Review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Hey word nerds! Happy 2018!!! I started the year off with an audio book for the drive to and from work and The Raven was available from my local library so I figured it was time to give it a shot. So without further ado let’s get down to it!

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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.

So I found this book in Pinterest (I think!) and I found a couple of quotes that really drew me in and the cover was also pretty so of course I was in! When I pick an audio book I tend to be picky because if the narrator is not very good in any various number of ways I can’t get into the book and then I don’t know if I don’t actually like the book or if the narration was the problem and that was the case with The Rave Boys.

The premise behind the story was good and really the story itself wasn’t bad but the narrator really distracted me and made it hard to want to continue on to the next book. I think the only solution is to read the book itself and see if I change my opinion. The characters themselves are likeable and really the things that happen in the book, including the plot line, are things that I would normally enjoy so it only feels fair to give the series another go. As far as the audio book- it is a definite no go for me. The narrator wasn’t right for this book which was a real shame. What about you guys? Has anybody read this book or listened to the audio? What are your thoughts on audio books in general? Let me know!!

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