Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: “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."*

Phenomenal. Maggie shocked me with this book. I was entertained by her book Shiver, but The Raven Boys blew Shiver out of the water. The story, the characters, and the setting was in depth and multi-dimensional. The Raven Boys drew me in like a free bowl of gourmet pistachio ice cream. I loved how magical and mysterious the characters and plot were, it definitely kept me reading until late hours of the night (or morning, depending on how you look at it). Blue is definitely one of my favorite female characters in the YA genre--she is a very unique girl in a sea of female protagonists, and I loved it. For those who have a soft spot for YA literature, this book is a must.



*Synopsis provided by Goodreads.com

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