Review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 4.0/5 Stars
“‘Is this thing safe?‘
‘Safe as life,‘ Gansey replied.“
I am incredibly glad I chose to read this series next! This book was so much MORE than I had expected and I wasn’t even sure what to expect to begin with. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.
Psychics, ley lines, Welsh kings and enchanted forests? Never mind some of the most multifaceted and emotionally investing characters I’ve come across recently. I assumed this would end up being a story about a girl falling head over heels with a boy she was forbade to get involved with. Hah. Silly me.
This book was incredibly engrossing and I constantly found myself wondering at the foreshadowing and vague bits of information dropped here and there. There is a big reveal about one of the characters that I assumed was the case from the beginning, but their involvement in the overall plot was lost to me until the moment it became clear.
I also really enjoyed how this book was clearly set up to span multiple books. I feel as though, even as this book ends (fantastically, mind you), the story is still on an upward climb to a momentous reveal.
Lastly, the ending! I found my heart thudding out of my chest at the end of this. What the heck just happened? 😱 I don’t want to spoil this for anyone (who am I kidding, I’m late to the party here), but when Gansey says things are changing . . . well honey, things have changed. Now we just have to determine how.