Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

theravenboysName: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Daniela’s Rating: 5+ stars!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniela’s review

This is the FOURTH time I’ve read this book and let me tell you, I think it was a good decision to read it again, because I think I understood more of it the second time. Let’s see…

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

The first book of The Raven Cycle introduces you to five teenagers searching for something. There’s Blue, the daughter of a psychic, the girl who can’t kiss the boy she likes, afraid she might kill him, and the Raven Boys: Gansey, a rich, passionate and dedicated explorer searching to find something amazing; Adam, an ambitious boy who will do anything to get things on his own way and time; Ronan, the rich and careless but loyal boy; and Noah, the quiet and smudgy friend. They are all searching for something magical in a magical town called Henrietta. The four boys have known each other for a while now, and they’re all a part of that exploration Gansey’s in, but everything becomes clearer and even more possible when Blue appears. But they’re not the only ones interested in the magic and the possibilities that exists in Henrietta.

The first time I read this book I thought it was a bit complicated, because there were so many points of view, but you just have to give yourself time to know whose POV it is, because they’re all so well presented. And, besides that, the characters were real, they felt real and they were interesting, and so different from each other. Each of the main characters have their own way to see the world and they all give something important to their investigation, I don’t think the story would be the same without one of them.

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

Blue is an odd girl, she doesn’t have her mother’s psychic qualities, but she has a magical side of her that she’ll get to understand better in time. I liked her, she’s sassy, she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her, she’s strong and smart and sweet.

Gansey… Gansey’s my favorite character. He’s so passionate and intense and so dedicated… But he’s also loyal to his friends, and sweet and he cares so much to what happens to them. He’s always intrigued by the world and he just wants to give something to the thing that gave him everything he has, and by that I don’t mean his money and the material stuff. I can’t tell you how much I love him. I love him. I love him. I love him. Forever, always. He’s curious about everything and everyone and his heart calls out to me. I can’t resist him.

Then there’s Adam.. he’s stubborn. He’s one of the most stubborn characters I’ve read. But he’s also ambitious, he wants to get out of that hell whole he’s living, but in his own terms. Ronan on the other hand, couldn’t care less where he ends up. Only it has to be in any place other than where his brother is. He’s a good friend to Gansey, he cares about him and their friendship, even though he won’t say it out loud. And then there’s Noah. You just have to love him. He was a huge surprise for me.

The story is incredible, the characters are awesome. I loved it, even when it is a little slow paced… It’s great! The magic is something completely different. It’s all bout the energy and you can feel it. I felt it. Every time I’ve read this book, I feel this deep need to go to Cabeswater, to find a place like this with a potential like this and a magic like this. I could picture everything they did and every place they went, because it’s so detailed and beautiful, it’s pretty easy to picture it. The story behind the characters is so interesting and exciting and you can’t help but feel you’re part of it. This is an amazing story. It’s full of twists that will keep you reading and reading until you finish the book and it’s full of magic and possibilities, and that made me happy. Anything can happen in Henrietta.

 I want to know what’s going to happen to all of them.



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