Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 18th, 2012
Rating: 5/5 stars
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
I was a bit nervous about this one, admittedly, but I didn’t really have any real need to be. I’ve heard a thousand different good things about Maggie Stiefvater and her writing, but the only other time that I’ve read one of her books is when I was much younger and not quite sure what kind of books I liked. I enjoyed the first of her werewolf series, but it wasn’t something I was all that eager to continue with. But, this book is not like The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Blue Sargent is unique in a way that I can’t quite place, and maintained a very vibrant personality with some set and defining characteristics, throughout the novel. Her most emphasized trait being, for the most part, her lack of clairvoyance. It sets her apart from her family, making her just a bit too ordinary to fit in with them and still much too strange to have any friends at her school or anywhere else. Gansey, and the other Raven Boys change that, and in ways beyond what the synopsis suggests. The group become each other’s friends, allies and saviors at many different levels and in many different ways. It wasn’t really a love story as the description suggested, the relationships inside are more powerful than that, and thus, the book is more lasting on the mind. Lastingly strange, like the bird Ronan named Chainsaw, and brilliantly odd.
“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
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