Saturday, May 18, 2013

Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Boys

This is my first post about a book. I hate to call it a "book review" because, as I may have implied, I'm not here to criticize people's writing styles. I am just here to share my love of reading and books with the world. 

Let me preface this by saying that this is not the first book I have read by Maggie. I have also read The Wolves of Mercy Falls  series, The Scorpio Races, and I have Lament on my Kindle waiting for me. 

Wow. I just finished and ill have to look up the date for the next one. It's funny though the Characters in The Raven Boys are all very similar to the ones that Stiefvater writes in The Wolves of Mercy Falls. If you'd didn't like them then you probably won't like The Raven Boys. 

To sum it up, the story is set in Henrietta, Virginia and is about 4 boys from an Ivy League Prep School, Blue who is the daughter of a physic, Blue's Mother and Aunts, a Latin teacher, and a very strange Physic named Neeve. Blue befriends the boys after a tarot reading that her mother and aunts do for them. 
They are in search of an Old Welsh King whose body is said to be in slumber until someone wakes him. The one who wakes him will be granted a great favor. And each of the characters have different reasons for wanting to find him. 

It's a great story. It's part mystery, part supernatural, part paranormal, part young adult (ya), with just a hint of romance and quite a bit of family drama. 

At first I wasn't sure that I would like this new series, even though I did enjoy what I've read of her other books. I was a bit skeptical about all of the paranormal, but it ended up being both realistic and relatable. 

I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It has enough suspense to keep you reading and the love story isn't so mushy that it's pathetic. The love story is actually very relatable. You can see the good and the bad in both of Blues possible love interest. 

Speaking of, this story is told from several different POVs, or point of views, it could be confusing to follow if you are not used to that style of rising.  

Overall I give this book 5 Stars. 
I justify that by saying it was a compelling story that kept my attention, was well written  and relatable. 

I will most assuredly be keeping an eye out for Dream of Thieves.