Stiefvater creates and writes about impossible boys. Just 17 years old and all the maturity of a guy who's 10-20 years older along with the wisdom. So sensible, so sensitive and oh so sweet - you can't help but fall in love with them. And then you remember how old they supposedly are and realize the fraud. I at least have never met any person that age with such a personality. But that is I suppose the illusion of YA. Impossible boys and quirky girls who somehow draw in anyone who'd ignore them in the real world. Stiefvater is a repeat offender of this sort of character, but definitely not the only author who does it.
My negativity aside, I loved reading The Raven Boys. It was engaging, well written and the characters, despite my complaints which I stand by, were very likable and full of life.
The ending however baffled me. I honestly don't understand what exactly happened and I have many unanswered questions*. I in fact have so many questions I can't help but think that Stiefvater got in way over her head, there are too many unfinished story lines, too many characters of importance. Also, the closing words made no sense to me. I didn't know at the time, but a second book is to be published in just a week, The Dream Thieves, and while I now look forward to it and hope that it will answer some questions, I have a feeling a fair few won't be. I reread the offending chapter and still didn't get it. I don't know if I just didn't get the magic or mood or whatever, but bottomline is I closed the book feeling disappointed.
With that weighing down on an otherwise great read, the final score is only 3 stars.
|The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle #1
454 pages / published in 2012
|Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013|
*My unanswered spoiler filled questions you can see/hear here:
If you've read the book, maybe you can help me understand!?