Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Read: February 2018
It took me forever to get through this book, almost all of February. I wasn’t really into it. This series is really hyped from everybody who has read it. I think that the series as a whole is what people love and I know that everyone, that I’ve seen, prefers the last two books.
Because of all the hype I was expecting a lot more from this book. I wanted to love it and get into this series. The synopsis had me interested and everything that I had heard about it drew me in. I don’t really know why I didn’t like this. Really. I feel like it is something I would have loved if I had read it when I was younger. This book feels more Middle Grade (especially with the giant font lol) than Young Adult, even with the slightly more mature topics that show up in this novel. I’ve been trying to read some more Middle Grade lately, but I haven’t been able to really get into it as much I wanted to. So, that might have something to do with it. But maybe as the series goes on and things start happening, I may end up liking it more than I liked this one.
I don’t usually read paranormal or supernatural books. It’s not my favorite genre. But, I didn’t mind those elements and the way it was done in The Raven Boys. Even though it is the main component and it is present throughout the entire book, I felt like it wasn’t in your face about the paranormal and it wasn’t really extreme. I may have just had incorrect expectations of what a paranormal/supernatural book would be like and so I thought that The Raven Boys was pretty toned down. Which turned out to be something that I liked. But then they started finding clues and things that connect to their hunt. And things got crazy. Which made me take the story a little more seriously.
I did really like all of the characters. This story mainly revolves around Blue and what happens after she meets a group of boys, the Raven Boys, who attend a school nearby. I liked Blue’s individual character and how quirky she was. Each Raven Boy had their own definitive traits and things that made them good characters. I can’t decide if I like one over the others. I like how this book really focuses on the characters and the relationships being made. Usually I enjoy plot-driven novels more, but the characters in The Raven Boys were unique and funny and charming and that’s what made me want to continue reading. The idea of this book and the plot drew me in, but the characters hooked me.
I do own the second book, The Dream Thieves. Although I didn’t love The Raven Boys, I am still going to give the sequel a try. I still have hope that I am going to enjoy reading these books as the series goes on. I really want to.