Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 18th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Source: Purchased
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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

I bought the first two books from this series at a book sale, and so I had doubt’s about whether I should read it or not. But then, twitter people were all like READ IT, MARYAM. YOU’LL LOVE IT. READ IT. So I finally did, and I have to admit, I LOVE IT. Whoever has this book in your TBR, move it up to the very top. Like NOW.

There was the main character, Blue. I was totally in love with her name, I wanted to change my name to Blue. HAHA. But I was on #TeamBlueandGansey since the start of the book, when Gansey and Blue were both introduced. Even when it was said that Can set was about to die, I was just there like NOPE. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. But anyway, Blue. She’s the only non-seer in her family, but for some unknown reason, she makes everything louder. Or makes the seers more powerful. Which is quite cool, because as much as it is quite shitty to not have any powers, she does realize that people NEED her.

I loved how she was so adventurous, and her flaw was that she did not think of the consequences beforehand, and that’s what I love about her. She just plunges head first into a mission, adventure, no matter how dangerous it was. And then there were the Raven boys. Gansey, Adam, and Ronan. I shall make this clear: I disliked Adam since the very beginning. I think it had something to do with the fact that his poorness was always THERE. Like, I always get annoyed by his point of view, because he likes to use his lack of wealth to make himself the pitiful one, and that kinda made me go all EURGH.

I lovelovelove Gansey though. *twirls around the room* He had this air of a wise old man. But there are times when he would let down his guard, and that perfect facade just drops away. RONAN TOO. Ronan is the self-proclaimed jerk in the team. He loves to curse, pick fights 24/7 and he’s super blunt. You will love him for his mean attitude, trust me.

As for the romance aspect of this book, there isn’t really that much. I guess it’s because the main focus was on the ley lines and rituals that were going on. But. I was totally absorbed into this book. I had no idea how interested I was in reading about magic. SO YES, THE NEXT BOOK. Luckily, I already have it. *rubs hands together*

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