The Raven Boys Review

My rating: 4/5 ✩ Goodreads rating: 4.06/5 ✩

Synopsis (as shown on Goodreads):

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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.

They were always walking away from him. But he never seemed able to walk away from them.

My thoughts:

The beginning of “The Raven Boys” is particularly intriguing. The first chapters can feel a bit overwhelming, but the writer does her best to smooth the transitions between the character’s POVs, and she succeeds. The story has a perfect pace, and the subplots are equally interesting. What really gets you invested though, are the characters. The main character, Blue, is very sensible and one of the most likeable YA female protagonists I have encountered. The four boys are complex, three-dimensional characters, each one having to battle his own demons. Overall The Raven Boys is what feels like the foundation, in which will be build a very interesting story. It doesn’t really give any answers, as much as it creates ones, which I(I assume) will be answered on the next books.

This book is for you if you like…

  • Psychics, ghosts, rich boys and private schools.
  • A paranormal hunt.
  • A story without insta love!

This book is not for you if you don’t like…

  • A large cast.
  • Multiple POVs.
  • The word “Okay” spelled as “OK”. (maybe that’s just a pet peeve of mine though)

– Katherine.

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