The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Magic and mystery collide in the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s paranormal series featuring Blue and the Raven boys. As reality and dreams blur, Blue finds herself drawn into a world of love, fate, and nightmares. Can she learn to understand love, or better, death?
Publisher’s Description: 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.
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Luna Lovebooks says…
Dislikes: I’m going to start with my dislikes just because I want to get them out of the way. I did not care for the writing style. There is an odd halting flow to it. Once you get used to the writing style you still have to make it through the slow set up of the book. It feels like the majority of the book is set up and very little plot. But once you get to the plot you can’t put it down.
Likes: Even though the writing style was odd, the characters were amazing. They all have brilliantly written personalities and they tug at your heart strings. My favorite character was actually Adam, the scholarship student who comes from an abusive family and wants to do/have things on his own terms. Even the adults are well developed. I applaud Stiefvater for having adults play a significant role in a young adult novel. It isn’t done very often.
Overall, I loved the creepy vibes from reading the story once it picked up and the characters were fabulous. But because of the writing style and the slow setup, I am giving this book three stars.
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