The Raven Boys- Book Review
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
This book is so beautifully written I can hardly stand it.
It’s about magic- the kind of magic we find in our world, with psychics and ley lines and history and buried welsh kings.
Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah are Raven boys- the kind of boys that Blue has always hated. But these boys are special, something more. Gansey is searching for a long lost king, using the ley lines that exist through-out the world to do it. It combines history and magic in a way that is believable yet unimaginable.
Blue comes from a family of psychics, but she is not psychic- she is more like a battery, amplifying the psychic abilities of others. Blue becomes entangled in the web that is these Raven boys, and joins in on their search for Glendower, the long lost Welsh king that Gansey has spent a good part of his life searching for.
In their quest they find Cabeswater, where the trees speak Latin. They are not the only ones searching for Glendower- or at least, they aren’t the only ones who want to wake the ley line that he sleeps on.
We start off the story with Blue knowing that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Then on the ghost walk, she sees Gansey, which means that he is either her true love, or she kills him. That starts off the the story, bringing Blue into the lives of these Raven Boys.
Even though the plot is beyond brilliant, the characters are what really make this book shine.
We have Blue- practical, clever, sarcastic, and the only non-psychic on 300 fox way. All of the psychics on 300 fox way- Maura, Persephone, Calla, Jimi, Orla, even Neeve are all so unique and clever. I love the relationship that Blue has with Maura, Persephone, and Calla, and that the 3 psychics have with each other.
Then we have the Raven Boys- Gansey, their fearless leader. Ronan, a snake, viscous and unapologetic. Adam, broken and sweet, always feeling like he has to prove himself. Noah, smudgy and kind, with a tragic history. Even the settings seemed to have personality- the orange Camaro, Cabeswater, 300 fox way, Monmouth Manufacturing. It was all so distinct, and added so much to the story.
I loved everything about this book, honestly. The mysterious magic of the world, the creative settings, the beautiful characters.
My favorite thing was probably the writing, though- it is so elegantly written- the first time I read them I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the writing to life.
Here are some of my favorite quotes, because I am not over the writing of this book. And the dialogue. The dialogue was gold, let me tell you.
“April days in Henrietta were quite often fair, tender things, coaxing sleeping trees to bud and love-mad ladybugs to beat against the windowpanes”
“Ronan said ‘I’m always straight’. Adam replied. ‘Oh man, that’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told’”.
“Gansey had a sense of incredible rightness, then, with everyone assembled in the pig. Like Blue, not the ley line, was the missing piece he’d been needing all these years, like the search for Glendower wasn’t truly underway until she was part of it”
Literally everyone should read this book, please and thank you!