‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater [Book Review]

My wonderful reading month continues! Today I finished my 7th book of August, and for the 2017 Reading Challenge, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book (and series) had been on my TBR for a few years, but after hearing the author speak at YALC in 2016, and my friend Alice sing its praises, it bumped considerably up the pile. I was not disappointed.

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Released: 2012
Pages: 454
Category: #39 The first book in a series you haven’t read before
Rating: 7/10

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

The first book in The Raven Cycle follows Blue, the daughter of a psychic and surrounded by mystical women. For Blue’s entire life a prophecy has has been haunting her: if she were to ever kiss her true love, he would die. Cue the entrance of the Raven Boys; rich and mysterious guys from the local private school. Blue’s life may well be about to change forever.

The novel is beautifully and mesmerisingly well written. Maggie Stiefvater possesses a true talent at creating atmospheric situations. The characters are wonderfully individual and the pacing is perfect. Given that it is the first in a four book series, there is a lot of world-building within this volume, but there is also a sufficient amount of action.

Prior to beginning this book I had heard character comparisons with the Marauders (Harry Potter). This unnerved me somewhat as I am not one to endorse fanfiction, I’d rather stay within the realms of canon (shocking I know, given my fervent love of all things fantasy). However, it is a book within its own right (and has nothing to do with fanfiction) but I can see the parallels between the Raven Boys and James, Sirius, Remus and Peter, and quite frankly that is a great thing!

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