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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater || Book Review

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Publication: Scholastic Press
No. of Pages: 408
Book Type: Series
My Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warning: Ghosts, Death, Kidnapping


Every year, Blue Sargent stand next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them – until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, and he’s 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys , she’s not so sure anymore.

Blue Sergant: MC
Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah: Aglionby Boys / Raven Boys
Persephone, Calla, Maura, Neeve: Psychic sisters

On the Plot:

The plot was so magical and yet so real. It is not a book that will keep you hooked from the first page itself, rather the plot actually kinda grows on you with time. There were so many plot twists, definitely one of the most unpredictable book I have read in a while.

Writing & Theme

Not gonna lie, it took me two readings to wrap my head around the book, it was a bit confusing in the beginning. I started annotating the book for my reference and it got easier and understandable with every proceeding chapters. I loved the world building way too much. It was not at all monotonous with a lot of information rather the information was spread out in the whole book. The more I read the more I got connected with the story and the characters. There were so many mysteries in every chapter – kept me engaged no doubt. I loved how the author used such an amazing concept of Ley Lines and Glendower to write a book. The book transported me to the city of Henrietta, where all the action was taking place and it all felt so real. Personally, I love research and the book had so much content on how Gansey was researching about Glendower and Ley Lines, no doubt I fell in love with another fictional character. Also, the witty sarcasms in every paragraph made me roll on the floor laughing. Trust me – I was never once bored in this book, confused may be – but not at all bored.


Every character is so unique and there is not a single cliché in this book, is what I must point out. I loved the concept of each character. Coming to the Raven Boys -I loved Gansey as I have already pointed out, but it does not hurt to say it again and again. If you have watched The Mummy and fell in love with the Egyptologist Evelyn, then you will definitely want to trade lives with Gansey. A man interested in Archeology and Research and has a morally grey personality – what else do we need. I did not connect much with Ronan Lynch – but I cared enough to rememeber his full name, well, that is because he was good in sarcasm almost as much as Chandler Bing, but with a dark side. However, I did not like Adam much – unpopular opinion? may be! Such a goody character and with so many morals and all, come on boy – live a little. Last but not the least – Noah, ahhh Noah, you too good to be true. I will die for a friend like Noah. Such a sweet person and always helping out the other three in the mission and being so mysterious all the time. 100/100 to Maggie because she wrote that character.

I loved Blue and the way she was so motivated every time and yet so calm while dealing with her family. I loved Maura, Persephone and Calla – I would kill to have their psychic skills. I was scared of Neeve, yeah that’s right – the character scared my mind out!

The villain was an absolute arse is all I will say as of now.


  • Loved this book, and if you are into Urban Fantasy – do read / must read.
  • If you are a high fantasy lover, I would suggest you to keep an open mind till you read chapter 6 because after that things becomes so much easier to understand.

    Pro Tip: annotate the book, or you will understand nothing.
  • If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.
  • They were always walking away from him. But he never seemed able to walk away from them.
  • Watch for the devil. When there’s a god, there’s always a legion of devils.
  • People shout when they don’t have the vocabulary to whisper.

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