vendredi 17 juillet 2015

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

Hello to all,

 Now that the day is a little less hot i can stay on the computer long enough to post you this. I have decided to participate in a discussion for the TBR2015 reading challenge and once i start it's hard for me to stop in the middle of a book so i decided to finish it and to give you my opinion on it without delay.

It's not a recent title either so i guess most of you have read it already but once again i'm behind as i wanted at first wait to get the other books before starting^^ ( not that i did get them^^;;) so today here is my opinion on The Raven Boys!

 happy reading!!
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication: 2012
ISBN:  0545424933
Genre: YA, fantasy,urban fantasy, Magic
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: Arc gifted

Short description from goodreads :

 Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

My opinion:
          I have been wanting to try this series for a moment but at first i wanted to wait until it’s complete to avoid cliffhanger...not a bad idea but i couldn’t resist.
The writing is really fluid and engaging, the author makes you want to follow Blue and the boys and to discover all the secrets, the pace is just perfect as well, the world building is good and the characters, you have little bit of each personnality with the boys so you have to picka favourite.

Really it was good but, because there is a but, it still didn’t pull completely in.... i don’t know why exactly it’s hard to pintpoint but while i liked how the characters were built and researched it lacked something... i did like Blue and i’m glad we get a littel explanation about her powers but it came a little too late for....still she is a detremined and sensible girl. That put aside it felt strange to see her being attracted to Adam when she think Gansey is her soulmate, true love... i mean she does get the name of her future ( but forbidden ) lover and she flirt with another?!
Now i admit it’s hard to resist Adam because he is more in touch with the reality, he is loyal and his history is sad so you want to take his side. I did like a lot  and i understood his reasonning  but i don’t agree with all his choice.
Gansey.... he is a little harder to love, he isn’t bad he is a passionated guy really but his social skills are more than lacking, he doesn’t get how hios words can hurt other and how showing money at each occasion isn’t helping.
However he is loyal to his friend, he is determined to help Ronan and try his hardest to help Adam but hell is paved with good intentions and often he is making things worse. One thing i was disappointed in is the way he got jealous of Adam... it makes no sense at first at all safe if he is overly protective , possessive and doesn’t want to share friends

Then come the secondary boys and somehow  i feel more for them the sweet Noah, it’s clear what/who he is and it makes him one we want to help and protect. Ronan, that’s the still more mysterious one of the group ; he has big behaviour problems but  inside he is loyal and protective, teh way he helps Adam and how he care for the little birds that’s cute but he still has secrets and i want to learn more about him

 I guess that i was quite bothered with the ending.... it was partly predictable but i’m not satisfied by this temporary conclusion...some characters change too drastically and others acts without taking all into account when they should be the more responsible ones....

I do want to follow up the series even if the love triangle bothers me a little ( still no sense for me) as it’s well written and i hope the author will answer the questions left and make sense of the rest.

Score:  3,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


1 commentaire:

  1. There is nearly ALWAYS a love triangle in YA fiction for girls!, ;) I understand when you just can't wait to read a book. At least you don't have to wait for the sequel to be published.