Audio Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Audio Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle
Published by Scholastic on 09/18/2012
Genres: fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Will Patton
Source: Library

“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.

There are some books that I really love as audiobooks, but that I probably would have struggled with had I read the print version.  I’m not sure why that happens, but I think Maggie Stiefvater is an author that fits in the category – I always seem the love the books I listen to on audio, but the books I’ve read a print version I’ve been so-so about.  But, luckily, I listened to The Raven Boys, and holy cow I just freaking loved everything about this book!

It is incredibly difficult to review books that I love (a problem I’m sure I’m not the only one to struggle with), and I’ve been sitting on my thoughts for a few days now.  There are so many beautiful things The Raven Boys, from the language and the beautiful way Stiefvater writes, to the fleshed-out, intriguing characters that fill The Raven Boys, to the slow and quiet, but intriguing, way the plot progresses.

When I think back on the actual plot of The Raven Boys, it’s not a book that I would call a page-turner.  It’s not traditionally fast-paced, like Blood of My Blood, or other suspense stories.  However, I couldn’t read this story fast enough, and I had that same urge that I get when reading suspense novels, that I HAD to know what was going to happen next.

Part of that is because I loved the characters in this novel so much.  Blue is this teen girl who is the only non-psychic living in a house full of psychics.  She’s been warned since forever that if she ever kisses her true love, that boy will die.  It’s a pretty heavy thing on her shoulders, but she really isn’t obsessed by it.  It’s certainly something that worries her, of course, but there are so many other thoughts in her head.  There’s just so much to admire and like about Blue.

As for the Raven Boys – Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah – well, I’m a little bit in love with all of them.  They all have distinctive personalities in such a genuine way; Stiefvater really makes these boys come off the page.  I might love Gansey a bit more than the others, but it’s the first book, so my feels can change.  Gansey holds the group together.  He takes care of the boys, and he’s very much a leader, and these guys follow Gansey in his quest to locate Glendower.  Adam definitely has a chip on his shoulder, but it’s understandable, and sometimes I really just wanted to give him a big hug and to tell him that life gets better.  Ronan, well, he’s blunt and crass, and he NEVER runs from a fight.  He maybe even starts them sometimes.  I’m excited to get to know Ronan more in The Dream Thieves.  As for Noah, he’s just this sweet, quiet, unassuming boy, who is loved by everyone.  It’s hard to not love Noah.

Stiefvater does a wonderful job dividing time between these characters, and a few other ones.  There was never a character that I didn’t want to see what they were up to.  Even the not nice characters, or the creepy characters.  I just HAD to know more.

As I mentioned above, The Raven Boys is written in such a beautiful and magical way.  Stiefvater is able to give so much atmosphere to the story by the words she chooses and how to writes the story.  I usually don’t pay much attention to the way a book in written, but I couldn’t help it with The Raven Boys, it’s written so well.  There are a few twists, one I definitely did not see coming, and I loved that!  Truthfully, I can’t think of anything I didn’t love about The Raven Boys!


5 Responses to “Audio Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    Oh yay!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. Reading it is a little difficult as it’s not quite a page-turner, but instead one of those books that quietly draws you in until you are so deep you don’t even realize just how far in you are! I imagine hearing it being read has a similar effect. I hope you enjoy The Dream Thieves… I will say you will fall in love with the boys even more!

    Also Noah… oh I love him! 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yes, The Raven Boys draws you in, but in such a quiet way. I just wanted to spend all my time listening to it. I loved leaving for work because I could listen to it in my car, but I hated getting to work because I had to stop reading!

      I have since read The Dream Thieves and I loved it! My love for Gansey is pretty fierce. I love all the boys, of course, but Gansey, I don’t know, but I just love him. I cannot wait to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I have a copy of this that I really need to read. But, I’m thinking I may try to get an audio version since you liked it this way. I’m always a fan of well-written guy characters especially friends. I’m just hoping there isn’t a love triangle, or pentagon Thanks for the review!

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