The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: 9-18-2012 by Scholastic Press
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“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.
Cover art – Adam S. Doyle Cover design – Christopher Stengel Rating – 3/5
I like the brushstrokes that are making up the raven. The red in the raven’s chest is a great touch – it hints at a deeper story, it draws your eye, and it balances nicely with the red of the author’s name. It like the symbol behind the title and how it directly ties into the story. The cover feels a bit incomplete to me, like maybe something else should be in the background, or maybe the background should be a color other than white.
- Blue – Blue is feisty, snarky, and she can hold her own with the guys. Her family and her life are so unique, and once she sees the vision of Gansey dying, she throws herself headfirst into the boys’ mission without looking back. Blue is strong and stubborn – she’s got her faults but she’s not a whiny heroine. She’s looking for a way to be in the middle of the action and when that chance comes, she embraces it wholeheartedly.
- the boys – Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah are such a tight-knit group of friends. They would go to any lengths to help each other. I love the way they are around one another. They let their carefully constructed masks slip when they’re together, they don’t pretend. The guys support each other, even if it’s by chasing after long-dead kings and invisible lines where spirits walk. The guys each have their own issues, and the others help in their own ways.
- Gansey – Gansey is charming and reckless. Getting to know him after the vision of his death is interesting because you know he’s going to die but you can’t help loving him. It’s fun to see Blue and Gansey get to know each other, because in the end Blue is either his true love or the one who kills him – maybe both. I’m looking forward to seeing it all play out, since Blue mostly still thinks of Gansey as a spoiled rich kid.
- twists – This book is absolutely engrossing, and I was completely shocked by every curveball in the plot. There aren’t a ton of twists and surprises, but the few there are really pack a punch, which I absolutely love. The balance of giving the reader enough info to sense that something’s off, but not enough to know what it is that’s wrong is really delicate – and I think it’s perfect in this book.
- lore/backstory – The lore/legends/backstory…whatever you wanna call it…is easy to follow and understand, but it’s not so simple that it’s boring. The powers of Blue’s family members are pretty upfront, while the mystery behind Blue’s abilities is still unfolding. The magical properties of the ley lines are believable and fit together with Gansey’s quest for Glendower perfectly. The path that Gansey has traced in order to find Glendower is full of clues and bits of legend that make total sense.
- Cabeswater – So I knew that once Gansey and the guys found the place they were looking for, it was going to be a strange place. Cabeswater is way more than a little strange though. It’s insanely over the top, like one strange thing isn’t enough. I mean, seasons changing, time stopping, thoughts changing the environment, and a hallucinogenic tree? That’s just nuts and I’m not sure if I like it or not.
- Once she’d seen his death laid out for him, and seen that he was real, and found out that she was meant to have a part in it, there had never been a chance she would just stand by and let it happen. – Blue location 2128/4698
- It was not that she was scared of flashing lights on the EMF reader or Adam’s watch refusing to work, but she hadn’t gotten out of bed in the morning expecting to encounter a place where possibly time didn’t work. – Blue loc. 2557
Acquired: bought (ebook)