Parman Teen Book Review: “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
This was my first Maggie Stiefvater read, and although it was enjoyable, it took me until the halfway point of the novel to be genuinely excited about reading it. The beginning was slow with a lot of it dedicated to explaining the background story and world-building, whereas I was ready to dive right into the plot, which unfortunately, was slightly too predictable. I also wasn’t a big fan of the protagonist, Blue, for I felt as though she was trying too hard to be eccentric. Although I am all about embracing individuality, this just felt slightly too exaggerated in this scenario, wavering on a fine line between something that is fresh and original and a hackneyed trope. However, the other major characters – the Raven boys – are phenomenal; I fell in love with each and every one of them and their merits and their flaws. They all blend so well together in the most adorable brotherhood and Blue quickly becomes the missing piece in all of their lives. Overall and despite its flaws, The Raven Boys is a magical tale, and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.
Niraja 18 Parman TLLC