Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)


Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Those were the words of Blue Sargant’s aunt on a cold night in spring while the two were waiting for the dead to make their way past the churchyard. Usually, Blue can’t see them, but she does see this one. From then on, Blue is thrust into a mystery with the privileged Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy.

While the story starts out from Blue’s POV, it shifts to a third-party omniscient style which is necessary given the many characters we get to know, particularly the raven boys. Gansey is searching for a dead Welsh king, Adam wants a better life than the one he has, Ronan’s anger hides a dark park and Noah, a secretive member who holds a much bigger secret than I had anticipated. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with their extremely complicated relationship. Their good-hearted jokes and concerns for each other was heart-warming. The strongest part of the book was the relationship between these boys. But Adam and Noah are my favourite of the Raven Boys from a landslide. And I don’t think that will change. I also guessed what was going on with Noah because of Tumblr but it was still a shock to read and watch it unfold. It makes it even more interesting reading it again, now that we know the truth.

There were multiple mysterious going on, all at one, which were a bewildering to keep track of since there’s so many characters and plot lines to keep track of. The second half of the book is much better than the first. But I liked the consistent humour Steifvater has in this novel and her way of describing some things were quite nice.

Everything about this plot was decent for me until that whole “kissing your true love will kill him” thing. While the reason why these boys were searching for this dead Welsh king was so slow, I was still invested in that part of the plot.(While I have to admit, the last 25% of the book was what got be hooked and the reason why I didn’t DNF the series) But the kissing your true love thing lost me. Maybe it’s because my tastes in books have changed a lot in the past years but I just wasn’t interested at all in that part of the plot. I know a big critique of this series is Steifvater’s overloaded writing style. But if I’m honest with you, I liked it. Steifvater has a great world here, it’s a shame the plot and some of the characters didn’t grip me as much.


4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

  1. I liked her writing style in this book too. I didn’t mind the slow build up because the writing was good. I didn’t mind the whole kissing your true love bit because it seem like a twist on fairytales to me and I like how that bit works out in the last book.

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  2. I have heard so many mixed reviews on this series: it’s kind of why I’ve been putting off reading them. I know I will one day, because I’m too curious not to, but I’m reluctant because of all of what my blogger friends have to say about this series.
    Would you recommend?

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    1. I would definitely recommend it! I wasn’t too sure of the start of this book but towards the end it was interesting enough to know that I would want to continue the series. The reason I started reading it was because of all the book edits I saw of it on tumblr and I just couldn’t understand what the series was about.


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