Blue has never been able to see the spirits who are destined to die. But suddenly, she can see one. A boy with the crest of a raven on his chest.
The reasons why tonight, of all nights, that she can see the spirit, is because either she killed him or he is her true love.
She asks for his name.
This is my very first Stiefvater book. It’s not like I haven’t been able to find her books in my library or anything but I’ve been less than enthusiastic about picking up her books. Her Shiver series has mixed reviews and I wasn’t really that eager to delve into forbidden romance between a magical creature and a human girl again since reading Twilight. Thus, I was extremely hesitant in picking up the first book of The Raven Cycle series.
It took me a while to get used to the writing style. I actually was annoyed for the first 100 pages because I felt like there was more tell rather than show. A lot of long descriptions about the various characters that I felt were unnecessary especially since I thought Stiefvater could have integrated those descriptions more smoothly in actions or through the other characters.
I don’t think there’s another word that can describe Gansey other than good. He’s…warm and kind and innocent-in-an-ignorant-but-endearing way. He’s like the best friend you could ever have, the guy you want to have your back in a fight or basically at any time, and brother. Perhaps, besides good, the word brother is also a suitable description. He is portrayed as being perfect: rich, good-looking, kind. The flaws that he has are subtle and are his virtues as well as vices.
I felt so bad for Adam at the same time that I admired his tenacity and his determination, at the exact same time that I seriously wanted to smack that boy’s head. Why is he trying to be so stupid by trying to be noble?
It would have been nice to learn more about Noah, what his past was and who he is as a person rather than simply shy and awkward. Hopefully, Noah’s personality will be revealed more in the other books.
Neither Adam nor Ronan are making it easy for Gansey. The former refuses to accept Gansey’s help, while the latter accepts his help and throws it back in his face. Gansey is pretty much the glue holding his friends together. I feel like this quote summarizes who Gansey is as a person:
They were always walking away from [Gansey]. But he never seemed able to walk away from them.
I was pretty indifferent to Blue. Detached in a way. She felt like the sidekick since she enhances energy but doesn’t have the obvious psychic powers that her family shows. As the story progressed, I felt like she was fading more and more into the background. There wasn’t much of a spotlight on her even though she was supposed to be aquirky character. Blue gave off the vibe of “trying-too-hard-to-be-different”: her wardrobe, her name (it’s never explained how she got that name) and she even said that she was weird. My definition of quirky characters are people who don’t even realize that they’re different; Blue is too self-conscious of her ‘weirdness’.
Overall, I think this was a pretty good book. The paranormal elements were exciting and it was fast-paced. I found it a little confusing with the plot sometimes because it took very long for it to be explained why Gansey was so obsessed with Glendower. But what really sold me on the book were the raven boys and the compassionate, loyal friendship between them that is undeniably fraught with flaws.