Hello fellow bloggers and avid readers !
Petrik is sharing with us his great review of The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, first book of the Raven Cycle series and one of Haïfa’s most anticipated 2017’s reads ! 🙂
Raven Boys turns out to be more interesting that I thought it would be.
I was reluctant to start this series, not only that most of the hyped YA series always disappointed me, this one also seems like a book written specifically for girls. Don’t kill me yet SJW, here’s the fact and statistic. If I go to the front page of Raven Boys, out of my friend list (right now around 600), 200 of them has read and rated it. Out of those 200, only 13 of them consists of male. Yes, 13 out of 200 AND this is only because there’s a limit of 200 visibility of your GR friends rating that could appear in the front page of any book.
This means there are actually more people from my friend list that already read and rated the book, I can’t even see anyone on my friend list that put it on their “TBR” on the front page and this is coming from someone’s friend list that consists mostly of adult fantasy fans. THAT’S how popular this book and series is. Luckily, I actually thought Raven Boys, the first book in the ‘The Raven Cycle’ series by Maggie Stiefvater is not bad at all.
This book could honestly be a 4 star read from me but I can’t do that because of the first 150 pages. The plot for me started out immensely boring, cliché, and uninteresting. Hear me out, this is the premise, Blue must stay away from her true love and not kiss him because if she does, he’ll die. She’s determined to do so until she met the Raven Boys, the ones from the local private school and her determination started wavering. That is seriously more or less the blurb, the prologue and what seems like may be the entire story at the beginning. I mean, how in the world would that intrigued any dude? You might as well put ‘Reverse Snow White’ as the blurb.
But, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. (Sorry, had to do that.)
This book got so much better somewhere in the middle when ALL the main characters, this is Blue and the 4 Raven Boys, finally meet.
Picture: The main characters of the series fanart by Cherryandsisters
The plot became more interesting. It’s atmospheric, bizarre and I’m seriously intrigued to find out how this book could became a 4 book series cause there seems to be not a lot to work on right now. However, my favorite part of the book definitely lies within its character interactions.
“I guess I make things that need energy stronger. I’m like a walking battery.”
“You’re the table everyone wants at Starbucks,” Gansey mused as he began to walk again.
Blue blinked. “What?”
Over his shoulder, Gansey said, “Next to the wall plug.”
I’m still in the first book and yet the characters personality felt so real to me already. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Noah and Ronan all have different personality and Maggie knows how to write their feelings and interactions really well. Also, a plus for Ronan’s love towards Chainsaw, his new raven pet.
“We have to be back in three hours,” Ronan said. “I just fed Chainsaw but she’ll need it again.”
“This,” Gansey replied “is precisely why I didn’t want to have a baby with you.”
Maggie’s prose is also beautiful, although it takes a bit of time for me to get used to her style, once I’m used to it every word she wrote was so pleasant to read. One last thing to note, this book is written in multi 3rd POV, this means you won’t hear the infamous “I let out a breath I didn’t realize I was holding” shit from almost every YA 1st POV books and despite the premise, romance is actually secondary to the main plot.
Overall, Raven Boys is a good book to start the series. From what I gathered so far, the first book is just laying the groundwork and background for the characters and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series has in store for me.
Review by Petrik.