Genre: Young-Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Raven Boys #1
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Read: January 31, 2016
The time I wrote the review, I had a headache so I wrote it in bulletin form. Right now, I have about 15 minutes before I go back to studying for my exam, so I’m not changing the format. I will write a synopsis though.
Blue Sargent lives in a house full of psychics: palm readers, clairvoyants, the works. She herself isn’t a psychic but she’s been told one thing about herself. That she will cause her true love to die when she kisses him. Then one night, she sees a spirit of a future dead. He says his name is Gansey, who she later discovered is a rich boy who goes to a private school, Aglionby. All the boys from Aglionby are referred as Raven Boys. The thing is though, the only reason a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve is if she’s his true love… or if she killed him.
Freaking love that synopsis. It gets to excited and gives you something to dread. Very eerie too. Like the novel is. Onto my bulletin-point review:
- The plot of the book is interesting and quite unique, but it can get really confusing at times. For example, I’m still not sure what ley lines actually are or where they come from.
- The characters are complex and well-developed (not all of them, unfortunately) and I like most of the protagonists. There is one I don’t like and no one else seems to see that the characters sucks ass; Adam, the self-obsessed, prideful bastard.
- The writing of the book is okay, but at the same time, it’s a bit too cryptic/mysterious. I believe the exact words I used in the Buddy Read thread were, “The writing is a bit too formal sometimes, isn’t it? I get wanting to write mysteriously, but could you ease off on the almost-cryptic, twisty lines, Charlotte Bronte?”
- Talking about writing, the style also interfered with the connection to the characters. The writing, like it often happens, lacked emotional depth. With all the “I wanna use big words and complicated sentences in the narration” thing the author had going, she missed the part where the book flows and the readers feel stuff.
- The pace is a bit slow and the amount of things that went on in the book weren’t enough. It seemed more like a prequel than a first book. It lacked individuality. If this was just one book, it wouldn’t stand at all since almost nothing is answered. I know this was planned as a part of a series, but it should also be able to stand on its own.
- And since I had to think for two minutes to remember what the grand finale was, it’s clear that it wasn’t grand, to say the least.
And yeah, with all the bad things I’ve said, it might seem like I hated the book or something. I didn’t. I liked it. It was the kind of book that pulls you in from the beginning. It’s not perfect but it’s not bad, and I will be reading the next one. (Note from the future: I read the next one. It’s so much better.)