Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal / Dark Academia
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 409 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of: conspiracy theories
Content Warnings: domestic violence (abusive father), guns, death/murder


“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.


This is one of those series that has been on my radar for years, but I really didn’t know what to expect going into it. Turns out, it is exactly my cup of tea. This book was lyrical, spooky, and mysterious. The story had a sense of otherworldly nonreality, yet it felt grounded.

I loved all the characters so much. Blue and her family of psychics were strange in the best way. The Raven Boys were so intelligent and lost and I just wanted to give them all a big hug.

The plot involves ley lines and a search for the resting place of a Welsh king who can grant wishes. It sounds bizarre, but this book blends conspiracy theories, the paranormal, and boarding school to perfection.

This book is for those who believe the world is more than meets the eye and want to uncover its secrets. I am so curious to see where this series goes.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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