Title: The Raven Boys
Series: Book 1, The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published Date: September 18th 2012
Genre:Fantasy/paranormal Magic & Ghosts, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis (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.
I finished this book two days ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it! I went and got the next two books in the series and, even though I need to finish a bunch of books, I just want to devour this series!
Though it has its spookiness, Ms Steifvater creates a world I could want to live in! The characters are wonderful and witty, endearing and adorable, pitiful and alienating. They all seem to run the gammon of emotions, and I can’t possibly love them more.
This book is split into a few different POVs (my favorite). The two main ones being Blue and Gansey. For the most part Blue and Gansey are definitely the main characters, but none of the other characters really feel like supporting roles. Everyone has their place and each place is very important.
Blue, who is pridefully dead set on hating anything Aglionby, the rich kid school in which the Raven Boys attend, has never had any psychic ability in her life. Which is strange considering her whole family is filled with psychics and magic. That all changes when she goes to the church graveyard one night on St. Marks Eve and has her first ghostly experience with a boy named Gansey. This boy she discovers she either will kill or he is her true love; which could be both considering Blue is fated to kill her true love if she kisses him. A conundrum indeed!
The Raven Boys are a mix matched set of endearing boys. At the head of this motley crew is Gansey, or Richard Gansey III, but don’t ever call him that. A very traumatic experience as a child has left him with a need to make his mark on the world. To not be remembered as merely a rich kid living a rich life. He is borderline obsessed with finding Glendower, a man from King Arthur’s time whom searched for the Holy Grail, who is rumored to have his final resting place along a ley line, a line of incredibly powerful energy. If whoever finds him, wakes him, supposedly they will be granted a wish. The rest of the Raven Boys have their own reasons for wanting to help find Glendower. Adam, a boy from a poor and abusive home who just wants to live a life of freedom; Ronan, the hotheaded and brash boy with a terrible secret eating at him; and Noah, who may or may not be attached to the ley line in a sinister way.
I love the plot, I love the writing, I love the characters, I am absolutely fangirling over this!!!
I can’t wait to read more, and I definitely 100% recommend this book to EVERYONE!
Until next time my friends,