The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Thursday, May 26th 2016

I read this book Read from September 15 to 17, 2015

Maggie Stiefvater is an amazingly talented force to be reckoned it. She’s an mother, young adult author, musician, artist and car hobbyist. You can always find  Stiefvater telling her fans words of encouragement about life decisions within the realm of career choices, education, passion, hobbies, music, food, or just words of encouragement for those who just admire her and the character she has created. I am not different. I admire Stiefvater for her passion, her story of how she became an author, and of course for the confidence of how she approaches life. I brought up the qualities of the author because those are the qualities you’ll find in her writing and so much more, very much more. The way that Stiefvater writes can summarized as symbolism,foreshadowing, and oh I should of seen that coming!  realization when you ignore all the literary writing devices Stiefvater uses to develop her character as well as build her worlds. I first was introduced to Stiefvater’s writing via way of The Wolves of Mercy Falls, a series about werewolf in Minnesota, who change into humans only during the warm climate. This series was extremely hard to read since I began reading it during the long winter of North Dakota. The weather is extremely more harsh if not more brass than what was written in fictional world of Mercy Falls of Minnesota. I didn’t find myself attached to many characters in that series expect for Cole St. Claire, which is why Sinner is my favorite book from the series.
However this is not the case when reading Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys Cycle series,  I found myself in love with not one of the characters but love all of them. How can you not fall in love with Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, and Noah.

The prologue sets the tone for not only the entire book but for the entire series, like I said before Stiefvater is a magician when it comes to foreshadowing,world building, and creating characters. If you aren’t sure you’ll enjoy The Raven Boys, I challenge you to read the prologue or the first chapter and see if you’re not hooked from the first word, especially when you meet Blue.

There were only two rules Blue Sargent needs to live her by:

1) If she kisses her true love, he will die.

2) Stay away from Aglionby Academy boys, they’re nothing but trouble

Blue is a fierce 17 year old female protagonist of the The Rave Cycle series who I could relate to. No I can’t relate to the fact that she lives in a 300 Fox Way with her mother Maura Sargent, and her two best friends Calla, and Persephone, along with an older cousin Orla, along with her aunt Jimi. Okay, maybe I can relate to living in a home filled with women with an interloping family tree connection to me. I can even relate to living in a home with magical powers since Blue is the only person in the home who is not psychic, although she is not without her abilities since Blue is an amplifier for those who need a sort of supernatural bass line.
The reason why I connect so strongly with Blue is short only standing 5’0 dressing in what is described as a compact mix match of compact self designed clothing with her athletic figure sporting a black spiky hair, styled carefully pulled back with a melted of eccentric hair accessories. Blue creates most of her clothing. When I was in high school I bought most of my clothes from the local thrift shop, in a very small town. My biggest fear was someone recognizing a recently bought thrift shop find as their own donation. Thus I started to alter my clothes to make sure they were unrecognizable.  Thus why I relate to such a wonderful well written sarcastic, independent yet sensible young woman.

I though this book was going to focus on Blue & Gansey clear romantic tension however when they return to to Cabeswater to find the truth about one of their friends this book turned itself from romance to horror, adventure, suspense and down right haunting. This novel is just amazing and I can’t imagine someone not enjoy how sensible these adventures are. Each character has their own personality in which we are given ample time to get to not just know them but understand the reasoning behind each course of action that they take on. As much as I love the Raven Boys as a collective group my favorite male character in the first book is Noah. As time goes on I can tell I am going to slowly get my heart stole between each and ever boy in the group. I really hope you take the time to read this amazing first book of the series. I hope my encouraging words might inspire you to pick up the series. If not here are some of my favorite quotes from the book!

Sidenote: WIll Paton is the narrator for the entire series. If you can’t stay still long enough to read this book, which I completely understand trust me, I double encourage you to listen to the audiobook because his voice is amazing. If I could fall in love with someone from simply hearing their voice this is the voice to fall in love with. This man could read my car manual and I would hang off of ever word ever uttered from his lips.

“Blue. My name’s Blue Sargent.’

‘Blair?’

‘Blue.’

‘Blaize?’

Blue sighed. ‘Jane”

Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

“My words are unerring tools of

destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

“Is this thing safe?”

“Safe as life,” Gansey replied.”

Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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