The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic
Published on September 18, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

Summary taken from Goodreads:

“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.

I will be honest.  I absolutely hated the Shiver series.  I know I know, they are incredibly popular- but I really didn't get it at all.  I wasn't a fan of the author's style of writing and I couldn't get into the story.  So why read the Raven Boys?  Because I knew that so many of my blogging and reading friends loved the author, I had to give her another chance- I am SO glad that I did!

This book doesn't play out like the normal, insta love paranormal story like I expected it to.  The characters are complex and "get real" in the story- they all have a mess of problems and are incredibly flawed in some way.  I love that Gansey is set up at the love interest and hero, but is NOT the one that Blue picks.  I thought that was incredibly clever and made me want to keep reading the next book to find out what happened.  

There were many twists and turns in this story- not everyone is who they seem to be, that made for a delicious mystery and a novel that I couldn't put down.  I don't typically dig mysteries, horror stories, or ghost stories and the Raven Boys really hits  all three.  I have to say though, for the pansy that I am, I really enjoyed the Raven Boys.  It isn't your typical paranormal story and the romance is really down played in this book.  I would recommend this book whether you are a fan of this author or not.  It is an exciting smart read and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

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