Quick Thoughts: “The Raven Boys”

“The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle#1)” by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


  •  Yay for second chances! I’m glad I gave Stiefvater another chance. I enjoyed this way more than Shiver.
  • I love the blend of a contemporary story with a bit of a mystery with the paranormal/fantastical elements. They never feel out of place. It feels so normal.
  • Hooray for no insta-love. I’m still not sure if we’re headed towards a love triangle though.
  • The characters felt pretty well rounded. Each of them had their own baggage and you could understand why. They felt like real people.
  • It was a good story. I kept wanting to read more.

The bottom line? Great read. I’m waiting for my hold on the second book!


12 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “The Raven Boys”

  1. I am delighted to report no love triangle. The Raven Boys is better than Shiver by orders of magnitude — in a way it’s awesome, because it shows how Maggie Stiefvater has improved as a writer over the course of her career. Yay for that! Plus, no love triangle. Do not fear a love triangle, for there is none. It might very briefly in The Dream Thieves seem like there’s going to be a love triangle, but there is not.

  2. Shiver doesn’t sound like a book I’d enjoy, but I thought this book was great and The Scorpio Races was even better. I’d recommend it when you finish this series 🙂

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