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.
Unfortunately The Raven Boys fell a bit flat for me.
Assumptions: For some reason I totally thought this book was fantasy but it’s NOT. I’m not sure why I thought that but I did. I asked on Twitter how to categorize it because it’s set in modern time (contemporary) but has psychics and magic (paranormal?)?
— Christina Termini (@BooksPrejudice) February 14, 2016
So this started me on a weird foot but I was like “okay, it’s not what I was expecting but that’s okay, let’s roll with it.”
The first three chapters were AMAAAAZING! Wow, I was impressed and excited to read this book. But then a book arrived (My Lady Jane) that I was on an ARC tour for, so I had to put The Raven Boys aside for the moment. (By the way, My Lady Jane was amaaaaaaaaazing! It’s on the top of my favorite books of all time now, it was that good)
So, it was time to get back to it. BUT then it immediately got slow……and boring….and extremely confusing. I really don’t like being confused while reading, whether it’s plot, scenery, characters or even motivations. I was confused on “what” the boys were looking for, but mostly confused on the WHY. If I don’t quite understand the motivation behind characters it leaves me wanting and no longer interested. 😶
It took a long time for the book to finally reveal the “why” aspect which made sense once it was explained!
There was a moment around page 120 where I finally started connecting with the book. Blue’s family are psychics and the boys go to visit for a reading. I found this scene exciting and the book finally picked up!
I’m giving this book 3 stars because even though I finally did start connecting with the book I found the execution poorly done.
Plus…unfortunately I was spoiled for a pretty big aspect of the book and so that took away the big BANG for me.