October 6, 2012

Something Wicked Comes: The Raven Boys Review + Giveaway



Something Wicked Comes is a Halloween giveaway hop hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books. Everyday, different blogs will spotlight their favorite spooky reads and then have a giveaway for that book. There are some awesome books up for grabs everyday until Halloween, so check out all of the stops HERE.

For my stop today, I will be highlighting The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater!


Overview:
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

REVIEW:

First Thoughts
I had read some mixed reviews about this book. Some people loved it, while others could not get past the first few chapters. I had heard some things about the writing style being off-putting. I had never before read any of Steifvater's books before, so I was not familiar with her writing style good or bad. I decided to give this book a chance, and I was glad that I did.

My Review
I really enjoyed the story of The Raven Boys. Yes, the writing style and point of view is definitely strange. The book starts off slow as we meet the characters. We first meet Blue, learn about her family of psychics, and then The Raven Boys are all introduced in quite a bit of detail before any action really begins. If you can put in the time that Maggie takes to slowly introduce us to each of these characters, then you will be glad you did. As soon as Blue and Gansey meet, the story really takes off. After that point, you will not be focused on the strange writing style because you will be so involved with the characters and everything that is going on in the plot. This is a great spooky read that will constantly leave you guessing. I was impressed with Blue especially.  Her personality is quirky and fun. She is a unique character that you will be rooting for. I also came to love each of The Raven Boys, because for all their faults, you will feel the pain in their lives. 

 The end of this book promises more to come with a shockingly humorous final scene. It ties up just enough of the story that you feel satisfied, but at the same time leaves you wanting more. The cliff-hanger ending is a good one. I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in this series. I can't wait to find out what happens next! 


Giveaway: I will be giving away a hardcover copy of The Raven Boys. This is U.S. only (sorry to my international followers) as I will be shipping this one myself. 

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18 comments:

  1. Holy crap! Raven Boys is totally at the top of my wishlist! *crosses fingers* :D
    My favorite spooky read... I'd have to say Lord of the Flies. It's creepy, it's moral lesson-filled and I just adore it!

    Ana @ BookSpark

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  2. Hi Jessica thank you so much for being a part of Something Wicked! I am adding your link to my FB page, I love Maggie Stoefvater's writing. This book was good but it lacked her magic, I don't know how to describe it....I would highly recommend you check out her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! Those books are amazing! I liked this one but just wasn't blown away!

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  3. I would have to say The Regulators by Richard Bachman or Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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  4. I have read a lot of great books, but very few have really got beneath my skin, and only 3 have given me nightmares. The first, and still favorite, is a classic: "Dracula" by Bram Stoker.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I loved Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake :)

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  6. I'm a huge Stephen King fan so any of his stuff works for me, my favorites being The Talisman and Cell. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Although I don't read a lot of scary, spooky books, I thought Ellen Connor's Nightfall was pretty scary.

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  8. hum this looks like a good book, i need to check it out for sure! my fav spooky book i guess will have to be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gainman, its kind of like a jungle book, but instead of being raised by jungle animals in the wild, our main character is raised in a graveyard by ghost. pretty cool!

    Thanks for the Giveaway!

    Katie @Inkk

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  9. I have heard such great things about this book. I am definitely curious about it and would love to read it. I love lots of spooky books. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and all of his books are spooky. I would probably pick his Sandman Series or The Graveyard Book. Thanks!
    ~Jess

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  10. I don't read a lot of "spooky" books, but the Goosebump and Fear Street books will always hold a special place in my heart. :)

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  11. I just read Anna Dressed in Blood and that was pretty creepy!

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  12. I found The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson to be very creepy.

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  13. Jade Green. I love it, but it creeps me out.

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  14. Anna Dressed in Blood! I still need to read Girl of Nightmares :(

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  15. Hi,
    Spooky Read: Right now I am really enjoying The Walking Dead books.

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  16. It would have to be "Scary Stories to read in the dark" only because i liked to read it when I was younger.

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  17. Hhhhmmm..... I dont really love scary books but for me Anna dressed in Blood is quite creepy and The summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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  18. Awesome review this book looks and sounds great I also heard mix reviews about this book but after I read your review I have to check it out soon thanks for sharing!

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