The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Source: ARC from publisher
“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.
The Raven Boys is the first book in a thrilling new paranormal young adult series by best-selling author Maggie Stiefvater. The novel focuses on Blue Sargent, who lives among a house of psychic female relatives, yet has never had any abilities of her own. During St. Mark's Eve, Blue accompanies her great aunt to an old church to learn the names of people who will die in the coming year. Blue has done this every year for as long as she can remember - except this year - she seems someone. It's a young man who is wearing the uniform of Aglionby - a rich private school in their town. Blue takes on the mission of finding out who he is and trying to warn him. Little does she, or her newfound friends from Aglionby, realize that their lives will never be the same again.
This book was definitely one of the best I've read this year and possibly one of my all-time favorites. The story has so many layers to it and the topics that fill the story are varied but interesting. There's tons of magic, psychic energy, ghosts, ley lines, folklore, mystery, and romance. There's a bit of something for everyone's tastes in this book. The story itself is masterfully written and is completely original and unique. I have never read anything like this before, which is something that I can't say very often. The characters are interesting and have real depth - which makes them easy to identify with early on. The book is fast paced and filled with lots of intrigue and action - which made it a real page turner for me. I literally couldn't - and wouldn't - put it down. I never wanted it to end! I can't comment enough on how extraordinary the plot of this novel is. It's so deep and multi-faceted - it completely enchants you right from the first page. The setting is full of mystery and magic, which only adds to the sense of adventure that the plot evokes. I could ramble on and on about how much I loved this book and why. I highly recommend that everyone reads this book - you won't be disappointed! As for me, I am now impatiently waiting for the next book in the series (even though it won't be coming out for a long time). READ THIS BOOK NOW!!