Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fiction / YA / Paranormal Pages: 419
First published: 2012
Edition: Paperback, published by Scholastic in 2012
This is the year that Blue will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
So I have finally decided to start this series and I have to say, it did not disappoint. I was not sure what to expect, but going in I was aware how much people love this series. Now I have read this first book, I can understand why.
Stiefvater seems to build her characters with ease without losing an air of mystery around each of them. The story flows very well. It never feels too slow or rushed. The world she builds is very interesting, and although it has magical elements, this book does not stray into pure fantasy territory.
Instead we get a story full of interesting plot points and well-developed characters with interesting interactions. The plot leaves a lot of room for further exploration of each of the characters and their world, which I like. It just feels a bit different from your usual YA fare.
I enjoyed this very much and I will definitely be continuing this series some time in 2019.
6 out of 7 stars