Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
I decided to read this book because I really liked the blurb, I was curious as to how the author would make Blue fall in love with a boy who is oh so wrong and having been told she would kill him with a kiss, what would make Blue kiss him if it would mean his death? While that story line is present, it isn't the central plot at all. This book is about a quest to find the Welsh king Glendower who disappeared when he was about to be captured by the English, having fought for his people's freedom. Legends say that Glendower didn't really die but is in eternal slumber waiting for someone to wake him. Whoever finds him and wakes him shall be granted a wish.
Gansey is the leader of the pack, keeping them together. He has all the money he could ever spend in his lifetime which makes him quick to offer money to others callous as to what they would feel about it. He offended Blue this way when they first met. Adam, on the other hand, is studying in Aglionby only because of a partial scholarship. He's serious, studious, and I think, because of his situation, he is sometimes overly sensitive to any help that Gansey offers. Ronan looks the part of a bad boy, with his tattoo and shaved head, and he acts the part too, not attending classes, fighting and swearing. Only Gansey can keep him under control. Noah's story is a big reveal which I have to keep a secret because it's a good one. Each character has his or her own story and the blurb is Blue's, these stories are what kept my interest and made me finish the book because I found the pacing frustratingly slow. I was particularly impatient reading the first few chapters waiting for Blue and Gansey to finally meet. In the end, it was the full of surprises cast that made The Raven Boys a two star book instead of a lone star book for me. I even loved secondary characters Calla and Persephone, some of the women/psychics who live in the same house as Blue's.
The Raven Boys was an okay book for me. If you don't mind the sluggish pace and it wasn't the book blurb that made you want to read it, borrow it from a friend or from the library!