Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bookanistas: The Raven Boys

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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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.

This book, you guys. THIS BOOK.

So, you may recall that I was wary about Maggie Stiefvater's last book The Scorpio Races and that I even put it down. It took lots of convincing for me to pick it back up again, but in the end I loved the crap out of it. After that I decided to just TRUST Maggie. If she was going to write about emo shapeshifting wolves or magical killer horses from the sea or whatever the heck this book was going to be about, I was just going to go with it and know that she is going to take me on a wild ride I was going to love.

I was right to trust her. I didn't even bother reading what this book was about. I just jumped in head first and loved every single second.

I don't even know what to say about The Raven Boys. I loved it so, so much. The story, the characters, the writing, all of it. It was different and amazing and I wanted to live in this magical world and never come out.

Just read it. Trust Maggie like I do. She won't steer you wrong. I promise.

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  1. Just realized I have more to say about this than I could tweet. I was actually a reluctant reader of the first Maggie Stiefvater books I read: When I read SHIVER, I more or less liked it, but did not plan on continuing with the series. I'm so glad I did. I loved the additional perspectives in LINGER and FOREVER (I'd found reading only about Grace and Sam a little dull), and really admired her writing. By the end of the series, I was entirely invested, and convinced that I'd pick up her future books. Despite my general lack of interest in horses, I was thoroughly blown away by THE SCORPIO RACES, and now count Maggie Stiefvater among the YA authors whose work I most admire. So, I'm glad you loved THE RAVEN BOYS; I'm super excited to read it.

  2. I picked up The Scorpio Races audiobook on a whim from the library and was AMAZED. The characters, the setting, the words... I even made November Cakes after I finished the story, just because I didn't want it to end.

    Needless to say, I am thoroughly in the "Trust Maggie" camp. Glad to hear I won't be disappointed with The Raven Boys.

  3. I loved this book, too. Even with the fantasy world the characters are in, they seemed so REAL and complex. I really enjoyed this book.

  4. OMG...I am so clueless as to what's out in the book world lately, that I had no clue that Maggie had another book out! I will have to look into this.

    I was also blah about The Scorpio Races until I got towards the end of it.

  5. Super excited to read this one! I'm actually in almost the same camp as Sarah above. I read SHIVER and mostly liked it but felt it was just okay. I didn't think I would finish the trilogy and haven't, though I'm considering picking it up again.

    So when THE SCORPIO RACES came out, it barely made a blip on my radar despite being about killer horses from the sea (and I love horses and horse stories) because I hadn't been that into SHIVER. But through one thing and another Sarah and Erin Bowman convinced me to read it and now it's one of my favorite books in recent years - maybe ever. I LOVE IT SO MUCH, and like you, I now just TRUST Maggie. Can't wait to read Raven Boys and am so glad to hear you loved it! (I think my copy has shipped. Fingers crossed I get it over the weekend! :D)

  6. I'm halfway through FOREVER. You've convinced me to stay in the Maggie Groove and go SCORPIO RACES next.

  7. Yep, Maggie has yet to let me down either. I have THE RAVEN BOYS (signed!) waiting for me in my mailbox when I get home... Can't wait to read it. And, it's the YA Book Club pick for October, so it'll be fun to "discuss" next month. :) Great review, Jess. As always, you've totally made me desperate to pick up a book!

  8. I have been wanting to get my hands on this book since I read Scorpio Races and now I just "have to" read it for YA Book Club! Can't wait! Thanks for the review!