I heard about tragic boys and unimaginable quirkiness so of course I’M HERE AND READY FOR IT. And boy did this book deliver on THAT and all it’s hype.

This was possibly the quirkiest most wonderful book ever. You know all the people that scream at you to read this book? WELL YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM YOU PANCAKE!! I am in awe because this was AMAZING!

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Of course I picked up this book after Cait @Paperfury screamed at every human who ever read one of her blogposts to read it and since all my favorite bookish people are obsessed with this series I had to read it. Needless to say, now I am questioning if my favorite series of all time is still Harry Potter…basically I am questioning my entire identity as a reader… I hope ya’ll are happy over my existential crisis.

Rating:

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Also I read some mix reviews on the whole series so I kinda went into this with low expectations…but I ended up an INCREDIBLY PRESENTLY SUPERSIZED LIZARD. So…I think that is a good thing right??

Now that I finished hyping this one up real good for you, I highly encourage you to go read it without knowing much. So like…don’t read the rest of the review…I mean it IS spoiler free until I say it’s not but it’s best to go in blind as a bat.

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My synopsis: Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah are our main characters. And there is a plot…that you can’t possibly describe without sounding weird or making any kind of sense so I am just going to list some things that you can definitely find in this book.  Ahem: a strong family dynamic, magic, incredible and unique characters, ghosts, mythology and faerie-esc vibes. Yes that is the best I can do sorry.

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Maggie Stievater’s writing was incredible!

It wasn’t OVERLY PRETENTIOUS but it wasn’t simple either. All I ever see in reviews is praise for her “unique lyrical writing” and can I just say that that is happily not the case? I usually hate pretentious writing (scandalous opinions on my blog today) because it feels like someone stuffs cotton in my mouth. And this thankfully was anything but. The writing really grips you and the descriptions of settings were SURREAL. I could imagine everything clearly and that doesn’t happen all that often (But this one’s mostly my fault though not the author’s since I don’t know every single English word in existence for describing minor building details ok sorry my bilingual brain can only go so far until it goes nope and takes a vacation).

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@me when I usually read fancy writing but ALAS NOT THIS TIME

 

 

The atmosphere and world building also just made the magic plausible in a way. Plausible magic now that’s a sentence Maggie made me write in case you needed any more convincing. We are not really offered an explanation for the magic, you just have to accept it.

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The family dynamic was also pretty incredible. Blue grew up in a familly made up entirly of her pshich aunts so the girl power there was pretty incredible. And her mother was present and understanding and DIDN’T DIE. Blue is open about a lot of things with them and they really help her. Woooow can you imagine??

Also can we talk about Persephone and her pie?

“Perhaps I will make a pie.” Blue looked anxiously to Persephone. Pie making was a lenghty and loving process, and Persephone did not like to be interupted during it.”

Isn’t it just the most precious thing you have ever read??

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Now onto the characters BECAUSE OMG I LOVE THEM and I have adopted them as my children:

  • Blue: Oh she was so fun to read about. She was so weird and quirky and not in an annoying “not like other girls”way. Like she literally grew up in a house of psychics…it seemed natural for her to feel a bit weirder then most. Also she didn’t want to fall in love which was #reletable. I mean yeah there was the whole thing with “don’t kiss your true love or they will die” thing which is a good enough reason not to want to have anything to do with boys ever but…like…imagine this…NO ANNOYING ROMANCE !! I SAY THANK YOU TO THAT AND PLEASE KINDLY POINT ME INTO THE DIRECTION OF CHOCOLATE!!

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  • Gansey (cough*Richard Dick Campell the third*cough) : My sweet baby angel too good for this world too pure. This boy is totally obsessed with a dead welsh king somebody help him. Also he totally was the mother friend in the group. And can we talk about how this boy literally made a journal/ scrap-book FOR THE AESTHETIC OF IT???? What a nerd.
  • Adam: Well wasn’t he just soft and tragic? Even though his inner struggles outright contradicted and clashed with Gansey I could still understand where he was coming from and sympathize while also getting Gensey’s side of things AND STILL LIKING BOTH BOYS. AND DAMN IF THAT ISN’T GOOD WRITING I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS.
  • Ronan: Everybody seems to reeeeally like Ronan so I am holding back strong opinions for later books, but right now my feelings on him are : he is not my favorite but the story would really miss an essential part without him. My favorite part about Ronan is in how many different ways can Maggie manage to describe his personality and still manage to not make it boring. An example:

“ What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”

Also he named a small bird Chainsaw. Yes they are all just huge nerds.

  • Noah: …Tragic nerd ghost boy. He is also a bit of a drama queen but hey you would be too is you were literally dead. (And I mean he did tell them he was dead HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE IT LIKE HOW YOU BIG BUNCH OF AFFECTIONATE LOSERS?!)

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Maybe spoilers:

The trees speaking Latin was so amazing actually. It reminded me of a cartoon I watched when I was little where rocks could talk and move but only a girl could hear them?? And she just hear their voices in her head so it was all very mystical and ancient?? The cartoon was called Animalia if you are curious. Anyway I just adored that part.

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Also quick PS: Authors? You know how ya’ll think edgy you’re edgy for using Latin words that no-one understands?…Well…*raises hand* I kinda understand them. And It Sounds RIDICULOUS. For example – Poor Professor Lupin McWolfpants – I didn’t know why him being a werewolf was so surprising since “lup” is actually the Romanian word for wolf. I end up spoiling myself for everything here.

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Spoiler spoilers (for real this time):

I saw it coming. Ok I was maybe slightly spoiled that Noah was a ghost and about his name so I pieced the rest together. And I knew that the Latin teacher was the bad guy from the start because he was really shady. The dude was a psychopath even though he missed the friend that he himself killed. Annnnd he also missed guacamole because can you be more of an asshole?? I mean yeah I understand crying after guacamole obviously (it’s soooo goood honestly) BUT DUDE YOU ARE DYING AND YOU TRIED TO KILL 2 children stop it.

But I did not see the stuff about Neeven coming…like she was plain annoying and kind of stupid but hey I understand eating hummus with crackers because you are nervous.

Also everything is ok but also not really because everyone is traumatized. Like yey we defeated the bad guys but everybody is still sad. Why do I feel like this is a reoccurring theme for Maggie’s books??

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Overall: WOW. WOW. WOW (superstitious bunch of threes because all good things come in three after all). This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. GO READ IT!! And stare at pretty Bookstagrams] pictures of the series!!

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17675462 It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Did YOU read this book (if you didn’t that’s the WRONG answer because you should)? What did YOU think of it (rabidly detailed fangiring is advised)? Would you like some pie?

LET ME KNOW.

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44 thoughts on “The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // Unimaginable Quirkiness and Massive Dorks

  1. Okay wow, late this review has had a long time coming… I spat my drink out at your hp gif btw! I think I suffer the same crisis, unfortunately, i think hp wins because there are more books but the raven cycle is up there okay, I’m a real fan okay?! Gansey is too precious and pure and wonderful for this word and I think we have to say it louder for the people in the back. If you couldn’t tell WELL I LOVE THE RAVEN BOYS OKAY!!!! Also, when are you going to read book 3 and 4 because you’re missing out on the goodness (it may even get you out of your slump)…

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    1. I knowww I’ve read this book in like June but eeeeehhhh. Who’s got the time to edit that jumbled word vomit I called a review back then APARENTLY NOT ME. I am a potato.
      I told you about my HP crissis!! But yeah in the meantime : LORD OF SHADOWS WON AND NOW THE DARK ARTIFICIES IS MY ABSOLUT FAVE SERIES OF ALL TIME.
      I need to get out of this fricking slump but since The Dream Thievs put me into a slump back in summer I’m scared book 3 will too AND I KNOW IT’S STUPID BUTTTTT.

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  2. I agree, this series is really, really well done! So much so that I actually bought the paperbacks to leave in the library at the school where I work.
    You should maybe hide now that you’ve admitted HP might no longer be your favorite, though 😉
    Stiefvater has such a way with words, and the characters here are relatable even if they are all so very different from me.
    Great review!

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    1. You’re doing an amazing job 😂!! I would’ve loved to just stumble upon these books in a library so yey for spreading the love of reading THIS IS WHOLESOME.
      I’ll just get a lifelong cake supply and hide behind my bookshelf because HP fans are coming to get me. Hopefully that won’t be necessary….hopefully.

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  3. oh gansey is my favourite then blue and then noah, adam and ronan all at once. my precious boys. i love how they’re so realistically dorky and it warms my heart whenever i see them being nerds. i loved the magic and the writing and i am kind of obsessed with this series. i love the characters more and more as the series continues and the ships are actually to die for. adam was my favourite in the first book but that quickly changed. what book are you on now? book 3? and i love the pictures, my eyeballs have been blessed. sadly i only own the first book and not the other three. the covers really are beautiful.

    i loved this review. i love your fangirling because its so relatable. i love Ronan but i agree he’s not my favourite but he is awesome just not as AWESOME as everyone else makes him out to be. this post is so pretty, the writing and graphics.

    -ilsa.

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    1. OK SO. *INHALE*

      I’m glad we’ve got some Blue appreciation because she’s definitly my one true love because 1. She dresses so quirky I FLAIL LEGIT CAN SHE TEACH ME HER WAYS LIKE I WEAR WEIRD STUFF TOO BUT I CANNOT COMPARE TO THE QUEEN and 2. Her sass gives me LIFE and 3. No romance is #relatable because who needs to kiss someone when you can idk rule the world instead priorities. Also Gansey is my second fave because he’s a soft nerd and I love soft nerds and I LIKE HOW DORKY THE BOYS ARE LIKE they look intimidating but they are actual nerds and i love that ok give me all the nerdy boys to care about. I think this series makes you obsessed it’s magic i would make all the rabid aestethics and pinterest bords for it. Adam is my 4th fave because I love my ghot boi Noah too much he’s too pure and tragic and I love ghosts.

      Haha i’m glad my rambly messes are relatable the original was even more rambly if THAT’S SOMEHOW EVEN POSSIBLE I toned it down like 20 notches and I probably used like way to many times in this comment ok. Like.

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  4. I LOVE THIS BOOK. it’s my favorite in the series! i know a lot of people find it hard to pick which boys is their favorites, but Noah is my baby! i didn’t see him being you-know-what, so when the revelation came i got c h i l l s. and it was a stormy night so the effect was VERY creepy. i agree with how amazing the writing is, as a esl person, i also find it difficult reading purple prose bc it’s too much words in expressing something and i feel attacked, but maggie’s writing is not overbearing at all! i hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the series even more ioana!

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    1. Yess all the Noah appreciation!! I love smol tragic ghost boys. And omg that seems like it was meant to be it’s like the weather decided that it needed to make the moment 110% cooler 😂. Yeah purple prose it’s bit much for me mostly because I find it ridiculous and I can’t take it seriously AT ALL. I just giggle while spacing out it’s no fun.
      I REALLY HOPE I DO!!

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  5. I loved this book! Gansey is my favourite, closely followed by every other character in the whole series 😛
    I recently read the second book and I sorta didn’t like it as much but I’ve heard the third and fourth book are SOOO good, so I am super excited to pick it up but also super nervous because I don’t want the series to end 😦
    ALTHO, I have heard that Maggie is writing a spinoff based on Roman??

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    1. Gasey is a definite fave BUT BLUE IS MY ONE TRUE LOVE. But I love everyoneeee they are all my children with varying degrees of favouritism.

      YES I AM NOT ALONE IN MY UNPOPULAR OPINION!! I’ve read and not enjoyed the second book either recently but I’ll still read the rest because all my friends are telling me it gets sooo good. I have high hopes.
      I’ve heard she’s writing more and I’m excited but Ronan is not my fave in the series sooo. But I’ll read anything Maggie writes in this world at this point I am trash.

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      1. YES. like I finished it last week and it practically killed me to get through it was so boring!!!
        BUT I have high hopes for the next book and I’m guessing because of the title it might have a LOT of blue in??
        which will be good for you because you will be reunited with your one true love!!!!

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      2. SAMEEEE. I was actually meant to be doing a read-along with a friend and I legit finished it on the last day at midnight after procrastinating so muchhh. I’m just not the biggest Ronan fan.

        I’m expecting loads of Blue. Both the colour and the girl. That’s just my only expectation: blue everywhere. Only then will I be a happy camper.

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  6. OH MY MY PRECIOUS SMOL BOYYYYSSS + BLUE!!!! I’M SO GLAD THAT YOU READ THIS BECAUSE IT’S MY FAVOURITE AND THE WHOLE BOOK IS SO SMOL AND FHGBDFHGBFJ AND OMG OMG OMG JUST WAIT AND JUST WAIT BECAUSE IT JUST GETS SO MUCH BETTER (Lol I didn’t think that it was possible after the first book!!) but omg hold on because it gets so much better and there are about 56365325687235x more feels and your heart literally just gets torn out 1000000000 times!!!!! YOU LITERALLY LOVE THE CHARACTERS MORE AND MORE UNTIL IT FRIGGING HURTS. And the writing. . . let me flail… IT’S SO BRILLIANT AND WHIMSICAL AND LOVELY AND FLUID AND CAN I JUST GOBLE IT ALL UP NOWW.W . . . . OH WAIT I ALREADY DID!!

    i hope that you continue with the series and that you really love it *threatens with knives and cake*

    GREAT REVIEW ❤

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    1. Ok suuuuper late reply SORRY I’VE BEEN BUSY TENDING TO MY DRAGON FIENDS!! also known as kinda hiatus. ups forgive me.

      I KNOWWWW I HAVE ADOPTED ALL OF THE RAVEN BOYS AND BLUE AND BLUE’S FAMILY BECAUSE WOE IS ME I CAN SAY THAT CHARACTERS OLDER THEN MY ARE MY CHILDREN SURE. Omggggg I’m not ready for the feeelssss yet plssss MY HEARTTTT.

      ummm…may i use that knife to umm…cut the cake? sure look now here’s a slice and here’s my slice and let’s just you know use the knife for good yeah… and that has nothing to do with me procrastinating Blue Lily Lily Blue lately…yeah forgeeet that happened…

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  7. AHHHHHH I can’t wait for you to read the rest of the books in this series!!!!!!!!! I am so glad you liked it. I think ‘flowery’ isn’t the best way to describe Maggie Stiefvater’s writing because it isn’t unnecessarily descriptive, only the descriptions are so meaningful and unique and tell you so much about both the character it’s describing and the character who’s perspective it’s coming from.

    You made a good point about it making sense that Blue is a bit quirky because of her family and her childhood. I love Calla and Persephone so much. I think my favorite thing about this series is that the world expands infinitely with each book, you find out so much about the characters as they slowly reveal their pasts to you. The second book is a lot more focused around Ronan so once you read it you will probably be aboard the Ronan hype train, or at least you’ll understand him.

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    1. Yesss all the goodreads reviews that talk about Maggies flowery writing don’t do it justiceee!! But I’m not sure my description of it does it justice either so I’m not the one to talk 😂. It’s so good and descriptive when it matters like small details are so important and say so much about each character.
      I looove Blue’s family. It’s a change from every single parent ever being either dead or mean or both.
      I’ve actually finished The Dream Thrives a while ago and I still don’t get the Ronan hype upsss. Am I doing something wrong??

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      1. Exactly! The parent dynamic is super interesting and Moira is such a good mother. I guess Ronan just isn’t for you? I find him interesting because he has a lot of character growth whereas some of the other characters don’t have a whole lot.

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  8. OMG I really need to read this series!! I know I say that a lot but damn! Stiefvater’s writing sounds a lot like Laini Taylor’s, which is just so beautiful and magical and just, ugh, wonderful 😍
    And I love that they’re a group of cute drama queen boys and a quirky (although not mightier than thou) girl and just, aahh my heart ❤️
    I need to give this a go soon! And amazing review, Ioana 😊

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  9. Ooh boy. And here I come with my “I read the books and liked them but didn’t love them”? I can’t help it! Maybe people raised my expectations way too much or I wasn’t in the right mood or whatever? I honestly don’t understand myself because I honestly believed I’d be raving about them as much as anyone, haha.

    In my defense though, I promised some friends – ones who LOVE these books to death – that I’d give them a reread at some point this year or next year and maybe see if it really was my brain not cooperating or.. if it’s just.. not my thing to love?

    Love your enthusiasm in this review though, haha!

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    1. Maybe hype played a part that little monster 😂. I went in with lower expectations because I saw some meh reviews actually and I think that’s why it blew my expectations away! I think this series is either the best thing ever or just meh to most people and I find that very interesting. Maybe you just have to be in a really Raven Boys mood when you read them.

      It’s ok not to like them even though some people might end up chasing you with various pointy things!!

      Thank youuu ❤!

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      1. Could be although I mostly don’t really let my expectations go over the top. I do plan on rereading them – some people just “say” that but I really AM going to do it this year. It’s one of my goals, haha.
        Exactly! The moment I feel like picking them up, I’m dropping everything else and doing just that!

        I’ll simply be ready for those pointy things. I hate it when people are on other people’s cases because they don’t like a certain book / series.. :’)

        You’re welcome!

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  10. ALSNISKDHSISN IM SORRY IM SEEING THIS SO LATE ID BEEN ON AN HIATUS AND IM STILL GETTING ROUND TO STALKING EVERYONES BLOGS. YESSSSS U FINALLY READ THIS AND IM SO HAPPY YOU DID I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. GANSEY IS MY BABY AND I LOVE HIM SO MUCH MY HEART CANT HANDLE IT. I HAVE THE LAST BOOK LEFT AND IM SO EXCITED SKDNSILAJZIS. GREAT REVIEWWWEW

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  11. That was such a lovely review, Ioana!! ❤ Your reviews are so fangirl-y, I love them! I've read The Raven Boys and I really loved the book, I hadn't continued on the series though (which isn't weird, at all, since I'm me – the person who can't commit even to books, i cry). But I really hope I will get to the second book at some point! Glad you loved the book!

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  12. I just finished reading this one at the end of last month! I absolutely loved it. The foreshadowing is done so well, and the bromance between the Raven Boys squad. It’s absolutely goals! That’s what I loved the most about it, really 😀 I also really liked Adam. He is totally my new book boyfriend ❤ The ending was like: whaaaat? I am reading book 2 at the moment!!

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    1. The bromance is goooold I’m living for all the friendship in this book!! My faves are Blue and Gansey though because I love all their quirks! And Maggie is the foreshadowing QUEEN tbh all the sass and the jokes and the twists I just love it so much

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