Bookreview of The Raven Boys
“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater is the first book in a magical series about ancient welsh kings, spirit paths, psychics and teenagers from different layers in society.
Blue is stuck in small town Henrietta with the house full of female psychic family members. She tries her best to stand out in school, as she is the only non-psychic in the house. She only has two rules; stay away from boys and especially stay away from Aglionby boys. The latter being the private school for extremely rich boys with big cars and big egos. A prophecy have always said that Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the first book in the raven cycle. I saw it everywhere on #Bookstagram and thought it looked cool. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the books too, so I caved in and bought the whole series.
This first book, although aimed at teens or young(-er) adults, didn’t disappoint me. The main character, Blue, seems wellrounded and sensible without being a stereotype of ‘sensible girls’. The setting is smalltown with a lot of history and it works with the plot.
I enjoyed the easiness of the language as it made it very uncomplicated to read. The characters of the boys are not really there for me, but I’m guessing they will come to their right in the following books, so I’ll have to wait and see.
I specifically enjoyed reading about Blue’s home and the life she has with her psychic aunts and cousins etc. It centers the main theme of the series without being too dramatic, as they are ‘everyday-witches’. The women are different from each other and even though they do encompass certain stereotypical features, they show a wide range of emotional life, which I applaud.
Blue being introduced to the Aglionby boys seemed to be very inevitable, so in that sense it wasn’t at all surprising that it happened. I don’t really have much else to say about “The Raven Boys” other than the fact that it seems like a great Young Adult fiction read. It has a supernatural mystery vibe to it, like mixing ghost stories and paranoia with stories from The Famous Five.
Have you read The Raven Cycle yet? What do you think of books like this, where teenagers go on mysterious adventures? Leave me a comment below and let me hear your opinion!
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