Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
three close boys attending Aglionby school (referred to as the Raven boys) accompanied by a psychic’s daughter follow the search of Glendower, a deceased Welsh King… you can’t get anymore awesome than that?
It’ll make more sense when you read it, I’ll tell you that. Plus, we wouldn’t want me accidentally spoiling anything. Those are the main points, and it is really interesting, so if you haven’t already look into it!
“Is this thing safe?”
“Safe as life,” Gansey replied.
This book is very unique, to say the least.
I finished the whole 400 pages in two days! Yay for winter break!
The whole concept about Glendower and the ley lines is fascinating. The characters are PRECIOUS. Blue, Gansey, Adam and Ronan. It’s intensely intriguing reading about each of their particular worries – their struggles, ambitions, worries, and how that all spirals together.
~ the plot ~
“Fate,” Blue replied, glowering at her mother, “is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.”
I don’t know about anyone else but I found it slightly confusing. Ok, slightly is an understatement. I was rather confused at times while reading the book about the whole Ley lines and Glendower thing. Trust me though, it makes sense in the end. Eventually.
“Have you heard of the legends of sleeping kings? The legends that heroes like Llewellyn and Glendower and Arthur aren’t really dead, but are instead sleeping in tombs, waiting to be woken?”
I just loved all of the humour. This book was ridiculously funny at times and it had me laughing and laughing and all of my family members were staring at me, positive I had finally gone insane.
“”Nothing. I always wanted an eccentric daughter. I just never realised how well my evil plans were working.”
~ characters ~
Man, they… are… PRECIOUS (like I said before, but no, I’m not trying to imitate Gollum or anything here, I wish they were mine but… they’re not – Maggie Stiefvater is one lucky woman).
To start with, Blue.
“At one store, Gansey had started to pay for Blue’s potato chips and she’d snatched them away.
“I don’t want you to buy me food!” Blue said. “If you pay for it, then it’s like I’m… be—be—”
“Beholden to me?” Gansey suggested pleasantly.
“Don’t put words into my mouth.”
“It was your word.”
“You assumed it was my word. You can’t just go around assuming.”
“But that is what you meant, isn’t it?”
She scowled. “I’m done with this conversation.”
Who wouldn’t like a sixteen year old “very sensible” girl with spiky black hair, dresses the shades of every colour in the rainbow, and who is humorous without really trying. Like with the whole Butternut thing oh my goodness gracious me I was in hysterics… inside joke to all those who have read this book 😉 read it to be apart of it!
Ronan was quite a difficult character for me to understand at first. And as you read on, it gets more and more obvious and then… the last line of the book… you’re all confused again.
“Ronan kept staring at Whelk. He was good at staring. There was something about his stare that took something from the other person.”
Gansey definitely develops considerably throughout the book. I feel like we learn a lot more about his personal life more than the others because it is his quest that is binding the team together and so therefore he has a bit more significance in that respect.
As I plunged my way through the book I found myself skipping from liking to disliking him, again and again. It was only a matter of understanding him. Trust me guys, he isn’t all jerk. Maybe not at all.
Adam I found the most likeable of all the Raven boys. He wasn’t so obnoxious or rich so he valued things more, and naturally, I preferred that. He was quiet compared to Gansey’s loud, but did hold his own opinions as well, and held his ground firmly. Who wouldn’t like him?
Spoiler>I found myself disliking him by the end of the book. It was just so selfish how he took Gansey’s car and just went and practically ruined a lot of things, and how he was so heartless over Whelk’s death, even though it may be thought as justice<
Noah… out of all of the characters, you find the most out of Noah, and get the biggest surprise. If you’re going to start reading this book, I suggest keeping an eye out for him. Don’t go all Sherlock though or you might end up spoiling it for yourself.
~ the writing ~
Three words: I. Loved. It. The end 🙂
There wasn’t too much descriptions and I loved how, like Leigh Bardugo in Shadow and Bone, with just a few words she managed to set the scenes and cast the air. Really lovely.
Anyways… WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE ENDING?! The suspense…
Who is your favourite character of the gang? I think Blue… no, Gansey…no, Adam…no, Ronan…no, Noah…no…
…I’ll see you guys in my next post! Speak soon!