Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Magical Realism
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
★ ★ ★ ★.5
First of all: this book is not a high-fantasy.
When I saw this cover, I assumed it was set in a fantasy world, with sort of a high-fantasy theme. It’s not. It’s more of a realistic fantasy, which is fine; I just want to make sure you know before going into this book.
I loved these characters! I find Blue to be so unique in a sort of weird way that I’ve never seen before. I like her family too – you don’t get to see the family situation much in YA, but in this case I definitely got that “family feeling”.
The raven boys are amazing! Could I pick a favorite? Probably not. (Okay, maybe. But my emotions are NOT up for that mental debate right now). I could see each of their personalities and they never blended into each other.
The writing was quick and easy to follow. Though in the beginning it was a bit confusing. For the first four chapters or so, I thought Ronan and Gansey were brothers (they’re not). But once I got used to it, it didn’t pose a problem.
The storyline was full of twists and turns and mystery. It was perfect! I cannot wait to see where it goes. To be honest, I’m not sure how Maggie Stiefvater is going to stretch this story out over four books, but I’m eager to find out.
I’m so glad I bought the second book ahead of time, and I can’t wait to start it!
Seriously though: Ronan, baby, if you decide to end the second book like you ended the first one I swear to god-
Read this book.