Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Read in: 2 days
First things first, I'd like to state that my rating might not be accurate. A lot of reviews I've read hyped up this book in all its glory and I just didn't find it ... glorious. Also, my expectations were really high after reading and LOVING Maggie Stiefvater's trilogy, The Wolves of Mercy Falls.
The Raven Boys revolves around a guy named Gansey and his ever-determined search for a man named Glendower. On his search, he is joined by two - make that three of his best friends that attend private school with him: Adam, Ronan, and Noah. (The emblem of the school is a raven. Woah. Would ya' look at that? I wonder how they came up with the title...) On their search, the boys decide to consult a psychic. Enter Blue. A daughter, niece, roommate, and observer of psychics. She, herself, isn't psychic, but this all changes on St. Mark's Eve when she sees and communicates with a "ghost". The "ghost" she sees belongs to Gansey, someone who is still alive; meaning either she's his true love, or his murderer.
The Raven Boys is told in a sort of third/first person point of view. That wasn't consistent and made me extremely confused! I loved Blue, the some-what main character, however, her personality was NOT consistent, either. One minute she's shy and collected, and the next she's this sassy, "I don't have to put up with you" kind of gal. It clashed. It just did. Sorry. The relationship, while I loved, felt too ... forced. Last but certainly, CERTAINLY not least was the rushing! I felt like I was being pushed through the book! Now, don't get me wrong; I really love books that jump into the action, but NOT when I have to reread and ANALYZE pages just to understand what the heck is going on. What was supposed to be the climax ended up being a little bump in the road!
Overall, The Raven Boys just didn't live up to all the hype. For me, there were a few good scenes sprinkled here and there, but there was no Big Bang - no climax - no pizazz - no "Woah. Did that just happen?" moment. I felt as if I was being rushed into the madness, into the magic, into the relationships, and into the characters. As a result, I was kind of JUST reading, I wasn't really feeling. Sorry, guys, but I think I'm gonna advise that you pass this one up.