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.The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on September 18, 2012
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“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?