The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | The Raven Cycle

This whole series had been sitting on my to-read pile for years. Did I mention that I am trying to avoid procrastinating? Well, I got these books off my to-read pile and I am so happy (that I read them because it is a fabulous story) and sad (because it’s over). This series was my summer read for vacation and boy, what a holiday did I have!

The first book in The Raven Cycle series is called The Raven Boys and it introduces us to the Ganseygang – four bougee boys from a private school in the town of Henrietta, Virginia. The aforementioned Ganseygang consists of Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, Noah Czerny and Richard Gansey III.

Adam – a boy who grabs every possibility to get out of the already mentioned town of Henrietta, by working himself to death to pay to attend the Aglionby Academy and to become one of America’s leaders (or any job that pays in many many thousands of dollars), comes from a very poor background not only from the financial side of things but also from a family-loving poor background. Having been raised in a trailer park, with an abusive father figure, Adam does his best to reject his background and find a way to escape there without taking what he considers as charity from his closest friends.

Richard Gansey III (the third being a key part of the whole name) comes from a family of unlimited opportunities, a family so rich (financially) that he can have anything he want at the tip of his fingers. Gansey insists on being called so, and not Richard (Dick or whatever), just to disassociate from the family picture a bit, and does everything in his power to not flaunt the family influence. Of course, he uses the family influence in times of crisis but his life mission is to find this long-forgotten figure that would answer the mystery of his life. Gansey is obsessed with ley lines (a ley line is a mystical source of power to put it in the simplest of terms) and once, when he was very young, Gansey got stung by hornets and he heard a voice in his head saying that someone that should not be dying is dying, and so Gansey would live when he should be dead. All of that happens on a ley line. I will not spoil more.

Noah Czerny is also a really interesting figure and while I will keep my description of him brief (because explaining too much would ruin the experience of the story), the more that you get into the story, the more you learn about Noah and start to understand Noah, but what comes across initially about Noah is that he is very loyal to his friends and he considers them family, and he puts those entities before fame, status and money.

Ronan Lynch, to me is one of the most interesting figures in the books because of his complexity. You are likely to consider him a complete asshole at the first encounter with him, but the more time passes, the more he grows on you, trust me.

I saved the best for last, and I cannot gush about this series without mentioning Blue Sargent – the main female protagonist of the series. Having been raised by a group of badass females and spending her life facing the occult while being the only one without any supernatural abilities has an impact on her (as you can imagine) but she comes out on top still being a pretty big badass.

The first book of this series introduces us to a world where myth, the occult, mystery and many scary things come together.

In complete honesty, it is very far from my usual reads (yes, I like reading fantasy and YA books) but I don’t usually read mystery books and I have 0 regrets about reading it, as a matter of fact I plan on re-reading the books as soon as possible.

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

My rating: 5/5 stars

If you’ve read the books, who is your favorite character?

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