Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on November 18, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
“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.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
What I Thought…
- Originally I wasn’t interested in reading The Raven Boys. It just didn’t appeal to me, but soooooo many people loved it I decided to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did.
- The Raven Boys starts off a little bit slow. That’s not a bad thing though. There is just lots of stuff that you need to know. It’s filled with lots of clues, that of course I didn’t pick up until after the fact.
- The best, most exciting thing, happens on page 275. I liked the book before page 275, but I LOVED it after. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s one of my favorite things, made better because I wasn’t expecting it.
- Blue was a likeable character. She was different and accepted that and owned it. She accepted all that her family is very well, though she wasn’t above doing what she wanted, which I liked.
- I liked all of the Raven Boys, all for different reasons. Gansey was by far my favorite. He was a little bit awkward (offended people by accident a lot) and funny and most importantly he was there to help his friends. Noah was my second favorite. He was the quiet one, but always knew just the right thing to say and do to help out the others. Ronan was a bit difficult to like at first. He’s abrupt and has some issues but he will do (and did) anything for his friends. Adam also has some issues, one of which rears its ugly head a couple of times, but he was doing what he thought was the right thing. I liked him more in the beginning of the book than the end, but I can’t really explain why.
- The Raven Boys are on a quest and end up teaming up with Blue to use her knowledge and resources to find it. I’m not quite sure how to explain the quest without giving stuff away, but I enjoyed their path towards finding it. Especially the fact that not everything is what it seems.
- I really enjoyed Blue’s family, Non traditional, fun, quirky and a bit off. There’s also a lot of mystery surrounding her family and I can’t wait to see how these things develop.
- There are so many little clues sprinkled throughout but of course I didn’t pick up on any of them, but after finishing The Raven Boys they are all clearly there.
Overall I loved this one, and I see so much potential with this series.
“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”