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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Review: The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre:  YA Paranormal
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Audiobook: 11 hours and 8 minutes
Narrator: Will Patton

Source:  Free from
Buy the Book:  Amazon
Book Description
Every year, Blue Sargent stands 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, 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.

I was extremely hesitant to start this audiobook after my disaster with Linger and that series.  But once again it was free (from Audiobooksync) and it was so hyped up by almost every book blogger on the planet, I gave it a try and I am happy to say I liked it!  
Not love but like.
This story centers mainly around Blue a young teenage girl who is the daughter of a psychic.  Blue not only lives with her psychic mother but psychic "Aunts" as well.  Being the only non psychic woman in the house has been interesting growing up for Blue.  Since she was little, she has always known she will kill her true love with a kiss.  The story begins to takes shape when Blue meets The Raven Boys.  Raven Boys are the rich male students at Aglionby Academy, a nearby private school.  
This is also where there were moments of confusion for me.  Not sure if this was due to it being an audiobook or the writing.  There are so many new male characters introduced within a small amount of time it was hard keeping track.  And when a few of those characters turn out to be extremely minor it became more frustrating than anything.  There is Gansy (main cool kid), Ronan (the dark one), Adam (the poor one), and Noah (the quiet one). They are the important characters but as for everyone else they are so minor to the point of being pointless.  So why write them?
Anyways, I thought the story was good.  Not perfect.  I love the unique storyline and the flow of the plot, suspense, and the feel.  I love the interaction between Blue and her mother.  Perfect and humorous.  
But the main, overall reason I did not give it 5 stars is for the ending.  Don't tell me a foresight (premonition) the whole dang book and nothing happens remotely close to it.  Not even a reference to it.  That is soooo Season 1 of Heroes!  Remember "Save the Cheerleader Save the World" and at the end of the Season they forgot about that and Season 2 was nothing about the Cheerleader at all.  FRUSTRATING!  
If you like happy endings like I do then I think we have to read Book 2 to find out what happens next.  There are way to many loose ends to really call it!   

Reviews by Other Bloggers

I would recommend this to older teens due to some violence.

This book is number 26 in my Audiobook Challenge
This book is number in my 29 Women's Reading Challenge
This book is number 42 in my Goodreads Challenge 

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