The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
“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.
The Raven Boys is the very first book I have finished/read this year and will be the first review with the date reading 2013! I must say it was a great way to start out my year. When I first started reading it I was a little weirded out and strangely, out of my element but, as I read on I grew to love the story and all the characters Stiefvater created. As I reflected on the book after finishing it, I realized that through the course of the book and the development of the characters Stiefvater addressed many of the crueler elements of the world that are often over looked or, left unaddressed in life because we simply prefer to turn away from the cruelty and harshness of the our fellow human beings. She brought attention to stereotypes, abuse/ domestic violence, poverty, social gaps and injustices many caused by money, death and murder, abduction. Stiefvater addressed these topics as well as giving each one a happy ending, while showing just what was wrong with these things. By the end of the book I was no longer weirded out by the story line but intrigued. The plot was exciting and kept you interested with some twists you didn’t see coming. The storyline was defiantly original albeit slightly out of my comfort zone or element, it was great none the less. The character development was somewhat lacking but not completely absent. It was subtle. I would have maybe liked to see a little bit more but really it was fine just the way it was. The characters are quite interesting and by the end of the book you will have fallen in love with each one of them. The house of psychics is chaotic but each of the women is thoroughly lovable and even upon occasion slightly ridiculous and slightly cranky but just enough to make it interesting and make you laugh every once and a while. Blue is wonderfully unique and entirely her own. However it did kind of bother me that as far as I could tell she had no friends until *spoiler alert* she became friends with the Raven Boys, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah and of course all the women living in her house. She never mentioned any friends from work or school or any other place. No girlfriends her age no any friends her age until later on the Raven Boys I mentioned above. Overall The Raven Boys is a great read that I would recommend if you are just looking for a good book to read. It was not AMAZING or the best book I have ever read, but it was pretty darn good. The Raven Boys gets a respectable 3.5 out of 5 stars.