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Halloween Mini Review – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Spoiler-Free)

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Mini Review! πŸ˜€

I hope you enjoyed the previous one and are now properly immersed in the Halloween spirit. There’s nothing worse than a crowd who’s looking forward to Christmas instead – or worse: still stuck in Summertime 😱

Now, let’s begin πŸ¦‡



Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees themβ€”not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.


cat.png I really liked the characters. They all seem one thing at first but slowly reveal to be so much more. It was enjoyable peeling back the layers one by one and not feel like I was meeting yet another YA staple.

cat.png Blue’s unusual family was so adorable and I loved how they did their best to look after each other. Each one of them was weirder and quirkier than the next and I fell in love with them all.

cat.png The plot twists! I can proudly admit that I didn’t suspect any of them. Stiefvater really made sure to woven everything together nice and tightly and despite leaving a long trail of crumbs behind for the reader to pick up, I either ate them or stepped on them all because I was clueless throughout.

cat.png The writing sure was something. It went perfectly with the atmospheric tone of the book and made everything all the more eery. It was creepy and seductive and kept me hooked for the entirety of the story. The fact that this takes place in a small town in Virginia, USA, just sets the mood even more!

cat.png The romance was sweet, like clumsy puppies trying to bump each other’s noses and ending up toppling over. CUTENESS OVERLOAD. Though I have to say the fact that I still can’t choose which Raven Boy I prefer drives me insane!

cat.png I’m not a very knowlegeable person when it comes to pseudoscience but the author sure sounds like one. I learned soooo much just by reading this that I already feel like an expert. At first it’s a bit confusing but one slowly eases into it. As long as you keep an open mind, it gets insanely interesting.

cat.png The narrator was magnificent. Not only did he manage to bring all the characters to life and voice female characters to perfection, but every time Will Patton spoke I got weak in the knees. (Especially when he was voicing Adam, because he’s the cutest dumpling ever.) Yes, I realise now I have a thing for southern drawls.

And now, the Hallowmeter!


I devoured The Raven Boys. I was hoping I’d like it because of all the hype but I also expecting to be disappointed beyond belief because of all the hype.

Turns out I had nothing to fear because this book was absolutely delightful. I think the audiobook adds a whole new flair to it, though, and I’m so glad I chose to listen to it instead of just reading the paperback.

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Are you hesitant towards hyped books?

Are you interested in pseudoscience?

Any audiobooks you think are better (*gasp!*) than the written copy?

Let me know in the comments below! 😊

Thank you so much for reading!






47 thoughts on “Halloween Mini Review – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Spoiler-Free)

  1. Great review, Sophie, and you piqued my interest in the book. I like pseudoscience a lot – especially when it sounds so real that I’m not sure. And I like audiobooks but haven’t gotten into them yet. I should give this one a go! Thanks for the review!


    1. Thank you, Diana! Yeah I was already curious before but now that I’ve read this I’m even keener to learn more πŸ™‚
      This definitely felt close to magical realism at times than an actual paranormal, which I liked.
      I think this would be a fine first choice! Let me know how you get on with it later 😊

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  2. Will Patton is narating this? Really? That is awesome! He is such an amazing actor! He was terrific in Falling Skies. (A series that I highly recommend by the way! 😊). I have never tried audiobooks myself. Just one of those things that I have always wanted to do, but have never gotten around to doing 😊 This book sounds great, and I know I have said it before, but the layout of these posts is just simply amazing!! Terrific review, really enjoyed it! 😊😊

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    1. Yes! I didn’t actually know he was famous though hahaha Before your comment I had no idea he starred in anything so thanks for the info πŸ˜‚
      He truly is fantastic here and sounds so much younger than he looks! I really thought he was in his twenties at best hahaha
      I’ve seen Falling Skies around before but never tried it. Guess I need to, now! Hopefully it won’t be too weird to hear him talk πŸ˜›
      I hope you give them a try soon! This one is of course wonderful.
      And thank you very much, that is so sweet of you to say 😊❀️

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  3. I recently read The Raven Boys and I completely fell in love. This is what I wanted The Diviners to become, but alas. I’m so glad it worked out here! This was my first experience reading Stiefvater’s work; have you read other books of hers?

    I am certainly hesitant when it comes to hyped books. But it helps that I only read books in a series once they have been ALL published. Whew! Hence only recently picking this up. I find that the delay helps me forget all the crazy things people had been saying when the book was mega hyped.

    There is only one book I’ve read and listened to — and I don’t feel like the audiobook added anything which the physical book hadn’t. That said, I am starting to listen to audiobooks for some of my favorite children’s books –I’m finding hearing them aloud is great. πŸ™‚ Perhaps they will be better? Who knows!

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    1. Ah awesome! I’ve never read the Diviners and this is my first one of Stiefvater as well. It sure made an impression!

      Yeah I do the same thing really. No time or patience to wait around πŸ˜‚

      I do think children’s books would work wonderfully as audiobooks. They are meant to be read aloud by parents after all, so it makes sense.

      I hope you start enjoying audiobooks more! I highly recommend Neil Gaiman’s for this Halloween season πŸ˜‰

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      1. I love reading Gaiman books. I have had Neverwhere sitting on my shelf for almost two years now… I really need to pick it up! I actually fell in love with Gaiman listening to him narrate The Ocean at the End of the Lane a few years ago this October. His writing connects so much more to me when I listen to him read it. πŸ™‚


  4. YAY i’m so glad you liked this one!! i also picked this up excited because of the hype but 100% sure i wouldn’t like it for the same reason – and then i really liked it!! the second book in the series fell flat for me, but the third and fourth books are some of my favorite YA ever ❀

    & i'm usually hesitant on audiobooks, but i'm listening to Circe right now after the audiobook version came HIGHLY recommended so. hoping for the best!

    great great great review πŸ™‚

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  5. Sophie I so want to go back to this series and resume my read! I had read the first book and stopped only because the second one was not published yet. Now I don’t have any other excuse than lack of time but ….Wonderful review!

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  6. Part of me feels like I should be more hesitant towards hyped books than I actually am, but because I end up loving the more often than not I never really get to that stage. The Raven Cycle is an all-time favourite of mine, I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing and the characters are all incredible. I always say Blue, Gansey and the others are my ultimate friendships goals (if your friends aren’t willing to help you search for a long dead Welsh King are they even your friends?!)
    I was a little nervous about the hype for this book before I started it, but I ended up loving it too, and I flew through the series, have you read any further than the first book yet? If not you’ll have to let me know what you think when you make it to The Dream Thieves.
    Great review, again, and I really love your graphics for these Halloween reviews too. (I don’t know if I said that in the comments for your Magic Bites review). πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. You’re lucky! I’m a bit burnt from all the disappointments in my life πŸ˜‚
      Yes, same here! I love how they feel more like a family than just a group of friends. I wish I had that kind of bond in real life… Maybe one day 😊
      I’m still just on book one but I’m excited to continue the rest for sure! And I certainly will 😁
      Thank you so much, Beth ❀️ You’re the sweetest (and I think you did! 😊)

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  7. OK, I love this review! I liked the book and the whole trilogy and in hindsight I admire everything that this book and the series is a whole lot more and I feel a reread coming on in the near future because the book and series is everything that you say!
    PS! How can one ever choose in between the boys, like? It’s worse than picking out a cupcake in a store filled with cupckaes! πŸ˜€

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    1. Yay, so glad to hear it continues to be as awesome as I was hoping! It really would have broken my heart if everything went downhill after book one…
      I know!! I keep switching between them and feeling like the worst person on the planet, like where’s my loyalty dammit??? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (One can’t help it though!)
      Also, best analogy ever β€οΈπŸ˜‚


  8. I think I let out an audible ugh when I walked into a store a couple of weeks ago and saw Christmas decorations. Sometimes it feels like not enough people enjoy Halloween. I feel like this whole series is a lesson in character study. Each one feels so real, like it wouldn’t be too far out there to believe somewhere Blue and her Raven Boys exist.

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    1. Ugh, same! I mean I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, but it’s Halloween’s time goddamit! Let us have this πŸ˜‚
      Yeah absolutely, they were each so fantastically relatable in their own little ways I had a hard time picking a favourite.
      I certainly wish there were! I would so want to be their friend hahaha

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    1. Thank you, Raven! ❀️ Oh that’s a shame… Maybe try the sequels? I’ve heard they get better and better 😊
      I know you don’t care much for audiobooks so I won’t recommend this one, but personally it was so perfect 😍
      Thank you so much, lovely! And to you as well 😊❀️


  9. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this series and it’s nice to get your seal of approval on it too! Everything about it sounds balanced and perfectly done. Even the whole pseudoscience stuff sounds intriguing, especially if it can convince the reader into believing it! πŸ˜€ Wonderful review as always, Sophie! Sounds like an excellent choice for this time of the year πŸ˜›


    1. Hahaha definitely approved! It’s not terribly cheesy or ridiculous like most YA paranormals and it’s actually quite complex and mature. I was pleasantly surprised!

      I admittedly have a very open mind and like pseudoscience a lot, so it wasn’t hard to enjoy that aspect of it πŸ˜› Though I do believe most people would get sucked it just the same even if they didn’t believe a word of it!

      Thanks so much, Lashaan! And absolutely πŸ˜€

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  10. This is one I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I LOVE Stiefvater’s ‘The Scorpio Races’, so that bodes well for this, but I just haven’t picked it up yet. When I do though I’ll be sure to go for the audiobook version since you reviewed the narration so highly!

    As for better audiobooks… I rarely read both book and audiobook so it’s hard to compare… but I feel like the Gentleman Bastards audiobooks are better than the books because the narrator is just so awesome and a big part of why I love them πŸ™‚ Actually I have a sneaking suspicion I rate all books higher in general (and am more patient with them) when I listen to them as audiobooks. That said, I had a few where I found the character super annoying and I wasn’t sure if it was the narrator or the book. Feels like something I’ll never really get an answer to, since I rarely read and listen to the same book!


    1. Argh, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply but for whatever reason I missed this comment…

      I’m not sure if it’s the same narrator but I definitely recommend this guy! He’s apparently a famous actor and it kind of shows because he did an amazing job.

      I’ve been meaning to read The Gentleman Bastards for the longest time too! I’ll definitely check out the audiobook then πŸ™‚ And you know what, I think it’s the opposite with me. It’s very hard to find an audiobook that I really really love and sometimes I feel like I get too distracted to pay attention or enjoy the story fully if I listen to it rather than read it. It depends if I have the time to do it, too, because audiobooks save sooo much time and are just so convenient.

      For instance, The Cruel Prince. I’m still not sure whether it was because the audiobook just didn’t grab my attention or I just didn’t care for the story. Either way, I’m planning to give it another go in physical form sometime and also read the sequel, which I’m quite excited for. But yeah, it’s a very hard thing to pinpoint when you mix formats ^^’

      Thanks for the rec, Nicola! ❀

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  11. Fantastic review! I highly enjoyed the family dynamics too. “Each of them quirkier then the next” is a perfect way to describe them. Oh, and same, I can’t choose which Raven Boy I like the most, although at this point Adam was my strongest contender. His family situation made me feel the most for him. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you! I’ve finished book three recently and can’t get over their awesomeness ❀
      As for the boys, I AM STILL UNDECIDED XD I've fluctuated between Adam and Ganzie and then a bit between Rowan (was short-lived though) and now I'm just unable to pick between either of them. I feel like it'll be a never-ending dilemma hahaha

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