Book Thoughts: The Raven Boys

Series: The Raven Cycle
Published by: Scholastic
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 408
Source: paperback, bought
Rating: ✬✬✬

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Favorite Quote

“As Adam stared at his lap, penitent, he mused that there was something musical about Ronan when he swore a careful and loving precision to the way he fit the words together, a black-painted poetry. It was far less hateful sounding than when he didn’t swear.”


Oh man. The Raven Boys was definitely an interesting story. The only word I think describes this book best is the word “weird”. I don’t know why but the only thing I could think was “omg this book is so weirddddd….” I thought the book had a very slow start. The synopsis also doesn’t do a good job explaining what the book is about. The synopsis almost seems to focus on love and relationships and neither are really present in the story.

I thought the writing was meh but also confusing and choppy. There were a few times I had to reread a paragraph or two several times and even then I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Not only that but there were some sentences that are repetitive wording, which got sooo old. For example “The water was clear, clear, clear.” The water is clear. We get it. No need to tell us two more times.

There is a “romance” in the story but I found it to be incredibly dull and boring. There was literally no chemistry. It was like “Hey you’re cute… let’s hold hands and no really talk too much.” *eye roll*.

I wasn’t super into the character in the beginning either. I didn’t start to really like them until may page 130 maybe a little sooner. I don’t what it was but they started to grow on me. I really love Gansey. He tries so hard to be there for his friends and to take care of them. Ronan was my next favorite. There’s something about his character that just oozes anger and I could feel it coming off him through the pages.

After the characters started growing on me, the story started to grow on me. Some exciting plot twists started happening. However, I wasn’t sold on the ending. I don’t think the ending was really planned out too well. Something happens to a character that changes them in a way, and the other characters are just like “lol whatever” and then the book ends. I am interested in seeing where the story goes, but I’m not dying to. So I may eventually rent the books from the library. Not 100% yet.

Have you read the series? Thoughts?


4 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: The Raven Boys”

  1. I haven’t read this book yet and I feel like the ONLY person who hasn’t! I know it’s so hyped up and it kind of makes me nervous to read it because I feel like it’s never going to live up to my expectations! Great review though 💖


  2. Lovely review! I really love this series, but it took me a bit of time to really fall in love with it. The beginning is indeed slow and the story and writing and overall atmosphere takes quite a bit of getting used to. I’m glad to hear the characters and story started to grow on you towards the end though – I hope you’ll want to give the other books another chance. The second one is the best for me, so I hope you’ll like it 🙂


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