The book of the month for June for Hype or Like Fridays (goodreads group!) is The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater which I had started reading just before it was chosen so that worked out very well.
I normally write a summary/plot description for books when I review them if its the first in a series, but I honestly can’t even begin to describe this. It’s just a very strange book with magic and psychics and private school boys.
I’ve heard a lot of people talking about The Raven Cycle and whilst I enjoyed this first instalment I felt a slight bit disappointed as this felt like more of a set up for the rest of the books. Not that that’s a bad thing but it stopped it being something I truly loved, however, because it was a set up book Steifvater did a lot of teasing so I really want to read the rest of them.
Not only was there a lot of plot set up there was a lot of character development, it felt like this book was about getting used to the characters and understanding them as people before we really get into how strange the rest of the series is going to be.
Steifvater did a great job of giving enough information about the fantasy elements in this book without overloading you. There’s insight into the bizarre world without over confusing the reader, just enough to leave you feeling perturbed but not enough to stop you enjoying it. It really reminded me of how Haruki Murakami’s books make me feel.
The characters are so strange as well as the content being strange, but I felt really connected to them. Though at times I really did not get them. Things are explained about their motives but I still don’t understand.They’re just so different.
I liked this book but I really feel like I will like the next books in the series more. I also felt like whilst this book was hyped up the hype did not prepare me at all for what this would really be like. There is so much hype with not a lot of explanation.