Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys Book Cover

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Maggie Stiefvater has become my very favorite Young Adult Urban Fantasy writer in the world.  Period.  I don’t know another author, Young Adult or not, who can make my heart ache more deeply for her characters than Stiefvater.  Her writing is exquisite and her books should be national treasures.  Anyone who enjoys any level of Urban Fantasy should like them, and probably even those who aren’t big on fantasy at all would think her books worth the read. Her writing is so understated and elegant, and her imagination seems to be boundless.

If you are an instant gratification kind of person, who wants to be thrown into the midst of the action on the first page of a book, then she might not be the writer for you. Or maybe, conversely, you are just the sort of reader who really ought to check out her books. A little patience is a good thing to learn, after all.  Maggie Stiefvater’s books often start off slowly, carefully developing her characters and setting the stage for what will come later.  She does it so beautifully that it becomes a ritual akin to sinking down into a hot bath, enjoying the slow immersion, and then finally, the bliss that follows when you reach that “Aaaaah” Moment.  The Scorpio Races (probably my all time favorite YA Urban Fantasy) was like that, and so is The Raven Boys.

Once again, her book starts somewhat slowly.  I immediately enjoyed the main female character, Blue, who was charming and quirky in all the best ways.  The Raven Boys, a local nickname for the richer-than-rich boys who attend the Aglionby Prep School, were harder to like.  At first. Then they became such a complex, interesting, and at times, heartbreaking, group of friends that I wondered why I hadn’t seen it right away.  That’s what delayed gratification will do for you.  So much more long-lasting than the instant kind.  

The mystery of Gansey–the leader of the group of friends–and what he seeks, is utterly compelling, and Blue’s developing power is surely going to have an enormous impact as the story goes forward.  And that leads me to my only complaint about the book.  I have to wait a steenkin’ year to find out what WILL happen as it goes forward.  When I finished reading last night, I wanted to cry from the frustration of not knowing what comes next.  I’m often in favor of that afore-mentioned delayed gratification, but a year is an awful long time to wait.  Even for me.

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle)

If you decide to place an order with amazon, clicking through from my links will give me credit.  If you are enjoying  my reviews on Bookin’ It, it’s a great way to let me know!  Thanks!


Single Post Navigation

Let Us Hear From You! NOTE: If in doubt about leaving comments on this blog, please read privacy statement under ABOUT, in menu bar above.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Life in a flash - a weekly blog on daily living

Tara Sparling writes

Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books

The Daily Tales of Gregg Savage

Every day, I write a unique story for you to share and enjoy.

Welcome to Tofino Photography

Professional Wildlife, Landscape and Seascape Photography

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Staci Troilo

Suspense, Passion...Fiction That Flutters The Heart

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Books! Where are the great books?


at home and abroad, new bloggers, writers, photographers experiment with me - enthusiastic - persistent - encouraging

Mostly Blogging

Practical solutions and established strategies to improve your blog. Suggestions that will make a difference.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Dream-protecting author

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

D.G. Kaye Writer

Thoughts on writing, life, writing tips, live laugh love

Lemon Shark

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Life


Hollywood Ghostwriter

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Judith Barrow

Writer & Author

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.


A lovers review of everything books. Come for the reviews, stay for the pictures!

Archer's Aim

The speculative fiction of P. H. Solomon

Rosie Amber

Book Reviewer, Avid Reader and Bookworm. Campaigning to link more readers to writers. People do not forget books that touch them or excite them—they recommend them.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Skye Hegyes

Mother, Author, Blogger, Creative Enthusiast

Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

Callum McLaughlin

"The stories we love best do live in us forever."

The Write Stuff

"Writers Helping Writers" with Marcia Meara & Friends

Joanne Clancy

Writer of Killer Thrillers

%d bloggers like this: