THE RAVEN BOYS (Raven Cycle #1) -MAGGIE STIEFVATER
“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.
Wow. This novel is gorgeous. Stiefvater sees beauty in the ordinary, and her writing is breathtaking. Her descriptions are so vivid you are pulled right into the story. She makes something as mundane as a dusty attic seem so compelling and mysterious.
Her signature style carries this book and creates a strong element of mystery. There is a great storyline paired with a great back story that keeps the novel flowing. I am still in awe, and filled with questions about the characters I have grown to love throughout this novel. I am so glad it is the first entry in a series! I cannot wait to further get to know these characters and watch the story develop even further.
What I found most refreshing, this is one of the first YA novels I have read where the strongest and most compelling facet of this novel isn’t a romantic storyline, rather it is a bond between “brothers” and the power of friendship.
It is a must read.