on July 30, 2013
Also by this author: Linger, Forever, The Scorpio Races, All the Crooked Saints
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
“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.
As many of you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. She’s one of my top 5 favorite authors. So, of course, The Raven Boys was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I was so exited to dive into a new trilogy and hoping it would fill the gap that the Shiver trilogy left in my heart. To be 100% honest with you guys, I didn’t think this book was going to fill it. It took me a really long time to get into it and an even longer time to start loving. Once I did fall for it, there was no looking back and there was no way I was putting this book down.
The Raven Boys is very different from Maggie’s other books and from just about anything else in YA right now. There’s a lot of layers in the book. There’s Blue’s family and friends which are all very powerful psychics. There’s the Raven Boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. They all have their own complicated histories. I think the best way to describe the characters, especially the boys, is complex. They weren’t simple or even completely easy to like. I never felt like I knew the characters very well, except maybe Gansey. But I really liked that. That means they have a lot more to show me in future books.
The plot was magnificent. Like I said before, it did take me quite awhile to get into it. As soon as Blue and the boys started working together I was completely hooked. See, they are searching for a very powerful ley line. In their search they come across lots of mysterious and fascinating things. Cabeswater blew me away. There’s something about magical forests that I love. Cabeswater was beautiful and eerie. The way the woods were depicted was incredible. I need more of it in my life as soon as possible.
There were a lot of unexpected things in The Raven Boys. The book was full of crazy twists and turns that I never saw coming. Plus, I went into it thinking it was going to be heavy on the romance and it’s not! The whole romance storyline left me wonderfully frustrated. I mean that in a good way. It makes me want to shout: ‘I NEED MORE!’
Okay, I’m trying not to make this into a loooong review. I could probably go on and on, because there’s so many different elements of the story that I loved immensely. But just listen to me when I say this book is like nothing else out there. It is truly special and I think you should read it as soon as possible. I’m dying for book two. Dying!