I’ve seen a lot about The Raven Cycle (Maggie Steifvater) on the Internet. A lot. It seems that everyone has read, loved, and bookstagrammed this series. So I figured, hey, why not? There was a solid chance this series would ruin my life, but it’s a risk I’m always willing to take. I grabbed the first book (The Raven Boys) from the library and gave it a go.
And guys…even though I wasn’t totally enchanted by The Raven Boys, I think my life might be slightly ruined anyways.
What The Raven Boys is about:
Blue Sargent is the only non-seer in a family of clairvoyants, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. She has the ability to strengthen her relatives’ powers simply by being in the room. But one night, she sees a ghost—her very first ghost—and things get freaky, fast.
The ghost’s name is Gansey. Turns out that Gansey’s still alive, and he attends Aglionby, the local school for the crazy rich. Although Blue avoids Aglionby boys (aka “raven boys”) on principle, she soon finds herself tangled up in Gansey’s and his friends’ quest to find and reawaken Owain Glyndŵr, the ancient Welsh king purportedly sleeping in the Virginia hills. It’s said that whoever reawakens Glyndŵr gets a gift.
As it turns out, a lot of people want a gift from a reawakened ancient Welsh king. Cue mystery, mayhem, and murder most foul.
My thoughts on The Raven Boys:
First things first: yes, there was Welsh stuff in here, and yes, it was h*cking awesome. Yay for niche geekery.
To truly impress my thoughts of The Raven Boys upon you, I feel that you should know that I tried to set it down and do other things four times. FOUR TIMES. I had stuff to do. I put the book down, got about two steps away, and then dove back for it.
I reeeeaallly had to know what happened.
THAT BEING SAID, I had my usual reaction to Steifvater’s work: “HOLY SH*T THAT WAS SO GOOD what was it about??” There’s something about Steifvater’s work that doesn’t click with my brain. Her writing, to me, is as slippery as silk—I can’t ever remember anything much about her work, even when I’ve literally just closed the book. Characters, images, places—they just slip right through my hands every h*cking time.
Also, to be totally honest with you, The Raven Boys left me overwhelmed, yet underwhelmed. I was a leaky bucket of emotions by the end of it, but I couldn’t really tell you why. I didn’t immediately fall in love with the series or any of the characters. I’ll probably read the rest of the series, but I don’t have the urge to run screaming to the nearest bookstore and be all,
Let’s just say that my relationship with this series has turned out to be more complicated than I thought. To all of you who loved or hated The Raven Boys, I say, good on you. You know where you stand, and that’s important.
What books do you feel deeply ambivalent about?