Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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My Opinion

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5) I just couldn’t get interested in this book. It never drew me in. There were times I felt like it would, then I’d get bored again. A lot of people really enjoy it. If you like paranormal, ghosts and psychic aspects then this is for you. I have yet to find a book about ghosts that I can rave about.

For the content it’s pretty mild. The language was the worst with nine F- words. There was some violence but not a lot of detail. A younger teen on up would enjoy this, depending on your stance about the language.

Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. 

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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Detailed Content Review


F***- 9

H***- 5

S***- 10

A**- 1

B****- 1

D***- 4

Bas****- 6

Religious Cursing-


Chr***- 2

G**- 8


Derogatory terms etc-


Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A group of teens gets drunk every weekend. 

A young man smells of alcohol. 

Women are drinking cocktails. 

A teen smells like beer. 

A teen gets drunk and spray paints a sign. 

A young man drinks schnapps.

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

A young man’s goal for the night is a young woman’s “virtue.”

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A group of teens spray paints an overpass regularly. 

A man remembers years ago when his friend lay dying on the ground.

A young man punches a young man. They fight back and forth, one throwing the other onto a car. A story tells of a man being beaten with a tire iron and his body later found. They still punch, one grabbing fingers into the others mouth, one pushes the others head into the door and it makes a sickening sound, then he falls. One spits blood. 

A young man has a large bruise on his face from his father. He tells his friend his father has a gun. 

A story tells of men abusing a man’s dead body. With one even using his head as a paperweight. 

Two teens find bones of a human body. 

A man points a gun at a young man. He then pushes it against his forehead. The young man punches him.

A father hits his sons face. He falls and hits his head on the railing, exploding in pain. He cannot hear or walk. A young man punches the father, the father knees and punches the young man, they roll around fighting on the ground, the son watching and losing consciousness. Cops come.

A woman tasers a man and ties him up, stealing his car.  She admits she will kill and sacrifice him, letting him slowly bleed out. He unties himself and hits her over the head with a branch, twice. The man holds a knife to her throat. He smacks a young man in the temple with the butt of a gun, snapping his head back.  A man shoots a gun at a young man. 

A young man steals his father’s gun to make sure it can’t be used on his mother. 

A man is trampled and killed by multiple mystical beasts. 

Potentially Intense Themes

A young woman has been told since childhood that the first guy she kisses will die. 

A young woman sees the ghost of a young man who will die. Her aunt predicts the deaths for the year because each ghost visits her one night. 

Talk of deaths and dying and trying to summon ghosts is common. 

There are interactions with ghosts, multiple times. Witch craft and seances are talked about also.  

During a ritual a man’s skin came off, he bleeds profusely and needs skin grafts. 

A group of teens unbury their friends bones and rebury them somewhere else. 

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