Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Released September 1, 2012
Purchased on Kindle Fire
Rating: 4/5

Summary

“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 (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

I heard a lot of great things about this series from the book blogging community, and I'm happy I finally picked up this book!  As always, when I start reading a book from an author I've never experienced before, it's a little difficult at first to get used to the writing style.  After a couple chapters, I was hooked on the characters and the plot.

There was something unique about this book, and I think it was the friendship and personalities of the raven boys.  I don't know many YA books that not only focus on the friendship factor, but also the personal issues that each character is going through in their daily lives.  We see that each raven boy (Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah) have their own struggles going on, but we also see them support each other.  Each character is intriguing in their own way, and I can't help but wonder about their past.

Blue was also a likable, quirky character.  When she meets the boys, it's as if she fits right in with them.  I liked that the tiny hints of romance between her and a certain character whose name I will not spoil were not immediate.  

I'm not typically a fan of paranormal books, but this book was enjoyable.  My only complaint is that I'm still confused about some of the paranormal events that happen toward the end of the book.  Overall, a great read, and I'm looking forward to starting the next one!



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