I can't decide if I like this series or the shiver series more but honestly they are so different it doesn't matter. I love the way Maggie makes her characters so real so honest even when there is so much of the fantastical surrounding them. If you like some supernatural in your fiction you will most likely enjoy anything she writes. I refuse to give spoilers but I love this book every time I read/ listen to it.
Amazing storytelling by an extremely talented author. The characters are incredibly well-developed. It starts a little slow... The first 3-4 chapters do a lot of setup but after that.... Fantastic.
I usually prefer print versions of books unless the narrator(s) are excellent. In this case, Will Patton does a mediocre job and I would have enjoyed the book more had I read it instead of listened to it.
Inconsistent and dragging.
Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors despite the fact that I'm not a young adult. Her words flow like poetry and her stories may not be unique ideas, but they are told in such a way to stand out from the crowd.
And while I loved the story, the narration dampened my enjoyment quite a bit. The story flowed very smoothly in first half of the book and I was thoroughly enjoying everything about it. However, at the halfway point when I switched to the second download, Mr. Patton's pace seemed to slow considerably and there were more than a few times when I wondered if the man was drunk. (As an actor, I have always enjoyed his performances, so I didn't have any hesitation when ordering this book.) I seem to be the only one to have less than glowing reviews for him, but the difference was significant enough to cause me to even write this review (which I almost never do).
If you're a Maggie Stiefvater fan, this book should not be missed. My only word of caution is the inconsistency of the narration.
The hypnotic writing. The narrator was fantastic. Like listening to Stephen King.
No, but he's great. I'll look for his narrations in the future.
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
I'd give this one 4 ley lines out of 5.
There really is a lot to say about Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys. The first thing is, I suppose, that I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Will Patton. I must say that Patton was absolutely captivating. I felt like I was listening to Stephen King, which only added to the ambiance of this book palpable book. In short, Stiefvater's writing is something akin to hypnosis. Her diction is beautiful, and practical, and I really enjoyed the rhythm to her writing. She lulls you in.
The book cover
The cover to the book is beautiful, and subtle in its simplicity. After having read the book, I realize there is more to the cover than I thought at first glance.
When I first read about this book, I got the impression that there was a strong romantic theme in the book, and while that is present, and in a way, central to the plot of this series, the book ended up being so much more. it was central to the plot, it wasn't overbearing. The plot that came forward
There is a real palpability to the ambiance. The setting is magical, the group of raven boys is mysterious, and the other psychic and witch-like characters just create a mystical world that I really enjoyed.
Blue lives with her mother, and other relatives - all psychics except for Blue. Blue, however, has another gift. She amplifies energy. This comes in handy for the psychics as they doing readings and other magical activity. When Blue is asked to go listen to the names of the dead on St. Mark's Eve, she meets a boy who hasn't died yet. She learns that this could only be possible because of one of two reasons. 1) She met her true love, or 2) she be the cause of that boy's death.
From there the plot continues to build to a boil as she meets various boys in town, and eventually this group of Aglionby boys (the Raven Boys) of which one of them is the boy that she saw in spirit. As they all come to know each other, many dark layers of the plot are revealed cleverly. The books is fairly unpredictable. There are great twists and reveals that are super satisfying. There is even a very nice twist/tease at the end of the book that I had to do some research on to make sure I understood it properly. Nicely done, Maggie.
The settings were kept to a minimum, which I liked. All were important to the plot, or to the characters. They were described luxuriously, when the flow of the story called for it, or expressly and as needed as well.
Cafes, graveyards, forests, ley lines etc., and keeping the school stuff to a minimum. I liked this approach.
The characters were great. Each one was developed in a nice flow with the story. There is a lot of internal conflict, and angst, but not in the teenager lovy dovy way. I like how the author kept that to the bare minimum. There are hidden feelings, family and supernatural conflicts, and everything inbetween.
If you like a good, character-driven story that is light on the romance, and heavy on the darker side of the supernatural, then you'll surely enjoy the magic woven into every word of The Raven Boys.
*Note: there is some language in this book.
This was an awesome book and I'm looking forward to hearing more in the series. I loved all the characters and it was narrated perfectly. I can't wait to listen to book 2.
This is really a YA book -- did not realize that when I downloaded it -- however the writing is careful and creative -- the characters are very authentic and well crafted -- and the narration is superb. Part 1 does not complete the story...