|I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages, and here I am now, reading it when the whole series is over. I feel a bit bad, because I won’t have to wait like all the other fans did.
So, The Raven Boys. This book was really good, but for reasons I didn’t expect. I didn’t document myself about the series, just followed a couple of recommendations and the beautiful covers. I was expecting a typical out-of-the-ordinary girl interacting with some hot boys she can’t possibly interact with for some dramatic reasons. Add to that some supernatural elements and some greedy bad guy, and you’ve got your ordinary ya story.
Blue, the main girl of this book, is an out-of-the-ordinary person – both confronted with normal people and with her psychic-filled family, where she’s the least talented. And the group of uptown boys she’s involved with is made out of dark and mysterious personas – but that’s only very first chapters.
The Raven Boys is a great piece of character building. Blue is not your perfect teenager ya girl, but neither is one of those characters who spend all the time fake-putting themselves down. She’s simply unpracticed in her human relationships, stubborn and eager to find a place in the world. I particularly loved how invested she became in the supernatural search the boys involved her in. She joined them to guard over them, yes, but also because she wanted to find true magic in the world, to be involved in the action. There’s a quality of self-contentment and assertion in Blue that’s usually lacking in ya heroine.
And now the boys. Character building was done with A+ ability with the raven boys. The four main dudes – Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah – have their own personalities and character’s journeys, and the reader never feels like reading about four versions of the same man. I loved Gansey and Ronan the best, but all the boys are very well-written.
Now, the character building is amazing, and it’s actually the reason I finished this book. Mind me, the story is very good too, but action doesn’t kick until halfway the novel, and I’d have dropped it way before that, if it wasn’t for the characters. The first half felt like a long introduction, though it somehow worked because the eerie, persistent feeling of upcoming doom keeps you glued to the pages. It takes talent and technique to make a very good novel out of 80% anticipation and preparation for the action to come, and Maggie Stiefvater clearly has it. And with an interesting writing style too!
This is the perfect book for people who love characters-based stories and are sad and tired of the dark brooding dickhead 99% of ya heroines fall in love with. I would totally date anyone of these raven boys, but guess what? The best thing is that I would also be their friend. And so would Blue – she actually is. And that’s just great.