At long last, I finally picked up The Raven Boys to find out what all the hype is about and yes! I see it! I get the hype!
While I adore this book, it’s hard to review because I just don’t know where to start fangirling first.
Let’s start with our adventurers, as they are arguably the most important part of any book.
All of the characters are well developed. They are realistic, have relationships with people other than the main characters, they have flaws and issues and react in realistic ways.
I loved the sense of humour and the bants between the characters as well, it was entirely my sense of humour.
a bit unhinged and I could feel that and felt a little nervous whenever he appeared in a scene, as if I were Blue, and felt like I was walking on eggshells around him.
By the end of the book I had a good feel for the main characters and even the secondary characters are interesting, especially Blue’s family and I hope we get to learn more about them in the following books.
The Raven Boys is told from multiple points of view. Most of the time we will follow a character for that entire chapter but there are a handful of chapters where we suddenly switch POV without warning and that’s jarring. Since it only happens a couple of times, I’m willing to let it slide but I hope it doesn’t happen in the next book.
The thing that struck me early on was that Stiefvater had seamlessly blended the real world and the paranormal to the point that it seemed entirely real and normal. The paranormal didn’t seem that abnormal to me, if that made sense.
I don’t know how Steifvater did it, but I believed that what was happening in this book could plausibly happen in real life and it wouldn’t be all that weird.
That probably still doesn’t make sense.
As you might have gathered from the description, there is a prophecy about romance. The romance and the prophecy doesn’t play a huge part in this book and isn’t the main focus.
There is a romance in The Raven Boys but the balance was just right and it didn’t take over from the plot.
Plot and pacing
As I just mentioned, the main focus of this book isn’t actually Blue’s prophecy and I think that’s worth knowing as you may be surprised otherwise. It really annoys me when a books blurb focuses on something which isn’t the main focus of the book. The prophecy is always there in the back of your mind but it isn’t what the entire book is about.
The pacing was perfect and I couldn’t put this book down once I’d started.
I loved The Raven Boys and I’m looking forward to picking up the second book, The Dream Thief. If you enjoy books that blend the real world with the paranormal, I think you’ll enjoy this book.
Have you read The Raven Boys?