Book Title/Author: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date/Publisher: September 18, 2012/Scholastic Press
Series: Yes, The Raven Cycle #1
Source and Format: Bought for Kindle
Rating: 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.
After the magic of The Scorpio Races, I had high expectations for The Raven Boys – and it did not disappoint!
The women in Blue Sargent’s family tend to have psychic abilities. There are a few women who the power has missed, and Blue is one of them, though she isn’t entirely lacking – she is able to amplify the energy of those around her. She is fated to kill her true love with a kiss, and has decided never to risk it…but this is the year she is destined to fall in love.
Blue Sargent had forgotten how many time she’d been told that she would kill her true love.
Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III (I love pretentious names), or Gansey, as he prefers to be called, or President Cellphone, as Blue thinks of him, along with his merry band of Aglionby raven boys (Adam Parrish: scholarship student, Ronan Lynch: baddest boy, and Noah: quiet pizza hater) are on the hunt for ley lines to lead them to Glendower.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love,” Neeve said, “or you killed him.”
Barrington Whelk (I love it) is the Aglionby Latin teacher who has been on the hunt for ley lines and Glendower since he was an Aglionby student – apparently only 7 years prior, but Barrington Whelk is such an old man name it took me most of the book to picture him as something other than a 70 year old man.
The supernatural elements in the story are so fascinating that I felt compelled to do a little Glendower research myself – if wishes could be granted, why not try to get in on the action? This becomes the thought of most of the characters, as well.
Maggie Stiefvater is quickly climbing the ranks of my favorite authors. I love her magical words, the mystical worlds she creates and the amazing characters that inhabit them. Strong female characters who, yes, may fall in love – BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT DRIVES THEIR STORY. Normal teenage boys who may misbehave and cause mischief in normal teenage boy ways (but with the added supernatural element).
Excelsior!: absolutely everything.
Infernalis: that I only have The Dream Thieves available to read! I don’t want to wait for the rest of the series!