|Title: The Raven Boys|
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Year / Pages: 2012 / 409
According to my maths (or better yet, according to the date on my last post), I haven't posted a review since May (!!!) and I can't even explain why but maybe I haven't read good books and the ones I did read, I almost gave up on them (I'm talking about you, "Slammed" by Colleen Hoover, oh yes I am!) or maybe I was just lazy. But I'm baaaaaack!
And I'm back with a bang. Or "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater, to be more exact. Everyone and their mother seems to have read this book and everyone is talking about it and raving about it. Going into this book I knew it dealed with magic and supernatural and stuff like that, which I'm not very fond of, I got to be honest, but there was so much hype and so much "you gotta read this!!!!!" that there I went and got the book.
And...yeah, okay. I don't get the hype.
This book tells us the story of Blue Sargent, who lives with her mum and her aunts (or her mum's friends??? I didn't understand a lot of this book) and they are psychics. Blue is the only one who doesn't have the gift of seeing things although she does amplify them for everyone. Then there are these 4 boys, the Raven Boys, who want to find a ley line (some sort of energy source thingie) and obviously they are going to meet and cross paths!
But Cat, you may ask, what was your problem with this book? And I can't even really tell you. On one hand, I feel like it was so discriptive, there were sooooo many discriptions and I was kind of like 'yeah, okay, okay' and moving on from them (that I might have lost some important discriptions) and I love to read and I like a good amount of discriptive but it was too much. I have heard people saying that it gets better with time, but the beginning was honestly the part I liked the most.
Obviously, then you get into the plot and it's interesting and I read this book until the end but... I kind of felt that I knew everything ahead of time??? (cough Noah cough).
And then, what about Glendower? And who is Blue's father? And wasn't somebody supposed to die from a kiss?
There were so many questions and NO answers!!!
I did like the characters. I loved Blue and how she bickered with Gansey (Team Blue+Gansey... Glue?? Bansey???), I really liked Adam and I even liked the nutjob that is Ronan. I adored the girls at 300 Fox Way, but it just... I couldn't relate with anyone??? I wouldn't defend any of these characters to death.
Maybe I just had too many expectations about this book because of the hype (which reminds me why I never read anything when it's too hyped) or maybe it's not really my genre. However, I still want to read the next book and find if I like it more than the first. I'll let you know then.
(Also someone should turn The Raven Boys into a tv show because that would be super kickass, really!).
My quote of the book is:
"Blue tried not to look at Gansey's boat shoes; she felt better about him as a person if she pretended he wasn't wearing them."