Thursday, May 30, 2013

3 stars: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle series, #1) by Maggie Steifvater

"'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."

Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press. I listened to the audio format of this book.

Hmm. This was a hard one to rate, because if it was a standalone, I would have rated it lower, but since it's part of a series, I feel like I can't. Let me explain. Since I was listening to the audio book, I thought that my zoning out had to do with me being too engrossed in other things. The thing is, I listen to audio books a lot and that's not normal. I figured that one reason was because there were too many irrelevant parts; a lot could have been edited out. During the book and especially at the end, I was left really confused. At first, I attributed this to zoning out too much. In fact, I wasn't going to review the book here at all, because I thought I missed too much and hadn't followed the story at all. I looked up spoiler reviews on Goodreads and found that I didn't miss anything. The book just had way too many unexplained things throughout it. One of the last sentences in the book made absolutely no sense, but the spoiler posts all said "what did that mean?" YAY, I didn't miss anything and I'm not losing my mind! 

I did get sucked into the story right away though and I did like the characters, which were developed. Everything about the book was good except for all the things that were unexplained and random (plus all the stuff that could have been edited out). I really do want to know what will happen next, because I'm hoping that will explain all the unanswered questions. The thing is, I don't know if I'll be interested enough to read it after having such a confusing experience with this book. It is definitely a unique story though and I loved how magic and psychic powers played a part (you know me and that sort of thing!).

1 comment:

  1. Look I finally remembered to chime in! I'm such a slacker.

    Anyway, for me this book took forever to get going and until then, I didn't care, wasn't interested. I only kept reading because it's Maggie and I know she's a good author (on a side note, she has 2 Faerie books that I like, and I hate most faerie books) so I kept going. By the end, I was totally sucked in and I'm excited for the next book, but for the first 1/2 to 3/4 it was hard for me to keep going.