Hardcover, 408 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
ISBN 0545424925 (ISBN13: 9780545424929)
“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.
I’ve been a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan ever since reading Shiver. I’m not sure what it was exactly that hooked me into that series, but I just loved it. I get a kick out of her snarky writing (ok, it’s her characters snarkiness, not the writing) and how easy it is to fall in love with her worlds. Her fairy stories are great too! Then came The Scorpio Races… Oh man… Yes, the writing was pretty, but for whatever reason I could not get into the story or the characters. I’d like to chalk it up to me not being a horse person…but I don’t know.
When I was at BEA I saw an opportunity to get The Raven Boys and also to finally meet Maggie at a signing! I had read a bit about the premise of the book and it sounded good. Ohhhhh…yes….now this is the Maggie that I know and love.
First off, meet Blue. She is this funky child of a psychic and lives in a house of a bunch of psychic ladies. Not only is this interesting and quirky, but then there is the whole, “If you kiss your true love you will kill him” thing. So she makes it a point to stay away from boys, just in case. I loved the interactions with her mom and her ‘aunts’. Each of the supporting characters seem to have a story to tell. And since this is the start of a series, I’m looking foward to learning about each of the ‘aunt’s’ gifts.
Then we have The Raven Boys. Blue meets them and fall head over heels into their story and adventures. They meet completely by chance, yet the boys talk a lot about coincidences and how those are impossible – that fate always has a reason for both big and little events. I also loved learning bits about each of these guys and figuring out which was was going to win Blue’s heart. Each of the guys have some interesting backstories and it made me think of the Goonies and Dead Poet’s Society all mixed together. (Am I dating myself or what!? If any of our readers haven’t seen these movies, they need to get them on their Netflix, STAT!)
Overall what I loved the most was the story. It is intriguing on so many levels. The human/love story is exciting and I could feel Blue’s goosebumps and heart accelerations when all the mushy stuff was happening. On top of that there was the supernatural element. Time travel and visions, ghosts and memories, all sorts of things that made me freak out a bit at 1am when the house was dark. Not horror scary at all, it just seemed to feed on the “what bumps in the night” feeling when the house is quiet and it’s just me with my book and booklight. Then all through the book is the mystery of what exactly is going on? How are these things happening and why, and who is going to make the big changes? I cannot wait to read the next book in the series! I’m hooked!!!!