The Raven Boys is the first installment of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Circle series. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. I was trough it within a couple of days because it was so exciting!
At first, I was really sceptical because the narrator Will Patton has this raspy, whispering voice that gave the story a haunted, mysterious feeling from the start. I really thought it was kind of ridiculous to force the story into such a setting, but as the story went on, I realized that this narrator was the best they could have given the job to.
I loved how the story unraveled, that it was not predictable. There was always something fascination to find for Blue and her Raven Boys. The places, the stories and the mysterious people they meet, it all adds up to a wonderful but dangerous place, full of myths and secrets. I loved how Stiefvater created magical places without having to describe their importance and their history. I just knew from what the characters saw that these were places I would have loved to visit, just to have smelled the air around them.
The characters were extremely intriguing even though I didn’t understand a few of them at the beginning. Ronan was one of the characters who really annoyed me in the beginning but he grew on me throughout the story, because I saw what a kind of guy he truly was.
I could so relate to Gansey and Adam in so many ways, especially at the end (don’t want to spoiler you guys ;)). Let’s just say something happened that was kid of predictable, and yet unpredictable, that let me cry and hate certain characters even more than before. That was where the story really got me involved so much that I couldn’t stand to wait any longer to finish the whole thing.
But not only that incident but many before gave me the shivers and my heart was racing. Small sentences. A turn of the head, a nod, a gaze, staying too long on their object of interest. It was just… real. That’s what I loved most about it. It wasn’t just the sparks of romance here and there, but the whole interaction between the characters that really got me.
But why ‘only’ four ribbons then? Well….
The thing is, I didn’t understand what the hunt of the Raven Boys was even about, of why they were searching for it in the first place. I mean Gansey, yes. The others, no. That confused me a lot in the beginning. And also, I have to say that even though I devoured this piece of literature, in retrospect, I feel like there didn’t happen much at all. I didn’T mind that a lot but I guess I want to stay objective.
So if you are the reader who likes plot-driven books, keep that in mind.
And as always, put this book on your TBR pile, it won’t disappoint.