Book Review: The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater

Reread: October 25, 2017
I cannot stress enough how much I love this series. The prose alone would earn my eternal adoration, the plot only adds to it and turns me into a puddle of love and feelings.

To expand on this: details. details. details. There are so many little things that are added in that make the scenes so much more real. Nothing is simple in this book, and- this being a reread- I’m absolutely floored by all of the foreshadowing.

Characters? I can’t believe how real they were to me. Blue and her ‘family’ stand out, with their dynamic relationships and various quirks. Each woman had her own personality and (most of them, at least), never felt like side characters. The named people who attended/affiliated with Aglionby- all of them had a purpose. No one was there for kicks, and if it didn’t seem like they’d be important? Ha, no. You must not have read a Stiefvater book before. EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT. PAY ATTENTION.

And then die inside because howwww is this so incredible and will my writing ever look like that?

A word about the blurb: no, this is not paranormal romance. Paranormal it is, yes, but the romance is very little and not too important to the main plot. If there was a love story to be featured, it’d be a love story between a boy and a dead Welsh king. And Blue isn’t a useless female lead, destined to be swept into a relationship with some guy who throws up red flags all over the place:

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

Blue is an incredible protagonist, trying to defy her fate, trying to avoid getting tangled up in Aglionby affairs, trying to make her own way in a world that consistently tries to influence her one way or the other. She is unapologetically herself, and- spoiler- isn’t about to change anytime soon.

Richard “Dick” Gansey III (please, for the love of all that is good, his name is Gansey) is a mother hen obsessed with finding his Welsh king and keeping his ducklings- Ronan, Adam, and Noah- in line. Ronan and Adam are simultaneously foils for themselves as well as each other (is that proper use of the English term? Help?) and I adooooore that. Noah is Noah, and “smudgy” is the perfect descriptive word for him.

I could, quite honestly, go on forever about this series. It’s aesthetically gorgeous, it’s plot is incredibly unique, it’s… yeah, well, you get the point. Fangirling to the max. If you haven’t read anything by Maggie Stiefvater, get thee to the library and find. this. book. Do yourself the favor.

Any favorite Stiefvater books? The Raven King was probably mine! Also, if you’re as big a fan as I am and are in the general Illinois region, come see her on November 15th in Champaign-Urbana

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