Title: The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle, #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Rating: 2 Stars
I was not sure if I was going to pick this one up. I am ALWAYS like this when it comes to reading Young Adult novels. There are so few YA novels that I have truly enjoyed reading as an adult. The vast majority I have found to be cliched and repetitive. The more hyped the book is, the more hesitant I am about reading it. But I read Made you Up and Unwind earlier this year and liked them so much, I decided to rethink my YA philosophy.
I should have picked something else. Honestly.
If I had to describe this book in one word it would be: aimless. There was a lot of dialogue, discussions, planning, background stories and I felt all of it was aimless. It wasn’t leading anywhere. I didn’t feel engrossed with the story at all.
The characters, too, were nothing out of ordinary. We have a rich guy and a poor girl, destined to fall in love. As best friends of the rich guy, we have angst-y rich guy with a ‘dark’ past and the ‘nice’ poor guy with a ‘dark’ present. Don’t even get me started on the last guy in the group. I can elaborate more on him but not without giving away any spoilers. I felt like there was so much potential to make some of these characters really come alive. Instead, they fell flat, like they were desperately pretending to be something they’re not.
All in all, I was sorely disappointed with this book and highly surprised I managed to complete it in the first place.