3 stars out of 5.
It took me quite a while to get into this book, though it’s not badly written.
On the contrary. Maggie Stiefvater has a truly wonderful way with words, and I really like her style. When she describes feelings and surroundings, she excels in creating pictures in your mind, movies even, including smell and sound.
That said I still had a lot of difficulties to relate to any of the characters. I didn’t even like them at first, to be honest. The four Raven Boys seem to be your all-time-stereotyped rich boys (even if Adam really isn’t; rich, I mean), and Blue is so deliberately meaningless, that in the end – to me – she was just that: meaningless. I mean, I guess she’s important for the plot somehow (she has the ability to kind of “amplify” magic, to “make everything louder”, after all), but I just couldn’t bring myself to care about her or about what happens to her. I don’t dislike her, but I don’t like her, either. I just don’t care. I don’t know yet if that’s going to change in the following books, but at the end of book one it’s just like that.
Which made it also incredibly hard to see why any of the Raven Boys would be even remotely interested in her. Especially Gansey, who – on a helicopter flight with his sister, the rest of the gang, plus Blue – felt incredibly drawn to her.
At that point he had interacted with her exactly twice. The first time she was pissed off by his behaviour and accused him of implying she’d be a prostitute (which he didn’t), and the second time she’d been in the same room with him (and practically every other character in this book) when her mother took a “reading”. But he’s attracted by her. Sure. Why not?
Thankfully the love story (stories?) is not the only plot line, and the “Drama, baby!” you have in so, so many other books (not only YA books but other books, too) is pretty much non-existent, so it’s not really annoying (so far), even if a little incomprehensible at times.
I also had trouble with the constant “POV-hopping”, but as interrupting to the reading-flow it was for me in the beginning, The Kathis were right: You get used to it. 😉
The story itself is very interesting, plus the book is really picking up steam towards the end. It adds a little bit of Crime to the Fantasy, the characters are more defined, I finally could understand why they’re doing what they’re doing (or at least I could get a good idea about it; well, most of the time), and it sort of… “fell into place” a bit more.
I still don’t know what to do with Blue (I’m so sorry) and I really don’t like her mother, but I LOVE Noah (poor soul!), I really like Adam and Gansey (even if Adam can be a real asshole sometimes; even more so than Ronan, and that’s saying something), I think Ronan is starting to grow on me, and Blue’s “aunts” are bloody brilliant (especially Calla and Persephone). 😀
All in all it’s a good read, and I’d like to know more about the Raven Boys, so… yeah. Book two, here I come. 🙂