★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It seems to me of late that books should come with warnings – take We Were Liars, for example. If The Raven Boys came with a warning, it would be that once you’d started the series, you were spellbound to finish it. I lie not – I’m working on a show this week (which is a heavily time-consuming process) and yet I’m already over two thirds through the sequel. Stiefvater finished The Raven Boys on such a cliff-hanger, and then the ‘little bit’ I planned to read to saturate my thirst for more just turned into a lot with a delve into the Lynch family. But I get ahead of myself.
The Raven Boys (and the whole series, if I’m honest) has long dominated booklrs – it’s not just been one of those books that everyone is talking about or photographing for a few months, or one of those that goes through cycles. It’s constantly there. What I have yet to understand is why. Not because it is a terrible book, but because it’s not the typical content you expect in a mainstream YA novel. I mean prep-school kids, a love triangle, family issues, sure, but psychics, talking trees and a search for a mystical long-lost Welsh king, not really. I’m glad they did, though, because The Raven Boys is a thoroughly engaging and refreshing read.
Undoubtedly in my future reviews of the series I will blab on about Steifvater’s literary finesse, but I think for The Raven Boys it’s suffice to say that I always felt eager to pick up where I left off, even if it was still background or introductory elements. I started the book feeling a fan of Blue, a love for Adam and a mere satisfactory regard for the other Raven boys (except Ronan – I wasn’t a fan of him). By the end of the book, and I don’t know how, I was not willing for any of the boys to die, Ronan included, and my Blue love was on unstable ground. A real rollercoaster of a read (that miraculously outdoes itself in the sequel), I’m glad I picked up the series to read.
Recommended for fans of:
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- Double or Die by Charlie Higson
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling