Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Book Review: The Raven Boys

'The Raven Boys' by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4 stars

Blue does not lead the most normal life, but her family of psychics all seem to agree that if she kisses her true love, he will die. This does not bother Blue all too much. All the boys in Henrietta go to the prestegious Aglionby Academy. Known as The Raven Boys, they are rich, obnoxious and definitely not her type. But what Blue did not count on was that she would be swept away by an ancient mystery, and that The Raven Boys need her help.

I first picked up 'The Raven Boys' several months ago as a result of the hype surrounding it, and put it down after roughly 50 pages. The pace was too slow for me, but a few weeks ago I decided to give it a second chance, and I could not put it down.

What makes the book different to others in the Young Adult genre is that the characters self aware and complex, as are their relationships. Gansey, their leader, has an obsession with the supernatural and an intense sense of responsibility over his friends. Adam does not believe in magic, but endures Gansey's fanciful notions despite his pride. Ronan is reckless and intimidating, yet mothers a small bird named Chainsaw. And Noah is loyal and knows many secrets, but is so quiet that it often seems as though he isn't there.

The focus of the book is on the characters rather than plot, but also has a dark mystery inspired by Welsh mythology that assists in driving the story.

I wait in anticipation to read the remainder of the series.

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-Helia

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