We all have books that we read solely for pleasure, I never used to write reviews for those books (I know, I know, terrible person) but now it feels ingrained so here is a really quick review of The Raven Boys.
“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.
What I liked
The plot of the book was really interesting, I found the ley lines and the story behind the hunt for Glendower fascinating.
Enjoyed the magical realism, it had a good enough mix of the unexplainable and the real world, but it was easy to envision everything that was happening.
The characters were interesting, I liked the boys cameraderie and how they were always there for each other even when they couldn’t stand each other.
What I didn’t like
That the blurb was so misleading, and that it finished with too many unanswered questions (I know it’s part of a series but for me just a little too much).
I was expecting quite a fast paced book but it was quite slow.
When Gansey had seen the Nazca Lines for himself, massive and strange and symmetrical, he’d known that he wouldn’t be able to give up until he found Glendower. The scale of the lines was what had struck him first – hundreds upon hundreds of feet of curious drawings in the middle of the desert. He’d been stunned by the precision, faultless in their symmetry. And the last thing to hit him, right in his gut, was the emotional impact, a mysterious, raw ache that wouldn’t go away. Gansey felt like he couldn’t survive not knowing if the lines meant something.