(EN) Review: Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Posted november 27, 2018 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Young Adult / 4 Comments

I finally caved in and read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. However, I have literally NO idea what I have actually read. Therefore, this review will be very short.

(EN) Review: Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Boys #1
Pages: 409
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18, 2012
ISBN: 0545424925

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

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

So I started with the audiobook. However, I really disliked the narrator and didn’t understand the story, so I switched to ebook. The reading went more smoothly, but the story is something I still don’t understand.

Maybe it is Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style, but mostly it is the story itself and the huge amount of psychic terms. I am absolutely not familiar with the whole psychic and witchy thing, so I really have no clue wat a lay line is for example. I still don’t know since there is literally NO explanation in the story, not even in the context. This is my biggest concern with the book, because I really couldn’t understand anything. Of course I could have googled it, but in my opinion authors should make such vocabulary clear in the book itself.

Besides all this, I still didn’t understand Glandover and what the characters were up to and doing. In a nutshell, the whole point of the story. Maybe it’s all connected to the main issue: the lack of understanding of the psychic world and therefore the very poor world building. The English language was absolutely not the problem in this case. Well, I read the book, but I can’t say anything about it. I regret my ebook purchase and will most likely NOT read the rest of the series.

Could you please explain this entire book to me?


4 responses to “(EN) Review: Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

  1. I can explain the entire book to you and some of the words probably. The problem you may get with reading books like this which rely on knowledge of say magic, paranormal stuff is the author may make the assumption that the reader will be able to figure out what a lay line is. As well as the other terms, BUT not everyone is able to just know what these things mean or piece it together. Yet it could have helped if you had looked up ley line I think still.

    ley line. noun. One of various supposed alignments of ancient monuments and prehistoric sites in straight lines, believed by some to indicate paths of positive energy inherent in the Earth. Origin of ley line.

    In this case, it’s used to reference a point where magic is stronger, and more unusual things happen I suppose. Where ley lines overlap causes more power and strength typically in magic etc.

    In terms of the book, Blue is the only non psychic person in her family. INSTEAD she’s what’s known as an amplifier this means, she aplifies her families magic and abilities as well as other things which are magic/witchy related.

    Gansey is on the mission to uncover the mystery of Glandover and erm… *searches brain cause she read this book a good 3-4years ago* he wants to find where Glandover is I think if I’m remembering correctly, Blue joins him and the other boys on this search which is mostly what that book is around I think. DOn’t quote me on this…still.

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