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Even though I usually post reviews at the weekend, I finished The Raven Boys a lot sooner than I thought I would originally, so this is sort of a bonus review for this week. Which is great, because it’ll be a good reading month!
So without rambling on for too long, let’s jump right in!
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series Status: The 1st in The Raven Cycle series
Number of Pages: 419
My Rating: 4/5 stars!
(Found on back cover – view different synopsis on Goodreads)
Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.
Before even going into this book I could tell just how mysterious it was going to be.
What I hadn’t expected was the paranormal/mystical elements. I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss the fact that it’s a paranormal book…but I went into the book pretty blind, so there we go. But one thing’s for sure, I LOVED the supernatural story line! I have a huge interest in ghosts and – well, all things paranormal, so it’s quite easy to see why I flew through this book so quickly.
I would normally think that paranormal stories sound unrealistic, just the sort of things you find entertaining but never actually think much further. But this book somehow managed to sound believable. I found myself wanting to discover more along with the characters, willing them to find a break through in this mysterious world they’d found.
And speaking of the characters, can I just mention how lovable they are? Oh I just want to hug them all.My favourite thing about this book was definitely the friendships. They were all so loyal, and emotional. It was quite refreshing to see a book where the guys are just as – or at times more – emotional as the women of the story. Each character has their own very strong personality, all being a bit quirky in their own way. At first, because of the amount of characters, I did find it slightly confusing to keep up with them all, thanks to them all being described at the same time. But within 100 pages I could feel myself being drawn further into the story, and was soon gripped.
There were so many times where the book became really intense, and I just couldn’t put it down. I HAD to find out what was going on. it was almost as if I had the same determination driving me as the characters themselves had. And you always know it’s a good story when you feel like you’re living it.
I’m really glad this book lived up to it’s hype, and I’ll definitely be carrying on the series!
Rated 4/5 stars!
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Did it live up to the hype?
If you haven’t read it yet, is it on your TBR?
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