Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
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.
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.
Rating: 3 and a half stars
Review: I’ve wanted to read this book series FOREVER so now that I finally managed to get all three books at once, I have the opportunity to read and review them!
This book centres around a group of boys from the local all-boys private school – Aglionby – and a girl who is the only non-psychic in her household. Blue doesn’t see spirits, but on St Mark’s Eve, she sees one boy, an Aglionby boy called Gansey. All her life, Blue has been told that she’ll kill her true love when she kisses him. A chain of events is set off, and Blue is suddenly drawn into these boys and their quest to find Glendower the Welsh king. However, is it Gansey she’s destined to fall in love with and kill? Or Adam the scholarship student?
I found this to be a really good book, and I enjoyed it a lot, especially the fact that it is a unique take on mythology. Usually books go with Greek mythology (the Percy Jackson series) or Japanese mythology (the Young Samurai series), but this series focuses on the mythology of old Welsh kings like Glendower, and other elements like ley lines.
The characters are also a big part of why I like this book so much – they’re complicated and layered, with more than one side to every character. Ronan is especially complicated, but despite his brusque personality, I have a soft spot for him. However, Adam is by far my favourite character in the book. He’s proud and won’t let anyone (especially Gansey) pay for him, but he’s also got a geeky part of him that endears him to me.
My only bad point is that sometimes I found it a little hard to understand – for example, when Gansey is explaining the legend of Glendower, I found it a little hard to keep along with the story. That’s probably just me though, so I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants something to read and fangirl over.