The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boys


This book was absolutely phenomenal. It centers around Blue Sargent who is from a family of psychics. However, she does not have the psychic gift. Instead she is able to make the psychic gifts of others stronger. Since Blue was a young girl all the psychics around her have told her that if she kisses her true love she will kill him. Blue ends up meeting up with four boys from Aglionby which is a private school for very rich individuals. The story, essentially, takes off from there. The boys also bring Blue into their search for a Welsh King.

This novel was written really beautifully. Even though it is a YA novel the writing is done quite well and it could easily read as an adult novel. I do love YA novels but sometimes the writing is too simplistic for my tastes. I was worried about that being an issue with this novel and was glad to see, early on, that that would not be the case.

The novel is written in a way where you are given bits and pieces about the characters but you don’t know the full story. For some people this might lead to them being confused about what is going on but I was so intrigued and wanted to learn more about the characters.

This is part of a four book series though so a lot of questions were still left unanswered. I am hoping that some of the questions I have will end up being answered in the next novel in the series.

The content of this novel is very dark and touches on triggering topics such as grief, suicide and abuse. There is a chapter towards the end where physical abuse is described quite graphically. If you think that might trigger you then you might want to skip this novel. Towards the beginning of the novel one of the teachers at the school makes, what I felt, was an unnecessary comment about suicide. However, that comment did not annoy me enough to not enjoy the story.

I give this book 5 out f 5 stars!



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