Now let’s just set something straight, it didn’t take two years to write this.
It’s taken me two years to get around to actually reading this book and all I can think now is: WHY?
Why didn’t I read this sooner? Why did I not just buy all these books at once and binge them all? WHY?
W H Y.
(also, imma see how many new girl gifs I can put into this review.)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I went into this book so blind and unknowing that I don’t even know how I avoided so many SPOILERS* for two fricking years.
*I scared you with that, didn’t I? yes. don’t say no. I scared you.
Okay, when I first got the descriptions of Gansey I was like WHOOOAAAAAASH. I mean, you… could say he sounds cute…
Everyone: BE MORE FREAKING PROFESSIONAL YOU MORON!
Me: Sorry y’all
Anyways, so looks VERY MUCH aside, I really like Gansey. He’s a complex character, and a genuine smol with all these walls built up around him. Adam, Adam, Adam… gahhh I love. I JUST WANT TO WRAP HIM IN BLANKETS MY POOR BOYYYYYYYYY. I don’t know if I understand Ronan yet, and Noah. . .
THEY’RE ALL SMOL OKAY?
I feel judgement from you.
Theres a hugeeeeeeee plot twist and well…. this whole book is practically MADE up of plot twists that just aaaahhhhhhh,, made me think “OMG WHAAATTTTT?”.
The writing in this book is absolutely lovely. It’s not show-y-show-y but it’s so eloquent and captivating. I love how it’s not just one perspective, and how it includes all the emotions of the characters and switches between them.
I LOVE THE CHARACTERRRSSSS! GANSEYYY.
This really helped with keeping the pace of the novel, as there was always something going on to keep you interested, despite the slowish beginning.
Yes, it had a slow beginning, but it was still interesting. It was the characters mostly, I believe, that kept me reading in the beginning, as well as being so confused (in a great way) by what was going on. The characters* very much lead this book, and because it’s a fantasy in this real world, there wasn’t such a need for world building right at the beginning.
The plot really started to progress around half way through. I was finding that all of a sudden I would have read 50 or so pages because I was so captivated by the story, and the writing and gaaah I CANNOT GET OVER THIS WRITING.**
As the book progressed I got really invested, and I got so incredibly attached to the characters and Blue is just so great, she’s that eccentric 16-or-so year old that you see when you’re seven and want to grow up and be like. That’s Blue.
*Have I mentioned that I love these characters yet? **WRITING GOALS #ASPIRATION.
GAAESFSNGDRINH THE ENDINGGGG, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire ending and I was so scared for the characters which is what I look for in a novel and omg this book IS PERFECT. It got so dark and even more and more compelling I just felt so anxious!!
I really loved this book and I would give it 5/5 because everything about it seemed so developed and polished and I feel like I’ve known these characters when its only been 419 pages and gahh I just want the next one.
So, that’s all from me. What do you guys think of this book, or the whole series in fact? Lemme know in the comments!
oh and if you didn’t like my new girl gifs, this is all I have to say:
and if you think it’s weird: