Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Carla's Thoughts - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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.

Being a book about a girl that comes from a family of psychic’s, well you can bet there is a plethora of insanely kooky quirky ladies, which is the best kind of plethora (unless there is a plethora of hot boys, which there is. I KNOW WHY ARE YOU EVEN READING THIS REVIEW AND NOT THE BOOK).  And if you think you won’t invest all of your hopes into this one eccentric girl by the name of Blue, well, you would be right, because the name of the game is The Raven Boys.

The Raven Boys – a list

Gansey – his bank is full of old money but his heart is full of wonder and hope. His head is all full up with welsh myths and sleeping kings. He thinks and searches for the meaning of things that might not have a meaning at all. His words are sharper and cut deeper than a knife ever could.

Ronan – deceptively intuitive and cunning to the point of evil. He’s a puzzle missing a vital piece, except it’s there if you look hard enough or have enough courage to believe.

Adam – charmingly crumpled in the intense way only a boy desperately wanting acceptance can be. Heartbreakingly broken yet seeming complete.

Noah – shadowlike; you know he’s there but you don’t always see him. Quiet and unassuming but a key player in the riddle.

This book well and truly hits the ground running in the most delicious of ways; it burns bright and fast to catch your attention but it’s the long slow burn that keeps you captivated. The intrigue mixed with Stiefvater’s trademark luscious writing is a recipe for total utter win. And her writing really shines in this one; from her quiet observations to her amazingly atmospheric prose, never a page or a line went by without me bowing down to her undeniable skill as a storyteller.

And there we have it. The story is overflowing with magic and myths and wonder, and even though by the last page you’re still unsure where the path will take you, you feel safe in the knowledge that Stiefavter will be there to show you the way.

Me trying to coherently talk about anything that Stiefvater writes is kind of like trying to clutch handfuls of water.  It’s MESSY. Because all the words fight each other to get out of my head and into my fingers. And in the war of the words, the three that fight the hardest are READ THIS BOOK. And I really hope that you do.

28 comments:

  1. Stunning review, Carla. The slow burn in The Raven Boys was one of the things I loved the most about it, and ahh, the magic feel was just gorgeous and mind-blowing and like, everything good <3

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    1. thanks iffath! amirite or what? the slow burn gets me each and every time!

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  2. you had me at "amazingly atmospheric prose." THAT is what got to me the most in The Scorpio Races, and a chance to experience that again? YES PLEASE.

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    1. I have yet to read the scorpio races....I know I know! I'm a bad bad fan, must read that soon.

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  3. WHY AM I READING THIS REVIEW AND NOT THE BOOK. Good question indeed ;-)

    "his bank is full of old money but his heart is full of wonder and hope. His head is all full up with welsh myths and sleeping kings. He thinks and searches for the meaning of things that might not have a meaning at all. His words are sharper and cut deeper than a knife ever could."

    FRICKEN YESSSS.

    Carla you are back with a kickass review and I MISSED YOU SO MUCH WAHHH.

    But you and Jen are Team Awesome, that's all.

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    1. you totally make me blush. THANK YOU. you definitely need to read it so we can talk about it please and thanks miss april.

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  4. Great review!! Though, I've read a lot of mixed reviews of this book, so I might have to get it from the library. Still -- what a gorgeous cover! And the synopsis sounds great!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I think you should definitely read it.....and supporting your local library is a good enough reason to right? what have you got to loose?

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  5. I feel like The Raven Boys totally captivated me while I wasn't paying attention or something. It started a little slow for me but by the end I couldn't put it down and now I want ALL THE BOOKS. I'm totally intrigued, and blown away, by Maggie's way of taking something randomish and turning it into a totally fantastic story. You're review is super!

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    1. RIGHT? it totally sneaks up on you like a thief in the night!! I get what you mean about it being a slow burner but I always feel that way with first books in a series, especially when there is such an array of characters and such an intricate plot line to lay the foundations of. and thank you! (honestly, how amazing was it...ahhhh!!!!)

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  6. So happy you are back in the blogging chair. XO. We share the love for all things Maggie Stiefvater. This book is no exception. Loved it and now I'm trying to find ley lines near me... crazy right?

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    1. aww jen you make me glad that i decided to come back. fo realz you do. omg really? I might have to do that myself, especially since I live perilously close to the welsh border....

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  7. I'm so, so happy you're back to reviewing, Carla! Because OMG this review is great and you nailed it. The book was incredible.

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    1. I'm so so happy I'm back because of comments like THIS. thank you my lovely. and it's nice to be able to gush over maggies books again tbh.

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  8. So reading your review has made me want to go back & finish this book. For whatever reason, I lost interest in it about half way through. I was trying so hard to cling to the story, but my mind went else where. This breaks my heart SO MUCH because I adore Maggie's writing.

    You have such a beautifully convincing way with words, Carla. You really do.

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    1. thanks G! oh how I have missed your comments! and yes! you should pick it back up....it's a tricky one because it's only the last 100 pages or so that well and truly sold me. it's a slow burner alright, but the payoff is pretty damn spectacular.

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  9. "Me trying to coherently talk about anything that Stiefvater writes is kind of like trying to clutch handfuls of water. It’s MESSY." - OH I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

    It seems like I have read somewhere this one has a cliffhanger ending. I absolutely freak out over cliffhangers, which is why I haven't read the Delirium books or the Mara Dyer books (don't hit me JEN.) - so is there a cliffhanger? I'm kind of scared! Otherwise, YES I want to read it because it is Maggie and she could write the alphabet in sidewalk chalk on a road and make it sound lovely.

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    1. oh man, cliffhangers make me RAGE something fierce. Like actually want to PUSH someone off a cliff for making me WAIT SO EFFIN LONG WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE. but yeah, sometimes they're good and tantalising and make the wait worth it, which is kind of how i felt when i finished this one. the good kind of cliffhanger.

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  10. Oh man... SO. EXCITED. TO. READ. THIS. I was fortunate enough to listen to Maggie speak at the National Bookfest in DC on Saturday and she is just amazing. After listening to her funny, engaging talk I just want to devour every single one of her books!

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    1. isn't she just amazing? I met her in new york last year and I won't bore you with the details of how I completely lost my shit, and listening to her talk is probably one of the highlights of my bookish life. fo realz.

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  11. Maggie Stiefvater rocks my socks off! She is AMAZING.

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    1. LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS COMMENT.

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  12. I. Loved. This. Book. A lot of people have said it took them a while to get into or they read it slower than usually would read and I did too but it was more because I really SAVORED this one. The words were just so beautiful and eerie, I highlighted more passages than I ever have in a book! I adore the boys so much it freaking hurts. I can't stop thinking about them!!!

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