Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal
Page Count: 409 pages
Publication Date: September 2012
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.
Ugh… Unpopular opinion time.
I know that the Raven Cycle is an incredibly popular series. People have been raving about it since the first book, The Raven Boys, came out back in 2012.
BUT… oh my goodness! The pace of the story is soooo slow! I had to force myself to read this book until the end, just because I try to avoid DNF-ing books in general (unless I have a serious problem with it).
So yeah, I finished it. But did I enjoy it? Heck no!
I’m not really into tarot cards and all that, and when you add a slow paced story with unremarkable characters into the mix the whole thing becomes a recipe for disaster! Saying that, I have to admit that it did get better towards the end! The pace picked up a bit and there was a bit of a mystery and magic as well… Yeah, I’d say the last third of the book deserved 4 stars.
Now, I know a lot of you who have read the Raven Boys have enjoyed the story immensely, but it’s just not for me. Sorry!
I mean, it’s the oldest trope in the world. She’s a quirky girl who’s a bit of a loner. He’s a rich popular guy. They fall for each other but can’t be together.
Quirky girl + popular guy + forbidden love = An overused trope
I just found it so hard to like these characters. Plus, reading a book shouldn’t have to be a struggle, right? It should be a pleasure! And this book was definitely not a pleasure to read!
I was going to rate this book 2.5 out of 5 hearts, but because the last third of the book was decent enough I bumped it up to 3 🙂