Maggie Stiefvater

My Review: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

“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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of theShiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Review:

Among the many talents Maggie Stiefvater has, the one I believe she excels at the most, is how she captures the setting in her novels. She has this uncanny ability of making the reader experience all five of their senses, as they pour through her books - and THE RAVEN BOYS did not disappoint.

She also draws such animated characters, each one having a reason to be included. And I thoroughly enjoyed the various POV's she told the story through - something we're used to seeing from Stiefvater.

I was fascinated by the premise of the book around the ley lines and the quest the boys are on. And I was particularly absorbed in Blue's story - what a strange upbringing, what with her clairvoyant family - which was written in way that makes it seem so normal.

And then there's the twist - oh, the twist! I wasn't expecting that at all - and it's well worth reading this one to find out what it is, I promise.

I have been a long time fan of Maggie's books - from how vivid she wrote the scene in the candy shop, in SHIVER, to how nom-tastic the November Cakes seemed in THE SCORPIO RACES - and I'm for sure on board to take the journey with THE RAVEN BOYS, wherever they'll go next.

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The YA Book Club is hosted by the greatness that is Tracey Neithercott, from over at Words On Paper. For the month of October, readers selected The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, as this month's read.

And the more, the merrier! If you'd like to partake in reviewing this month's selection - or jumping on board in the future - you can find all the details here: YA Book Club.

My Review: LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater


LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maggie Stiefvater's LINGER does a solid job picking up, where SHIVER left off. We're already quite familiar with Sam and Grace - our hero and heroine from the first story - and understand the deep complexities their relationship is up against, as they struggle to remain together. We're also familiar with the snarky personality of Isabel - who personally, has completely grown on me with her sharp mind and even sharper tongue. But in LINGER, Stiefvater steps her writing up a notch, with the introduction of a fourth character - Cole - one of the newly transformed werewolves to grace the pack of Mercy Falls...who also happens to be just the right amount of sick and twisted, to give Isabel a run for her money.

The addition of the banter between Isabel and Cole, pushed the writing for me - and I found myself flipping forward to see where and when, they would come in next. I loved these two characters together - not that I wasn't still enamored with our two MC's- but they offered the all exciting "chase" aspects of a new relationship, back to a story where the main love interests already know they love each other.

Stiefvater also does an excellent job weaving in a tangle of emotion, pain, and complexity with each and every character- so much so, that I found myself really disliking her parents for suddenly wanting to "parent". The anguish between Sam and how he deals with what is happening to Grace, is heartbreaking to read - especially after everything they went through in SHIVER to be together. With that being said, I have no doubts Ms. Stiefvater will make things right in FOREVER - the third installment of the series.

Net/net - I found the beginning a little bit slow - but that's only because I compared it to what I experienced with SHIVER and how I was immediately involved, right off the bat. However, it didn't take long for the story to pick up to the point, that I wanted to sit and finish it all. Stiefvater's ability to paint such a vivid picture - making me feel as if I was in the room with either of the two couples, at various points throughout the story - completely picked up from that same talent in SHIVER. She does an excellent job in nailing the teen persona - particularly with the boys- making the story and characters 100% believable.

I thoroughly enjoyed LINGER and am definitely looking forward to FOREVER. 4 stars for me on this one.

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