of Adam’s eyes, but I can feel who he is. It’s the oddest thing.
What’s so great about this is that there is no way of confusing the boys. There is no mix-up on who is whom, there can’t be. The way they talk, smile, love and hate is so different from the other. And you will love them individually, with all their faults and quirks. Unconditionally. Believe me.
The atmosphere in this book is nothing less than alive. Without it, nothing could have happened in the story, the setting and tone are exceptionally executed throughout all the scenes. You will feel joy when you’re supposed to feel joy and you will freak the fuck out when you’re supposed to freak the fuck out. The plot twists grab you by the throat and refuse to let go until you’ve finished the book. AND EVEN THEN. THE
FUCKING CLIFFHANGER. MY GOD. KILL ME.
The mystery and the suspense will remain alive even after the last word.
So if you’re still having doubts about finally picking up this series. Don’t. I’m so ready to keep going with this story and loving every single word of it. My heart might not be ready but since when do I ever listen to my heart? Especially when it comes to book?