Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 18, 2012
“Fate,” Blue replied, glowering at her mother, “is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.”
I can’t believe that I like this book more each time I read it! For those of you who don’t know, I tried reading this book 4 different times before I finished it the first time. I have to say, listening to The Raven Boys on audio is the best way yet! The Raven Boys follow Blue Sargent as she befriends a group of Algionby boys on their search for a dead Welsh King.
The audiobook narration was absolutely fantastic. There was this ernest quality that really came through that I didn’t get from physically reading the book. It made it so easy to connect with the characters and to want to be a part of their journey.I loved the different found families we get to see. The Raven Boys: Ganey, Adam, Ronan and Noah all create this band of broken misfits that are searching for hope and magic. The ladies of Fox Way have this supportive communal effervescence that shines. And Blue is the bridge that connects the two.I loved all of the characters, and as someone who loves character driven stories, The Raven Boys was a joy to read. This is very much a character driven story and each character is complex and so real. I don’t think I can pick a favorite yet.
I also really like the setting of Henriette and Cabeswater. Each is unique, but complementary and creates this tone of home and wonder.
Things I Didn’t Like
This is an audiobook exclusive negative, but in beginning some of the voices for the different characters kinda ran together. Thevoices abviously became more defined as I listened more, but some parts I honestly didn’t know who was speaking.
Last quarter or so felt a little rushed. It was like Maggie was trying to shove all the plot into the end of the story, and it made some parts a bit confusing.
I’m really excited to continue on with the series on audio. I’ve already read Dream Thieves previously, but the others will be a completely new experience. Even if I like each book in the series less (which is what happened on my first attempt marathoning the series leading to DNFing book 3), The Raven Boys is a beautiful love letter to friendship, adventure, and wonder. And I’m honestly really excited to continue.