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The Raven Boys
"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve. Either you're his true love ... or you killed him."
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them, until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, and he's a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from the Aglionby boys. Known as the Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn wacher 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 doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But 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 leads us to places we've never been before.
Maggie Steifvater never fails to impress, she has a talent of getting her readers hooked just from the reading blurb. Her works are always packed with action, mystery, thrill, fantasy and aspects of bizarreness. The Raven Boys is the first book of the quartet ‘The Raven Cycle’.
I recommend this book to people who prefer to read books that have more action and thrill and a book that will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat, rather than the sappy romance stuff. The protagonist still does have some feelings regarding ‘love’, but the focus of the book is not on that.
This book has it all, the intriguing plot, with crazy plot twists that will get you hooked just from the very start, and the well constructed characters that will leave a lasting impression on you. I loved how Steifvater made even the words on the pages of the book seem magical.
Not going to lie, the ending was slightly anti-climactic, I was expecting something really big to happen at the end. Also, the start of the book is a bit slow and boring, but I promise, it will get very interesting. Overall, this book is the best I have read in a while. After I finished reading, I was left speechless. The Raven Boys is definitely now one of my favourite books.
Just before I say anything: This is the author of the Scorpio Races. She's good. Now I will continue onto my actual review:
So I assume this book is part of a series, right? If so, what number book is it? I felt from the beginning that I was missing something, perhaps something not vital, but minor things. Is there a reason behind the Pig being called the Pig? How did Noah and Whelk actually work together and all that? Again, minor things, but things that I thought needed a bit of refining. Also, I hated the ending. But that's just me. I hate cliff hangers, and therefore series.
Other than those little things, I loved the story (although I still do not see how Blue and Gansey come together...). It was very interesting, I loved reading it!
What can I say? Maggie Stiefvater can do no wrong, and her books just keep getting better and better.
The Raven Boys is very different to Maggie Stiefvater's other books. If you didn't know better, you could almost assume that it had been written by another author. It still has the same iconic witty humour that is present in her other books, but The Raven Boys has an almost fairytale feel to it. The writing is spell-binding, and the story has a real magical quality when you read it. It's difficult to describe exactly what it is about this book that sets it apart, but there is something about it which is really special.
The only problem I had with this story was the same one I had with The Scorpio Races, it was a bit slow at the start. Not bad, or boring, but perhaps I was struggling to wrap my head around the writing style, which is so different to all her other books, and it took me a while to be completely drawn in by the story, but when I was, I was astounded.
This book is well worth reading, and is an excellent beginning to what will hopefully be an awesome series.
On St Mark’s Eve the soon-to-be-dead walk along the corpse line, also known as ley lines. Blue is the daughter of a physic, a seer who can see the dead, Blue isn’t a seer but she has an ability to make things “louder,” to enhance her mother’s gift. For the first time she sees a spirit walking: Gansey. Her aunt tells her the only reason she is able to see this soon-to-be-dead spirit is either she’s his true love or she killed him. Blue has been told since she was a child that the first person she kissed would die.
Blue is soon caught up in a mad chase to find the ley line for Gansey believes that a King lays sleeping under the ley lines, waiting to be awakened. This race is to the death because to awaken the ley line you need a sacrifice. What will she do when she realises one of her friends is a ghost and has been dead seven years?
Maggie Stiefvater is a truly inspirational author, she pulls us deep into Blue’s world in this truly amazing fantasy. The Raven Boys is a must read!
I picked this book of the bookshelf because I saw that it had been just sitting there untouched for a while.
I had heard that Maggie Stiefvater was an excellent writer but I had made no attempt of reading any of her books but I decided to give it a go.
This book got my hooked from the blurb.
It was very, very interesting and there were so many crazy things happening in this book that when I finished this book I had no idea what I had just read.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.