Monday, October 29, 2012

YA Book Club: The Raven Boys

It's time for another meeting of the YA Book Club, hosted by Tracey Neithercott! This month we are discussing The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

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.

I talked about my love for this book in my Bookanistas review back when it first came out. It wasn't so much a review as it was a plea for any of you doubters out there to just TRUST MAGGIE STIEFVATER and know that whatever she writes about is going to be awesome, no matter how wacky and out there the plot seems like it might be. 

Even now I'm finding it hard to say something specific about this book. It just grabbed me from the beginning and it didn't let go. It's just...these characters, you guys. They are so REAL. They are so COMPLICATED. I feel like they could walk off the page and into my house and I'm not totally sure I would want to hang out with them, but I'm pretty sure I'd want make out with at least Gansey and Ronan. Maybe Adam, I don't know. Possibly Noah. 

So, this next part is a little spoilerish, so continue at your own risk if you haven't read this book yet. Just warning you.

Ok, so I was concerned when, after reading the plot description here and assuming that Gansey and Blue would sort of fall for each other right away, and then it's actually Adam who is interested in Blue and they're the ones who start dating or whatever. For a little tiny second I was all, "UGH, love triangle. Bahhh." But then I remembered my own advice. TRUST MAGGIE. I know she's not going to give us some trite love triangle. I mean look at these three characters. Look at what happens to them through the course of this book! This is not going to be a lame "who do I choooooose?" I just know it. And then, after (okay, this part is for sure a spoiler, so stop reading, people who haven't read the book...for real) they see the visions of the future, when Blue and Gansey are so desperately in love, my heart is already aching for them, and I am dying to know how they end up there. Especially given how we leave them at the end of this book. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? I MUST KNOW!

You guys know me. All this awesome magic and mystery and I'm all please tell me more about the romance, nowwwwww. I'm so predictable. 

I hate that this is going to be a four-book series, only because I need to know how this is all going to play out, and I need to know now. It's obviously going to be a slow-burn, which is awesome but also a total tease for the likes of me. 

Who else read The Raven Boys? What did you think of it? (And be sure to stop by Tracey's blog to visit all the other YA Book Club posts today)


  1. Haven't read it (yet) but I'm adding it to my goodreads!! It sounds really good! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I had the same response to the Blue/Gansey glimpses. I can't wait to see how that all plays out! I'm big on Gansey, I mostly like Adam (but sometimes want to smack him upside the head), and I think Ronan is a bit scary but totally hilarious. These guys were fleshed out so well that I found myself thinking about them and missing them when the book was done--as though they were real people that I actually know. I loved the atmosphere, they way Maggie Stiefvater has with words, the slowly unfolding and yet not all boring story. :)

  3. I'm also really curious how they end up there, but after what Adam did in the woods I'm glad she'll end up in love with Gansey, though I don't want him to die. I really liked Adam, but toward the end (without being spoilery, I'm talking about after that thing that happened at his house) when he was so ungrateful and mean to Gansey and then with what he did in the woods, I don't know. I mean, I feel for the kid. But at the same time, he's very much not favorite Raven Boy.

  4. I normally hate love triangles of any variety, but this slow-building one I loved. How do they get there? I must know!
    You're right; we need to TRUST MAGGIE. :)

  5. I'm with you and Jaime on the Blue/Gansey thing... It hasn't happened yet (not even close!), but I'm still totally invested in whatever their romance has to offer down the road. I'm certainly looking forward to the explanation of all the mystery/paranormal aspects of this world, but mostly I just need some romantic resolution!

  6. I'm so glad it's not a typical love triangle, because how sick is everybody of those? And I actually love the slow burn-ness of it--I lovelovelove build-up and tension and I know when the resolution comes it's going to be sooo good because of it :) I need more Gansey in my life now!

  7. I agree that the love triangle in The Raven Boys was definitely not trite. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a love triangle written in such a unique way. I'm with you on wanting to find out how Blue actually ends up with her "true love", assuming the predictions about that actually do pan out. Who knows right?

    I didn't realize this was going to be a four book series. It makes me happy to hear there will be three more books to read and at the same time it's torture knowing we'll have to wait such a long time to have all our questions answered!

  8. I'm sure that as a fellow teacher, you can understand this: the teenage girl who will always be a part of my brain and wants to make out with characters from YA is in competition with the teacher part of my brain who sees sad, broken characters like these boys (or the boys from FNL) and just wants to help them and fix them and be their guidance counselor or something (ok, I just want to be Tami Taylor. Don't we all?) Anyway, I'm sure you are familiar with this phenomenon. The Raven Boys trigger it all up the wazoo. They are amazing.

  9. I just started this book last week--only one chapter in. I know once I get farther I won't be able to put it down. Also, somehow I missed this book club and most of the writers I follow are in it. I'll be participating next month for sure!

  10. Ha, when I finished last night the two flashback/vison tree scenes were definitely burned in my brain and I thought... I bet this was a takeaway for Jessica, too. ;-) Like you, I'm dying to know how they get there. I've never read Stiefvater and I am a fan. How could I not be? So hooked. I bet we get to wait a year before the next one comes out!? *SIGH*