The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The hype for The Raven King made me interested in the Raven Cycle, so I got the first book in the series: The Raven Boys! Here's what I think about it!With this hype around The Raven King, and my best friend loving this book, I thought it was about time I’d start reading The Raven Cycle. So I placed my first Book Depository order of The Raven Boys and waited very impatiently for it to be delivered! Although I was a bit sceptic about thinks like the names of characters, I liked it a whole lot!

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love. Her family traded in predictions. These predictions tended, however, to run towards the nonspecific. Things like: Something terrible will happen to you today. It might involve the number six. Or: Money is coming. Open your hand for it. Or: You have a big decision and it will not make itself.”

The hype for The Raven King made me interested in the Raven Cycle, so I got the first book in the series: The Raven Boys! Here's what I think about it!


All her life, Blue has been told she’ll kill her true love if she’s kisses him. One night, she sees Gansey’s spirit on corpse road. She knows there’s only one reason why: he’s either her true love – or she has killed him.


The Raven Boys started off quite slowly. I remember being somewhere around chapter twenty and I was like “Damn! Finally!” I’m not saying the start of the book was bad in any way, though! I really liked it! Physics and tarot cards and all that kind of stuff are so cool! Like, I didn’t know how much I actually liked it until I read The Raven Boys.

When I was thinking about getting the book, I was quite annoyed by the names. I mean, Gansey, Persephone? Yikes. A reviewer actually said they were “horse names”, which made me laugh a little too much. But in the end, I actually like them! And I really like the characters. I love Blue and her family. Blue seems like the kind of person I could be friends with. And the Raven Boys… I love Gansey. He’s this rich prick, but at the same time, he cares so much about his friends. He might be condescending to some characters in the book, but I don’t see it. I wish I had a friend like him! Adam sometimes annoyed me a bit, and Ronan is still such a mystery, but I love them as characters. And Noah… Oh, my god. I love him. (And also: PLOT TWIST! OMG!)

There were so many plot twists in this book and they all worked out perfectly. Oh my god, this book literally has the best plot twist! I’m still in shock. I don’t think a plot twist ever had such an impact on me emotionally. The very end (as in the last chapter) confused me a bit. Especially that last sentence. I just can’t figure it out. I’m still like “Whaaaat?!”

I really love Maggie’s writing. The way she’s describes things just makes the book magical. Also, I’m sure my vocabulary grew a fair bit by reading this book. I’d never use words like “condescending” (I didn’t even know how to spell it!) but now I finally know what it means, hahah! Although her writing is really good, it sometimes put me off a bit. Something would be happening and I would be utterly lost, like I didn’t even know what exactly was happening. Luckily, you don’t have to understand every single word in the book to understand the story.

My review of The Raven Boys including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.

The hype for The Raven King made me interested in the Raven Cycle, so I got the first book in the series: The Raven Boys! Here's what I think about it!

My Rating

I loved The Raven Boys. The characters are amazing and the plot twists are incredible! I’m giving it 4/5 because sometimes they writing just put me off and confused me.

About The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys is book one in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. You can find the book on Goodreads and purchase it on Book Depository!*

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  • Nadia

    I see your writting style getting better and better!! Your blog looks real professional and it’s really cool!

    I did love the Raven Boys yes!! I got it from the library and bought the sequel at the bookstore a few months back. Just one problem. I’M NOT FEELING THE SECOND BOOK!!! It’s more about Ronan, which I though was really cool, but things get so complicated and weird! It’s more about dreams and everything which is really cool but it goes off so slowely…

    well, maybe I should give it another try soon! I’m in this big reading slumb after the second book of Lockwood&Co. aka my favorite serie ever, so I want need a book as good as that one!

    But, back to the point, really good review! Keep up the good work!!

    • Ayla

      Thank you so much! <3

      I'm really curious about the second book, so hopefully I'll read it soon! I didn't like Ronan all that much, but I'm interested to see where the series is going to go.

      Lockwood&Co. doesn't really seem to be my thing and my TBR is still super long, but I might give it a try sometime! Maybe you should try reading A Thousand Pieces Of You! It's nothing like Lockwood&Co, but it's one of my all time favourites!

  • Abbygale

    I am currently reading this book! I’m like on page 40+ or something. I’m having a hard time remembering their names right now but I’m sure it will all come together once I’m like in the middle of the book. I’m excited to continue the series!

    • Ayla

      It was a little diffract for me at first too, but you’ll get it! The beginning wasn’t as strong as the middle and the end of the book.

      Enjoy reading The Raven Boys! 🙂

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