Book Review: The Raven Boys

The Raven BoysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t get as much time to read books these days as I’d like to, so I’ve widened my available reading time by opening up to the wonderful world of audiobooks. I found myself with a long drive ahead of me and nothing picked out to read, so I went to my library and checked out a digital audiobook. Time was short, so I didn’t have much of a chance to research what I wanted to read.

Which is a long way of saying I wasn’t quite sure of what I was going to get when I picked out Maggie Stiefvater’s THE RAVEN BOYS.

Going into it, details were sketchy. I knew it had a 4.05 on Goodreads–with over 22,000 reviews–so clearly it had some appeal. I knew it was about a girl and some boys, and that’s all I really had time for before I downloaded it and started listening.

I didn’t love this book, but if I’d started a relationship with it, I would have given it the “It’s not you, it’s me” talk. Because I’m not the target audience, I soon discovered. This is very much a teen fantasy romance novel, and . . . I’m far from a teen fantasy romance reader. Despite this fact, I still finished the book, mainly because there were some fantasy elements in it that were strong enough to get me through the lovey-dovey stuff.

Blue Sargent comes from a family of psychics, and for as long as she can remember, her family has been telling her that if she ever kisses her true love, he’ll die. Interesting premise. Add to that a plot of a rich teenage boy hunting the grave of a long lost Welch king, some cool fantasy world building, and well-drawn characters, and you’ve got a recipe for success on your hands.

Just not a book that I’m going to love. – See more at:…

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