I love Maggie Stiefvater’s storytelling, so I couldn’t not read The Raven Boys, now could I?
Blue Sargent comes from a family with clairvoyant abilities, though she has none of her own. Instead, having her close by enhances other’s powers. So, every year, she stands quietly with her mother in an old churchyard as her mother sees the soon-to-die. This year, though, a boy comes up to Blue, and she learns his name. Now she has to figure out what to do — warn Gansey, or not?
It’s an especially difficult decision for Blue. It’s been foretold that her kiss would kill a boy, after all. What if Gansey’s death is because of her?
Gansey is a student at Aglionby, a private school nearby. He lives with three friends in a refurbished warehouse, and the group putter around with eclectic projects only the moneyed can think up. Adam isn’t rich, though. He’s at Aglionby on scholarship, and can be resentful of the easy way the others have with money. Ronan is, but Ronan also comes with a whole set of emotions that teeter closer to destructive than anything else. This boy made my heart ache, he’s so hurt. And Noah rounds out the foursome. Quiet Noah who usually watches, but doesn’t say much.
It doesn’t take long before fate crosses Blue’s path with the foursome. And as she gets drawn into Gansey’s quest and Adam’s company, she’s torn between caring — for the boys, their quest, their problems — and walking away so one of them doesn’t die because of her.
The Raven Boys is a fantastic story from Maggie Stiefvater, and I can’t decide if it’s the story itself or the characters that won me over. I loved Blue, and I loved the boys. The relationships — between Blue and her family, Blue and the boys, and amongst the boys themselves — are complicated and real. The story seems to be just a story about people, until Gansey’s quest takes over and you discover that all is not what you thought, and Stiefvater surprises you with revelations in the last third of the book.
Definitely a must-read for fans of Stiefvater’s writing, lyrical story-telling, or a good YA read with a touch of the paranormal.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Title: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover: 408 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, 2012
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library
Have you read The Raven Boys? What did you think?