The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 408
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): “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.

My Summary: Blue grew up in a very unconventional household. Raised by her psychic mother and aunts, Blue has no power of her own... but she's always known one thing about her future: she will kill her true love if she kisses him.

And when Blue sees the spirit of a boy from the local private school, she knows things are beginning to change. Blue's never seen a spirit, and according to her aunt, seeing one on St. Mark's day means you either loved the person or killed them.  

But as much as Blue tries to stay away from the Raven Boys, their lives seem to be inexplicably linked. And as the search for an ancient power takes them deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, Blue must decide: is it better to keep the truth from someone you care about? Especially when there's death in their future?

My Thoughts: I picked up a copy of The Raven Boys on its release day, not really knowing what to expect. I've been a fan of Maggie's since Shiver, so I knew the writing would be amazing no matter what. Needless to say I wasted no time, getting started as soon as I made it home from the book store.

I adored every minute of The Raven Boys. I finished it in a little over 5 hours, cursing myself for not waiting a little because the sequel won't be released for another year. I loved every single character - each had their own little quirks and personalities. Blue was an awesome main character, and I can't wait to find out more about her and the boys.

It's going to be a long year waiting for the sequel.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal YA - especially fans of books like Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and Maggie's other novels. 

1 comment:

  1. I have this book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is one of my faves and I've loved all the other books by maggie. The odds seem to be in my favor of liking this book! Can't wait to read it :)


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