The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Skinny: Blue comes from a family of psychics and, for as long as she can remember, has been told that one day she will cause her true love to die. When she visits a grave yard to look for the soon to be dead with her clairvoyant aunt, she sees Gansey – who speaks to her. Hesitant about this, she finds out that Gansey is one of the students at the all-boy school, Aglionby, commonly known as Raven Boys. Blue has made a pact with herself to stay away from the snobby rich Raven Boys, but curiousity leads her to him and his mysterious quest to find a lost Welsh king.
BFF?: I’m pretty sure that I WOULD have liked Blue had I been able to fully connect with her. I mean, she was a fun character, thoughtful and deep, had a kind of dry humor, but I never really felt like I connected with her. The thing about this book is that you don’t get inside just one character’s mind… you get inside them all. So it was hard connecting to anyone 100%, even though the book was filled with characters I really and truly loved.
Readability: Can Maggie write anything that’s NOT beautiful? This one was so enchanting to read, the words were flowing and beautiful. It was a little slower, but in a good way. I love when reading books isn’t a rushed thing!
Crush Level: ???
I’m not really sure who to crush on here! I really loved Adam and his charming manners, but towards the end he began to get a little darker which made me uncertain. Gansey was simply adorbs with his rich boy ways, but reminded me a hair too much like Logan from Gilmore Girls. Not that I have complaints about that, but, I dunno… I just wasn’t fully invested in the crush yet. Perhaps time will tell!
I know NOTHING about Welsh history, but seriously, it all seems so super interesting to me! I love how the language looks vs how it sounds. I love the mysticism behind it. It makes me want to learn all the things about it!
Not so much a bonus point as it made the characters deeper. All of the raven boys had some kind of family drama, whether it was from an abusive father, a feudal fraternal relationship, or just a set of apathetic parents. Definitely helped each of the raven boys develop and their characters shine through!
Commencement Speech: This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time now, so I was really glad that it was part of our FYA book club reads! I’ve also really been wanting to read more by author Maggie Stiefvater, so this has been a nice follow up to my other favorite by her The Scorpio Races. I love how beautiful she weaves together plots, giving out only snippets of information to us to leave us not really in suspense, but enthralled in whatever world she’s creating.
My main “issue” with this book was that I didn’t really connect to the characters. Instead, I connected to the world, to the plot, to the secrets and mysteries surrounding Gansey’s quest. It was really different to connect to these things rather than the characters, but a different feeling that I overall loved.
Yearbook Quote: “If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.”
Superlatives – Most likely to be found on Edgar Allen Poe’s book shelf
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