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Reread Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater, Will Patton (Narrator)

Summary from Goodreads:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


What I Liked:

Writing Style. I’ve always been a fan of Stiefvater’s writing style since I first discovered her via Linger. However, I feel that this series most of all showcases her lyrical and beautiful writing. And it has one of the best plots/character development in a YA paranormal series.

Characters. It totally burned my Gansy candle (that smells like mint, woods, and leather) from Wickwish Candle Company while reading the novel because I was falling for Gansy all over again. XD I’m not surprised that once again I’m invested with these great characters, Blue, Ronan, Noah, and Gansey. I even started to like Adam who was the character I did not care for in my first read of the series. I’m glad that I decided to rediscover this series/characters before the new novel comes out because I feel that it will make the reading experience ten times better for me.

Slow Burn. I could take off a half star because how slow the book was but I kind of loved that element. I’m a big fan of slow burn series and romances and this is the perfect example of a well-done one.

Second Read. I loved this second listen even more than the first time I discovered the series. I was able to look at the book, characters, and future events with new knowledge and it made the experience so much fun.

Audiobooks. I utilized my library, the app hoopla, and checked out the audiobook (they have all four of the novels). I first discovered this series via audiobook and I enjoyed it even more the second time around. I’m planning on doing my reread completely with audiobook, something I did not do with the last two books of the series.

I recommend checking out this series, it is slow paced but worth the investment in the plot and characters. I also suggest listening to the well-done audiobooks.


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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