The Raven Boys  - Maggie Stiefvater 5 awed stars

Let me begin with I fucking love you Stiefvater

This story is so well written. I found myself in love again and I love being in love. It's not just a love of the characters, it's a love of the story. When I can read something and never once while during that read have the desire to roll my eyes at some inconsistency or some insta-love or some stupid love triangle with some fickle tramp trying to take what she can get, I gotta rise up and high five a bitch. Real talk. Ha!


Now to get into the the book:

The Raven Boys is dark, man. A couple of times during the evenings while reading this I had to look over my shoulder. I don't know that it's intentions are to make the reader piss his/her pants but... at times, it's pretty effing creepy.

The whole quest for the ley lines is fun. At least it was to me. Finding that magic is real is fun. Again, at least it was to me. And man, the journey getting there? Well, it's a great ride.

I like a book with endearing friendships. Though I felt that Gansey was always judged for his money by Adam and Blue and it was unfair. He really is a great guy and a great friend. I'm just glad that these characters talk things out. They don't leave a lot up to assumption so I didn't have to read a lot about how something was taken the wrong way and thus the friendship ended.. blah, blah, blah. Full circle in the end.

All the characters are very well written. I feel as though I know enough about them to predict their responses but I also feel like Maggie left alot of mystery and it excites me. I like constant characters. I like to read their responses to any situation and think "Yeah, that is how Ronan would react". That kind of comfort makes me feel warm and safe and lovey.

I like how the love wasn't established. We know that Blue is to fall for Gansey but in order to preserve the strength of the story they weren't mashed together in a "Alright let's get this over with" kind of fashion. We have to wait to see how those two get together and that lights something within my soul.

All in all: I don't really know how to write this review, honestly. Maggie Stiefvater had me with The Wolves of Mercy Falls and she has me again with The Raven Boys. I shall follow you to the ends of the earth.