Maggie Stiefvater · Raven Cycle · Young Adult

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater



This is a unique, interesting, and mysterious, albeit a bit confusing at first, novel that I greatly enjoyed. The plot was terrific, the characters were lovable and well developed, the world-building was amazing, and the writing was nearly perfect! I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series!


The Raven Boys follows the story of four boys–Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, as well as Blue, who is a young, non-psychic girl in a psychic family. Gansey is obsessed with finding the corpse road or ley line in order to wake Glendower–a welsh king. Whoever wakes the King can ask for anything. The other boys pretty much follow Gansey on his obsessive mission. Eventually, Blue ends up joining the group when she discovers that one of these Raven Boys is expected to die within the year.

The pacing is terrific! The majority of the book focuses on learning all about the characters and developing a connection with them, then it moves more into the plot, though once this book ends the story is just beginning. I was always interested in what was happening and never wanted to put it down!

“My words are unerring tools of
destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

By no means is this a predictable novel. I had no idea what was going on for part of it and then once I knew, I had no idea how it was going to end. I was able to guess one thing about the book, but that wasn’t until enough information was provided. I actually can’t say anything about it because it is a rather large twist to the book and I don’t want to ruin it.


The book takes place in Henrietta, Virginia, a place that is overflowing with magical/paranormal energy. This is why it attracts psychics, likes Blue’s family.

I loved the world the author built! It’s a lot like ours, enough to be familiar, but just a little different to prevent it from being boring. There are trees that speak Latin, an area in which you can walk through four seasons in a matter of minutes, and instances in which time moves very slowly.

The descriptions were terrific! I felt as if I was part of the group and could picture exactly where they were.

I also haven’t read any books that focus on psychics and their abilities. I thought this was different and intriguing. It was great that Blue didn’t have the same ability as her family, but something a bit different to make her more interesting and unique.


Each character was well described and developed. I loved them all!

Gansey is an incredibly rich young boy who insists on driving a dilapidated car and spending money on extravagant and sometimes unnecessary things. He is sweet, kind, smart, and caring and is completely obsessed with finding Glendower. 

Ronan is a bit peculiar and I still haven’t figured him out yet. He is fierce and strong with ever changing emotions ranging from anger to despair. He appears to be a bit dark, but I like the mystery behind him.

Noah is the sweet, shy boy who doesn’t talk much. I found him to be interesting, a bit peculiar and relate-able.

Adam is my favorite character. He is the one in the group that doesn’t come from a rich family. He actually lives in a trailer park and works multiple jobs to pay for his tuition, despite having a scholarship. He is intelligent and determined and refuses to let anyone, especially Gansey, pay for anything because he doesn’t want to be owned by them. Adam needs to do things by himself and I admire him for that. It was intriguing to learn about his family life and the terrible situation he is in. Poor Adam 😦

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

I liked Blue, but she wasn’t my favorite character of the group. She is sweet, smart, and sensible, and a rather strong, female character, unlike many other novels in which the girl is always weak and in distress. I thought her ability to increase her family’s psychic abilities made her more unique and interesting.


For the most part, I enjoyed the writing. The only thing I didn’t like was the repeated use of certain words every once in a while. I know it was for effect, but I thought it was unnecessary. The writing was detailed, yet concise, so I never found myself needing to skim paragraphs.


I LOVE the cover. It’s gorgeous and completely makes sense! The title is awesome and I thought the cover was well designed and eye-catching. Though it doesn’t specify on the cover the series and book number, it does so on the spine.

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7 thoughts on “The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I just started the series too! Isn’t it wonderful stepping in to this story for the first time? I got such a “rainy cold day” vibe from it the entire time. Noah was my favorite overall, but there wasn’t a single character that I disliked and that almost never happens. I’m reading The Dream Thieves right now and it’s just as good so far. Excited to read your reviews on the next few.

      1. That’s awesome! Another series to cross off your list. I just bought the last book because I knew I wouldn’t want to wait to have it. Really loving how it’s progressing.


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