The Raven Boys Review

*Kind of Spoilery… tried my best not to be*

17675462Not what I was expecting…

I honestly didn’t know too much about The Raven Boys going into it. I had heard everyone raving about this series but the synopsis didn’t really capture my attention you know what I mean. I basically only wanted to read it to see what everyone was going on about. I am pleasantly surprised.

This story follows a few different perspectives. But basically it’s about Blue the daughter of a psychic but isn’t a psychic herself she amplifies everyone’s powers around her. She lives with all her aunts and cousins (who are also psychics) in a town in rural Virginia that houses a prestigious all boys’ boarding school. Three boys who attend this school are on a quest to find a welsh king who is said to slumber on the ley lines that are found near the town. Blue somehow gets caught up in their quest and accompanies them and help them to accomplish their goal. This is really just the basics there is soooo much happening in this story it is really immersive.

I like Blue I find her to be very non-conformitive and has a mind of her own. The fact that she has this kind of prophecy held over her head for her entire life she still takes that chance and wants to live her life the way she wants regardless. I think she has guts and a kind of spirituality about her that I really enjoyed! Gansey I didn’t really know what to make of him. I liked how attuned he was to his friends and how far he would go to protect and help them in their own struggles. He did come off as a bit pretentious at times but that was well contrasted with his almost child-like obsession with the ley lines and the welsh king. The scene when he finally opened up about his past to Blue was really touching and really expressed a different side to him that I didn’t see before. Ronan bugged me a little bit as well but after we delved more into his backstory and the relationship he has with his brother it really explained a lot about his character and I am eager to find out what else could become of that in the future. Adam really had me in my feels for the second half of the book. We get an inkling in the start about how bad things are for him but it all really came to a head towards the end of the story and it really just made my heart bleed for him. Noah I really didn’t pay a lot of attention to throughout most of the book. The foreshadowing was very well played in this aspect and that twist really caught me by surprise…. That’s all I’m saying!

I loved all the mystical, otherworldly elements to the storyline; I thought it added great depth and enriched the world very nicely. I really could not anticipate anything that was about to happen in The Raven Boys and I enjoyed that immensely. It really kept me guessing which is something I highly enjoy. There are some seriously dark undertones to this book and a lot of real world problems weaved into this kind of fantasy double lives that these boys are using as an escape.

⭐️4/5 stars highly enjoyed didn’t think I would like it as much as I did!

The Raven Cycle

IMG_1920This series has seriously been at the top of my TBR for the looooooongest time now! Sometimes I am the worst procrastinator of life and I honestly don’t know why I do this to myself because all I have heard since these books came out a while ago is how good they are. Finally I have the complete series in my possession so I am definitely going to be reading them this month! Hopefully I will have time to get through all of them and have a binge! This is my first time reading anything by Maggie Stiefvater so hopefully her style and technique is to my liking!

Happy Reading📚


October TBR

Kind of following on from last month and doing some catch ups as well as a couple I’ve been eyeing and a few books I’ve been putting off for a while now. I’m excited for the books I’m hoping to read this month and hopefully I find a few that I fall in love with.

The first 4 books on my TBR for October is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. This series consists of The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King. This is another series that is very well loved in the YA community and again I just haven’t gotten around to picking them up and reading them.


The next book on my TBR for October is Fire Study by Maria V Snyder. I’ve been slowly making my way through the Study Series and I have absolutely loved it! Poison Study was great and Magic Study was even better, so I am very excited to finally get to Fire Study and continue on in the wonderful narrative Maria V Snyder has created.


The 6th and 7th books on my TBR are the Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab. This duology consists of This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. I have loved every book I have read so far by Victoria Schwab but I realised I haven’t read any of her YA books yet. I’ve heard nothing but great things about these books so I am eager to give them a read and see what I think.


I would also love to read Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff this month. I have been eyeing off these books for a while now and after finishing and loving the Illuminae files that Jay co-wrote really spurred me on to pick this book up and read it. It is a lot more my style being a dark, YA fantasy series and I can never get enough!


And lastly this if I get enough time I would also like to read Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson. This is a novella thats follows on after Words of Radiance and before Oathbringer. I haven’t really looked that much into it but I believe this follows the perspective of one of the minor characters that popped up in Words of Radiance.