The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published September 18, 2012 by Scholastic Press
Genre Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Every year, Blue Sargent goes with her psychic mother to what they call the corpse road on St. Mark’s Day to watch the soon-to-be-dead walk past. Blue, not having her mother’s abilities, only being able to make those abilities stronger, never sees them, until this year, when a boy wanders past her and speaks to her. His name is Gansey and from his clothing she can tell he is a rich local boy who attends to the private Aglionby school. Blue stays away from Aglionby boys, also known as raven boys, but for some reason Blue seems to be drawn to Gansey. Gansey is on a quest with three other boys, Adam, Ronan and Noah, who are all equally unique. Blue becomes swept up in their quest and as time goes by realizes she is more deeply involved then anyone knew. But for as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause the death of her true love and after seeing Gansey on St. Mark’s Day, she wonders what all of this means.
So, I have heard a lot about these books from many different book friends and one of my reading groups, The Bookish Circle, on Goodreads, decided to read it this month so I gave it a go. To be honest, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had not read it immediately following A Court of Mist and Fury because let’s me honest, no other fantasy book is really going to compare to that. Anyway, the book didn’t really catch my attention for about the first half; I didn’t dislike it but it didn’t pull me into the story like I thought it would. However, about halfway through I really started to enjoy. From the synapses, it really isn’t at all what I expected. I thought it would be Blue pinning away for Gansey the whole time because she couldn’t kiss him and risk her curse. But it wasn’t like that at all and at one point I tried to explain it to my husband and told him it reminded me a bit of the movie “National Treasure”, minus the magic haha. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their stories and the few plot twists were unexpected and I didn’t really see them coming.
The book also ended in a way that makes you want to read the next book, but also doesn’t leave a big cliffhanger. This is the first book I have read by Maggie Stiefvater, although I can say this was obviously written for a younger crowd, hence the Young Adult genre. The story is told from a variety of different characters including Gansey, Blue, Adam and Ronan and switches back and forth every chapter, however it is easy to follow. The names however I am not sure I could properly pronounce, especially those of Blue’s family. The book did remind me of a “National Treasure” type adventure with magic mixed in. Overall, I enjoyed the book and the plot and I play on reading the rest of the series. Happy reading!