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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.
Maggie Stiefvater always has a way with words and crafting pheneomal stories. So, when her new series the Raven Boys were announced I was eager to be drawn into a new world!
Meet The Raven Boys
Initally, I didn’t get the title and I admit sheepishly that I thought those boys would turn into ravens – somehow! Oh Boy I was wrong! This whole world has nothing to do with shape shifting but everything with mystery, magic and an old old lore… Gantsy, Adam and Ronan are the Raven boys, and the name actually comes from the privileged private school they attend. However, ravens will play a big role later on in the series, creating a wonderful enigmatic title! All three boys were easily to love insanely, each of them distinct with different burdens and purposes. What I loved most was their deep caring friendship, which almost felt like family, just more! Those boys would go through hell and back for each other and made the boys and their relation just the more alluring.
Blue and her eccentric family are the female counterparts…
…in this story and just have an as fascinating dynamic as the boys! Blue lives with her psychic mom and occasionally some other female psychic relatives and friends live with them. Blue was an incredible enigmatic and eccentric character with a wonderful heart and braveness! I loved this girl and her unique family. They just spiced up this story with their quirks, psychic abilities and magic!
Secrets, Mysteries, Magic and Old Lore
The plot was phenomenal and managed to captivate me right away. Gantsy is on a quest to find Ley Lines – old magic energy lines and he hopes one day to find and awake king XXX. Being wealthy means he lives with his “boys” in an old factory and this is also where the headquarter of all his research is. The first encounter with this room left me speechless and I saw this room in my head as if I was there arlreay. Maggie just manages to do this to their readers!
At first , we need some time to get introduced too all the characters important in the story, the basics , Gantsy’s quest, Blue’s involvement and so much more. So, this first book is about introduction and world building! But, despite having to introduce so much, there is a lot going on that keeps turning pages and pages after some strange things happen.
This plot will Surprise You! Entice You and Compel You!
Blue and The Raven Boys – a dynamic on its own
I absolutely adored how Blue got to know the boys and slowly made it into their inner circle. Having been told she will once kill her true love with a kiss, she wary and tries not to let her feelings getting in the way.
Easier said then done and Blue is attracted to two of the boy for different reasons. With that being said, there is a love triangle and with Blue’s “curse” there is no kissing involved in this first book. I was sad that the romance was played down, but didn’t hurt me as it usually would do. The rest of the story was just so incredible that I didn’t felt the lack of romance.
Raven Boys was an epic introduction into a world of wonderment! Seriously guys, there is so much wonder in this book. So much that I cannot put it in words and my review won’t even do it justice. But, Maggie can – her words were beautiful and her writing again something that stands out and draws you in, not letting you go until you closed the book… Raven Boys will surprise you! Entice You and Compel You!