Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Chapters synopsis: Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps  beneath the hills until he’s needed. The first person to find him  will be granted a wish-either by seeing him open his eyes, or by  cutting out his heart.

Gansey has it all-family money, a car, time for extracurriculars  and friends-but he’s always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He  thinks he’s found one, too, or at least the area where one might  be: in the town of Henrietta, Virginia. And the best way to be  there is to attend the prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys.

Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia,  but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true  love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys…but it may be  that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe  even love.

What a disappointment. This book had the coolest premise and started off brilliantly.  Yet, with every turn of the page, I became less and less interested.  This was my second attempt to read the book. Back in July, I gave up on this book after a couple of chapters.  After continually hearing about how fabulous it is, I figured I must have missed something and picked it up again.  Unfortunately, I remain one of the few that just don’t understand the high praise!  I really pushed myself to finish this time and struggled to make it halfway through. With so many books on my to-read list, I am officially giving up.  I found the shifts in narration confusing, the amount of back and forth between history lesson and actual story annoying, the plot dull, and the writing style too descriptive (ultimately affecting the pacing of the story).  Most of the time, I struggled to piece everything together and understand what exactly was going on.

Overall, I remain one of the few that hoped for more. Although I didn’t enjoy The Raven Boys, this book was highly praised and received many starred reviews including, Publishers Weekly that raved, “It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.” Booklist praised-“[T]he book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels, it is also a marvel of imagination and, more prosaically, structure. Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy/mystery rises to the level of serious literature, leaving readers hungering for more.” Therefore, I still urge you to pick up Raven Boys and let me know what you think!

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