Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Hi Munchworms!

IMG_0750The fourth and last book I was able to read during the Make Me Read It Read-a-thon was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Honestly, I’ve read so many things about The Raven Cycle ever since I started my blog and became ashamed of saying I hadn’t read those books yet. Obviously, I had to put them on my poll!

Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.

But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.

This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

This is the year she will fall in love.

After having many people raving about these books, it’s only fair to say that my expectations weren’t exactly of the low kind. On the contrary.
And I think that, unfortunately, this backfired a bit on The Raven Boys.

I enjoyed the story; I really did. But it felt like it was too slow-paced. When thinking of the book now, I’m imagining getting a piece of a puzzle every couple of chapters. You keep trying to fit them all together, but for some reason it feels as if you’re getting pieces of different puzzles that will never fit.
By the end of The Raven Boys, I didn’t get the “Aha!”-moment I was suspecting. Instead I’m left with a whole bunch of puzzle pieces that have no place to go.
Let’s just say I’m in desperate need of some closure that I didn’t get and even though there are sequels, surely there could’ve been a little less questions to end the story with, no?

When it comes to the characters, I liked them all! They each have their distinct characteristics, their own voices, principles and way of handling things.
I’ve tried to pick a favorite when it comes to the raven boys themselves, and I keep ending up with Noah. For some reason, he tugged at my heart strings in a way the others weren’t capable of.

Because of all my leftover puzzle pieces, I’m going to give this book 4 / 5.

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I really did enjoy it, but I would’ve liked to have a little less puzzle pieces left before diving into the next book; especially since it’ll be a while before I can read the sequel and I feel like I’ll have forgotten half of the puzzle pieces by then…

When it comes to the munches, I cannot forget about the guacamole! So here goes, nacho’s with some delicious homemade guacamole.
And, yes I’m saying it, it was delicious!

Kathy

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I paid full-price for this book. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not compensated for this in any way.

18 thoughts on “Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Kathy, your munches always make me hungry. Now I really want chips and guacamole! lol.

    I enjoyed The Raven Boys for the atmosphere and I really need to read the rest of the series. I’m thinking that we’re now at the time of year that would be perfect to read more, so I may pick up my copy of The Dream Thieves soon.

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  2. I totally agree on the puzzle pieces front. This is one series that I really needed to read the books close together to get the full picture. And it was definitely worth it, but it is a pretty big time investment all at once.

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    1. I’m still eyeing the sequels, haha. I wanted to pick them up this month, but my new books are calling my name just that little bit louder and ugh.. I don’t want to force myself to read them either since that’ll definitely turn out the wrong way. :’)

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    2. Absolutely – forcing yourself to read them will definitely not help you to like them… I really sympathize. There are always way too many good books for the amount of time that you have to read them! Good luck!

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  3. I felt the same way about the first book! I actually gave up on it and then tried again a year later. For some reason, the second time I loved it haha and the rest of the series just gets better!

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    1. I need more comments like this, haha. I just finished Stars Above and am contemplating whether I’ll stuck to my Sequel September-TBR or just throw it out the window.. I bought to many books during my trip and now those look so much more interesting than the sequels on my TBR.. Struggles!

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  4. The Raven Cycle is one of my favorite series. I had to buy all the books in hardback too because the covers are so darn gorgeous. I’ll be interested to hear what you think when you get to read the rest of them. 🙂

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    1. They’re on my TBR for this month, but for some reason I can’t find the motivation to actually start reading them.. I’m blaming it on all the books I’ve bought lately; those look just a little tad more temping to start, haha.

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