WOW. Talk about information overload!! My head is still reeling and trying to capture everything that happened! I will be listening to this book again, and soon.
I was drawn into this immediately and I couldn't let go. Everything, every detail just kept coming and coming. A few times I went back and listened to a few parts when I had to quit listening, just to get my brain caught up again. Blue is such a weird name, I actually wrinkled my nose at it until I got to know her. That is when I felt it fit her. Most of the names of the Characters were so different and unique, which added so much more to their personalities. Of course we can't forget that Blue has "her Raven boys" whose personalities differ from night to day, but are all handsome and attractive in their own ways.
Maggie's writing is amazing. She is a genius when it comes to putting a story together, especially how she plots out each character and makes them so unique and part of the whole picture. She takes the supernatural world and makes it seem so normal, such an every day occurrence that I didn't even seem to notice it really couldn't happen. There are so many twists and turns, mysteries, lies, and shocking truths that unfold. I really enjoyed it. I am excited for the next installment.
Will Patton did a great job with the narration! I love it when famous actors take time to narrate books and Will did an excellent job, especially with the southern accents. I hope he narrates the next book as well!!
Many of my readers already know that I adore Maggie Steifvater’s books. Her stories are unique and her writing is witty yet poetic. The Raven Boys is no exception. I loved it and I think this is one Steifvater’s best books. It’s slow at the beginning but I wouldn’t necessarily change that. It lays some important ground work for the intense ending and the books to come. What I liked most about The Raven Boys was the originality of the story. I’ve never read/listened to anything like this before and that is one of the main reasons I highly recommend it.
I truly do not know how to summarize this story. Any attempt to describe this story does not do it justice. I will do my best with one sentence. There are some psychics, some ghosts, a murderer, a creepy mystical place, and teenagers on a supernatural quest. That’s all I can say.
The characters in The Raven Boys are deep and complex. These are not your teenage angsty, love triangle entangled, young adult fiction characters. These guys are different. Blue Sargent is the daughter of a psychic and lives with 3 other psychic women. Blue is not psychic but she has the way of amplifying energy. Gansey is a wealthy teenage boy on a mission to find something supernatural. Joining him on his quest are his 3 friends, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. Ronan is a wealthy boy gone bad. He’s reckless, edgy, and unpredictable. Adam is the poor, nice boy who’s under a lot of pressure. He’s on a scholarship at Anglionby Academy and under extreme pressure from his parents.
Each character feels real and as the reader, you feel for them. Like I said earlier, I’ve never encountered characters like these. I can’t say I loved them or related to them but I was definitely intrigued by them and I want to learn more about them.
As I said earlier, the story takes a little while to really get going. However, it lays important groundwork for the plot and develops all of the characters. Hang in there, things get really interesting about half way through and you want to stop after that. What pulled me in was the mysterious quest the group embarks on. I had never heard of lay lines or a sleeping ancient king named Glwendower and I was eager to find out more. I also felt Steifvater wrote wonderful side stories involving each of the characters. They added layers to the main plot and overall, made the story so much more substantial.
I loved it. I wish I could say more about The Raven Boys but I fear I would give away too much. The writing is beautiful. he characters are strong and well developed. The story is unlike anything else out there. The only downside to the story is it’s left very open. Something is resolved in this book but many things are not. Obviously they we will learn more in the next book but I really wanted to know more in this book. You can probably guess I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
Since I read this series back to back without time to write individual reviews, I'm summing up the whole series in one review. Lazy? Guilty as charged.
Book 1 - 3 stars. It was different and though set in real time, easily drifted into fantasy time.
Book 2 - 3 stars. Possibly the one I enjoyed most in the series. The concept of a dream thief was fascinating. Plus, loved the action.
Book 3 - 2 stars. What happened? New characters were overwhelming. Something I overlooked in the other books - dialogues that left things unsaid as well as confusing dream sequences - really irritated me in this one.
Book 4 - 2 stars (maybe 1.5). This could have been a trilogy in my opinion. This last in the series dragged. Again, why are all these new characters not fundamental to the tale of the foursome? I was hoping for lots of action to resolve the story but it lacked for me, regretfully.
Narration - 5 star across the board!
I've read raven boys more than I can count. its one of my favorite books. listening to it now, when the end is so near. when in a few short weeks I'll be holding Raven King in my hand is something magical. This story has the magic of Cabeswater, the sheer want to know more like Gansey, the tough exterior of Ronan Lynch and the quiet forgotten softness of Noah. If you are reading this wondering should I buy this then do it. you will not be disappointed
A thrilling and spooky tale. High prose mixed with common language. Blue was my favorite character, though Noah was the most spectacular and Gansey the anchor of the whole.
In preparing for the final book in the series being released I decided to reread the series by listening to all the audiobooks and I'm so glad I did.
I loved the series the first time around and it was even better on audio. It's an atmospheric and character-driven book which translated so well to this format. The narrator does a fantastic job in creating the world and developing the characters.
And then there's the brilliance that is Maggie's writing. It's beautiful and impactful with so many surprises and twists along the way. A must read for fans of Magical Realism.
This is my favorite series, young adult or any age.
I was a little worried when I saw Will Patton was doing the narration but he actually might have done the best job of any of the books I've listened to. It drives me crazy when men do women's voices but he kept it simple so it worked well.
Stiefvator created an awesome world with compelling characters and her own brand of mythology. I couldn't give it five stars because the ending was simply a setup for the next novel, which I now have to read.
I've heard this is a good book so I went in with high expectations. but I had a hard time getting into it. I'm not sure if it was the narrator who has kind of a slow voice or the writing I felt would stop and focus on unimportant points for a long time when I just wanted the story to continue. but I honestly really liked the characters. I found them likeable and interesting. and the story was alright as well. I think I will probably continue this series because I like the characters.
Likes: So much detail and everything is a little creepy. I love Will Patton. I can't wait for the new book! The story sucks you in.
Dislikes: Some of the story line isn't quite clear. When I read it the second time it made more sense.